The three biggest questions for Ohio State football heading into Spring

The Ohio State football program has a lot of questions surrounding the roster heading into Spring ball. These are the three biggest questions.

Oct 28, 2023; Madison, Wisconsin, USA;  Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Carnell Tate (17) during
Oct 28, 2023; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Carnell Tate (17) during / Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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The Ohio State football program has had a great offseason. They added a bunch of talent in the transfer portal and made an incredible hire at offensive coordinator. It's pretty clear that the Buckeyes are all in on the 2024 season. It's national championship or bust.

With all of the changes come a lot of questions. The Buckeyes have plenty of them despite how good they project to be. Most early projections have them as a top-three team in the country when the polls come out in late Summer. They have a lot of expectations on them.

Of all of the questions surrounding this team, there are three that are bigger than the rest as we head into Spring ball. Spring ball starts in a couple of weeks and that's when we will finally start to learn the answers to some of these questions.

The first question I have has to relate to the offensive line.

What is the Ohio State football team going to do with the offensive line?

The offensive line was the worst unit on the team a year ago. They weren't able to get push in short-yardage situations nor were they able to pass block on the outside. The tackles were the glaring issue for most of the year. Neither Josh Fryar nor Josh Simmons played very well.

Ryan Day seems committed to keeping Simmons as a starting tackle for whatever reason. He likely stays at left tackle. So what happens with Fryar? Does he stay as the starter? Or does Luke Montgomery take his spot now that he's put on some weight?

If Montgomery takes his spot, does Fryar get pushed inside to guard? Ryan Day seems to be holding a grudge with Carson Hinzman over his podcast so he might not start next year now that the Buckeyes brought in Seth McLaughlin. He can play center or guard.

Personally, I think the best combination is Simmons, Jackson, Hinzman, McLaughlin, and Montgomery on the offensive line. Spring is going to answer that question because we're going to see who gets the first-team reps when things start out.

To me, the offensive line is the biggest question this team has to answer. If this unit is no good again, they can't win a national championship. Heck, they may not even win the Big Ten. This unit has to be better for the team as a whole to reach its potential.

The next question has to do with who will get the bulk of the playing time at linebacker.