Ryan Day is set to take over for Urban Meyer as head coach of Ohio State this season, and there are a lot of questions as to how he’ll manage a full slate of games. But one ESPN analyst had a bold prediction for how the 2019 season will play out.
ESPN analyst Joey Galloway, an Ohio State alum, stated this past week that he expects the Buckeyes to go undefeated this season. When probed, he said that he isn’t too concerned with the road games against Nebraska and Michigan.
Galloway also pointed out that Ohio State is set to be favored in every one of their regular season games. He explained that if the team is going to be at all better than last year, they have to go undefeated anyway.
Ohio State went 11-1 in the regular season, with a loss to Purdue ultimately knocking them out of CFP contention. They recovered nicely though, winning the Big Ten title and the Rose Bowl.
Galloway: Ohio State will go undefeated https://t.co/EqfSnlnVTL
— joey galloway (@Joey_Galloway) July 19, 2019
The Buckeyes last went undefeated in 2012, Meyer’s first year with the team. But despite going 12-0 in the regular season, NCAA sanctions prevented them from contending for any bowl game, let alone the BCS National Championship.
Prior to that, the Buckeyes went 14-0 in 2002, with Jim Tressel’s team beating the Miami Hurricanes in the Fiesta Bowl to be named consensus national champions.
But a lot of changes are coming to Ohio State this season, not the least of which are the changes at head coach and quarterback with Meyer and Dwayne Haskins having left.