Ohio State Buckeyes Football Season Preview History
2015 Ohio State Football Preview:
Ohio State started last season in a world of uncertainty. Former Big Ten player of the year Braxton Miller went down with a season ending injury before the season even started. A week 2 loss to Virginia Tech left the Buckeyes bracing for the worst. But the emergence of J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones saw Ohio State fly through the rest of the season, beat Michigan, win the Big Ten and win the first ever College Football Playoff. Enter the 2015 season and the expectations for the Ohio State Buckeyes are as high as they can be. Ohio State has possibly the 3 best quarterbacks in the Big Ten on their roster, with Braxton Miller starting the season at wide receiver. Junior running back Ezekiel Elliot also returns for the Buckeyes in 2015 and should continue his rise in the ranks of the nation’s top running backs. Top games on the Ohio State’s 2015 schedule include a rematch with Virginia Tech, and home games against Penn State and Michigan State. The 2015 Ohio State Buckeyes are the lone favorite to with the Big Ten, and should find themselves in the College Football Playoff once again.
2014 Ohio State Football Preview:
The Buckeyes didn’t finish where they wanted to be last season, coming so close to a shot at the national title only to fall to Michigan State late in the Big Ten Championship. Ohio State lost a close game to Clemson in the Orange Bowl a few weeks later, but never count the Buckeyes out for another big run in 2014 – even with the loss of QB Braxton Miller. Urban Meyer is one of the best coaches in college football over the last decade, and the Buckeyes have a lot of talent at other positions that should help ease the loss of Miller. As for Braxton, he’ll be replaced by redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett who will have big shoes to fill. Ezekiel Elliott will be looked upon to carry some of the load that is lost with the injury, as will Dontre Wilson and Devin Smith. It’ll have to be a team effort if Ohio State wants to stay up at the top of the polls. The Buckeyes will kick off the season at Navy before coming home to face Virginia Tech in Week 2 of the season. After playing Kent State and Cincinnati, Ohio State will head off to play Big Ten newcomer Maryland. The highly anticipated games come in the later weeks when OSU takes on Michigan State on Nov. 8 and Michigan at home on Nov. 29.
2011 Ohio State Football Preview:
The Ohio State Buckeyes have had one of the most tumultuous off-seasons of any college team in recent memory. Head coach Jim Tressel and quarterback Terrelle Pryor left after controversy rocked the team, and now replacement coach Luke Fickell has a difficult road ahead. However, if any team can weather the storm, it is Ohio State, which has as much pedigree and history as any school in the country.
The biggest question on offense is who will replace Pryor. There are two viable options, including youngster Braxton Miller and veteran Joe Bauserman. Whoever gets the call will have plenty of weapons around him, however, with senior running back Boom Herron and wide receiver DeVier Posey providing a spark.
One thing is for certain, the Buckeyes are going to rely heavily on their defense this season. Ohio State is always strong on the other side of the ball, but with an untested quarterback at the helm, they'll need to step it up. Luckily for them, they have a slew of talented defensive players, including lineman John Simon and Jonathan Hankins, both of whom can get after the quarterback on a regular basis.
The Buckeyes will be one of the more interesting stories throughout the season, so what better way to follow them but at the stadium with seats from TicketCity!
2010 Ohio State Football Preview:
Ohio State has been the team to beat in the Big Ten for the last five years. Coach Jim Tressel has brought the storied program to a level of success that matches some of their most prosperous eras, and with many players returning plus a favorable schedule the Buckeyes are poised to contend for another National Championship.
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor enters his junior season having yet to tap in to his almost unlimited potential. He has demonstrated flashes of greatness over his first two seasons, including an impressive Rose Bowl performance last season, but has been prone to making costly mistakes. Pryor could be a front-runner for the Heisman Trophy given his extraordinary talent. Pryor will be joined by a pair of solid running backs in senior Brandon Saine and junior Daniel Herron.
Although Pryor gets much of the hype, the Buckeye defense is likely to be one of the best in the nation. Last year the squad ranked fifth in the country in total defense by surrendering only 262.3 and 12.5 points per game. That dominance should continue with seniors Cameron Heyward and Dexter Larimore anchoring a stout defensive line.
Barring any catastrophic injuries, a sixth-straight conference title is well within reach and BCS crown could return to Columbus for the first time since 2002.
2009 Ohio State Football Preview:
Head Coach: Jim Tressell
The 2009 Ohio State Buckeyes will be one of the best teams in college football. The Buckeyes have been the top team in the Big 10 for the past decade, so they are used to being part of the National Championship conversation. The 2009 OSU squad's National Championship hopes will rest squarely on the young shoulders of super Soph quarterback Terrelle Pryor. If Pryor can improve upon his play from his fantastic 2008 season, when he started as a true freshman, then watch out for the Buckeyes. The Buckeyes lost a few key skill positions to the NFL, but Pryor's mobility and passing make him capable of taking over a game on his own. On defense Head Coach Jim Tressel has to replace a few key players from the 2008 Ohio State team, but has talent across his frontline and Safety Kurt Coleman returning. Ohio State will get an early test when the always powerful USC Trojans roll into Columbus, for what should be one of the biggest games of the season.
2009 Ohio State Football Early Preview:
Head Coach: Jim Tressell
Things look promising in Columbus as the Ohio State Buckeyes head into the 2009 season. Head Coach Jim Tressel will once again have to replace some key players that were part of the foundation of the Buckeyes the last four years. But the Buckeye with the most buzz is returning to OSU, that's talented quarterback Terrelle Pryor. The super Sophomore quarterback can run and pass; Pryor is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. He has Vince Young size and ability, so he's a headache for Big 10 coaches to plan against each and every week. The 2009 Buckeyes hopes of a National Title will rest on the shoulders of the young, talented quarterback.
2008 Ohio State Football Preview:
Head Coach: Jim Tressell
Ohio State returns in 2008 as the reigning Big Ten Conference champions. Although the team lost the BCS championship game to LSU last year, the team is flexing its muscles prior to the 2008 season. Already, the Buckeyes are ranked #2 in the nation heading into the 2008 season. A key factor in how the Ohio State offense will perform this season rests on the shoulders of Todd Boeckman, whose 14 interceptions last year have highlighted his inability to make plays under pressure. The Buckeyes may have a secret weapon in Terrell Pryor, who is touted as the “the greatest college quarterback to have never played a game.”