Buckeyes back in action: Ohio State takes on Navy Midshipmen
BALTIMORE, Maryland- The Ohio State University Buckeyes will get some answers to pressing questions early Saturday afternoon in Baltimore, Maryland .
The Buckeyes will kick off the season taking on the Navy Midshipmen at M & T Bank Stadium.
Soon after the noon kickoff, quarterback J.T. Barrett will jog onto the field and get his offense ready.
It’s a tough task for the redshirt freshman, who was pressed into starting duty as Braxton Miller re-injured his shoulder and is done for the season.
Should Barrett struggle, Cardale Jones, a 6’5″ 250 pounder from Cleveland’s Glenville High School could get some snaps.
He is the only quarterback on the roster with any game experience.
While Navy will be busy trying to stuff the OSU offense, the Scarlet and Gray defense will be on high alert for Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds.
His name could pop up this season in Heisman discussions if it hasn’t already. He rushed for 31 touchdowns in 2013, an NCAA record for quarterbacks.
He has shown a knack for engineering fourth quarter comebacks since taking over as the full time starter five games into his freshman season.
Navy was 9-4 last year, while the Bucks lost their last two games; by 10 to Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship game, and by 5 to Clemson in the Orange Bowl.
Once the battle with Navy is done, Ohio State will be home for three straight Saturdays when they host Virginia Tech, Kent State, and Cincinnati.
It’s already year number three for Urban Meyer.
His big task will to bring Barrett along early in the season, and mold his abilities and boost his confidence.