Sports Illustrated Has Ohio State At No. 9 In Preseason College Football Rankings

Sports Illustrated Has Ohio State At No. 9 In Preseason College Football Rankings

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Sports Illustrated Has Ohio State At No. 9 In Preseason College Football Rankings


Sports Illustrated has released its College Football Preview and has Ohio State at No. 9 in the country.


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Sports Illustrated Has Ohio State At No. 9 In Preseason College Football Rankings

So far, every other preseason publication we’ve taken a look at, and every other preseason ranking we can find has Ohio State somewhere around No. 3 in the country.

But not Sports Illustrated. No, they’ve gone rogue and ranked the 2018 Buckeyes just inside the top ten at No. 9. Ahead of Ohio State are Wisconsin (No. 3) and Penn State (No. 7) in their Preseason Top 25 Rankings.

That would have OSU as second in the Big Ten East, sitting at home for the Big Ten Championship Game in Indy, and out of the College Football Playoff all-together.

Of course the world’s most famous sports magazine is entitled to its opinion, but you have to wonder what SI sees that others do not. Here’s the complete synopsis about the Buckeyes from the folks at Sports Illustrated.

9. OHIO STATE BUCKEYES

Last year: 12–2 (8–1 Big Ten); Beat USC in Cotton Bowl

SI Top 100 players: Four: DE Nick Bosa (No. 5), RB JK Dobbins (No. 26), DE Dre’Mont Jones (No. 40), DE Chase Young (No. 44)

X-Factor: After four years of (mostly) J.T. Barrett at quarterback, Ohio State is set for a change. Dwayne Haskins, a 6’3″ redshirt sophomore, has a big arm and has shown that he’s mobile as well. In eight games last season, he passed for 565 yards, completing 70.2% of his passes, throwing four TDs and just one interception. Haskins, who won the job after junior Joe Burrow transferred to LSU in the spring, will take over an offense with plenty of other weapons on the ground, so it’s hard to imagine the Buckeyes will rely on their QB to run the ball. If Haskins is allowed to be a pocket passer, the offense will be even scarier than it was with Barrett. — Joan Niesen

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