Ohio State Buckeyes Record Prediction
The question isn’t and never was if The Ohio State Buckeyes have enough talent to take them to the Playoffs. The question is how will the Buckeyes look under new head coach Ryan Day? Urban Meyer was in charge of the Buckeyes football program from 2012-2018 and led them to a National Championship in 2014 in the inaugural College Football Playoffs. The Buckeyes’ offense is now led by Georgia transfer and 2018 top dual threat QB recruit Justin Fields. Fields should form a dynamic offense alongside top running back JK Dobbins. And as for the Buckeyes’ defense Chase Young is arguably the Nation’s best pass rusher and should hear his name called very early in next year’s draft. So, without further ado here is the 2019 game by game predictions for The Ohio State Buckeyes:
vs Florida Atlantic
Prediction: Win (1-0)
In Ryan Day’s first official game as head coach of the Buckeyes Justin Fields shows why he was the highest rated dual threat QB in the 2018 class as he leads Ohio State to a thrashing victory over Lane Kiffin and Florida Atlantic.
Prediction: Win (2-0)
Desmond Ridder led an offense that finished fourth in yards and scoring in the AAC last season in his first year as the starter. The Bearcats also have all of their skill stars returning which could mean Ridder makes a bigger leap in his second season. Michael Warren also looks to improve on his breakout season as Gerrid Doaks returns after missing his 2018 season. Fields may also have some trouble vs the Cincinnati defense but look for Chase Young and the Buckeyes defense to dominate this Bearcats offense.
Prediction: Win (3-0)
The Buckeyes haven’t lost to Indiana since 1988 and they shouldn’t end that streak this season. The Hoosiers offensive line isn’t impressive at all so Chase Young and the front seven should be wreaking havoc all game. Plus, Justin Fields should be able to go and show off his playmaking ability.
vs Miami (OH)
Prediction: Win (4-0)
This should be an easy victory as the Buckeyes defense dominates and scores two touchdowns. Fields has another fantastic game with help from Dobbins on the ground.
Prediction: Win (5-0)
This is the game where Buckeyes fans should begin to get worried as Nebraska is always tough to play at Memorial Stadium. However, this Buckeyes team is too talented not to come out on top as they squeeze out a victory on the road.
vs Michigan State
Prediction: Win (6-0)
With Brian Lewerke returning, who is a very capable starter, the Spartans offense look to take a step forward. However, it’s the defensive unit that should concern Ohio State. The Spartans led the nation in rushing defense last season and also has one of the Big Ten’s most feared edge rushers in Kenny Willekes. Willekes was on his way to the NFL until he broke his leg in the RedBox Bowl vs Oregon, however he should be fully cleared to go for 2019. Justin Fields probably faces his toughest matchup and needs to step up for the Buckeyes to have a shot at coming out on top. This seems to be a battle of the defenses though and a game of who has the ball last wins.
Prediction: Win (7-0)
This seems like a game the Buckeyes would tend to lose the past couple seasons under Urban Meyer especially with a possible upgrade for the Wildcats at QB. Hunter Johnson sat out the 2018 season due to the transfer rules when he came over from Clemson, but Johnson looks to provide something Clayton Thorson couldn’t and that’s his dual threat ability. He could make the Buckeyes daunting front seven work hard to stop him setting up some room for the Wildcats more explosive receiving unit. The Wildcats signature dominant defense is also capable of shutting down Fields and Dobbins but for some reason I feel more confident that Ryan Day won’t ease up and will throw new looks at this defense. In a very close game the Buckeyes edge out the Wildcats in Day’s first true test.
Prediction: Win (8-0)
After coming off three consecutive close games the Buckeyes defense could prove to be a little gassed, but must gear up to face Heisman candidate Jonathan Taylor. This doesn’t look to be a pretty game but my money will be on the Buckeyes front seven limiting Taylor just enough to sneak out a victory.
Prediction: Win (9-0)
In another high scoring game against Maryland Justin Fields puts his name in the Heisman race with a phenomenal game as Dobbins pitches in with a 100-yard game. The duo of Fields and Dobbins proves how dangerous they could be.
vs Penn State
Prediction: Win (10-0)
Penn State always plays the Buckeyes tough but they are tougher when at home and this game is in the Shoe. I can’t see Ohio State losing this game when they know how important it is to win going into next week’s game at Michigan.
Prediction: Win (11-0)
The game we’ve all been waiting for as this will likely be televised nationwide as John Harbaugh looks to snap a seven-game losing streak against the Buckeyes. With Urban Meyer now gone the spotlight is solely on Harbaugh along with all of the pressure. Is this Ryan Day’s biggest game as head coach of The Ohio State Buckeyes? Sure, but the pressure is all on Harbaugh, as he finally has a shot to beat the Buckeyes and for the first time Meyer will not be across from him. A rookie head coach is leading the Buckeyes now and that, as crazy as it seems, should be advantage Ryan Day. The winner of this game will most likely have positioned themselves for a playoff spot and the loser leaves it in the hands of the committee. I would not be shocked if Michigan is favored for this one even if they have one loss on the record already. However, Chase Young, Justin Fields and a phenomenal JK Dobbins lead the Buckeyes and Ryan Day past the Wolverines and into the Playoffs. This could spell the end of John Harbaugh as the leader of the Wolverines.