Ohio State: Back to Back Champs? by Logan Wiggenhorn ’18

The defending National Champion Ohio State Buckeyes look to have a repeat year of a historic 2014 season. They beat the odds, winning the first ever College Football Playoff. Many thought before the final rankings were announced that Ohio State did not have a shot of making the playoff, especially after losing their starting quarterback J.T. Barrett. Cardale Jones, a 6’5 250 pound tank from Glenville High School, led the Buckeyes into battle for what would be the last three games. In the Big Ten championship game Jones, in his first start ever as a Buckeye, proved to everybody that he was the man for the job. He led the Buckeyes to a 59-0 victory against the Wisconsin Badgers, who were predicted by many to beat the Bucks. They ended up winning the National Championship after shocking Nick Saban’s powerhouse in Alabama and Oregon, led by the elusive Marcus Mariota. This year the Buckeyes were the first ever unanimous #1 team in the nation. They did not lose much, the biggest loss being wide receiver Devin Smith. They bring back three quarterbacks in Barrett, Jones, and Miller (who was recently moved to “H” back). They have All-American defensive end Joey Bosa and running back Ezekiel Elliott returning. The Scarlet and Gray also have a class of 2015 St. Ed’s grad in wide receiver Alex Stump (said to be Urban Meyer’s next Riley Cooper). The Buckeye’s schedule seems to be a pretty easy one, besides tough games against Virginia Tech week one, fourth ranked Michigan State on November 21st, and the Michigan Wolverines on November 28th. Ohio State is the favorite to be back-to-back champs. Anything less than that will be considered a waste of a season by many.  After all, they did not lose a lot, bringing back experience and  winning attitudes. Count on THE Ohio State Buckeyes to win the National Championship on Monday, January 11th in Glendale Arizona.

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