COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - First-year Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has changed a lot of things with the Buckeyes this season.
One thing he can't alter, however, is that they don't get to play in a bowl.
So, due to NCAA sanctions, the Buckeyes have 12 games to show that they've gotten past last year's mountain of bad press, a beloved coach's departure, suspensions - and a 6-7 record.
Meyer has injected a new energy into the program, with a hurry-up offense that has invigorated the players and fans.
With quarterback Braxton Miller running the show and a defense updated with an influx of young talent, the Buckeyes are ready to open another season.
But even Meyer's not sure how they'll handle not having a championship on the line.
The field has been set for the 2013 Indianapolis 500. Ed Carpenter won the pole and will be joined by rookie Carlos Munoz and Marco Andretti on the front row. Row three features defending IndyCar champ Ryna Hunter-Reay, Helio Castroneves and James Hinchcliffe. (NBC Sports)