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Kirk Herbstreit Names The "Key" For Ohio State's Season

Kirk Herbstreit talks during college game day.

Here's the key, per the ESPN college football analyst.

Ohio State's vertical passing game was a major issue for the Buckeyes in 2016.

The J.T. Barrett-led offense struggled to produce any kind of vertical threat, consistently, after the blowout win over Oklahoma.

Urban Meyer brought in a new offensive coordinator to help with this, hiring former Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson to run the offense.

ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit sees the vertical passing game as the "key" for OSU this fall.

"Their big key, their most fundamental thing in Urban Meyer’s offense is, create a vertical passing game because it opens up every other aspect of their offense. And that’s what they’ve worked on," Herbstreit said on his podcast, per 247Sports.

“So we’ll see if that new formula of those coaches and J.T. Barrett working with them, and the new group of receivers — well, not new, but guys that have been around, now it’s time for them to take that next step — we’ll see if they’re ready to go to work.”

Ohio State and Indiana are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on Thursday. The game will be televised on ESPN.