It is possible to even say, the Ohio State Buckeyes are going to go from being a great football team last season to an even greater one this coming season. They are poised to repeat as national champions, as there really are no glaring holes anywhere on the field for opponents to capitalize on. The team is loaded down with talent that has already proven themselves, so perhaps the only question mark will be if coach Urban Meyer can keep his players motivated to play through an undefeated season on their run to the title. Make no mistake, there will be a few competitors chomping at their heels, so they must stay focused and determined to run the tables. They will have a Heisman Trophy contender in running back Ezekiel Elliot, and we already know how deep the team is at quarterback. On top of all of this, the Buckeyes have one of the best, if not the best, defenses in the country.
Any Urban Meyer team throughout the years has been known for their ability to move the ball and score quickly. This trend certainly continues at Ohio State. They return all three of their quarterbacks, each of whom would start at any other school in the nation. in addition to Elliot at running back, there are four returning starter on the offensive line, tight end Nick Vannett, and quite a few wide receivers who are capable of catching almost any ball that that the quarterbacks throw their way. If one has a question about the Buckeyes, it would be who is going to start, but that is not a concern for Meyer, so it’s not even worth talking about. He could easily start all three at various points during the season depending on the opponent. Look for them all to get practice against weaker teams in order to have the full array of options available to them come time for the playoffs.
On the defensive side of the ball, opponents were just able to get 5 yards per play out of the Buckeyes last season, and only 3.9 yards per rush. Opponents also converted just 30% of their third down plays, while the team was able to tack up 45 sacks and score six touchdowns. They return of all of their key starters up front and at safety, and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in Joey Bosa is back. All in all, the Buckeyes will wreak havoc on any team they play, and with the top coaching staff back ready to go, a repeat is certainly in the cards.
Everyone will be gunning for the Buckeyes this season and it’s up to Urban Meyer and company to respond to the pressure. Games such as Virginia Tech and Michigan State could test this team but as reigning National Champions, this Ohio State team will have to give it all they have. All eyes are on the team from Columbus, OH.
Courtesy of CBS News