By now, you’re likely familiar with the unique competition between Ohio State Buckeyes quarterbacks J.T. Barrett, Cardale Jones and Braxton Miller. The Buckeyes have started all three with incredible results and could win another national title with any of them.
The primary question to date has revolved around which one of the three will start in Week 1. We likely won’t know that answer until deep into preseason camp.
The question that hasn’t been asked as often is whether that same player will start in the bowl game (assuming, of course, that things don’t go awry and Ohio State makes it to the postseason).
To answer that, let’s revisit what led to Ohio State’s improbable national championship run last year.
Barrett replaced Miller, the incumbent starter who was lost for the season because of a lingering shoulder injury, and went on to win 10 of his first 11 games. Barrett then sustained a season-ending ankle injury against Michigan, putting Jones at the top of the depth chart. All Jones did was help lead Ohio State to a Big Ten title, Sugar Bowl win and national championship.
The irony of it all is that we found out just how fortunate the Buckeyes were through a series of misfortunes. In no other way would head coach Urban Meyer have known that he had three quarterbacks who could play at that level.
So for 2015, we ask ourselves this: Will Ohio State experience the same level of injury-related bad luck as it did a year ago? Because that’s the way two…
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