Ohio State will enter the season with sophomore Dwayne Haskins at starting quarterback after an open competition this past offseason. Tate Martell, a redshirt freshman, will start the year off as the backup.
Monday, interim head coach Ryan Day, filling in for Urban Meyer during his suspension, gave a short-but-important update on the plan for Martell. Day says the plan is to play Martell.
What does that mean? Martell will likely have a package of plays - or perhaps he'll get a series or two against Oregon State. If the Buckeyes take a commanding lead early, perhaps he'll even get more time.
Martell redshirted last year, so there's no sense in keeping him off the field - unless it's determined that the Buckeyes are better off with Haskins taking every snap. But as we've seen over the years, starting the season as Ohio State's backup doesn't necessarily mean you aren't going to get time.
Ohio State will start its season against Oregon State. Meyer's full-on suspension runs through that game. For the next two weeks, Meyer will be allowed to coach practice. But he won't be on the field to see his team take on either Rutgers or TCU.
The Buckeyes, per usual, are considered a national title contender this season. Last year, they won the Big Ten but finished just out of the running for a College Football Playoff spot.
Ohio State takes on Oregon State on September 1.