When you look the 2018 Ohio State Buckeyes, the biggest strength of the team has to be the defensive line. The defensive of line is led All-Big Ten and Preseason All-American defensive end Nick Bosa and returning starting defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones. With sophomores Chase Young and Jonathan Cooper joining the rotation in 2018. Look for both Young and Cooper to fill in for the talent that has left for NFL. Replacing Tyquan Lewis, Sam Hubbard, Tracy Sprinkle and Michael Hill will not be easy but defensive line coach Larry Johnson has proved he can develop NFL talent. The defensive line has been the strength of the Buckeyes ever since Assistant coach Larry Johnson has came to Ohio State in 2014. Urban Meyer has a couple freshman defensive tackles that could make an impact, such as Tommy Togai. Ohio State’s defensive line looks primed for another big season!
Honorable Mention: The running back position. With Mike Weber and J.K. Dobbins in the backfield it is not hard to imagine the duo breaking 2,000 rushing yards combined. However, the defensive line has proven to be the heart beat of the Buckeyes in recent memory which is why the running back position received honorable mention.
There are not many weaknesses when it comes the Ohio State Buckeyes. However, special teams has been a major issue the past two seasons. The Ohio States kickoff team struggled in 2017, allowing multiple kickoffs returned for touchdowns. Also the kicking game struggled to kick the ball in bounds! Coach Meyer has said multiple times that they have to improve on special teams. I say if the Buckeyes want to make another run to the College Football Playoff they have to improve the kickoff portion of special teams! Maybe coach Meyer will have to put star players on kickoff team like they did in 2014 when they made their run to the National Championship. If this gets fixed the Buckeyes are primed and ready for a National Championship run again in 2018.
Honorable Mention: The tight end position. After losing Marcus Baugh to the NFL the Buckeyes are fairly thin at tight end in 2018. Rashod Berry may be the best receiver of the bunch but Luke Farrell is the best blocker. Ohio State has some work to do at this position, but there is plenty of talent here.