That's what we think, so with that in mind, we're asking 20 Questions when it comes to the Ohio State football team. Every day from now until the opening game week, we'll have our BSB writers answer one question about the Ohio State football team. Some will be serious, some will be funny, and none will be "Animal, vegetable or mineral?" But all should help you think about the upcoming season, hopefully in a different way than before.
Question 12: Which four players or coaches would you choose to appear with you on Family Feud?
Ryan Ginn: Last year I would have brought Michael Bennett and Tom Herman and we would have won playing 3-on-5, but neither one is an option this year so that’s kind of a bummer. Having had the benefit of being able to watch him hold court for much of last fall, I’ll say that anyone who doesn’t choose Tyvis Powell is wrong. The loquacious junior safety is not only entertaining but also quick-witted, so this is probably right up his alley. I’d add senior linebacker Joshua Perry as a guy who seems well rounded and quick on his feet. I think sophomore left guard Billy Price is probably the most underrated quote on the team and seems like a guy who’d be good at this. I’m going to go with a gut feeling on my last one and choose punter Cameron Johnston. We need some Australian perspective. So there you go: one reporter, a safety, a linebacker, an offensive guard and a punter. We’re bringing home the $20,000 easy.
Blake Williams: Man, I wish Tom Herman was still on staff because he would absolutely be my first choice. With him out of the picture, I’ll take Joshua Perry and Tyvis Powell as my first two picks. Both would be great on television and both seem socially aware enough to be decent at the game. Plus, I want this to be fun for me and both those guys would be able to laugh at themselves, so they’re in. Honestly, it’s worth picking Perry to see what the fashionably conscious linebacker would wear.
Zach Smith is up on pop culture and is a family guy. I think all of those things are helpful with this game, plus I think he would be excited to do it, so I’ll bring the wide receivers coach with me. Joel Hale always seems interesting and insightful whenever we get the chance to talk to him, so he’s my fourth pick. For fast money it’s between Perry and Powell (to pair with myself, obviously).
Jeff Svoboda: This is a tough one because you need people who are smart, can think on their feet and are also somewhat worldly. With that in mind, any team has to start with Joshua Perry. He's a smart guy, a great TV presence and he knows a lot, plus he'd take as it a challenge to be as well dressed as Steve Harvey. After that, I'd go with Tyvis Powell, who is the obvious answer for "Which Buckeye would you put on TV no matter what the show is?" After that, it's a toss-up. Ginn's answer of Cam Johnston leaves something to be desired because he's Australian and therefore he might not really know enough American customs to be in the top 100 on the board. I think J.T. Barrett is an underrated answer because he's a smart guy and a leader, which is something you need when the chips are down on Family Feud. And lastly I'm going with a walk-on, Joe Burger. Gotta have a little different perspective, plus we saw in OSU's "Cribs" video that Burger has some personality as well
Question 1: Who Will Start At Quarterback For Ohio State?
Question 2: If Ohio State swapped coaches with the other team for every game, what would its regular season record be?
Question 3: How noticeable will the loss of Tom Herman be?
Question 4: If Ohio State could bring back one player from 2014 for this season, who would it be?
Question 5: More all-purpose yards: Braxton Miller, Dontre Wilson or Curtis Samuel?
Question 6: Aside from Michigan State, which Big Ten team should Buckeye fans be most worried about?
Question 7: Seven Buckeyes made 1st or 2nd team All-Big Ten last year (four are back). How many make it this year?
Question 8: What kind of leash will the starting quarterback have? (Or to put it more clearly, what kind of performance would it take for the starting quarterback to fully lose that job – not just be subbed out for a series or two?)?
Question 9: How many true freshmen will have their redshirts pulled this season? Who will they be?
Question 10: Which player can Ohio State least afford to lose to injury?
Question 11: If you had to beat one team with 11 players playing both ways, which game do you choose and what does your starting lineup on each side of the ball look like?