Lindy’s sees OSU finish Big Ten Five-Peat, but remains murky over playoff hopes
Last week, we shared a glimpse of how college football preseason magazine Athlon Sports handicapped races for the college football playoffs and the Big Ten Championship. Athlon had chosen OSU fourth nationally behind Alabama, Clemson and Oklahoma.
Today we’re back with a look at the second college football magazine to hit newsstands with Lindy’s Sports. Lindy’s 264-page yearbook is out, and the state of Ohio is ranked fifth nationally – and first in the Big Ten.
Lindy’s top four was the reigning national champion Alabama first, followed by Clemson, Oklahoma and Georgia. Other notables in Lindy’s top 25 include Cincinnati eighth, Oregon 10th, Notre Dame 11th, Wisconsin 13th, Iowa 18th, Indiana 20th and Penn State 21st. (Michigan registers at # 28.)
Lindy’s has Alabama against Georgia in the Cotton Bowl semi-final game and Clemson against Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl semi-final. OSU is set to have a rematch with alleged Pac-12 champion Oregon in the Rose Bowl. These teams will meet in a non-conference game on September 11 at Ohio Stadium.
OSU Coach Ryan day will return for his third full season as the school’s head coach. He has 11 starters from last year’s squad who went 7-1 in a shortened season due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Buckeyes won the Big Ten for the fourth year in a row and advanced to the College Football Playoff National Championship game before falling to Alabama. OSU will be set to reach the playoffs for the third consecutive season in 2021.
Regarding the state of Ohio, Lindy wrote, “Oh, be Ryan day. Young. Rich. A rising star in his profession. Being able to get five-star and four-star players on the roster on some kind of whim. You must have been impressed with his trip to the national title game last season. Not the national title game itself, but he’s only 42, give him some time.
In the Our Call category, Lindy’s wrote, “Today is 23-2 overall as Buckeye’s boss and still perfect against the Big Ten: 15-0. Look for him. Who do this? And after? A national title. It might not happen this year, but OSU is good enough to wear the Big Ten crown for a fifth straight season. Are you still bored, Brutus? I did not mean it.
By listing Day as the number two coach nationally under 45 (behind only Oklahoma Lincoln riley), Lindy wrote, “Day hasn’t lost in the regular season yet. Perhaps Day’s greatest achievement to date has been helping the Big Ten develop the will to play football in the fall of 2020. ”
In the Heisman Watch category, Lindy’s has OSU quarterback CJ Stroud ranked seventh. (The top three contenders are quarterbacks Spencer rattler from Oklahoma, Sam howell from North Carolina and DJ Uiagalelei from Clemson.)
“He has yet to launch a pass to college, but this Californian kid is the alleged starter of the Buckeyes, taking over for Justin fieldsLindy wrote of Stroud. “We don’t make the rules; we just follow the formula: starting quarter plus state of Ohio equals candidate Heisman. “
Lindy’s has three Ohio State players in its first team USA with a wide receiver Chris Olave (on the cover of the Ohio edition of the magazine), offensive tackle Thayer Munford and defensive tackle Haskell Garrett. Cornerback Sevyn Banks was a second-team pick. These players were all part of the All-Big Ten first team as well as the wide receiver. Garrett wilson.
The expected order of arrival for Big Ten Eastern Division is OSU, Indiana, Penn State, Michigan, Rutgers, Maryland and Michigan State. Wisconsin is expected to win the West with Iowa second and the Northwest third.
Check out Lindy’s Sports college football preseason magazine at your local newsstand. Or go to Lindy’s Sports website for details on how to get a copy by mail.
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