With a new coaching staff and some holes to fill, Ohio State will face many tests in a 2019 season that could vault Ryan Day into his own coaching legacy.
The 2019 season at Ohio State will be one where the Buckeyes will have to adjust to the departures of Urban Meyer and Dwayne Haskins, who solidified their place among the legends last season.
The upcoming season will see the Buckeyes face many tests, including tests at home against upstart Cincinnati and consistently talented Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Penn State.
The Buckeyes will also be tested by a reviving Nebraska program, a consistent Northwestern team, and of course the rival Wolverines in Ann Arbor to finish the season.
Game 1: August 31st, Home against Florida Atlantic
If Deondre Francois can walk-on and win the starting job, this game could be interesting for a half. Even with him, Buckeyes defense holds the Owls and the Justin Fields-led offense overwhelms an FAU defense that struggled at times last season.
Ohio State 42, Florida Atlantic 17 (1-0)
Game 2: September 7th, Home against Cincinnati
For the first time in a while, the Buckeyes are faced with an in-state team that is on par with them. The Bearcats return 14 starters combined on an offense and defense that ranked among the Top 25 in total yardage gained and allowed in 2018. Definitely an upset watch, but Buckeyes talent disparity wins out.
Ohio State 38, Cincinnati 27 (2-0)
Game 3: September 14th, Away against Indiana
First road game is also the first Big Ten game, and by now Ohio State offense will be clicking. Indiana’s offense will hang in the first half and keep the game interesting as they always seem to do, but Buckeyes pull away for a solid opening to Big Ten play.
Ohio State 45, Indiana 20 (3-0, 1-0)
Game 4: September 21st, Home against Miami (Ohio)
Buckeyes final non-conference game should be a cakewalk against the Red Hawks as Ohio State offense really starts to click and defense stops Miami in their tracks.
Ohio State 63, Miami (Ohio) 10 (4-0, 1-0)