After watching a hard fought close game I can’t help but think towards the future. I’m curious how the board thinks we matchup with OSU next year. We graduate our two offensive tackles who are likely replaced by Braden and Mags, and obviously our interior gets a year older. We lose Gallon and Fitz who seem likely replaced Darboh and Green. On defense we lose Washington and Black who are likely replaced Pipkins and Henry. And, we lose Gordon who is likely replaced by a combination of DBs like Thomas, Clark, and Peppers. I think I know what we’ve got with Michigan. I’m more curious about OSU.
They obviously lose Hyde who will likely be replaced by Smith I think. They lose Brown who will be replaced by Wilson as maybe a step up. They return Devin Smith and their TE, but they lose 4 offensive linemen. This is what I’m most interested in. Who starts for them next year on the offensive line and how will they fare? They are not quite as big as their predecessors. They will also be young and pretty similar in age to our line next year.
LT – Baldwin (Jr)
LG – Elfein (Fr)
C – Boren (So)
RG – Brown (So), O’Connor (RS Fr?)?
RT – Decker (So)
On defense they bring back the entire front 7 unless Shazier decides to enter the draft, which he may. Behind him on the depth chart is freshman, Trey Johnson. In the backfield they will lose Roby, Brown, and Barnett. They do have a lot of young talented DBs, but they don’t have much experience.
From what I can see this is a good chance to beat OSU in Columbus. They lose many of their playmakers on defense (especially if Shazier enters the draft). Granted they have a lot of young talent on the defensive line in Bosa, Spence, and Washington. And, of course they bring back Braxton Miller. But, without a proven running back and without a veteran offensive line, will Miller be as effective? How do you think our defensive line matches up against their offensive line?