This past weekend, one of my good friends from college sent me this link to Mark Schlabach’s very early college football rankings. He prefaced its consumption with the demand that I pay special attention to the blurb accompanying Schlabach’s #6-ranked team, the Ohio State Buckeyes. Being a dutiful person, I complied. Here’s the blurb:
It’s hard to imagine the Buckeyes’ being as good as last season without star players such as Chris “Beanie” Wells, James Laurinaitis and Malcolm Jenkins. But quarterback Terrelle Pryor will probably be better in his second season as a starter, and the offensive line might be much better after underperforming the past few seasons. The Buckeyes feel good about tailbacks Dan “Boom” Herron and Brandon Saine, and receivers DeVier Posey and Taurian Washington showed glimpses of productive play during spring practice. Michigan transfer Justin Boren looks like a star at left guard, and Andy Miller and Mike Adams were still battling at left tackle at the end of spring drills. Sophomore Michael Brewster is one of the better centers in the country. Ohio State’s defensive line is as deep and talented as any unit in the country. But there are two new starters at linebacker, and cornerbacks Jenkins and Donald Washington won’t be easily replaced. The Buckeyes open the season with difficult non-Big Ten games against Navy and USC, and play league road games at Penn State on Nov. 7 and at Michigan on Nov. 21.
So, to recap, Ohio State will be good because:
- Terrelle Pryor will probably be better
- The offensive line might be much better
- Two receivers “showed glimpses” during practice
- Two guys are still fighting for the starting left tackle spot
- There are two new starters at linebacker
- It will be hard to replace two starting cornerbacks
- Their non-conference schedule is difficult
Well I’m sold.