Ohio State Ohio State finished last season with Big 10 and BCS Championship trophies. Can the Buckeyes repeat as champions or will they fall? The team had several losses on both sides of the ball. On offense wide receivers Fields and Brown used up their collegiate eligibility. Star HB could have stayed another season but he left early for the draft. There was also losses along the offensive line. On defense the secondary lost many starters, including standout CB Clarke. Offense Miller will assume the role at QB. His play last season was erratic. He played great in some games, while struggling in other games. At times he was benched in favor of Guiton, but that is not an option for this season. The coaches worked with Miller in the offseason and the team will be dependent on his success. Hyde will assume the vacant HB spot. He is expected to carry a heavy load for the Buckeyes this season. At wide receiver OSU is young but talented. Williams and Reed are both redshirt seniors, with Reed having 3 years of experience. Pryor and Atkins are juniors looking to prove their recruit ranking. The offensive line possesses talent but this is a young group. Center Terrell is a first year starter but the junior is the most experienced player on the line. Defense The defense returns 7 of 11 starters, all in the front 7. The defensive line will be led by DT White, who led the Buckeyes in sacks last year. DE Seward and DT Bennett also return from last season's championship team. The linebacker core returns all 3 starters, including MLB Matthews. As for the secondary, the only returning starter is B Nick Sparks. Harrell will start opposite of Sparks at CB. Sophomore McKeon will start at the free safety spot. His biggest play last season was a blocked punt in the end zone. The strong safety will be Austin or Gordon, both redshirt freshmen. Overall this group has talent but it will depend on the young players in the secondary. Expectations This is a very young team with only 9 seniors on the roster. Some experts have the Buckeyes in a rebuilding year, but the OSU coaches feel different. This team has a lot of talent and some young players will become superstars. The schedule certainly doesn't provide many easy games to the Buckeyes. OSU has back-to-back road games against LSU and North Carolina in weeks 2 and 3. They follow those trips with a week 6 home game against Alabama. The other key game will be the road game against Penn State. I am projecting OSU to drop 1 of the 3 early games but to finish the season at 11-1. The Buckeyes will then face off with Michigan State for the conference championship. Breakout Players - SO FS Ray McKeon - Tremendous speed and size combination. He should bat down or pick off a lot of passes. - JR CB Charlie Harrell - Lacks ideal size but makes up for it with great speed. He will need to step up to replace Clarke - WR John Atkins - Fields and Brown are gone so Atkins will need to provide deep threat for Miller. He has been quiet his first 2 seasons.