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hey guys, so I wanted to do a mid-season review for the B1G with all this extra site downtime, but I realized I needed some form of preseason work to react to. The goal is to have a really in depth piece with the whole conference, but for now I'm just going to post Ohio State's blurb to get some feedback and see what you guys think before expanding it for the real post

 

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:osu: Ohio State (4.5 star prestige)

coached by

:osu: fever_ful (4 star prestige)

 

Ohio State had a solid 2022 season, going 8-1 in conference play with their only loss to Nebraska in week 5. They climbed up the rankings throughout the year, going 3-0 OOC with wins against Arizona State, Ohio, and LSU (in Indianapolis). In week 16 they beat Michigan and appeared poised for a playoff berth before losing a heartbreaker CCG game to Nebraska 28-38 and missing the playoff. They were able to bounce back and beat Kentucky in the Citrus bowl to finish 12-2 overall. They were ranked 8th in the final poll, 13th in my pre-bowl Elo ratings.

 

They were not great on the ground, but QB Matt Ballard did enough through the air to carry them to plenty of close wins. Their defense was solid, not out of this world but DE Cece Condon (5/5 contain) was voted the conference defensive player of the year and really helped the defense force 17 takeaways which was their real strength ranking 2nd in the B1G.

 

After the season, DT Collin McCartney (4.5/4.5) and Returner D.J. Barnes (5/5) went pro, being selected in the 3rd and 4th round of the NFL draft. They lost K Mike Rice (3.5/3.5) to transfer, and their graduated contributing players include: FB Colin Benedict (4/4), C William Beckman (4/4), FS Nathaniel Thurman (3.5/3.5), FS Amir Clarke (3.5/3.5), CB Isaiah Edmonds (3.5/3.5) and Jacob Love (3.5/3.5).

 

Their returning stars include RS JR QB Matt Ballard (5/5) who looks to be even better this year and will work together with RB Julius Wesley Jr. (5/5) to improve upon last year’s statistics. WR Emmanuel Lamier had 560 yards last year as a freshman and will look to improve on that mark. TE Jonas Schumacher (4.5/4.5) had over 1200 yards and returns for his senior season as a preseason 2nd team all American.

While their skill players are quite good, the offensive line could hold this team back. The average starting lineman on this years team is a 2.5/3.75 player and nobody has a potential higher than a 4.0. That is definitely this teams weakness and it will be interesting to see how they scheme around the deficiency.

 

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Ohio State’s 2022 recruiting class ranked 35th nationally with 3 4.5:star: and 4 5:star:. Of those, a pair of special teamers (K Cameron McCoy and P Drew Stanfield) will be taking over as true freshman. WR Dajuan Page is the other new recruit who looks to play a key role.

 

JuCo transfer Damien Atkins will slot in at DE opposite 1st team all American Cece Condon to give the line a pair of 5/5s. The linebacking corps is fairly mediocre with the exception of RS JR ILB Nazir Flowers (4.5/5) who had 4 pass defenses last year from the LB position and will be the anchor in the middle who will need to rally everyone around him.

On the back end, RS JR CB A.P. Crosby (4.5/4.5) had 5 picks last year and should lock down his side of the field. Unfortunately the rest of the corners are completely new, with new freshmen Jahmir Vereen (1.5/3) and Gavin Sproles (1/3.5) looking to take over the other corner position. FS Loto Polu (3/3) will also be a new starter, and looks fairly mediocre with SS Aziz Harvey (4.5/5) who had 3 INTs last year helping him out.

Overall, the defense was fairly average last year in terms of yardage and points, but had a ton of takeaways and will likely try to follow the same formula this year. On offense the skill positions are loaded and are sure to go after some quick hitting spread action to negate the offensive line weakness.

 

 

In terms of expectations for next year, there are wildly differing expectations.

They will have the 28th most talented roster in the nation and my Elo has them projected to take a step back and slide to 32nd overall, while the Chicago Tribune has them at 19th projecting a 9-3 record.

However, the coaches poll has them 12th overall and the B1G preseason preview is predicting a 12-0 playoff run to cap off the careers of some of their senior stars.

Their 2023 OOC includes relatively easy games against Arizona State and Akron and a more competitive matchup with Virginia Tech. They also draw Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska in their crossover matchups.

 

I think 12-0 is a little too much to ask for, but I think the upperclassmen can will this squad to 10-2 or 11-1 and a divisional championship with a berth in the B1G title game :lombardi: before the team takes a step backwards in 2024.

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