Ohio State is one of the most elite football programs in the country. The Buckeyes have made it to the National Championship Game the past two seasons, but fell short in both attempts.
This year is the year for Tressel and the Buckeyes, and here's why!
5. Terrelle Pryor
Many college football followers will be shocked when halfway through the season, Ohio State unleashes the "Tebow effect" (UF Quarterbacks in 2006 with a great 1-2 punch) with the use of Pryor in certain situations.
Todd Boeckman will obviously be the starter, but Pryor will confuse defenses when he comes in the game and adds a strong running game to the quarterback position. Jim Tressel is a wise coach and will utilize all of his talents. Pryor is certainly one of them.
Ohio State wants to win the championship more than any other team and for good reason. After falling short in the last two National Championship Games, the Buckeyes have been ripped on in every conversation about the title game and they want to avenge their failures by holding up the crystal trophy at the end of the season.
The seniors are back for one reason and one reason only; they want their ring!
3. Chris "Beanie" Wells
Beanie Wells showed off his power last season with over 1600 rushing yards and 15 touchdown runs. Beanie will be considered for the Heisman Trophy this year as he will be stronger and more efficient after a season of starting. While making a run for the title, having the best running back (Sorry Knowshawn Moreno) in the country doesn't hurt.
2. Jim Tressel
Jim Tressel has been the Head Coach for Ohio State since 2001. He has built a strong program with excellent results. With an overall record of 73-16 in Columbus and a championship ring, Tressel has shown that he is superior on the field and recruiting off the field.
1. The Returning Seniors
Ohio State returned 20 starters including All American Linebacker James Laurinaitis and Malcolm Jenkins. There is no college football team in the nation with the experience of the Buckeye starters, and that is a huge advantage. The Buckeyes bring in the best defense in the nation, and teams that play defense will win games.