It is an interesting period in Ohio State Football. With a new coach and no hopes of a postseason appearance this is a year of change for the Buckeyes.
But a talented young team comes back ready to prove itself, and set the stage for a bright future. With less than a month until the start of the season, practice has begun and excitement is growing.
For the next 3 weeks leading into the season I will be previewing 4 games at a time for the upcoming season.
Ohio State @ Michigan State September 29th-
After a pretty easy slate of non-conference games Ohio State opens up Big Ten play with a doozy.
Michigan State over the past two seasons has been the most underappreciated team in America. Finishing at the top of the Big Ten each of the past two years a mini dynasty is being born in East Lansing.
Though it may be a little more difficult this season don’t expect any different. The defense will still be elite and will be able to pick up the offense that looks to recover from the loss of Kirk Cousins.
For Ohio State it will be the best defense they face all season and will be a true test of the new Meyer offense. This game comes down to the ability for the Buckeyes to have fully adapted to the new scheme.
Can they do it? Yes, but will they? Probably not, it is such a departure from last season’s offense it will be hard to be completely comfortable in the system. This makes offense hard to come by in this game, and a defensive battle favors the Spartans.
Michigan State 14 Ohio State 10
Ohio State v. Nebraska October 6th-
Coming off of their first loss of the season this is a pivotal game for the Buckeye’s season. Much like last season the matchup against Nebraska sets the stage for the remainder of the year.
If the Buckeyes can move on from the close loss to Michigan State the week before it will be an easy win over Nebraska. If not expect a repeat of last year’s thrilling comeback by the Huskers.
For Nebraska it looks like another season with inflated expectations it can’t possibly live up to. Taylor Martinez hasn’t improved as a QB since he has been in Lincoln and the season rests on his shoulders.
The defense may not be much improved either. Each of the last few season a superstar defender has gone on to the NFL and last year was no different. The losses of Lavonte David and Alfonzo Denard hurt an already poor defense.
Ohio State will struggle through the 1st half as they try and get over the heart break of the previous week. After the break though Jordan Hall, back from injury, will take over and run the Buckeyes to victory.
Ohio State 31 Nebraska 21
Ohio State @ Indiana October 13th-
Indiana should be a much better team that last season. Ok that’s not really saying much, but it is true. The problem last season for the Hoosiers was their inexperience at almost every position.
But coming back this year they are a year older and a year wiser. Tre Robinson is one of the more talented dual threat QBs in the conference and is always a threat to score.
The problem going ahead will be their defenses ability to stop the ball. It is hard to envision any improvement on that side of the ball after last year’s atrocious outing.
Expect for a high flying talented Buckeyes squad to take advantage and put up some huge numbers against Indiana. Braxton Miller stands out again throwing and rushing for over 200 yards and putting the game away early.
Ohio State 45 Indiana 10
Ohio State v. Purdue October 20th-
I hate predicting what Purdue is going to do during any given season. They typically are a 6 or 7 win team but they always seem like they are a year away from breaking into the top tier of the Big Ten.
That being said they have a very talented squad coming back who, if all goes according to plan, could surprise some teams in the conference.
With a trip to Happy Valley looming this could be a classic trap game for Ohio State.
But after last season’s heartbreaking loss on a missed PAT, the Buckeyes won’t overlook them again. With the game in Columbus, Urban will have his team ready to take on a decent Boilermaker squad.
It may be close for a while but in the end Purdue can’t run with Ohio State’s talent. The defense will smother a talented backfield and force a turnover or two late in the game that stops last ditch efforts by the Boilermakers.
Ohio State 28 Purdue 17
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