1. College Football News Preview 2020: Ohio State Buckeyes Win Total Prediction, What Will Happen
How does Ohio State bounce back from that?
After a gut-punch of a loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinal – giving up a 94-yard touchdown drive in the final minutes, and ending with Justin Fields throwing his second interception of the game after giving up just one all season long – how does the program get back the same focus and production?
You can’t make amends for a tough loss in the CFP if you don’t get back in.
Even with the massive talents losses on the defensive line and secondary, and despite losing ten players to the NFL draft, consider it a failure if the 2020 version doesn’t win a fourth straight Big Ten title and go back to the playoff.
This is still the most talented team in the Big Ten by a mile, and it’s still one of the five best teams in college football, if not top three.
It still has an NFL franchise-caliber quarterback under center, and it still has loads and loads of pro prospects coming from great recruiting class after great recruiting class.
Yeah, you don’t get better by losing Chase Young, Jeff Okudah, JK Dobbins, Malik Harrison, and so many other star talents of last year, but …
Set The Ohio State Buckeyes Regular Season Win Total At … 11
There might be a loss at Oregon or at Penn State, but without Wisconsin on the regular season slate, and with Michigan at home, it’s going to take a total disaster for the Buckeyes to lose more than two regular season games for the first time since 2011.
And it’ll be a shocker if they drop both of the big road dates – they won’t.
As long as Fields stays healthy, they’ll likely be double-digit favorites against everyone but the Ducks and Nittany Lions. At least split those two games, go 11-1 or better, get back to the Big Ten championship again, win it again, and go back to the College Football Playoff.
This machine doesn’t stop.
No, the 2020 version isn’t going to be better than the 2019 killer, but don’t be stunned if it comes up with a far, far better finish.