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Last year the Ohio State Buckeyes began the Ryan Day era in grand style by winning their first 13 games before losing a highly controversial 29-23 College Football Playoff matchup against the Clemson Tigers. Certainly, the recruiting of retired previous head coach Urban Meyer paid major dividends. Meyer learned to recruit in the cutthroat SEC where he won two national championships at Florida. When he arrived at Ohio State in 2012, he was shocked at the gentlemanly country club atmosphere of Big Ten coaches. He immediately kicked in the teeth of those other coaches and dominated the conference by winning three league championships along with the 2014 national title. Day showed his offensive brilliance in his first year while the defense was utterly dominant. Ohio State actually improved under his steady leadership as Meyer ended his career as an erratic emotional wreck.
2020 Ohio State Buckeyes at a Glance
National Championship Odds: +395
Ohio State got the cash in nine out of 13 lined games for 2019 and is considered good as gold with gamblers. OSU is a traditional power dating back to the days of Woody Hayes, who won five nation al championships and 13 Big Ten titles between 1951 through 1978. Ohio State is a blue blood marquee national brand along the lines of Alabama, Oklahoma, and Clemson. The Buckeyes have made the College Football Playoff three times since 2014. Ohio State’s ownership of the rivalry with Michigan further adds to their public appeal.
2020 Ohio State Buckeyes Schedule
Week 1: Saturday, September 5, Bowling Green Falcons
Week 2: Saturday, September 12, at Oregon Ducks
Week 3: Saturday, September 19, Buffalo Bulls
Week 4: Saturday, September 26, Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Week 5: Bye Week
Week 6: Saturday, October 10, Iowa Hawkeyes
Week 7: Saturday, October 17, at Michigan State Spartans
Week 8: Saturday, October 24, at Penn State Nittany Lions
Week 9: Saturday, October 31, Nebraska Cornhuskers
Week 10: Saturday, November 7, Indiana Hoosiers
Week 11: Saturday, November 14, at Maryland Terrapins
Week 12: Saturday, November 21, at Illinois Fighting Illini
Week 13: Saturday, November 28, Michigan Wolverines
2020 Ohio State Buckeyes Regular Season Preview
It is said that recruiting is the lifeblood of college football and Ohio State is the ultimate proof of that. They are the only Big Ten team that recruits on a SEC level. And that is why the Buckeyes are favored to win the Big Ten yet again for 2020.
Junior quarterback Justin Fields returns after an outstanding first year as OSU starter. In fact, Fields ended up in New York City as a Heisman Trophy finalist. Last year Fields threw for 3273 yards with a 181.4 quarterback rating. He threw for 41 touchdown passes with just three interceptions. After just one season under Day and as the starter Fields figures to be even better for 2020.
Also returning is running back Master Teague III. Last year as the freshman second back Teague ran for 789 yards, 5.8 yards per carry, and four touchdowns. Teague is slated to take over as the top running back with the departure of J.K. Dobbins, who cleared the 2000-yard rushing mark in 2019.
Fields will be secure in the knowledge that wide receiver Chris Olave is back as well. Olave led the Buckeyes with 849 receiving yards last year with 49 catches and 12 touchdowns.
Offensive guard Wyatt Davis leads one of the nation’s best units. Last year Davis earned first team All-American honors.
Defensively there will be a total of eight new starters but most of them have playing experience and all of them were highly coveted national recruits.
Cornerback Shaun Wade will anchor the defense as he chose to return for his fourth season instead of entering the 2020 NFL Draft.
It was natural to question whether Day was up to task of replacing Meyer but he delivered the goods in spades. The only remaining question remains long term. As Meyer’s recruits gradually leave the program the proof of Day’s recruiting ability will be revealed. As for now Ohio State is the class of the Big Ten Conference.
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