As the Ohio State football team prepares to embark on the 2021 college football season your favorite Ohio State SB Nation blog, no, not that one... not that one either... the other one. No, I’m talking about Land-Grant Holy Land. To get ready for the season, our panel of experts refuses to be silenced by the inevitable shaming at the hands of Freezing Cold Takes, and is putting their collective knowledge where their typing fingers are.
Fifteen LGHL writers and editors have made predictions about the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Big Ten Conference, and college football as a whole. Let us know who you are — and aren’t — agreeing with in the comments below. And don’t worry, we will be revisiting these come season’s end.
If you want to see how some of our returning LGHL prognosticators did in the 2020 season, check out the results from last season’s predictions.
Who will lead Ohio State in rushing yardage this season?
True freshman TreVeyon Henderson the clear leader in this predictions category.
Who will lead Ohio State in rushing TDs this season?
Despite Henderson taking the lead in the yardage question, veteran Master Teague is the presumptive leader in TDs. Henderson and Miyan Williams are close behind.
Will the coaching staff #FreeDemario this season?
I will never..... EVER..... give up on this. How dare you, person who is certainly not me who asked this question.
Who will lead Ohio State in receiving yardage this season?
No surprise here, Chris Olave leads the way with 60% of the vote, with Garrett Wilson close behind at 40%.
Who will lead Ohio State in receiving TDs this season?
Same thing as the question above.
C.J. Stroud Passing Stats Predictions
C.J. Stroud 2021 Passing Stat Predictions
While there is some variance amongst the responses, most everyone is in the same, general range.
How many passing yards will Quinn Ewers have?
Quinn Ewers 2021 Passing Yards Predictions
|Matt Tamanini||1 (we're playing "Price is Right" rules, right?|
Not gonna lie, a lot more zeros in these predictions than I was expecting, but I respect Dante for going big. It’s a longshot, but if it hits, he’s gonna look like a genius.
Who will lead Ohio State in tackles this season?
2021 Ohio State Tackle Leader Predictions
|Brett Ludwiczak||Teradja Mitchell|
|Caleb Houser||Teradja Mitchell|
|Chris Renne||Cody Simon or Craig Young|
|Connor Lemons||Teradja Mitchell|
|Dan Hessler||Teradja Mitchell|
|Dante Morgan||J.T. Tuimoloau|
|David Wheeler||Teradja Mitchell|
|Gene Ross||Haskell Garrett|
|Jordan Williams||Cody Simon|
|Josh Dooley||Josh Proctor|
|Justin Golba||Teradja Mitchell|
|Matt Tamanini||Cody Simon|
|Megan Husslein||Haskell Garrett|
|Meredith Hein||Sevyn Banks|
|Shane Bailey||Teradja Mitchell|
Come on, Chris. Pick one. If Simon or Young ends up leading the team, you’re only getting half credit when we tally this stuff up.
Who will lead Ohio State in sacks this season?
Zach Harrison leading in a big way here. I hope 2/3s of us are right!
Who will lead Ohio State in interceptions this season?
Sevyn Banks and Lathan Ransom in the lead here, which makes sense.
How many combined punts and field goal attempts will Ohio State have this season?
Combined 2021 Punts and Field Goal Attempts
|Dan Hessler||69 (nice, Dan)|
This is the one that I am by far the most invested in.
Which true freshman will end up having the biggest impact this season and why?
