2021 COLLEGE FOOTBALL CAPSULE: OHIO STATE BUCKEYES

HEAD COACH: Ryan Day

RECORD AT SCHOOL: 23 – 2

CAREER RECORD: 23 – 2

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Kevin Wilson

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Kerry Coombs

RETURNING STARTERS:

OFFENSE: 7

DEFENSE: 4

KEY RETURNING PLAYERS:

WR Chris Olave

OT Thayer Munford

DT Haskell Garrett

KEY LOSSES:

QB Justin Fields

RB Trey Sermon

CB Shaun Wade

2020 RESULTS:

Nebraska 52 – 17

At Penn State 38 – 25

Rutgers 49 – 27

Indiana 42 – 35

Michigan State 52 – 12

Northwestern 22 – 11

Clemson 49 – 28

Alabama 24 – 52

2021 SCHEDULE:

September 2 at Minnesota

September 11 Oregon

September 18 Tulsa

September 20 Akron

October 2 at Rutgers

October 9 Maryland

October 23 Indiana

October 30 Penn State

November 6 that Nebraska

November 13 Purdue

November 20 Michigan State

November 27 at Michigan

2020 BIG TEN RANKINGS:

OFFENSE:

SCORING: 41.0 (1)

RUSHING: 259.9 (1)

PASSING: 262.5 (3)

TOTAL OFFENSE: 519.4 (1)

DEFENSE:

SCORING: 25.8 (5)

RUSHING: 97.6 (2)

PASSING: 304.0 (14).

TOTAL DEFENSE: 401.6 (9)

TURNOVER MARGIN: +10

FIELD POSITION:

OFFENSE: 30.4

DEFENSE: 24.9

EFFICIENCY:

OFFENSE: 52.3%

DEFENSE: 44.2%

EXPLOSIVENESS:

OFFENSE: 7.3

DEFENSE: 5.9

FINISHING DRIVES:

OFFENSE 4.7

DEFENSE 4.6

ADJUSTED TURNOVER MARGIN:

PROJECTED: 4.0

ACTUAL: 8

2020 INDIVIDUAL LEADERS:

PASSING: Justin Fields, 150 incompletions – 225 attempts – 2,100 yards – 22TD – 6INT

RUSHING: Trey Sermon, 116 attempts – 870 yards – 7.5 average – 4TD

RECEIVING: Chris Olave, 50 receptions – 729 yards – 14.6 average – 7TD

TACKLES: Pete Werner, 54

SACKS: Jonathan Cooper, 3.5

INTERCEPTIONS: Shaun Wade 2

WHAT THE SCOUTS ARE SAYING:

Ohio State is loaded again this season and should be motivated by the loss to Alabama in the national championship game. The Buckeyes may have more talent than anybody in the country except Alabama. They arguably are the most talented team in the Big Ten.

If Ohio State is to compete with Alabama and Clemson on the national stage this season, they will have to replace quarterback Justin Fields. They don’t need to trick other teams in what they are doing they just simply do it better with better players. RB Master Teague will be used frequently early on till quarterback CJ Stroud gets acclimated to the offense. On defense, Ohio State produces nightmares for opposing offenses. The front controls the game. The secondary can fly around and disrupt any passing game in the country.

Look for Ohio State to make another strong run to the championship game this season.

FINAL ANALYSIS:

Ohio State will rely on a freshman at quarterback and that will produce several question marks for the Buckeyes early. CJ Stroud is as talented of a freshman Ohio State is had in many years. Jack Miller III is another redshirt freshman with tremendous talent, but neither have thrown a pass in the college football game. Another highly recruited freshman, Kyle McCord, a five – star recruit is another possibility. Fields completed more than 70% of his passes and averaged over 9 yards per attempt and those numbers will be hard to duplicate.

Ohio State’s success will begin on the offensive line with two of the best in the country in OT Thayer Munford and OT Nicholas Petit-Frere. Center Josh Myers and guard Wyatt Davis will be hard to replace, but Ohio State will have quality people inside including Paris Johnson, Junior.

The running game is in good hands with Master Teague III returning after averaging 4.9 yards per carry and eight touchdowns.

The receiving corp is loaded with the top three receivers back, including Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson and Jameson Williams.

On defense: Ohio State returns only for starters, but they are poor, very quality players. DT Haskell Garrett along with DE Tyreke Smith will provide the Buckeyes two future NFL players to work around.

The secondary had its troubles last season, but one must remember Ohio State forced opponents to throw more because they trailed from the beginning.

Ohio State lost all three starters, it linebacker and so there are questions in the middle of this unit on whether it can flourish this season.

Ohio State will have some early battles to overcome, including the opener at Minnesota on September 2 and the home opener September 11 against Oregon. If the Buckeyes can navigate and avoid an early upset, they will be in the College football playoff and seeking a national championship this season.

OHIO STATE ROSTER:

https://ohiostatebuckeyes.com/sports/m-footbl/roster/

OHIO STATE 2020 STATS:

https://ohiostatebuckeyes.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Final2020Stats.pdf