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.
Ryan Ginn: No. Ohio State has very good players and, as much as he was praised this spring, I just don't few Brown as being the straw that breaks the metaphorical camel's back. As my colleague Marcus Hartman astutely noted last night, Urban Meyer is an ok recruiter. Most schools would kill to be able to turn to Johnnie Dixon, Curtis Samuel Parris Campbell, James Clark, Terry McLaurin, Torrance Gibson, K.J. Hill... somehow I think OSU is going to make it out just fine.
Blake Williams: They are certainly in more trouble than they were six weeks ago, but I am still not ready to give the Buckeyes an “L” here. While the loss of Joey Bosa still looms large, obviously the bigger concern is who will catch the ball against the Hokies. Without Corey Smith, Jalin Marshall, Dontre Wilson and now Noah Brown, the Buckeyes are missing a lot of pass catchers. Ohio State has options, though, they are just inexperienced.
Michael Thomas was going to be the No. 1 receiver before any of this happens and he still will be. I’m bullish on Braxton Miller at the H, even in his first game action. The other receiver spot is a question mark, but I think Curtis Samuel sees some time there despite practicing a good bit at H. While the injury to Brown is a serious blow, the staff has known about the suspensions for a while and was already preparing guys like Johnnie Dixon, Terry McLaurin and Parris Campbell to see time against Virginia Tech, now they might see more. Plus, Ezekiel Elliott is a pretty good safety valve.
Playing at night in Blacksburg against a talented defensive team will not be easy. I think the blows to the WR room and the loss of Bosa makes things closer, but I am still picking the Buckeyes to leave with a win, albeit a close one.
Jeff Svoboda: I'll be honest, I've had a weird feeling about this game for a while. This whole offseason seemingly has been about how great the Buckeyes are, all the way to the fact the team is basically a unanimous No. 1. The Buckeyes seemingly have been crowned before even playing a game (and I've played into that, predicting a 12-0 season myself).
Could all of this be leading up to a flat note to start the season? As much as the team has talked about, there's some vibes I don't like about this game. It's on the road at night. Ed Warinner and Tim Beck will be getting used to new on-field roles. No one still knows how this quarterback thing will be settled. There's the suspensions, and now a key personnel loss in Brown. Facing the best secondary on the schedule with four receivers missing and two others getting used to the position is worrying.
Of course, I could be overthinking this. The Buckeyes are, in fact, nine units strong, as Urban Meyer preaches. Overcoming adversity is taught at Ohio State, and the Buckeyes sure did a lot of that last season and there's no reason to think they won't do it just as well in 2015 as they did a season ago. And Bill Greene picked a Buckeye blowout on our message board today and Bill knows about 100 times more than I do, so maybe you should just listen to him.
I'm not saying Ohio State is going to lose in Blacksburg. I just feel a little more cautious than some out there when it comes to predicting a revenge, blowout win.
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?
Question 16: If there's one thing that Ohio State should be worried about heading into the season, what would it be?