The 2018 prespring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Ohio State Buckeyes.
No. 5: Ohio State Buckeyes
Spring Practice Starts: March 6
Spring Game: April 14
Ohio State Prespring Status
It’s another loaded year for the Buckeyes, but the spring has to find new parts at quarterback, the defensive line, the secondary, and the offensive line.
But for Ohio State, that’s not a huge deal.
It’s going to be a young team, and depth might be a bit of a problem and needs to be developed over the offseason, but boo hoo – the talent is there to win the Big Ten championship again and get right back into the College Football Playoff chase.
Best of all for the coaching staff, motivation shouldn’t be a problem. As they saw last season, slip up along the way, lose focus for one week, and the potential for missing out on the College Football Playoff is there.
Let Iowa 55, Ohio State 24 be a rallying cry.
Ohio State Biggest Depth Chart Battle
Quarterback. It’s not exactly the J.T.-Cardale-Braxton debate of a few years ago, but it’s still going to be as important as any quarterback battle in the country. This has several layers, including trying to keep everyone happy … and from transferring.
Dwayne Hoskins has the inside track after seeing meaningful action late last year, but Joe Burrow and Tate Martell will get every shot at winning the job. This will take up most of the headlines over the next six months, but it would nice if one of the options rose up and became the obvious No. 1 by April 14th.
Ohio State Biggest Issue
Slow down the penalties. Ohio State is going to be good enough to overcome just about everything, including committing a whole slew of penalties again. However, they’ve got to slow down the mistakes just a little bit, after getting flagged 97 times – only ten teams were hit with more – and finishing last in the Big Ten in penalty yards. There’s no reason to give inferior teams any help.
Ohio State Biggest Positive
Other than quarterback, the skill stars should be fantastic. No matter who gets the quarterback job, the talent around him will make life easy. The top seven wide receivers are back to spread the ball to, and the running game should be special with rising superstar J.K. Dobbins and veteran Mike Weber – among others – forming a dangerous backfield.
Really, Why Are The Ohio State Buckeyes Ranked Here?
As always, Ohio State loses talent who’d be considered irreplaceable for most other programs. But as always, it’s the norm in Columbus – churn and burn the NFL talent.
There’s just enough concern over the quarterback situation, and there are just enough lost parts on defense – replacing eight starters – to think it might take a little while to build the machine back up. Whatever – the national title-or-bust expectations are still there.