5 Bold Predictions for Ohio State’s 2014 Season

Just one short week ago, Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes were preparing for the 2014 season and a potential run at the first-ever College Football Playoff.

Those expectations plummeted unexpectedly, though, when star quarterback and Heisman Trophy hopeful Braxton Miller suffered a season-ending shoulder injury last Monday.

With a dynamic group of playmakers on offense and NFL talent across the board on defense, the Buckeyes still have the talent to compete for a Big Ten title.

Can Meyer and Ohio State bounce back from Miller’s injury? Here are five bold predictions for the Buckeyes’ 2014 season.

Ohio State Will Have a Top-25 Pass Defense

One of the biggest question marks surrounding Ohio State is its pass defense, which was shredded by opponents regularly during the 2013 season. The Buckeyes gave up an average of 268 passing yards per game, which ranked No. 110 out 123 teams nationally.

This season, it won’t be so easy to pass on Ohio State.

The fast and aggressive defense will surge under the direction of new co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash. With the Buckeyes abandoning their zone defense for more dynamic press coverages, opposing quarterbacks will have a much tougher time getting the ball down the field.

Doran Grant, Vonn Bell and a host of young and hungry defensive backs will fuel a Top-25 pass defense.

J.T. Barrett Will Win the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year Award

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