These 5 groups might hold the state of Ohio off a school soccer playoff berth in 2021
Spenser Davis | 4 hours ago
The state of Ohio is set to enter the 2021 season as an unaffordable favorite to win another Big Ten crown and make it back to the college football playoffs.
But the Buckeyes are playing a tough schedule and could certainly take a loss or two at some point in the regular season.
Here are the five teams that are most likely to stand in the way of Ohio State this season. They are arranged chronologically according to the Buckeyes’ schedule:
Sep 2nd @ Minnesota
The state of Ohio takes on Minnesota on Thursday evening of the first week. With Oregon looming in week 2, the Buckeyes may get caught looking ahead for a week.
PJ Fleck will have his team ready and the Gophers can turn back the clock to the nation’s most underrated players and let Mohamed Ibrahim run back.
Minnesota’s last win over Ohio State came in 2000 and his last win over the Buckeyes at home came in 1981.
September 11 against Oregon
Oregon is hands down the most talented team on the Ohio State’s 2021 schedule. The Ducks have improved their recruiting game over the past few years and could be number 1 overall in the 2022 NFL draft at Kayvon Thibodeaux.
This game in Columbus will help, but the Buckeyes will introduce several new starters in key positions. When substitutes like Justin Fields, Wyatt Davis, Pete Werner, and Shaun Wade aren’t keen, the Ducks are more than talented enough to take advantage.
Ohio State is 9-0 against Oregon.
Oct 23 @ Indiana
Aside from Alabama, Indiana played against Ohio State as well as anyone in the country last season. The Hoosiers are giving back many of their key playmakers in 2021 and they will have the confidence to know they can work with a heavily favored Buckeyes team.
Last season the state of Ohio recorded a 42:35 win over Indiana. 2020 was the IU’s best season in recent history, with Tom Allen leading the Hoosiers to a 6-2 record. This continued a positive trend as Indiana kicked off an 8-5 season in 2019. This was Indiana’s first season with eight wins since 1993.
Ohio State has won 25 straight games against Indiana, with the Hoosiers’ last win coming in 1989.
October 30 against Penn State
The Nittany Lions certainly have a knack for causing trouble in the state of Ohio in late October. Penn State is one of the few teams in the Big Ten that has managed to consistently recruit at the elite level.
PSU has some uncertainties in the quarterback position, although Sean Clifford is likely to start the season as a starter. Last year he completed 60.6 percent of his passes while throwing 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Penn State last defeated Ohio State in 2016.
Nov 27th @ Michigan
The state of Ohio has had Michigan’s number for the past few years, but the Wolverines have a knack for making things interesting. Michigan’s quarterback situation is the best in years. Cade McNamara, JJ McCarthy and Alan Bowman are all capable of leading the offensive.
Michigan also has a much younger and overworked coaching team around head coach Jim Harbaugh. Desperate to defeat their arch-rivals, the Wolverines represent the final potential stumbling block for the state of Ohio during the regular season.