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 14: Will an Ohio State player win the Heisman Trophy this year?
Ryan Ginn: I’m going to go against my initial gut feeling of "no" (there are a lot of players in the country, it turns out) and say yes. The Heisman voting in recent years has generally had a “best player on the best team” vibe to it, and I don’t think it takes any mental gymnastics to arrive at the conclusion that Ohio State could be that team in December. Between an average schedule and an ungodly talented roster, the Buckeyes will at least have a chance to put up historically great offensive numbers this season. Recent history combined with the knowledge that OSU won’t overwork Elliott early in the season would point to it being a quarterback. I’m fine with saying either is capable, but if I had to pick a name I’ll roll with J.T. Barrett to win the 2015 Heisman.
Blake Williams: The Buckeyes are flush with Heisman contenders, but it is always a better option to bet the field than to bet one guy. Still, whoever starts at quarterback for Ohio State will have a leg up on the field and Ezekiel Elliott will make a case for himself as well. Cardale Jones, J.T. Barrett and Elliott are all are among the top 10 favorites for the award with Elliott tied with TCU QB Trevone Boykin as the frontrunner.
Ohio State is going to put up a ton of points and no one will be surprised if the Buckeyes are undefeated, giving the Buckeye contenders for the Heisman a chance to put up big numbers for the most-watched team in the country. Still, other playoff contenders have players in the running – Boykin, Auburn’s Jeremy Johnson and USC’s Cody Kessler to name a few – and there is a decent chance that the Buckeyes starting quarterback and Elliott split some votes in a fashion reminiscent of Miami’s Ken Dorsey and Willis McGahee in 2002. An Ohio State player certainly could win the award, but my money is on multiple players attending the ceremony but no Buckeye winning.
Jeff Svoboda: I've already written why I think it will be almost impossible for Ezekiel Elliott to win it this year no matter how well he plays, so the question then becomes if someone else on the team will win it. And by someone else, I mean a quarterback because this is a quarterback award, and Joey Bosa could have 20 sacks but he still probably wouldn't finish atop the voting.
With that in mind, I think I'm going to go with no because I can envision a scenario in which J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones split time as the team's QB, making it tough for either to put up the stats now necessary to win the award. There's no one else out there that really strikes my fancy as a Heisman front runner (I think Trevone Boykin could have a heck of a year, but he's no Marcus Mariota) but I feel like in college football, someone will pop up and show themselves as a quarterback with big numbers who will end up with the award. And because of circumstance and not talent, I don't think it will happen at Ohio State.
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?
Question 12: Which four players or coaches would you choose to appear with you on Family Feud?
Question 13: Which opponents will score the most/least against Ohio State this season?