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 19: Will Ohio State repeat as national champions?
Ryan Ginn: Whenever Tiger Woods was at the height of his powers, there would always be a "Tiger or the field?" poll question on ESPN.com before each of the majors. My inclination, naturally, was to always take the field. That's kind of how I feel about this question, too. If you give me the option of picking either one team or 127 teams, I'm going to take the 127 teams. Mathematically, it's the right call.
With that being said, Ohio State is the best team in the country. If I had to tell you which team I thought would win the national championship, I would say Ohio State. Head-to-head, there's not a compelling reason to pick any team to be better than Ohio State this season. Buuuuuuut.... weird stuff happens in college football, and there are a lot of teams out there. So, to recap: I think Ohio State is the best team in the country and the most likely team to win the national championship. But if we're betting on either the Buckeyes or the field, I'm taking the field.
Blake Williams: Well Ohio State definitely has the talent to do it, but given that a team has repeated as Associated Press national champions just seven times in the sport’s history the odds are long. I’m already on record picking the Buckeyes to go 12-0 and then win the Big Ten Championship Game. I think Ohio State will enter the College Football Playoff as the No. 1 team.
That leaves two games against the best teams in the country for the title. I think the Buckeyes absolutely could win those games, but if I am forced to say whether they will or won’t, I reluctantly say they lose in the semifinal or championship game. The most talented team in the country doesn’t always win the national championship. I believe the Buckeyes are the most talented team in the country, but I still think the odds are against them.
Jeff Svoboda: Funny enough, when Team BSB did its preseason picks for its print Football Preview Issue, everyone who was asked had the Buckeyes at 12-0 during the regular season including myself. We also all had the Buckeyes winning the Big Ten Championship Game, putting them at 13-0.
So now the question becomes, can they run though the playoff for the second year in a row? That, to me, is the toughest part of any of this. There's only a 25 percent chance of doing so, really, when you put the four best teams in the nation in a playoff, something Florida State learned the hard way last year even after getting to the baker's dozen in wins. So for that reason, I'm going to say no. You just have no idea how a team will jell during a season and what its mental state will be when the rubber hits the road at the end of the year. Heck, even in late November last year, who could have predicted the run the Buckeyes would go on at the conclusion of the campaign?
With all that in mind, my official prediction for this season is that the Buckeyes will make it unblemished into the playoff and then fall short of a repeat national title. I'm not sure who's gonna beat them, as I do think Ohio State is likely the most talented team in the nation, but the end of the season is about jelling and a good vibe than it is talent. It's just so hard to repeat, and while I think the Buckeyes give it a heck of a run, it's just too tempting to take the field.
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?
Question 18: Which position group matchup are you most looking forward to this season (ex: Ohio State O-Line vs. MSU D-line)?