FOX's Joel Klatt lauds Ohio State offense ahead of opener against Nebraska
It may sound like a broken record for B1G fans, but Ohio State is once again a legitimate national championship contender.
A key factor is undeniably its offense.
Anchored by dual-threat quarterback Justin Fields, the Buckeyes finished third nationally in points per game (46.9) last season. FOX analyst Joel Klatt believes the Ohio State offense can pick up where they left off.
“(Justin Fields) is a year older. They have an incredible offensive line in front of him, they have to replace JK Dobbins, who is an incredible running back, but they get Trey Sermon, the transfer from Oklahoma and Master Teague, a highly rated player who’s been in their program. They signed four of the top receivers in the country last year. That pairs them with Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave. They’re going to be an incredible offense but there are questions about their defense. They have to replace Jeff Okudhad and Chase Young…”
That’s high praise from one of the most well respected members of the college football media.
Fields is the centerpiece of the dynamic Ohio State offense. In his first season at Ohio State, Fields amassed an insane 3,273 yards, 41 touchdowns and three interceptions through the air, while logging 484 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground. Fields finished third in the 2019 Heisman Trophy voting.
The influx of new players along with the returning starters should provide Fields with plenty of ammunition to strike fear into B1G defenses.
Ohio State will showcase its vaunted offense in its regular season opener on Saturday against visiting Nebraska.
Coming off a heartbreaking loss to Clemson in the CFP semifinals, you can be certain Ohio State will look to make an early statement about their national title viability.