Ohio State finished #3 in the final polls but the season was still a disappointment. The big loss for the Buckeyes in 2014 was the conference title game against Nebraska. For the third time in four years the Buckeyes lost to the Cornhuskers in the B1G Championship game. This year Ohio State brings back a very talented defense, but the offense has a lot of question marks. Offense (7 of 11 starters returning from 2014) The Buckeyes are starting a new QB, HB and 3 new wide receivers, At QB the starting QB will be Bryce Greene. He is a pure pocket passer with very good accuracy. He will be joined in the backfield by Ray O'Connor and Jason McAfee. The two running backs have very different run styles but O'Connor is expected to get the bulk of the carries. At 245 lbs. he is built better for the carries than the 165 lbs. McAfee. The only returning starter at wide receiver is speedy John Atkins. He will be teamed with seniors Greg Riley and Devin Smith, and junior Jeremy Powell. The group has a lot of speed. Tight ends Manny Freeman and James Ingram will also make plays in the passing game. The offensive line for Ohio State is the strength of the offensive unit. Most of the starters are back from last season. Senior center Van Terrell is the leader for the o-line. Defense (9 if 11 starters returning from 2014) OSU led the nation in sacks last season and the front seven returns all but one starter. Will White is a beast and he has a shot at the all-time sack record. The junior chose to pass on the NFL Draft for a shot at that mark. Defensive end Vincent Seward is another tough man to block. He was second on the team with 14.5 sacks last season. He has enough strength to out muscle offensive linemen or the speed to fly past the blocker. In the second level, the key returning starters are T.J. Matthews (MLB) and Deonne Darby (ROLB). Matthews is a solid tackler who has the awareness to make plays anywhere on the field. He and Darby are both three year starters for OSU. CB may be the only question mark for the Buckeyes' defense, and the unit is still solid. Charlie Harrell returns for his senior season. He led OSU in interceptions last season. Doran Grant will start on the opposite side. He was solid in coverage last season as the nickle CB. As for the safeties, this is another area of strength for OSU. Ray McKeon may be the best all-around safety in the country. He makes plays all over the field and his speed allows him to tack down plays on the opposite side of the field. He will be an asset against the run and the pass. Strong safety Alex Gordon is another talented player. He doesn't have the speed of McKeon but he is a very smart football player. Prediction I think the defense will carry this team to an undefeated regular season. The key will be limiting mistakes on offense and trusting the defense. The run game will be solid but the offense will largely be dependent on the run game. Greene is a solid QB that should avoid mistakes, but his lack of experience in critical games could be a factor.