Our Buckeye footballers can't possibly have a season as magical as last year's - because instead of facing the underdog, sports movie-esque adversity of 2014, they're now walking around with targets on their back as the defending national champions. If you have somehow managed to avoid following any of the drama surrounding Ohio State football, here are the upcoming season's biggest storylines in brief.

Our Buckeye footballers can't possibly have a season as magical as last year's - because instead of facing the underdog, sports movie-esque adversity of 2014, they're now walking around with targets on their back as the defending national champions. If you have somehow managed to avoid following any of the drama surrounding Ohio State football, here are the upcoming season's biggest storylines in brief.

X-factor: Braxton Miller's switch to h-back

The prevailing storyline going into last year was Braxton Miller's season-ending shoulder injury, and the huge question mark subsequently placed on the quarterback position (more on that later). Once again, Miller is big news as the season approaches, but this time it's for his switch in position to h-back. Instead of seeing Miller throwing balls, he'll be receiving and running them down field far more often (he did the latter of this quite a bit already). If he's anything like the speedy guy we saw two years ago, he might just be the grandest nuisance to opposing defenses in college football this year.

Quarterback battle

Given how well the second- and third-string QBs performed in 2014 - J.T. Barrett leading the Bucks to nine convincing wins in a row, Cardale Jones serving as the postseason hero - it's likely that Miller's position change was partly a "too many cooks in the kitchen" thing. For head coach Urban Meyer, choosing between just two stud players has only made the starter choice a pinch easier. Meyer's supposedly not tellin' until the season opener at Virginia Tech. What a great strategy to keep fans excited, and to make those Hokies, well, probably pretty scared.

Ohio State vs. Michigan might be a thing again

Michigan's been kind of a weakling as of late. "The Game" used to be rather competitive, but it's only felt that way a couple times in the last 10 years or so, to the point that it's sort of expected Ohio State wins (barring some fluke). Cue Michigan alumnus and new head coach Jim Harbaugh. This guy's a seasoned college and NFL coach who'll indubitably reinvigorate this rivalry. I doubt Ohio State will have much trouble with the team up north this season, but in 2016 and beyond the Harbaugh-Meyer matchup could make it a game again.

Ohio State's No. 1 (and everyone thinks so)

Ohio State predictably topped the Associated Press preseason college football poll (anyone could've called that), but they became the first team ever to earn that spot unanimously, garnering all 61 possible first-place votes. Of course, as much as we like to predict outcomes in football and take experts' projections as facts, a season's future is never knowable, and history tells us that being No. 1 in the AP Top 25 doesn't mean squat for national title hopes. Meyer and Co. will have to defy expectations again to get the second title.