2. THE Ohio State is going to lose three games
This can go one of two ways.
Either Ohio State is more than fine, Ryan Day does for the program what Lincoln Riley did at Oklahoma, and Justin Fields becomes another Baker Mayfield/Kyler Murray right away.
Or this season fizzles into a sad oblivion of irrelevance, like Where’d You Go, Bernadette.
Yeah, it’s probably going to be the former – this is the Big Ten’s most talented team and Day and Fields really should be that good – but you’ve come this far with the overall premise of the article, so …
Are you really that sure that Fields is great at doing this whole five-star quarterback thing?
He has all the talent in the world, but considering he didn’t play all that often in his one year at Georgia – his most famous pass was the one he didn’t throw on a fake punt in the SEC Championship, and he had a guy WIDE open – he’s being asked to come in relatively cold and be as good as Dwayne Haskins, JT Barrett and Braxton Miller.
If Fields isn’t amazing, it’s uh-oh time.
The game against Nebraska last year was a problem – a 36-31 fight – and now it’s in Lincoln. That’s followed up by a date against a salty Michigan State team that’s going to have the exact right make-up to pull off the road upset.
The Buckeyes have to go to Northwestern. That shouldn’t be a problem coming off a two-week break, but that’s followed up by a showdown against Wisconsin.
Close it all out with Penn State at home – the Nittany Lions should be fully jelled by late-November – and (cue the dramatic music) on the road against a Michigan team that really and truly will win one of these games again someday.
The last time Ohio State lost more than two regular season games was in 2011 – the year before Urban Meyer showed up. Before that it was 2004, so it would take something historically weird for the Buckeyes to lose three.
Maybe that third will come in a bowl game.
If it doesn’t happen in this year of transition, when will it?
Speaking of that exact sentence …