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 16: If there's one thing that Ohio State should be worried about heading into the season, what would it be?
Ryan Ginn: This might come off as overly obvious, but a big concern would be the simple truth that nobody is perfect. There will come a time over the next three months when Ohio State doesn't play at the level it should. There have been great college football teams (1998 Ohio State, anyone?) that were derailed by either playing a sub-par game at the worst possible time or running up against a team that could seemingly do no wrong. I feel like this happened to USC via Oregon State or Stanford pretty much every year in the mid-2000s, but crazy things happen with 20-year-olds. That's college football. Last year, Ohio State was fortunate enough to find a way to get by at Penn State in a game where one of the nation's best offenses just never got going. The four-team playoff makes this slightly less likely, but there's always a chance one of the best teams in the country misses out on a title shot because it picked the wrong time to play poorly.
Blake Williams: Complacency.
No, not really. As much as that word has been thrown around the Woody Hayes Athletic Center this offseason, it would be pretty low on my list of worries for the 2015 Buckeyes. Given the immense depth of talent and experience Ohio State has coupled with a relatively easy schedule, it’s honestly difficult to find a worry, but even with that depth I am going to say injuries.
Ohio State suffered its share of injuries last season but overcame all of that. If things go wrong in that regard this season, I doubt it goes the same way. If Joey Bosa, Eli Apple, Joshua Perry or Adolphus Washington go down for an extended period of time, I think the defense could struggle. Same goes for the offense without Ezekiel Elliott or Michael Thomas. Injuries happen, and while worrying about them may be a pointless exercise, the Buckeyes seem to be such a sure thing that it remains my No. 1 concern.
Jeff Svoboda: All the talk about the Buckeyes being a unanimous No. 1 and an unstoppable machine, brought on by excellent performances in destroying a quality Wisconsin team and then fairly whipping Alabama and Oregon in the postseason, makes it easy to forget the Buckeyes still had problems last year. In fact, the closing three-game stretch to the season -- Minnesota, Indiana and Michigan -- showed some weaknesses on the team, including a rush defense that was very worrying up until the moment the Buckeyes stepped on the field in Indianapolis and buried Melvin Gordon under an avalanche. But I'm still a bit worried in that regard, as the Buckeyes now must replace two starting D-linemen as well as middle man Curtis Grant. I think Raekwon McMillan will be more than capable, but I'm still a little worried about the depth of the interior line after hearing Urban Meyer speak over the weekend, so maybe rush defense will be something that poses a problem throughout the year. And if it does, that's the kind of thing that can bite you, as it nearly did vs. the Golden Gophers, Hoosiers and Wolverines.
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?
Question 14: Will an Ohio State player win the Heisman Trophy this year?
Question 15: How many passes will Braxton Miller throw this year?