2020 Ohio State Impact Freshman Predictions
|Brett Ludwiczak||TreVeyon Henderson||Perfect compliment to Williams/Teague. J.K. Dobbins 2.0.|
|Caleb Houser||Jack Sawyer||Too much promise and hype around Jack for him to not be getting on the field a ton and making a difference too.|
|Chris Renne||Jack Sawyer||His natural ability as a pass rusher will have him in on key passing downs and he’ll have the opportunity to make a lot of big plays defensively.|
|Connor Lemons||Marvin Harrison Jr.||He has a chance to be third or fourth in the WR pecking order by the end of the season. Also, he is good.|
|Dan Hessler||TreVeyon Henderson|
|David Wheeler||Emeka Egbuka||He had an awesome spring game and will see lots of action.|
|Gene Ross||Jack Sawyer||Injury to Tyler Friday opens up some extra time along the defensive line and he might be the best defensive end on the team anyway.|
|Jordan Williams||TreVeyon Henderson||He will be the #1 back and get the most playing time out of the freshman.|
|Josh Dooley||TreVeyon Henderson||RB1 by midseason.|
|Justin Golba||Marvin Harrison Jr.||There will be so much attention on the top receivers, he will have opportunities.|
|Matt Tamanini||Jack Sawyer||With the injury to Tyler Friday and how Larry Johnson likes to rotate linemen, he will have plenty of opportunities to make a mark.|
|Megan Husslein||TreVeyon Henderson||He can take some of the load off of Stroud.|
|Meredith Hein||Jack Sawyer||Because there's always got to be a "next man up" defensive end!|
|Shane Bailey||Jack Sawyer||He simply looks like he eats offensive linemen's hopes and dreams for breakfast so far.|
I expected a little more for Henderson in here, but I love that there are so many optionsand that all are legitimately viable.
Which Buckeye that nobody is talking about will step up to make the biggest impact (non-freshman edition)?
2021 Impact Non-Freshman
|Brett Ludwiczak||Taron Vincent|
|Caleb Houser||Jaxson Smith-Njigba|
|Chris Renne||Taron Vincent|
|Connor Lemons||Dallas Gant|
|Dan Hessler||Kourt Williams|
|Dante Morgan||Josh Proctor|
|David Wheeler||Tyreke Smith|
|Gene Ross||Craig Young|
|Jordan Williams||Julian Fleming|
|Josh Dooley||Julian Fleming|
|Justin Golba||Cody Simon|
|Matt Tamanini||Taron Vincent|
|Megan Husslein||Sevyn Banks|
|Meredith Hein||Teradja Mitchell|
|Shane Bailey||Jerron Cage|
Apparently the mileage on “that nobody is talking about” will vary, but good options, nonetheless.
Which player and brand will end up being the most ubiquitous example of the new NIL rules during the season?
I won’t list all of these, but I will share some of my favorites.
Connor Lemons: Dawand Jones and Buckeye Donuts.
Shane Bailey: Dawand Jones definitely needs a Big Thanos clothing line; although I’m sure Marvel would take issue with that. If no Big and Tall stores have reached out to Dawand yet they are missing out on a huge opportunity.
Gene Ross: Miyan Williams doing a meatball/pork chop ad for a restaurant.
Chris Renne: The OL, people love their linemen and we’re going to see a lot of group opportunities as well as individual. Plus the OL are crafty dudes who will find some great opportunities.
If no games are canceled, what will Ohio State’s regular season record be?
2021 Predicted Regular Season Record
David and Josh, please report to my office immediately.
What will the score of the Ohio State vs. Michigan game be?
2021 The Game Predictions
|Brett Ludwiczak||49-24||Ohio State|
|Caleb Houser||45-20||Ohio State|
|Chris Renne||40-24||Ohio State|
|Connor Lemons||35-24||Ohio State|
|Dan Hessler||48-23||Ohio State|
|Dante Morgan||45-10||Ohio State|
|David Wheeler||56-25||Ohio State|
|Gene Ross||63-28||Ohio State|
|Jordan Williams||66-17||Ohio State|
|Josh Dooley||38-24||Ohio State|
|Justin Golba||48-13||Ohio State|
|Matt Tamanini||100-1 (don't ask)||Ohio State|
|Megan Husslein||42-24||Ohio State|
|Meredith Hein||49-14||Ohio State|
|Shane Bailey||52-14||Ohio State|
Apropos of nothing, don’t forget that you can purchase our “Hang 100 on ‘Em” t-shirt here and have it in plenty of time for this year’s edition of The Game.
