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What they're saying about Ohio State football in 2018

An inside look at what's being talked about for the Buckeyes

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    Ohio State RB J.K. Dobbins combined with Mike Weber to rush for more than 2,000 yards a season ago.

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    Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa helped the Buckeyes to a national-best 114 tackles for loss last year.

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What they are saying

“Simply put, Ohio State does not have a glaring weakness going into this season. Everything is set up for the Buckeyes to make a strong run at the College Football Playoff.” — Street & Smith’s

“I don't have any doubt that this team has playoff capability. I just wonder why the Buckeyes appear to be the prohibitive, universal Big Ten East favorites. Is this defense better than Michigan's? Is the offense better than Penn State's? Is the quarterback better than what's lining up with 18 other returning starters in East Lansing? For a program dealing with some turmoil, breaking in a new quarterback and entering ranked 109th in the country in returning production on defense, I'm just not ready to crown them like some others are in the preseason.” — Barton Simmons, CBS Sports

“They are so darn good at just about every position on the field. You wonder how they lose. Maybe that’s why when they do lose, it’s the end of the world.” — Opposing Big Ten assistant coach in Athlon Magazine

“Ohio State plays in a loaded division, faces TCU in Texas, and still has as good a chance of anyone of running the table in 2018. This roster is absolutely loaded.” — Bill Connelly, SB Nation

Facts and figures

2,029: Combined rushing yards for J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber in 2017.

+1.8: Ohio State averaged 5.3 points per trip inside the 40-yard line and allowed 3.5. The margin was first in the country.

114: Tackles for loss OSU tallied last season, the most in all of college football.

6-0: Urban Meyer’s record against Michigan

2011: The last time Ohio State didn’t win more than 10 games in a season.

Projected starters

Offense

QB: 7 Dwayne Haskins

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Ohio State RB J.K. Dobbins combined with Mike Weber to rush for more than 2,000 yards a season ago.

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RB: 2 J.K. Dobbins

WR: 11 Austin Mack

WR: 1 Johnnie Dixon

H: 21 Parris Campbell

TE: 89 Luke Farrell

LT: 75 Thayer Munford

LG: 66 Malcolm Pridgeon

C: 73 Michael Jordan

RG: 78 Demetrius Knox

RT: 59 Isaiah Prince

Defense

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Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa helped the Buckeyes to a national-best 114 tackles for loss last year.

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DE: 97 Nick Bosa

DT: 86 Dre’Mont Jones

DT: 67 Robert Landers

DE: 2 Chase Young

WLB: 39 Malik Harrison

MLB: 5 Baron Browning

SLB: 20 Pete Werner

CB: 3 Damon Arnette

CB: 8 Kendall Sheffield

SS: 14 Isaiah Pryor

FS: 4 Jordan Fuller

Special teams

P: 91 Drue Chrisman

K: 96 Sean Nuernberger

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