The Ohio State Buckeyes are only eight days away from the start of the regular season. Before they take the field let’s play a little game of Over/Under:
(All predictions include postseason games if applicable).
1,400 Yards Rushing For Mike Weber
Weber rushed for a total of 1,096 yards for the Buckeyes last season and did so while averaging 14 rushing attempts per game. That number should be closer to 20 this year, even with the emergence of freshman J.K. Dobbins in practice.
Ohio State intercepted opposing quarterbacks a total of 21 times during the 2016 campaign. Seven of those came courtesy of Malik Hooker. While the secondary will be a more-than effective unit in 2017, I simply don’t believe they’ll be able to create as many takeaways.
The greatest strength for the Bucks on paper is their talent and depth at defensive end. After only recording 28 sacks in 2016 (tied for 54th in the country), the Scarlet and Gray will easily eclipse that number and crack the top 10 in 2017.
40.5 Total Touchdowns For J.T. Barrett
This one’s tough. Barrett had a combined 33 touchdowns last season, but amassed 45 total TDs as a freshman. There’s no doubt Barrett is the heart and soul of this offense, but it’s realistic that Weber, Dobbins, Campbell and Demario McCall could all emerge as reliable threats out of the backfield by the middle of October.
650 Yards Receiving For Parris Campbell
Campbell has shown promising progression over his career as a Buckeye. He’s got the ability, experience and football IQ necessary for him to break out as a receiving stud.