2017 Football Preview – Big Ten – Buckeyes
Looking for 2017 Ohio State Buckeyes predictions? The Buckeyes had a disappointing end to their campaign last year as they fell in the National Semi Finals in what was a route from the hands of Clemson. The Buckeyes enter this season with high hopes once again as they have the tools to really be a contender once again.
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Ohio State has the team and schedule built to make another run at the title this season. With just a few big games on the schedule, it won’t take much for this team to cruise into the Big 10 title game.
2017 Ohio State Buckeyes Predictions: Team Strengths
Returning Aspects: Ohio State returns a lot of huge pluses from the 2016 season that will certainly play a huge role for them here in their 2017 run.
Ohio State returns a 4th year starting QB in JT Barrett, a 1000 yard rusher in Mike Weber, and every defensive lineman.
Ohio state has plenty of big names and big time playmakers coming back and they should have plenty of experience to lean on.
High Flying Attack: This Ohio State offense is going to be even better than last season.
Despite their shutout in the Semi Finals that had everybody wondering what was going on, Ohio State still had one of the top offenses in the nation.
The Buckeyes averaged 39.4 points and 459.2 yards per game and those numbers could even go up.
With Weber maturing and Barrett looking to put a cap on his college career, this Ohio State offensive may be as explosive as ever.
2017 Ohio State Buckeyes Predictions: Team Weaknesses
Rebuilding in the Secondary: While there are many strengths of this Buckeyes team, one thing to keep an eye on is their secondary.
After getting torched in the Semi Final deep, the Buckeyes are in rebuilding mode when it comes to their secondary.
Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley and safety Malik Hooker are all gone and they’ll need some underclassmen to really step up this season or it could be a long year for this defense.
Ohio State Buckeyes Prediction: 11-1
This schedule is made for the Buckeyes to really succeed.
They get almost every tough competitor at home, but one thing to watch for is that final week at Michigan.
Michigan nearly shocked them at home last year and this is going to be a game the Wolverines have circled the entire way.
While that may not be the slip up necessarily, Ohio State should still endure some tall tasks, but a solid year overall as they seek a return back into the BCS Playoffs.
2017 Ohio State Buckeyes Football Schedule
- Aug. 31: at Indiana (Thursday)
- Sept. 9: vs. Oklahoma
- Sept. 16: vs. Army
- Sept. 23: vs. UNLV
- Sept. 30: at Rutgers
- Oct. 7: vs. Maryland
- Oct. 14: at Nebraska
- Oct. 21: BYE
- Oct. 28: vs. Penn State
- Nov. 4: at Iowa
- Nov. 11: vs. Michigan State
- Nov. 18: vs. Illinois
- Nov. 25: at Michigan
- Dec. 2: Big Ten championship game
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