The Ohio State Buckeyes could be back on top of the mountain this season. After failing to win the Big Ten last year and losing to Michigan, Ryan Day’s team could be back and better than ever this fall. Most bookmakers have set Ohio State’s total win count to 11 wins in 2022. Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports made the argument take over.
“There is nothing that gives me less pleasure than predicting that a great team will go undefeated.” Fornelli wrote. “Winning is hard, and going through a whole season without losing is a big mountain to climb. But Ohio State is more likely to go 12-0 or 11-1 than anything else, so with an overall set of 11 I don’t see how you can bet anything other than an over. It will be one of the best crimes in the country, and if Jim Knowles improve defense, that team will win the Big Ten and return to the college football playoffs. Choice: Over 11 (-140).”
The defense received a facelift with a new defense coordinator Jim Knowles capture. This may ultimately be the key to success for the Buckeyes, but in 2022 the offense could become relentless.
defender CJ Stroudon the way back TreVion Henderson and receiver Jackson Smith-Njigba are back on offense, to name but a few of the stars.
All three could very well be the talk of the Heisman Trophy this fall.
“It has to do with how well he plays.” Day talked about Stroud’s chances for Heisman. “At the same time last year, he didn’t issue a college pass. And then he continued to play very, very good football. Just because he did it last year doesn’t mean it will happen this year. Anyway, he has a target on his chest. He’ll have to bring it straight from the jump. There is a lot to do with this. A lot of it has to do with leadership and the guys around it. We need to be able to establish running and running football in order to have balance, especially to win big games. There is so much going on for him on social media and the media right now, just everything that comes to these guys. He needs to make sure – which he does a great job of, by the way – he keeps the main thing the main thing and focuses on the little things, while remaining disciplined. And knowing that he has to prove himself every week.”
Last season, Stroud finished with 4,435 yards, 44 touchdowns, six interceptions and a 71.9% completion percentage.
Henderson, in his first season of college football in 2021, finished with 183 carries, 1,248 yards, 15 touchdowns and an average of 6.8 yards per carry, as well as 27 catches for 312 yards and four touchdowns. Smith-Njigba had 95 catches for 1,606 yards and nine touchdowns, averaging 16.9 yards per catch.