Ohio State was pretty dang good in 2016. We have a hunch they’ll be at least as good, if not better, next season. This was a very young team, and they’re returning an excellent QB, an ace RB, a nasty defensive line, and outside of their secondary, most of just about everybody else.
But hey, we’re an Ohio State site, so we’re probably more likely to take an optimistic view of Ohio State’s chances. But right now, we’re not the only ones. We took a look at the other biggest Too Early Top 25s that are floating around the internet, and basically everybody agrees, Ohio State should be pretty good. In fact, most of the other national voices seem to like Ohio State even more than we do.
Here’s a list of where folks are picking the Buckeyes:
Fox Sports: 2nd
USA TODAY: 3rd
The Big Lead: 2nd
The argument for Ohio State being second or third does make sense, as Urban Meyer is the best coach in the sport outside of Nick Saban, and Ohio State has recruited better than just about anybody outside of Alabama. And that 2017 class? Well, it might even be better than what Alabama puts together, once it’s all said and done.
We’re a little more skeptical about the secondary and the passing game, but I think we can all agree, Ohio State should be really, really good again in 2017.