With the Ohio State Buckeyes about to open their season tomorrow, let’s look at some expectations for the year, and for the season opener against the Marshall Thundering Herd. Let’s start with the season outlook.
There has been a lot, I mean A LOT of Buckeye talk buzzing around, a shot at a National Championship, A Heisman, and even talk about moving the OSU-Mich game. We will touch briefly on the first two, and a column about moving the game will be coming in the not too distant future.
But first, lets talk about the National Championship. Does OSU have a chance at it? Certainly. There is a good team, a lot of returning stars to look forward to watching, and of course, we always have a good chance as long as we have Jim “The Vest” Tressel. Is it too early to really start proclaiming it? Yes. The Buckeyes are going to be good this year and definitely have a chance at the Big Ten championship and a Bowl Game. Let’s just leave it at that for now.
As for all this Pryor for Heisman stuff. I think, with the injury to Ingram, Pryor is in with a real chance, but he needs to play more like he did against Oregon in the Rose Bowl. He needs to show a level head and good decision making on the field. If he accomplishes that, he has a chance for getting some votes for Heisman, that being said, it is still way too early for any of this talk. So let’s move on to what to look for in the season opener against Marshall.
First, Pryor needs to show his maturity and his poise. He needs to show up tomorrow evening and be a real leader for the Buckeyes.
Second, How will the defense fair with losing a few key guys like Thaddeus Gibson? Im sure our defense will be just as good (better?) than last year, but it will be interesting to see how we come out against Marshall.
Third and finally, how will the receiving corps and fair in this new season? There are a lot of talented wideouts but, I am still curious to see how well this group molds this year.