Ohio State strats their season off strong as they look to repeat as Big Ten champions.
Ohio State fans have been waiting since December 30th for football to return after their season ended with an impressive win over University of Southern California in the Cotton Bowl. The offseason for the Buckeyes was especially important after their fifth year senior quarterback J.T Barrett played his last college football game when they played USC.
On top of the growing need to announce the new starting quarterback, Urban Meyer was faced with having to fire Zach Smith, his wide receivers coach, after Smith’s wife filed a restraining order due to a domestic abuse allegation from 2009. After a two week long investigation, Meyer was suspended for the first three games of the season, including their greatly anticipated week three game against TCU.
With Meyer out for the beginning of the season, assistant coach Ryan Day was temporarily handed the head coaching position. Day’s first time ever being the head coach of a football team would be the first game of the season, in front 100,000 fans at a sold out Ohio Stadium against Oregon State.
Ohio State was ranked the fifth best team in the country before their first game, and they moved into the fourth spot after a 77-31 win in week one.
Their second game was against Rutgers, the first Big Ten team the Buckeyes have played since winning the Big Ten Championship against Wisconsin in December. They showed their dominance with a 52-3 blowout of the Knights.
The Buckeyes will play TCU on September 15, the first of the four ranked opponents they’ll face this season. They also play Michigan at home and Michigan State and Penn State away. They are favored to win all four games, but Big Ten matches are always unpredictable. If they win at least one of the games against Michigan St. or Penn St. they’ll be in good shape to win the Big Ten for the second year in a row.
Ohio State finished fifth in the rankings at the end of last season, and with this year’s addition of the second best freshman class in the country, they have an even stronger roster than before. Fans all over the country hope that the Buckeyes can earn a spot in the national playoffs for the third time in five years, and make a run at another National title.