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The Buckeyes are loaded heading into 2017.

Ohio State opens its 2017 season tonight against Indiana. The Buckeyes are one of the most popular picks to win it all this year.

It makes sense. This team is loaded with talent, and's Lance Zierlein is especially high on the Buckeyes.

Zierlein has been ranking college football team's according to future NFL talent, and he has OSU as the No. 1 team in the country, ahead of Alabama.

Ohio State is beating Alabama at its own game, loading up on talent for its defensive front. Nick Bosa, Sam Hubbard and Dre'mont Jones are the most talented players in the group, but make no mistake -- they are rolling two-deep with draftable talent up front. The secondary is reloading but incomplete at this time and the same can be said for wide receiver, but LBs Jerome Baker and Dante Booker are exceptional athletes ready to take big strides this season. Offensively, scouts are excited about Billy Price and Jamarco Jones up front.

You can read all of Zierlein's rankings here.