2. Ohio State’s road games
2011. It was a transitional season at Ohio State when the Jim Tressel era was ending. Urban Meyer wasn’t on-board yet, and Luke Fickell was thrown into the fire.
That was the last time Ohio State lost two games before November.
This year’s Buckeye team is more than good enough to roll out another unbeaten regular season.
It gets Michigan at home, and it catches a nice break by avoiding Wisconsin from the West, but it’s going to earn its stripes away from home with three brutal dates before Halloween and with four road games in six weeks.
Oregon will be a preseason top five team with a loaded group of NFL talents on both sides of the ball. That September 12th date with the Buckeyes in Autzen Stadium will be special.
The Buckeyes get to chill a bit with Buffalo, Rutgers, a week off, and Iowa keeping them around home for a month, and then …
At Michigan State, at Penn State.
Of course Ohio State can beat both teams, but if they lose to Oregon, there can’t be a misfire. Split those Big Ten battles, and that’s it for the College Football Playoff by October 24th.
Win all three road games, and that’s about it – it’s back to the CFP.