Ohio State enters this season with a completely new look to its coaching staff and offense. The departure of Urban Meyer has left the door open for Ryan Day to leave his mark on the program.
As Day prepares for his first season as the head coach, the Buckeyes are still figuring out their quarterback situation.
Last weekend, Day revealed that neither Justin Fields or Gunner Hoak have done enough to win the starting job. This is quite interesting since the regular season starts in a little over two weeks.
Regardless of which transfer becomes the starter for this season, Ohio State might be a contender to make the College Football Playoff. On the flip side, it’s possible that inexperience at quarterback could haunt the reigning Big Ten champions.
Brad Crawford of 247Sports went through the best and worst case scenarios for each team in the Big Ten.
The best case scenario for the Buckeyes is a potential undefeated regular season. The worst case scenario is quite discouraging as it has them falling to 9-3 on the year.
Worst-case scenario: (9-3, 6-3) — If Ohio State doesn’t get elite play out of Justin Fields at quarterback and its defense is as bad — or worse — as it was last season, Day’s first season could be a huge disappointment. This program is accustomed to competing for Big Ten titles and being in the national championship annually, so a three regular season would be a colossal stinker considering the talent returning on both sides of the football.
It’s true that quarterback play will be a huge factor in how Ohio State performs this season.
The Buckeyes will have their first chance to see either Fields or Hoak under center on August 31.