ESPN’s Football Power Index has released its projections for every game on Ohio State’s regular season schedule. Once again, the Buckeyes are expected to have a big year.
This season brings a big change to Columbus, though. Urban Meyer has stepped down, with Ryan Day, who guided the team in his September absence last year, taking over as head coach.
The Buckeyes, and the Big Ten as a whole, have struggled to reach the College Football Playoff over the last few years. Ohio State was last in the four-team field in 2016, when Meyer’s team was blanked by Clemson, 31-0 in the semifinal.
ESPN’s FPI has some questions about Ohio State football entering the 2019 season.
The team is favored to win all but one game, but starts the year ranked just 13th, which is solid, but low for a program like the Buckeyes.
Based on the percentages, only one team is favored against Ohio State. Unfortunately, it is the last team Ohio State wants to drop a game to.
- Week 1 vs. Florida Atlantic: Win
- Week 2 vs. Cincinnati: Win
- Week 3 at Indiana: Win
- Week 4 vs. Miami (OH): Win
- Week 5 at Nebraska: Win
- Week 6 vs. Michigan State: Win
- Week 8 at Northwestern: Win
- Week 9 vs. Wisconsin: Win
- Week 11 vs. Maryland: Win
- Week 12 at Rutgers: Win
- Week 13 vs. Penn State: Win
- Week 14 at Michigan: Loss
11-1 would be a great first year for any coach, especially replacing a legend. That loss to Michigan would really sting for Buckeye fans though.