Ohio State has high expectations going into the season, which will finally start this week against Nebraska. As we all know, this season will not be the same as past ones, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still make predictions and get excited about it. To follow with that, I had other Cleveland Sports Talk writers join me in making predictions about what they think will happen in this shortened, COVID-19 season for the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Season Record: 8-0 (3-0 postseason)
Bowl Game: Sugar Bowl and then BCS Championship
Final AP Ranking: #1
Unexpected Star: Jaxon Smith-Njigba
Justin Fields’ TD total: 42 (34 passing and 8 rushing)
Bold Prediction: Teague and Sermon lead OSU to having the most rushing yards per game in the NCAA.
Daniel Armani Adshead
Season Record: 11-0 (including B1G title game)
Bowl Game: National Champions
Final AP Ranking: Ranked 2nd heading into CFP (they’ll never put us ahead of an also undefeated Clemson)
Unexpected Star: I feel like we expect any Buckeyes starter to be a star. But, I will be boring and say Garrett Wilson (like everyone else).
Justin Fields’ TD total: 45 TDs for Fields (38 pass TDs) Yes, even in a shortened season.
Bold Prediction: Teague and Sermon combine for 1500 yds rushing.
Season Record: 8-0 with Big Ten title game, playoff, finish 10-1 lost to Clemson in the title game.
Bowl Game: National Championship
Final AP Ranking: #2
Unexpected Star: Zach Harrison
Justin Fields’ TD total: 38 TDs
Bold Prediction: Ohio State is good, so nothing bold! Ha!
Josh Weidus (Buckeye Blitz podcast co-host)
Final AP Ranking:
Justin Fields’ TD total:
Season Record: 11-0 National Champions
Bowl Game: Rose or Fiesta
Final AP Ranking: #3 (before bowls)
Unexpected Star: Fields outdoes last season
Justin Fields’ TD total: 49 TDs
Bold Prediction: OSU dog-walks Clemson and Alabama in the playoffs