With road games against Michigan and Nebraska, along with games against Michigan State and Penn State, the Ohio State Buckeyes will not have an easy road to the Big Ten Championship Game. But ESPN did have one issue with the way Ohio State's schedule begins.
In an article for ESPN, Senior Staff Writer Chris Low declared that Ohio State has the "cushiest open to the season" of any Power Five team. The Buckeyes' first four games will be home against Florida Atlanta and Cincinnati, followed by a road game against Big Ten foe Indiana, and then a home game against Miami (OH).
Low concluded that it would be a "safe bet" that the Buckeyes start their season 4-0.
Ohio State faces Florida Atlantic and Cincinnati at home to open the season, then travels to Indiana and comes back home to face Miami (Ohio). Pretty safe bet that Ryan Day and the Buckeyes will be 4-0 going to Nebraska on Sept. 28.
While FAU, Cincinnati, Indiana and Miami (OH) will certainly feel a little insulted by Low's assessment, history tells us that he isn't too far off.
The Buckeyes haven't lost to any of those teams since 1988. They've never even faced FAU.
Nevertheless, all four of those are still FBS teams. Meanwhile, several SEC schools will be taking on a combination of Group of Five, FCS, and weaker SEC teams to start their season.
That still doesn't take away from the fact that the start to Ohio State's 2019 season is relatively light, and one that certainly should result in a 4-0 sweep if the Buckeyes have any hopes of contending for the College Football Playoff.