Ohio State Football: Final Win/Loss Prediction For 2014

Predicting Ohio State's 2014 Record

Ohio State's 2014 Record
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When OSU (ranked No. 5 in the preseason AP poll) QB Braxton Miller announced he would be returning for his senior season, Buckeye fans rejoiced. OSU was expected to contend for a national title. Then Miller, a Heisman Trophy hopeful, suffered a season-ending shoulder injury. To quote Scooby Doo, rut roh. The Buckeyes couldn't possibly recover from the loss of their star QB, could they? Let’s predict their record for the 2014 season and see.

Aug. 30 at Navy

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Aug. 30 at Navy

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Yes Navy almost knocked off the Buckeyes in 2009 and opening on the road isn’t all that fun, but Ohio State shouldn’t have any trouble with Navy. Navy runs the triple-option offense, but as soon as Ohio State’s defense adjusts, it’s all over for Navy. Prediction: OSU 48, Navy 17

Sept. 6 vs. Virginia Tech

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Sept. 6 vs. Virginia Tech

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The Buckeyes will look to go move to a perfect 4-0 in home night games under head coach Urban Meyer. Frank Beamer normally has the Hokies prepared to play disciplined football, and while this game will be a little harder than their contest against the Navy, don’t expect to see the Buckeyes to falter. Prediction: OSU 31, Va. Tech 14

Sept. 13 vs. Kent State

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Sept. 13 vs. Kent State

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No Dri Archer for Kent State equals no chance of beating Ohio State. Even Buckeye fans may want to pay attention to other games on the docket once Ohio State starts cruising. Kent State will have trouble moving the ball against the improved Ohio State defense, and the Buckeyes will impose their will on offense. Prediction: OSU 55, Kent State 7

Sept 27 vs. Cincinnati

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Sept 27 vs. Cincinnati

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Cincinnati won nine games last season, their first under head coach Tommy Tuberville, and they almost beat Louisville in the season finale. The Buckeyes will ultimately prove to be too much and will be victorious, but this game will be closer than some think. Prediction: OSU 31, Cincinnati 24

Oct. 4 at Maryland

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Oct. 4 at Maryland

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This will be the Buckeyes' first conference game as they take on Maryland, a new addition to the Big 10. Ohio State tried to recruit Stefon Diggs, but he decided to play at Maryland. Even without Diggs on their side, the Buckeyes should have no problem starting 1-0 in the Big Ten. Prediction: OSU 31, Maryland 17

Oct. 18 vs. Rutgers

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Oct. 18 vs. Rutgers

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The Buckeyes will take on Rutgers, another new team in the Big Ten, after their bye week. OSU is better than Rutgers and they will have that bye week to rest and prepare. There should be zero issues with Ohio State moving to 2-0 in conference play. Prediction: OSU 48, Rutgers 13

Oct. 25 at Penn State

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Oct. 25 at Penn State

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Last season the Buckeyes whooped Penn State 63-14 at home. This season Ohio State will have to take on the Nittany Lions on the road. This will be Ohio State’s third Big 10 game in a row, and all three opponents reside in the East division of the Big 10 with the Buckeyes. This will be a tougher game than last year’s Penn State battle and OSU’s first two Big 10 games, but the Buckeyes will emerge unscathed. Prediction: OSU 27, Penn State 17

Nov. 1 vs. Illinois

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Nov. 1 vs. Illinois

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This will be the Buckeyes’ first Big 10 opponent in the west division and second night game in as many weeks. The Illini just do not have the talent to beat the Buckeyes. This contest should be much easier than the previous week, but it’s sandwiched in between two difficult games, so look for it to be closer than expected. Prediction: OSU 31, Illinois 17

Nov. 8 at Michigan State (ranked No. 8 preseason)

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Nov. 8 at Michigan State (ranked No. 8 preseason)

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This is the game all Buckeye fans have circled on their calendars. There is a great chance that both teams are undefeated when they meet, and they are both in the East division of the Big 10. This game could determine who goes to the Big 10 championship game in Indianapolis on Dec. 6. If Miller wasn’t lost for the season, I’d have taken the Buckeyes all the way. You know what? I’m still going to take the Buckeyes! Prediction: OSU 24, MSU 21

Nov. 15 at Minnesota

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Nov. 15 at Minnesota

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As a junior Minnesota RB David Cobb ran for 1,202 yards and the senior has matured. He could have a big game against OSU, and after the toughest game on their schedule and having to face a conference opponent that is the same division, the Buckeyes will be a little drained. That could help this game be a little closer than it otherwise would have been, but ultimately the Buckeyes are too talented. Prediction OSU 28, Minnesota 17

Nov. 22 vs. Indiana

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Nov. 22 vs. Indiana

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Sure Indiana has a playmaking receiver in Shane Wynn who might have a big game against the Buckeyes, but Indiana won’t be able to stop Ohio State’s offense, even if they’ll be without Braxton Miller. The Hoosiers will simply be outmatched. Prediction: OSU 42, Indiana 24

Nov. 29 vs. Michigan

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Nov. 29 vs. Michigan

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This game and the one against Michigan State are the two most important games on the Buckeyes’ schedule. Michigan is also in the East division of the Big 10 and Ohio State’s biggest rival. In looking at the Wolverines’ schedule, it is possible they enter this game with only one or two losses. The Buckeyes will add one more loss to Michigan’s season. Prediction: OSU 31, Michigan 21

Conclusion

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Conclusion

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Even without their star QB, OSU still has an excellent chance to run the table thanks to having only one team on their schedule that is ranked in the top 25 in the preseason polls. If they do go undefeated and win the East division, they will probably play Wisconsin out of the west division which will prove to be a tough test, but the Buckeyes will emerge victorious in a tight game and punch their ticket to the first college football playoff.

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