We are nearing the release of Madden NFL 20. Set to be released on Aug. 2, EA Sports announced the rookie player ratings in the game.
Ten former Ohio State Buckeyes got their first taste of being in a video game, with Nick Bosa and Dwayne Haskins leading the way with the top two spots among OSU rookies.
The younger Bosa brother, a member of the San Francisco 49ers, came in with a 79 overall. Haskins, a possible starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins, has an early grade of 72. Wide receiver Parris Campbell had the third best OSU rookie ranking behind Haskins, scoring a 71. And Haskins’ teammate, WR Terry McLaurin, is the last Buckeye rookie with a grade at or above 70; McLaurin’s grade was exactly a 70.
In the grand scheme of rookies, Bosa has the third best overall score. Slightly above him are defensive tackles Quinnen Williams (80) and Ed Oliver (79). Williams was picked one spot behind Bosa, going No. 3 to the New York Jets. Oliver, a standout for the Houston Cougars, went No. 9 to the Buffalo Bills.
Amongst rookie QBs, Haskins has the second best score—only behind overall No. 1 pick Kyler Murray, who has a 73. Daniel Jones, the New York Giants QB selection at No. 6 overall, had the lowest grade amongst the first round draft picks with a 65. Ouch.
Here’s a summary of all 32 1st round picks and their Madden NFL 20 overall. Your thoughts? pic.twitter.com/cPGnWpZ83P— Steve Noah (@Steve_OS) July 1, 2019
If you want to check other player rankings, you can do so here.
“Still, there are a lot of questions about this team that makes me uncomfortable betting the over here. Ryan Day has never run a program on his own, let alone a program of this size with these expectations. Justin Fields has never been a starting quarterback at the college level. The Buckeyes will also have to play Nebraska, Northwestern and Michigan on the road this season.”
With the lone football game about to come out, that means we’ve nearly survived the football offseason. Now, we’ve entered the time where season predictions are taking place.
Tom Fornelli at CBS Sports gave his predictions for the Big Ten this fall, saying whether or not teams would make the over/under in their win projections.
Ohio State was slotted at 10.5 wins, but Fornelli believes the Buckeyes won’t make the over (meaning 11-1 or better). A new coach and new quarterback are two of the big questions Fornelli had about the Buckeyes—and that’s just the internal stuff. Road contests against Nebraska, Northwestern and Michigan—all teams looking for revenge against the Buckeyes—are also seen as problem points throughout Ryan Day’s first full season at the helm of the program.
Around the B1G, Fornelli has Michigan winning over 9.5 games, Nebraska winning over 8.5 games, and Northwestern winning over 6.5 games.
Some notable unders that Fornelli is calling for include: Michigan State winning under 7.5 games, Maryland winning under 4.5 games, and Penn State/Wisconsin winning less than 8.5.
“The answer can’t be just like last year because that’s how we’ve done it. That doesn’t work,” said Day, who also noted he has to consider how the offense affects the defense and special teams now that he is head coach.”
Marcus Hartman of the Dayton Daily News has once again wrote a great piece mixing the past and present. Writing about the evolution of the Ohio State offense, the focus of the piece is around Ryan Day and how he will shape the Buckeyes’ offensive identity.
Woody Hayes had three yards and a cloud of dust. Urban Meyer had the spread offense and speedsters all around the skill positions. Ryan Day has shown the West Coast concept last year, where Haskins torched the Big Ten (and the record books) en route to a Rose Bowl victory.
Hartman gives a primer in how the strategies have changed throughout time. Touching on the times of Paul Brown and Wes Fesler to Earle Bruce and John Cooper. Spliced in between are quotes from Day, as he prepares to usher OSU into a new era.
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