The Ohio State Buckeyes Last season the Buckeyes started off 10-1 but lost back-to-back games to the rival Wolverines. The Buckeyes ended the season by thrashing Mississippi State in the Capital One Bowl but overall this was not a great season for Ohio State. The team brings back many of the key players from last year and hopes to end its 2-game losing streak against Michigan. Strengths: Linebackers - All three starters return from 2013 and the recruiting class adds depth to this group. Ryan Shazier and Curtis Grant are among the best returning linebackers in the country. Marcus Fuller performed well last season as a true freshman. Freshmen John Stallings, Nick Lewis and Tim Dunbar provide depth behind the starters. Cornerbacks - All four cornerbacks return from last season, including stars Bradley Roby and Doran Grant. Adam Griffin is solid at nickle back and Micah Jones is more than capable at the dime spot. Wide Receivers - The Buckeyes lost a couple starters but bring back some key pieces. Devin Smith is another superstar, though he has not put up big numbers in last couple seasons. Evan Spencer led the team in receiving last season and he is back for his senior year. Defensive Line - Depth at defensive end is a bit of a concern but the talent level remains high at that position. Noah Spence is the third defensive end but he will be used as a situational pass rusher. Freshman Craig Mirvil is a future star and he will see the field this season. The Buckeyes are loaded at defensive tackle. Michael Bennett and John Hale are the starters but the team is 8-players deep at that spot. Weaknesses/Concerns: Quarterback - Braxton Miller can be a star player but he needs to play smarter football. The 22 picks last year are a prime example for that issue. He did pass for 3000+ yards and 35+ touchdowns last year. Running Back - The Buckeyes need to use the ground game more this season but will be without HB Carlos Hyde. Rod Smith and Brionte Dunn will compete for the starting role. Freshman HB David Jones will be the speed back that OSU lacked last season. He is a good receiver so could be the third down back. Offensive Line - The Buckeyes lost most of the starters from last season but have some players ready to start. This unit will need to provide Miller time to pass and open holes for the run game. Jeremy Kennedy is the only returning starter. Center Jacoby Boren may be the best player in this unit. Safety - OSU lost both starters from last season and some of the reserve players. TJ Hudson and Rory Henderson will assume the starting roles. Both players performed well as freshmen last season but they only saw the field during mop-up time.