Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Bobby Wallace. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Football news and notes.
Native son Urban Meyer began his coaching journey in the Buckeye State as a head coach at Bowling Green. Meyer has also roamed the sidelines at Utah and the University of Florida. Ohio State was not the sexy choice town the 2015 BCS title, but overcame an early season home loss to Virginia Tech and went to the “PROMISE LAND”. Fifteen starters return from last season’s National Championship team. The University recently suspended key players for the 2015-16 season opener at Virginia Tech. Including All American Defensive End Joey Bosa and wideout Jalen Marshall for violating team rules. The Buckeyes went 14-1 last season, 8-0 in Conference action. Meyer enters his fourth season with a 38-3 record. The Buckeyes biggest loss is Offensive coordinator Tom Hermann, who is now the head coach at the University of Houston. The Ohio State Buckeyes plays home games at the 105,000 seat Ohio Stadium on Campus in Columbus, Ohio.
Eight starters return to the Ohio State Buckeyes offense in 2015. Three capable quarterbacks are in the mix with former starter Braxton Miller, J.T. Barrett, and Cardale Jones. Jones took the College Football landscape by storm at the end of the 2014-15 season by leading the Buckeyes past Wisconsin, Alabama, and Oregon. Junior All-American Running Back Ezekiel Elliott (1,878) rushing yards will get the majority of the carries in the backfield. Wideouts Jalin Marshall and Michael Thomas will replace NFL draft pick Devin Smith in the passing game. Both Marshall and Smith are big time players. Four starters return on the offensive line that dominated down the stretch last season. TheOhio State offense will put up plenty of points with whoever is under center. The Ohio State Buckeyes went 10-5 on NCAA Football ATS Picks last season, going over the betting odds total twelve times and staying under the betting odds total three times.
*The Ohio State offense put up 511.6 yards per contest, 9th in the College football landscape.
*The Buckeyes were 5-3 ATS at the “HORSESHOE” last season.
*Ohio State went 5-2 Against The Point Spread on the road.
*The betting odds total went 6-0 in Columbus, Ohio in 2014.
*Ohio State went over the betting odds total four times on the road.
*Ohio State stayed under the betting odds total three times on the road.
*The Buckeyes passing attack ranked 52nd in the FBS, averaging 247.1 yards per game throwing the Football.
*Ohio State scored an average of 44.8 ppg last season, 5th in the nation.
*The Ohio State ground game was 9th in the land, putting up 264.5 yards per contest running the Football.
The Ohio State defense has two potential first round draft picks on the line. All-American defensive End Joey Bosa and Adolphus Washington are tow of the best at their positions in all of College Football. The linebackers are equally as good. Sophomore Raekwon McMillan, Darron Lee, and Joshua Perry are all athletic and can make plays all over the field. The Ohio State secondary is also very good. Returning starting Cornerback Eli Apple has NFL potential, safeties Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell started last season. The Ohio State Buckeyes are loaded again, and the defense will be much improved.
*The Buckeyes defense allowed 342.2 yards per game last season, 19th in the land.
*The Ohio State pass defense ranked 29th in the FBS, giving up an average of 141.3 yards per game to the opposition.
*Buckeyes opponents scored an average of 22.0 ppg, 26th nationally.
*The Ohio State run defense gave up 141.3 yards per contest on the ground, 33rd in College Football.
*The Buckeyes have September 7th circled. A road non-conference rematch with Virginia Tech, the only team that beat Ohio State last season.
*The Buckeyes get Big-Ten foes Michigan State and Penn State at home in 2015.
Bovada lists the Ohio State Buckeyes at over/under eleven wins in 2015.
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