Please list your predicted order of finish in the Big Ten East (Top to Bottom)
2021 Big Ten East Predictions
|LGHLer||Order of Finish|
|LGHLer||Order of Finish|
|Brett Ludwiczak||Ohio State, Penn State, Indiana, Michigan, Rutgers, Michigan State, Maryland|
|Caleb Houser||Ohio State, Indiana, Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State, Maryland, Rutgers|
|Chris Renne||Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, Indiana, Rutgers, Maryland, Michigan State|
|Connor Lemons||Ohio State, Penn State, Indiana, Michigan, Maryland, Michigan State, Rutgers|
|Dan Hessler||Ohio State, Penn State, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Rutgers|
|Dante Morgan||Ohio State, Penn State, Indiana, Michigan State, Michigan, Maryland, Rutgers|
|David Wheeler||Ohio State, Penn State, Indiana, Rutgers, Michigan, Maryland, Michigan State|
|Gene Ross||Ohio State, Indiana, Penn State, Michigan, Rutgers, Maryland, Michigan State|
|Jordan Williams||Ohio State, Indiana, Penn State, Michigan, Maryland, Rutgers, Michigan State|
|Josh Dooley||Ohio State, Indiana, Penn State, Michigan, Maryland, Rutgers, Michigan State|
|Justin Golba||Ohio State, Indiana, Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State, Maryland, Rutgers|
|Matt Tamanini||Ohio State, Penn State, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Rutgers, Maryland|
|Megan Husslein||Ohio State, Indiana, Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State, Maryland, Rutgers|
|Meredith Hein||Ohio State, Indiana, Penn State, Maryland, Michigan, Rutgers, Michigan State|
|Shane Bailey||Ohio State, Indiana, Penn State, Michigan, Maryland, Rutgers, Michigan State|
I would have been pretty upset if anyone had gone off the map with their Big Ten East pick, to be honest.
Please list your predicted order of finish in the Big Ten West (Top to Bottom)
2021 Big Ten West Predictions
|LGHLer||Order of Finish|
|LGHLer||Order of Finish|
|Brett Ludwiczak||Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue, Illinois, Nebraska|
|Caleb Houser||Wisconsin, Northwestern, Iowa, Minnesota, Purdue, Nebraska, Illinois|
|Chris Renne||Wisconsin, Northwestern, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Purdue, Nebraska|
|Connor Lemons||Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Purdue, Northwestern, Illinois|
|Dan Hessler||Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Nebraska, Purdue, Illinois|
|Dante Morgan||Wisconsin, Nebraska, Northwestern, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Purdue|
|David Wheeler||Iowa, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Minnesota, Illinois, Nebraska, Purdue|
|Gene Ross||Wisconsin, Minnesota, Northwestern, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Purdue|
|Jordan Williams||Wisconsin, Iowa, Northwestern, Minnesota, Nebraska, Illinois , Purdue|
|Josh Dooley||Iowa, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Minnesota, Purdue, Nebraska, Illinois|
|Justin Golba||Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Illinois, Purdue, Nebraska|
|Matt Tamanini||Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Illinois, Nebraska, Purdue|
|Megan Husslein||Northwestern, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Purdue|
|Meredith Hein||Minnesota, Northwestern, Iowa, Wisconsin, Purdue, Illinois, Nebraska|
|Shane Bailey||Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Illnois, Nebraska, Purdue|
Lots of Badger love here at LGHL.
Who is your Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year?
2021 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Predictions
|Brett Ludwiczak||C.J. Stroud||QB||Ohio State|
|Caleb Houser||Chris Olave||WR||Ohio State|
|Chris Renne||C.J. Stroud||QB||Ohio State|
|Connor Lemons||C.J. Stroud||QB||Ohio State|
|Dan Hessler||Chris Olave||WR||Ohio State|
|David Wheeler||Ty Fryfogle||WR||Indiana|
|Gene Ross||C.J. Stroud||QB||Ohio State|
|Jordan Williams||C.J. Stroud||QB||Ohio State|
|Josh Dooley||Chris Olave||WR||Ohio State|
|Justin Golba||Michael Penix Jr.||QB||Indiana|
|Matt Tamanini||C.J. Stroud||QB||Ohio State|
|Megan Husslein||Michael Penix Jr.||QB||Indiana|
|Meredith Hein||Mohamed Ibrahim||RB||Minnesota|
|Shane Bailey||C.J. Stroud||QB||Ohio State|
We might be homers, but five of the last nine people to win this award have been Ohio State quarterbacks, so it seems like a good bet to go with Stroud.
Who is your Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year?
