When Ohio State opens their season at Minnesota on Sept. 2, the Buckeyes will have an entirely new arm at quarterback. For the first time since the 1950s, the Buckeyes do not return a single quarterback from last season’s roster with any in-game passing experience.

The departure of Justin Fields clearly leaves a hole, and the position will be the hot topic in Columbus as head coach Ryan Day readies his team for the 2021 season.

Redshirt freshman C.J. Stroud is the clear frontrunner, and the former No. 2-ranked pro-style QB from the 2020 class has loads of talent. But after not throwing a single pass in his brief, two games last season, he is on the same plane as competitor Jack Miller III. Miller took snaps against Nebraska and Michigan State and likewise didn’t get off a pass attempt. Add to the mix Kyle McCord, who displayed his immense talent in the Spring Game, and it’s even more muddled.

Day indicated he would be making a decision in the early stages of camp, and that in his mind all his QB’s are “Even” with respect to the starting job — so we wait and see.