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 18: Which position group matchup are you most looking forward to this season (ex: Ohio State O-Line vs. MSU D-line)?
Ryan Ginn: There are a lot of interesting options out there (both OL-DL matchups in the Michigan State game and the Virginia Tech DL vs. the Ohio State OL), but at the moment I’m most intrigued to see how the Ohio State wide receivers fare against the Virginia Tech defensive backs. Hokies cornerback Kendall Fuller is an All-America talent, and his battle against Mike Thomas will be an important one. With Noah Brown, Dontre Wilson, Jalin Marshall and Corey Smith no longer available, it will be up to Thomas or some of the less experienced receivers to get the job done and break the Bear look.
Blake Williams: When I came up with this question I thought for sure it would involve Michigan State, but given the summer’s suspensions and recent injury to Noah Brown, I am going to go with Ohio State’s wide receivers against Virginia Tech’s defensive backs.
The Hokies are expected to have one of the best secondaries in the country and the Buckeyes are going to be awfully thin at receiver for game one. Ohio State does have Michael Thomas, but the Hokies have projected All-American corner Kendall Fuller to match up with him. Not only am I interested in how Thomas responds against a future NFL corner, I am anxious to see who among Johnnie Dixon, Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin steps up to the challenge. Will the coaches use Curtis Samuel on the outside to get their best 11 on the field with Braxton Miller at the H? How will Bud Foster’s defense counter? There are so many intriguing things about this matchup that it’s a clear No. 1 for me.
Jeff Svoboda: I'm gonna make it 3 for 3 picking the Virginia Tech game but with a twist -- how does Ohio State's offensive line match up against a Hokies defensive front that is ranked fourth in the nation by Phil Steele. The Hokies feature Dadi Nicolas, a dangerous pass-rushing end, as well as space-eating tackle Luther Maddy in the middle. The Hokies had 48 sacks last year but perhaps most impressively held the Buckeyes to a season-low rushing total that barely topped the century mark. I think it will be very intriguing to watch how the passing game fares agaisnt Tech, but frankly, if the Slobs play at the level they did at the end of last season, the receivers question will in many ways be moot and Ohio State will win the game on the ground.
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?
Question 17: With the suspensions and now the injury to Noah Brown, are the Buckeyes in trouble when they head to Virginia Tech?