Here are five "bold" predictions for Ohio State's football program in 2018.
Ohio State's football program had a pretty solid 2017. The Buckeyes started the year coming off a 31-0 loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff. Ohio State had a couple of disappointing losses during the regular season, but won the Big Ten Championship Game and finished the year with a Cotton Bowl win against USC.
What's in store for Ohio State in 2018?
Here are five "bold" predictions.
1. One of the quarterbacks will transfer
The Buckeyes go into the 2018 season with three quarterbacks capable of being the guy who replaces J.T Barrett - Dwayne Haskins, Tate Martell and Joe Burrow. One of them is going to transfer. It'll probably be Burrow. Haskins looked good in backup duty and Martell has four seasons left of eligibility. Burrow, a rising junior, will probably need to transfer out if he wants to start somewhere.
2. Haskins will win the starting job, but Martell will play (multiple positions)
The quarterback competition will be really fun to watch, but it'll eventually be won by Haskins. Maybe earlier than expected, too. I could see Urban Meyer naming Haskins the guy after spring practice. Martell will play too, though. Meyer has run a two-QB system before and Martell's skillset is very different from Haskins'. Martell has also said he's open to playing a Braxton Miller-type role for the Buckeyes if he's not the starter at QB.
3. Ohio State will have two 1,000-yard rushers
Ohio State's backfield might be the best in the country in 2018, with Mike Weber and J.K. Dobbins wreaking havoc on opposing defenses. Dobbins, a rising sophomore, totaled more than 1,400 yards in 2017. Weber missed some games and played hurt at times, so he didn't get a ton of carries, but he still totaled more than 600 yards, averaging 6.2 yards a carry. If he's healthy, he could get to the 1,000-yard mark.
4. Nick Bosa will get some Heisman Trophy love
Ohio State's defensive line depth is taking a pretty big hit heading into the 2018 season. The Buckeyes missed out on some top recruits and have some players leaving for the NFL. Thankfully, Joey Bosa's younger brother, Nick, will be back. He'll probably play more snaps as a result of the decreased depth. There will be a point in the season when he's getting some Heisman Trophy love.
5. Haskins will leave for the NFL after the season
Haskins will just be a sophomore, but he'll be a redshirt sophomore, eligible to leave early for the NFL Draft if he wants. He's got an NFL-ready arm and will be leading an Ohio State offense that has its entire wide receivers corps back. If he has a big season (I think he will), leaving for the NFL is a real possibility.