It’s been quite the offseason for the Buckeyes where its been focused on so much other than football this past couple of weeks.
Ryan Day will lead the Buckeyes into action due to the three games suspension Urban Meyer received for the way he handled the Zach Smith situation.
The Buckeyes will be led by a different quarterback for the first time in 5 years. Sophomore Dwayne Haskins was named the starting quarterback earlier this week, although Coach Day did say that we will see Tate Martell at some point. How true that is will be determined.
Haskins has huge upside, he’s your typical pro-style quarterback, he can thread the needle. And his huge arm opens up plenty of plays down the field. On his career Haskins has completed 40/57 pass attempts (70.2%) along with 565 yards and four touchdowns and just one interception. He’s not your run first QB like Ohio State fans are so used to seeing, but this kid has true potential to play on Sunday’s in the future.
The run game is looking phenomenal for the Buckeyes this season, returning is the two headed monster which consists of Mike Weber and JK Dobbins. These two are going to be huge work horses for this offense, especially to open up WR’s for Haskins.
Weber rushed for 626 yards with ten touchdowns last season, he wasn’t fully healthy last year so it will be interesting to see the way he is utilized. JK Dobbins rushed for over 1,400 yards along with seven touchdowns last season. Assuming Weber is healthy it’ll be very interesting to watch this duo as they combined for over 2,000 yards rushing just last season.
The key to the Buckeyes offense through the air is returning senior Paris Campbell. Although Campbell only had a little over 500 yards last season recieving he made a huge jump. He’s one of the fastest players in college football, JT Barrett wasn’t always accurate down the field. He’s a huge key to the Buckeyes success through the air this season, and it’s exciting to think about how special he can become with Dwayne Haskins.
On the defensive side of things the name the nation is watching for us DE Nick Bosa. After an impressive campaign last season, Bosa is looking to surpass his 8.5 sacks. A huge boost for him is going to be having Chase Young on the other end. Young has already said he believes this defensive line has the potential to be the best college football has ever seen. Young finished the season last year with 2.5 sacks and 5 tackles for a loss. It’s going to be very intriguing to see where he is now in his second year with Ohio State.
In the secondary the Buckeyes lost a top CB. Denzel Ward was drafted fourth overall to the Cleveland Browns. One guy that comes to mind to fill his role is Kendall Sheffield. Sheffield was a junior college transfer last season with the Buckeyes. He struggled early on in the season but looked settled into the end of last season, he did have zero interceptions with Ohio State last season. I expect that number to go up this year, he did have two tackles for a loss as well. The senior has some big shoes to fill for an absent Denzel Ward. But he’s a player to keep an eye on in the secondary.
Ohio State has the whole world against them after the domestic abuse case. Urban Meyer is due back week four. The only real test the Buckeyes face in Meyer’s absence is TCU. Which I believe Ohio State even without Meyer are to powerful for the horned frogs.
My prediction for the Buckeyes?
I believe Ohio State will be devastating to many teams this season, I believe they’ll be 3-0 when Urban Meyer returns, and I think Meyer is showing zero mercy for his opponents in his return. I have the Buckeyes going 12-0 only to become national champions in 2018.