Ohio State Football: 5 Reasons Why Buckeyes Can Win Big 10 Title

Ohio State Football: 5 Reasons Why Buckeyes Can Win Big 10

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The Ohio State Buckeyes are favorites to win the Big 10 Championship and make their way into a playoff game this postseason. Despite the confidence, there are still a few glaring holes on this team, including running back and the defensive secondary. Beyond that, though, here are five reasons why Ohio State can win the Big 10.

5. An experienced linebacker core

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5. An experienced, talented linebacker core

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Sophomore Joshua Perry and senior Curtis Grant return as starters at strong linebacker and middle linebacker respectively. Sophomore Trey Johnson, whose potential is yet to be seen, will be filling the other linebacker position. These three have a chance to be one of the Big 10's best in the middle of the defense.

4. A halfway decent non-conference schedule

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4. A halfway decent non-conference schedule

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I firmly believe teams that schedule easy, pushover schools in the non-conference portion of the schedule struggle when the level of competition elevates. It's important to be primed, and Ohio State will actually be doing that this year. Traveling to Navy and then playing Virginia Tech and Cincinnati in Columbus will have the Buckeyes ready for the Big 10.

3. A dominant defensive line

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3. A dominant defensive line

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I'm really looking forward to seeing this defensive line because it could end up being the best in the country. Junior defensive end Noah Spence will headline the crew, but it's very safe to say this is a strong, talented defensive line all across the board.

2. Avoiding the West Division's four best teams

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2. Avoiding the West Division's four best teams

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Though the Buckeyes will have to travel to Penn State and Michigan State this season, the cross-division schedule couldn't be easier. Ohio State avoids arguably the top four teams in the West Division: Nebraska, Northwestern, Iowa and Wisconsin.

1. The return of QB Braxton Miller

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1. The return of QB Braxton Miller

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Could No. 1 be anything else? Ohio State is probably third in the East Division without Braxton Miller. The fact that he's sticking around for his senior year means the Buckeyes retain the deadliest threat in the Big 10.

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