When the Ohio State football team takes the field in Bloomington, Indiana on Saturday to take on the Indiana Hoosiers, the Buckeyes are going to look very different. They will be starting three new offensive linemen, a new quarterback in Kyle McCord, who is expected to split some time with Devin Brown at some point during the game, and a defensive unit that has some seriously high expectations for this season.
I for one can’t wait. Since the final whistle blew in Atlanta, Georgia last season, I have been itching to see this team back on the field, and if the news coming out of Columbus, Ohio this fall is any indication, that CFP loss to the Georgia Bulldogs has not been sitting well with this team either.
Every week I will be writing an article titled Confidence Level. I will assign 1-10 points in five categories. Add up the score, double it, and give you my confidence level score for a Buckeyes win against that particular opponent. I have done this in the past under different publications and have found that this is a pretty good indicator of how worried we should be when it comes to the opponent.
Only twice I have had a confidence level over 75% and then witnessed an Ohio State loss. Both were major upsets, beginning in 2017 when the Buckeyes loss on the road to Iowa in Iowa City, and then again, the following season in West Lafayette, Indiana when the Purdue Boilermakers spoiled Ohio State’s perfect 2018 season.
So, let’s dive into this opening game against Indiana, and find out what my confidence level is for game one of the 2023 season for the Ohio State Buckeyes.