The 2021 Ohio State football season is filled with expectations. Once again, the Buckeyes are the clear favorite to win the Big Ten and make the College Football Playoff, with the team hoping to go a step further than last year and bring home a national title.
In order to that, the Scarlet and Gray have some work to do. Despite a successful spring practice, Ohio State still needs to replace Justin Fields as the starting quarterback, cement down which of the five talented players will start on the offensive line, find a reliable running back (or two), and that’s just on offense. Defensively, the Buckeyes have three starting linebackers to replace, a new nose guard to find and a secondary to fix after a disappointing pass defense last season. The hope will be that fall camp will provide answers to all those questions heading into the year.
Once the season starts, however, it will be about winning games. Since Ryan Day took over as head coach in 2019, the Scarlet and Gray have not lost a regular season game, going 16-0 in the process. This has allowed for Ohio State’s recent success and is expected to continue in 2021.
And while some games on this year’s schedule expect to be cakewalks, there are potential landmines that will cause the Buckeyes issues. Bucknuts looked ahead to the Scarlet and Gray’s 2021 schedule to look at the most important games of the season for Ohio State.