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The Athletic's Stewart Mandel Predicts Ohio State Will Be Lone Undefeated Team

The Buckeyes will go unbeaten this fall, says one expert.

The Athletic's Stewart Mandel released his college football predictions today as part of his inaugural "Forward Pass" column for the launch of his CFB site.

Mandel, previously of Fox Sports, made predictions for the New Year's Six and College Football Playoff games.

Included in those predictions is a pick for the country's lone undefeated team.

He likes Ohio State to go 12-0.

Ohio State is the only team I’m predicting to finish the regular season undefeated. Taking an already loaded defense and adding Kevin Wilson as offensive coordinator — who inherits fifth-year senior QB J.T. Barrett — is a lethal formula. But Alabama will be right there behind the Buckeyes.

Ohio State opens its season on Thursday at Indiana. The game will be televised at 8 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.