2021 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Predictions
|Brett Ludwiczak||George Karlaftis||DE||Purdue|
|Caleb Houser||George Karlaftis||DE||Purdue|
|Chris Renne||Brandon Joseph||Safety||Northwestern|
|Connor Lemons||George Karlaftis||DE||Purdue|
|Dan Hessler||Brandon Joseph||Safety||Northwestern|
|David Wheeler||Haskell Garret||DT||Ohio State|
|Gene Ross||George Karlaftis||DE||Purdue|
|Jordan Williams||Brandon Joseph||Safety||Northwestern|
|Josh Dooley||Micah McFadden||LB||Indiana|
|Justin Golba||Jack Sanborn||LB||Wisconsin|
|Matt Tamanini||Haskell Garret||DT||Ohio State|
|Megan Husslein||Haskell Garret||DT||Ohio State|
|Meredith Hein||Haskell Garret||DT||Ohio State|
|Shane Bailey||Zach Harrison||DE||Ohio State|
Who is your Big Ten Coach of the Year?
2021 Big Ten Coach of the Year Predictions
|Brett Ludwiczak||Greg Schiano||Rutgers|
|Caleb Houser||Paul Chryst||Wisconsin|
|Chris Renne||Greg Schiano||Rutgers|
|Connor Lemons||Paul Chryst||Wisconsin|
|Dan Hessler||Paul Chryst||Wisconsin|
|Dante Morgan||Bret Bielema||Illinois|
|David Wheeler||Kirk Ferentz||Iowa|
|Gene Ross||P.J. Fleck||Minnesota|
|Jordan Williams||Tom Allen||Indiana|
|Josh Dooley||Kirk Ferentz||Iowa|
|Justin Golba||Ryan Day||Ohio State|
|Matt Tamanini||P.J. Fleck||Minnesota|
|Megan Husslein||Ryan Day||Ohio State|
|Meredith Hein||P.J. Fleck||Minnesota|
|Shane Bailey||Ryan Day||Ohio State|
Of course we all wanted to pick Ryan Day, but we’ve been burnt too many times before.
What is your boldest, most out-of-left-field prediction for Ohio State this season?
2021 Ohio State Bold Predictions
|Brett Ludwiczak||Steele Chambers sees regular time at linebacker.|
|Caleb Houser||TreVeyon Henderson takes over the starting running back role after Week 3.|
|Chris Renne||Ohio State has a top-25 passing defense.|
|Connor Lemons||The Ohio State and Indiana game will go to double overtime.|
|Dan Hessler||Ohio State will run two tight ends sets multiple times in multiple games with Jeremy Ruckert and Gee Scott.|
|Dante Morgan||Ohio State will lose the Big Ten Championship.|
|David Wheeler||Ohio State will beat Purdue by 60 points.|
|Gene Ross||At least three true freshman earn starting spots on defense by season's end.|
|Jordan Williams||Ohio State will win the national championship.|
|Josh Dooley||Four freshmen are starting on defense by midseason.|
|Justin Golba||Ohio State won't play a game by less than 14 points.|
|Matt Tamanini||Ohio State will attempt seven or fewer field goals on the season.|
|Megan Husslein||Ohio State will win the national championship and go undefeated.|
|Meredith Hein||Ohio State will go to OT against a Big Ten opponent.|
|Shane Bailey||On more than one occasion Ohio State will go for two in key moments in games because they don't trust the kicking game.|
What is your boldest, most out-of-left-field prediction for college football this season (non-Ohio State version)?
2021 Non-Ohio State Bold Predictions
|Brett Ludwiczak||Iowa State wins the Big 12.|
|Caleb Houser||North Carolina wins the ACC over Clemson (may not be true but wishing it to existence).|
|Chris Renne||There will be two first time playoff teams this season.|
|Connor Lemons||Iowa State will win the Big 12 and make the CFP.|
|Dan Hessler||Alabama will miss the playoff.|
|Dante Morgan||Georgia wins the national championship.|
|David Wheeler||Alabama will lose to Texas A&M and Auburn, and therefore miss the SEC championship game and the playoffs.|
|Gene Ross||Cincinnati makes the College Football Playoff.|
|Jordan Williams||Clemson will not make the playoff.|
|Josh Dooley||Alabama will lose multiple games.|
|Justin Golba||North Carolina goes to the College Football Playoff.|
|Matt Tamanini||The SEC will be left out of the College Football Playoff.|
|Megan Husslein||Iowa State will make the College Football Playoff.|
|Meredith Hein||A team not called Ohio State, Alabama, Oklahoma, Clemson or Notre Dame will make the CFP.|
|Shane Bailey||North Carolina goes to the College Football Playoff.|
Lots of folks down on Bama, huh?
