COLUMBUS, Ohio -

The focus on football at Ohio State is about to finally shift to the field.

The Buckeyes head into their first practice on Sunday with concerns -- and also positives pointing to a run at a Big Ten or maybe even a national championship.

Coach Urban Meyer's debut season a year ago resulted in a 12-0 record that came to an abrupt end because of an NCAA bowl ban from infractions committed under the deposed Jim Tressel.

Now the Buckeyes, including star quarterback Braxton Miller, have a better handle on the hurry-up offense. The defense has holes to fill but promising candidates stepping in.

Expectations are high, despite lingering questions about tailback Carlos Hyde and cornerback Bradley Roby.