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Keith Byars, Jim Otis, Chris Ward named to 2018 College Football Hall of Fame ballot

Keith Byars

With 75 of the best in college football history on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot, there’s certainly some steep competition, but 3 all-time Ohio State greats were named to Hall’s 2018 ballot on Thursday. The results will be announced January 8, 2018 in the lead up to the 2018 College Football Playoff Championship Game. With a cap of just three nominees per school for the national ballot, the three who made the cut for OSU this time are running backs Keith Byars and Jim Otis and tackle Chris Ward.

It’s practically a crime Byars isn’t already inducted. The seventh all-time leading rusher at OSU was a unanimous All-American and famously finished as the Heisman Trophy runner-up in 1984. He still holds a school all-purpose yards record of 2,441 today.

Otis might be less familiar to younger readers but was a key cog on the great 1968 national championship team. He too was a consensus All-American and is one of only four Buckeyes to lead his teams in rushing three different seasons.

Ward helped lift OSU to four straight Big Ten titles helping Archie Griffin become a two-time Heisman Trophy winner in the process. The tackle was also a two-time All-American.

Given that the voting results seem almost at random each year, it’s tough to predict how the vote will break. Should any Buckeyes reach the necessary threshold, they’d join 25 other Ohio State all-time greats in the College Football Hall of Fame.