Teams the Buckeyes Can’t Afford To Overlook in 2015

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It’s no secret that the Ohio State Buckeyes have one of the easier schedules in all of college football.

This has been a recurring theme for the past couple of seasons for the Buckeyes and it would be absolutely shocking if the men in scarlet and gray did not make it back to the College Football Playoff.

Their schedule is a cakewalk but like many defending champions before them, lesser teams mustn’t be taken lightly.

The Florida State Seminoles: a sign of things to come for the Buckeyes?

While it’s a completely different team and a completely different conference, Heisman winning quarterback Jameis Winston and his Florida State Seminoles attempted, and failed, to defend their title as national champions.

In what was collectively thought of as the nation’s least difficult conference, every game was seemingly a dogfight for the Seminoles. A total of seven contests were decided by six points or less, and that doesn’t include the wild comeback that was needed to overcome Louisville.

These many narrow victories did not come against the country’s best, either. Only Clemson, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, and Oregon were ranked at the time Florida State played them. Notre Dame would end the season unranked, losing four of their last five contests before upsetting the LSU Tigers in their bowl game.

No one team can afford to be overlooked

As of right now, the only team on the Buckeyes’ schedule that will enter the new college football season ranked are the Michigan State Spartans, and that matchup will take place in Columbus this year.

No matter the team they’ll face, no matter the location, and no matter how immensely talented they are as a whole, the Buckeyes simply cannot afford to look past anyone.

A handful of teams truly have the ability to test Ohio State this upcoming season. Let’s take a look and analyze why they have a chance against the defending College Football Playoff champs.

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