Under Urban Meyer, Ohio State was one of the most consistent programs in college football. With his departure from the program, as well as a number of stars making the jump to the NFL, this year has seen more upheaval than the Buckeyes have had since Jim Tressel was forced out.
Ryan Day takes over for Meyer. He was solid while filling in for his former boss during the suspension last season, but he’s still a first-year head coach leading a giant program.
Dwayne Haskins is also gone after one phenomenal year as starter. He was a first-round pick and will likely start as a rookie in Washington.
With all of that upheaval, the most famous Buckeye in college football media says that the team has a bit of a chip on its shoulder entering the 2019 season.
On today’s season premiere of College GameDay, Kirk Herbstreit said as much about the Buckeyes, as they enter a very different-look season.
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“I kind of sense a chip on the shoulder collectively of Ohio State with all the questions,” Herbstreit said during College GameDay. “What are they gonna do without [Dwayne] Haskins? What are they going to do without Urban Meyer? I think they’re sitting their anxiously waiting for the season to get started.”
Michigan, not Ohio State, enters the season as the favorite to win the Big Ten. The Wolverines definitely appear to be a bit more stable, with Jim Harbaugh on the sideline, and starting quarterback Shea Patterson returning.
The upside may still be with Ohio State though.
Day is a question mark, but did a very good job building the offense around Haskins last season. Now, he has former No. 2 overall recruit Justin Fields, who joins the team after transferring from Georgia, to lead the way.
There are definitely more question marks surrounding OSU than there have been in a long time, but with the talent on hand, and serious motivation, the Buckeyes remain very dangerous.