Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Ohio State Buckeyes season with what you need to know.
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players | Key Players, Games, Stats
– What Will Happen, Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Ohio State Previews 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015
2018 Record: 13-1 overall, 7-1 in Big Ten
Head Coach: Ryan Day, 1st year, 3-0
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE OHIO STATE OFFENSE
– The offense might be a little faster-paced, but it’s not going to throw like that again. Ohio State and Dwayne Haskins bombed away in a special season for the attack – finishing third in the nation in passing efficiency and second in total offense – but six starters are done, and there will be more of an emphasis on the ground game because ….
– Justin Fields isn’t going to be Haskins … at least right away. However, the running element is back at quarterback with the more mobile man from Georgia about to change up the offensive look, even though offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich wants to throw.
As good as Haskins was – throwing for over 4,800 yards with 50 touchdowns and just eight picks – the complaint was over his lack of running. It was silly – really, people, you didn’t like the greatest passing season in the history of the program? – but Fields should create a new problems for defenses. West Virginia transfer Chris Chugunov and Kentucky transfer Gunner Hoak will battle it out to be the No. 2 man.
– 90-catch leading receiver Parris Campbell and three of the top four targets might be done, but the Buckeye receiving corps is going to be fantastic. KJ Hill is the new No. 1 guy coming off a 68-catch campaign, and seniors 6-2 Austin Mack and 6-4 Binjamen Victor are dangerous veterans. Throw in Michigan game hero Chris Olave, star recruit Garrett Wilson, and a loaded group of tight ends, and the passing game is going to be just fine.
– Mike Weber is done from the backfield, but JK Dobbins is about to blow up statistically – both as a receiver as well as a runner – with more work coming his way and more of an emphasis on getting him going. It’s Ohio State, so there’s plenty of running back talent waiting in the wings, but sophomore Master Teague is the top returning running back behind Dobbins with just 106 yards.
– The offensive line was good in pass protection but just okay for the ground game. Now it has to replace C Michael Jordan, OT Isaiah Prince and OG Malcolm Pridgeon. Thayer Mumford should be the star at left tackle – at least with a little more time – and there’s a whole lot of young talent ready to shine.
Nick Petit-Frere is pushing for a tackle job, Josh Myers should step in at center after being the understudy behind Jordan, and Wyatt Davis will work somewhere on the inside. There might be some growing pains, and the depth is questionable, but it’ll be one of the Big Ten’s most talented front fives with a little time.