10 questions facing Ohio State football as the 2021 season approaches
Ohio State opens the 2021 football season Sept. 2 in Minneapolis when it plays the Minnesota Golden Gophers. But before the Buckeyes head north, there are plenty of questions to be answered in July and August.
One question that's easy to answer is where people think the Buckeyes will finish in the Big Ten East. Most believe Ohio State is on its way to yet another Big Ten East title.
But to do that, Ohio State is going to need to address some things. And The Dispatch identified those issues.
As part of our Ohio State football preseason coverage, here are 10 questions the Buckeyes need answers to if they want to win the Big Ten and College Football Playoff.
The quarterback competition between C.J. Stroud, Jack Miller and Kyle McCord is the biggest of Ohio State's question marks.
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Ohio State has a bevy of options in its running back room, but could any of them step up as a feature back for the Buckeyes this fall?
Ohio State's young receivers are ready to emerge as complements to Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson.
How will the middle of the offensive line look?
The Buckeyes are set at the tackle positions but have a lot of options to consider at guard and center.
Will the 'Bullet' position take hold on defense?
When Greg Mattison joined Ohio State’s coaching staff as a defensive co-coordinator in 2019, he installed a position that held significant intrigue. It was known as the “bullet,” a hybrid linebacker-safety role, and it captured people’s attention because its flashy name harkened to a program tradition.
Can Ohio State raise its sack totals?
"A Pressure is only that." Can the Buckeyes do a better job of getting to the quarterback this season?
How will Kerry Coombs improve the defense?
Last year's Ohio State defense was historically bad, but defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs embraces the challenge to improve.
Where could OSU find answers in the LB room?
How will the Buckeyes replace all three starting linebackers? The team believes there are plenty of talented candidates.
Who will emerge at cornerback?
Can Sevyn Banks and Cam Brown live up to Ohio State's history of producing top-notch pass defenders?
Does OSU have a potential kicking problem?
Could the kicking game be a cause for concern for Ohio State football in 2021?.