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Ohio State Football: ESPN projects 11 wins for Buckeyes in 2014

The Ohio State Buckeyes are expected to have another highly successful season in 2014. Just how successful remains to be seen, but that will not stop people from taking a stab at predictions before the season starts.

Well, the folks at ESPN recently released their 2014 season preview, and they’re certainly projecting some more success for head coach Urban Meyer and company.

As a matter of fact, they see 11 wins on the season.

Big Ten blog projection: 11 wins. The schedule sets up so well that it’s difficult to envision anything other than an 8-0 start. Even Penn State, while never an easy foe on the road, simply does not match up well with Ohio State (see 63-14 final in 2013). After Michigan State, the three-game finish isn’t all that rough, though, surely, Michigan will stage resistance at the Horseshoe (see 42-41 final in 2013). Nonetheless, we like the Buckeyes to beat every foe but the Spartans, and it’s just too soon to call the game of the year in the Big Ten. So we’ll say the likelihood that OSU slips at Michigan State or elsewhere slightly exceeds the chances that it will run the table.

Of course, it’s likely that 11 wins will prevent Ohio State from making the College Football Playoff, but we don’t know that for sure yet.

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