Every year Mark Schlabach, ESPN.com writer, produces a “Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25″. Many things could happen between the weeks following National Signing Day. Ohio State could suffer a key injury or a player could emerge as a play-maker. Basically, these rankings are “take it for what its worth”.
The Buckeyes appear in the rankings at #3 just behind Alabama and Stanford. Schlabach had this to say about the Buckeyes:
Boy, the expectations surrounding Urban Meyer’s program at Ohio State are really going to be off the charts. After leading the Buckeyes to a 12-0 record in his first season in 2012, Meyer signed the country’s No. 3 recruiting class. Meyer set out to add SEC-like speed to his roster, and that’s exactly what he did by signing receivers Jalin Marshall, Dontre Wilson, James Clark and Corey Smith. Defensive backs Eli Apple, Gareon Conley, Vonn Bell and Cam Burrows might help OSU’s much-maligned defense. If quarterback Braxton Miller improves as a passer — OSU ranked 101st nationally in passing with only 181.5 yards per game — and his offensive line does a better job of protecting him (OSU quarterbacks were sacked 2.5 times per game), the Buckeyes might emerge as a serious BCS championship contender. The Buckeyes have plenty of holes to fill on defense, especially on the line, where star end John Simon and tackle Johnathan Hankins must be replaced.
Ohio State will only face two opponents ranked in these Top 25 rankings in the 2013 season, Michigan and Northwestern. Michigan is ranked as the 12th team. Northwestern is ranked as the 24th best team.
The expectations are enormous for Ohio State. They seem to be National Championship or bust. Based on the schedule they will face, it seems unacceptable if they end up with even one loss.