Who wins the Heisman Trophy?
2021 Heisman Trophy Winner Predictions
|Brett Ludwiczak||Sam Howell||QB||North Carolina|
|Caleb Houser||Bijan Robinson||RB||Texas|
|Chris Renne||C.J. Stroud||QB||Ohio State|
|Connor Lemons||Sam Howell||QB||North Carolina|
|Dan Hessler||J.T. Daniels||QB||Georgia|
|David Wheeler||Spencer Rattler||QB||Oklahoma|
|Gene Ross||Spencer Rattler||QB||Oklahoma|
|Jordan Williams||Breece Hall||RB||Iowa State|
|Josh Dooley||D.J. Uiagalelei||QB||Clemson|
|Justin Golba||Sam Howell||QB||North Carolina|
|Matt Tamanini||Sam Howell||QB||North Carolina|
|Megan Husslein||D.J. Uiagalelei||QB||Clemson|
|Meredith Hein||Spencer Rattler||QB||Oklahoma|
|Shane Bailey||Sam Howell||QB||North Carolina|
Two people picked running backs? What decade are you living in, guys?
Will Ohio State have a Heisman finalist(s)? If so, who?
2021 Ohio State Heisman Chances
|Caleb Houser||Yes||Chris Olave|
|Chris Renne||Yes||C.J. Stroud|
|Connor Lemons||Yes||C.J. Stroud|
|David Wheeler||Yes||Chris Olave|
|Gene Ross||Yes||Chris Olave|
|Jordan Williams||Yes||C.J. Stroud and Chris Olave|
|Matt Tamanini||Yes||C.J. Stroud and Garrett Wilson|
|Megan Husslein||Yes||Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson|
|Meredith Hein||Yes||Chris Olave|
|Shane Bailey||Yes||C.J. Stroud|
It’s ok, you can say it. We’re homers.
College Football Playoff Seeding Predictions
2021 College Football Playoff Seeding Predictions
|LGHLer||No. 1 Seed||No. 2 Seed||No. 3 Seed||No. 4 Seed|
|LGHLer||No. 1 Seed||No. 2 Seed||No. 3 Seed||No. 4 Seed|
|Brett Ludwiczak||Alabama||Ohio State||Clemson||Georgia|
|Caleb Houser||Ohio State||Alabama||Oklahoma||Georgia|
|Chris Renne||Clemson||Ohio State||Alabama||Iowa State|
|Connor Lemons||Ohio State||Clemson||Alabama||Iowa State|
|Dan Hessler||Ohio State||Georgia||Clemson||Oklahoma|
|Dante Morgan||Oklahoma||Alabama||Ohio State||Georgia|
|David Wheeler||Oklahoma||Georgia||Ohio State||Clemson|
|Gene Ross||Oklahoma||Georgia||Ohio State||Cincinnati|
|Jordan Williams||Georgia||Ohio State||Oklahoma||Alabama|
|Josh Dooley||Clemson||Oklahoma||Georgia||Ohio State|
|Justin Golba||Oklahoma||Ohio State||Alabama||North Carolina|
|Matt Tamanini||Ohio State||Oklahoma||North Carolina||Cincinnati|
|Megan Husslein||Ohio State||Alabama||Clemson||Iowa State|
|Meredith Hein||Alabama||Ohio State||Oklahoma||Cincinnati|
|Shane Bailey||Alabama||Ohio State||Oklahoma||North Carolina|
I’ll take my chances with these lists.
Who is your National Champion?
2021 National Champion Predictions
|Brett Ludwiczak||Ohio State|
|Caleb Houser||Ohio State|
|Chris Renne||Ohio State|
|Dan Hessler||Ohio State|
|David Wheeler||Ohio State|
|Jordan Williams||Ohio State|
|Josh Dooley||Ohio State|
|Justin Golba||Ohio State|
|Matt Tamanini||Ohio State|
|Megan Husslein||Ohio State|
|Meredith Hein||Ohio State|
|Shane Bailey||Ohio State|
What do you want? I told you we were homers.