They return a junior All American quarterback in JT Barrett, which is always a good thing. Not so good isthey only return five other starters from last year's 12-1 team. However, the talent they are working with this year is the result of recruiting classes that ranked second, third, seventh and fourth since 2013. So in regards to talent, this team is loaded. Coaching them up as they gain needed experience is one of the top masters of the game.

Here is a look at the 2016 regular season schedule:

Sept. 3 - Bowling Green -In 2015, Dino Babers coached the Falcons to a 10-4 record. They averaged 547 yards and 42 points per game.

Though Babers and all world quarterback, Matt Johnson have moved on, this team is a definite MAC championship contender. I did say MAC though.Prediction: Ohio State 49-21

Sept. 10 - Tulsa -The Golden Hurricane went 6-7 in 2015. They return 14 starters but still have a ways to go before being big boy ready. They may make another bowl but they can't beat the Buckeyes.Prediction: Ohio State 48-24

Sept. 17 - at Oklahoma -The Sooners played a difficult schedule and made the playoff at 11-1 last season. They return All American quarterback, Baker Mayfield, along with 12 other starters. I think late in the season this would be a toss up but not quite yet.Prediction: Oklahoma 28 - Ohio State 24


1 - Rutgers -16 starters return from last seasons 4-8 team. Surprisingly, of the three one-score losses in 2015, one was to conference champ and playoff team, Michigan State. The Scarlet Knightslook to be a bowl team this year but still not up to the big time.Prediction: Ohio State 30-17

Oct. 8 - Indiana -Remember these guys?

They will be better this year, likely going to a bowl and winning seven or more. Not in the Buckeye league but still a conference foe.Prediction: Ohio State 31-20

Oct. 15 - at Wisconsin - The Badgers will miss Dave Aranda as defensive coordinator but his replacement, Justin Wilcox is a capable coach.

This defense -- and team as a whole -- is still very good. Early in the year, I would give the edge to Wisconsin at home but I suspect Meyer and co. will have the Buckeyes playing well by this time.Prediction: Ohio State 20-17

Oct. 22 - at Penn State -Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin has been successful in rebuilding the talent somewhat in Happy Valley. Of their six losses in 2015, three were by a single score or less. Don't dismiss any coach who can take a team like Vanderbilt to three straight bowls and successive 9-4 seasons. This guy can coach and gets the most out of the talent on hand. Prediction:(subject to change after September)Ohio State 21-20

Oct. 29 - Northwestern - Pat Fitzgerald pulled an amazing magic trick last season.

He coached the Wildcats to a 10-3 season without a passing game. It wasn't he didn't want to pass, it was they couldn't pass. They will be good again, just don't expect ten wins.Prediction: Ohio State 23-14

Nov. 5 - Nebraska -The Cornhuskerswere the champions of almost in 2015. Of their seven losses, six were by a single score or less. Thirteen starters return for Mike Riley's team. Expect them to be one of the most improved in the country.Prediction: Ohio State 27-20

Nov. 12 - at Maryland -The Terrapins moved the ball on Ohio State in last year's game but the outcome wasn't in doubt. Many of the same skill players return -- except RB Brandon Ross-- but there is a new head coach in DJ Durkin.

Prediction: Ohio State 37-24

Nov. 19 - at Michigan State -I can give a half dozen reasons why either team will win. But, I'm going with home team advantage as my tie-breaker, likely deciding the East Division.Prediction: Michigan State 23 - Ohio State 21

Nov. 26 - Michigan -No 29 point whoopin' to the Wolverines this year. But, the Buckeyes still win the game by stopping Michigan's run game.Prediction: Ohio State 30-23

The young and talented Buckeyes should be 10-2 in the regular season. However, a bounce or two one way or the other and they may be 9-3 or 12-0.

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