The Ohio State Buckeyes are ranked No. 2 in the nation behind Georgia and No. 1 in the Big Ten in the recent release of the way-too-early pre-spring Top 25 by On3 Sports, largely due to a significant number of players opting to return for another season. The team's high optimism is fueled by the returning talent, the addition of a new offensive coordinator, and the retention of key players while bringing in new recruits and elite transfers.

By the Numbers
  • Ohio State is ranked No. 2 in the way-too-early pre-spring Top 25 by On3 Sports.
  • The team is ranked No. 1 in the Big Ten.
State of Play
  • Ohio State is expected to be a top contender in the Big Ten Championship game and the College Football Playoff.
  • The team is returning arguably the best defense in the country.
  • Ohio State has made significant moves in retaining talent and bringing in blue-chip players from the transfer portal.
Bottom Line

The Ohio State Buckeyes are well-positioned for an impressive season due to the returning talent, new coaching staff, and the overall strength of the roster, making them strong contenders for the Big Ten Championship game and the College Football Playoff.