As many know by now, the Ohio State football team has probably the best set of running backs heading into the 2024 season. TreVeyon Henderson and Quinshon Judkins will most likely be splitting snaps and the Buckeyes will probably rely on them a ton. Allowing the Buckeyes to have a still elite running back in whenever the other gets tired. This could also make it more likely that Ohio State's running backs won't get injured during games.
With that Ohio State also has the transfer portal quarterback, Will Howard. He's seen as a dual-threat quarterback who can use his legs. That could allow for many read-option plays, that will for sure trip up the defense.
For the 2023 season 20 out of the 50 touchdowns from the Buckeyes were rushing touchdowns, in 2024 fans should expect that number to rise by about 5-10 touchdowns. Since Ohio State will be more run dependent the passing plays will be held to a minimum per game. For players like Jeremiah Smith and Emeka Egbuka, they will be expected to play at a high level for third-and-long situations.
For Ohio State though, becoming a more run-dominant team could help them. As we saw, TTUN, one of the most run-heavy teams in the whole College Football, won the Championship by pretty much running the ball every play. By doing this the receivers weren't expected to do as much, letting them have a ton of energy when they're needed.
The Ohio State football team currently is the second betting favorite at +500, right behind the Georgia Bulldogs, who are at +300. One of the reasons the Buckeyes are placed so high is because of how much more run-heavy they will become in 2024. With that and the defense, the Buckeyes should be in a great spot.