Ohio State football has one of the toughest schedules in the Big Ten for 2020, but how do the Buckeyes’ opponents rank by toughness?
When Urban Meyer retired suddenly following the 2018 season, shockwaves spread throughout the college football world. The Big Ten looked more wide open than it had been in 5-6 years and that meant that teams like Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan State could all get back into the running for the conference title.
And then Ryan Day stepped in and exceeded expectations. Not only did he continue the recruiting momentum, he landed Justin Fields via transfer and that was the biggest move of all.
Fields went on to account for over 50 touchdowns in his first year as the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes and was a runner-up in the Heisman Trophy race. He’s back for his second year as the starter for Ohio State and will likely be the second-biggest threat to win the Heisman behind only Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence.
On top of Ohio State’s recruiting prowess, the Buckeyes have returned some big names despite losing guys like JK Dobbins and Chase Young. The aforementioned Fields will be back along with Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson, Zach Harrison and Shaun Wade. All of those guys could be All-American candidates.
The Big Ten is well aware oh Ohio State’s dominance and each team is currently chasing the Buckeyes. How do each of the Buckeyes’ 2020 opponents rank in terms of toughness?