Ohio State football game-by-game 2022 predictions way too early

While most college football programs would be more than happy with an 11-2 record and a Rose Bowl win, in the state of Ohio, things fell short of expectations. For the first time since 2015, there was no Big Ten title or College Football Playoff appearance to show off.

And while the Buckeyes were one of the youngest teams in the country, the talent was there to try some really special things. The defense was not up to par and the physical strength in the trenches was lacking at key moments of the season, which held back its full potential from becoming a reality.

Now it’s time to look ahead and see what things will look like for next season. Can the state of Ohio bounce back and go back to winning the Big Ten and be a part of all the playoff fun in 2022? Many think so, and with all the personnel overhauls that head coach Ryan Day has orchestrated after the regular season ends, it certainly feels like OSU will do just about anything to get back to where it belongs.

Much of that, however, has to do with the schedule, something the state of Ohio cannot control. It’s going to be tough next year with crossover games against Wisconsin and Iowa, a non-conference out-of-the-gate game against Notre Dame and road trips to Penn State and Michigan State.

We’re looking into the crystal ball way too early to run through the schedule to predict every game for 2022, and this is how we think things will turn out.

September 3 – Notre Dame

Nov 27, 2021; Stanford, California, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish Defensive Coordinator Marcus Freeman is sidelined during the second quarter against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium. Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

How we think it will end

Former Ohio State linebacker Marcus Freeman brings his Irish club to Ohio State for one of the biggest early national matchups. Ohio State’s attack should again be one of the most explosive in the entire country, and early on, having a seasoned offense to start the year when offenses are generally farther than defense will make all the difference. are in this.

Ohio State 45, Notre Dame 35

Running record: 1-0

September 10 – State of Arkansas

Oct 7, 2021; Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA; Arkansas State Red Wolves quarterback Layne Hatcher (3) fakes the transfer to running back Lincoln Pare (22) at Centennial Bank Stadium. Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

How we think it will end

Things didn’t go well for the Red Wolves in 2021 with a 2-10 record. They were one of the worst teams in all of FBS last season and it’s hard to see that change in a year. Ohio State should roll home and get a bunch of guys playing time.

Ohio State 63, Arkansas State 17

Running record: 2-0

September 17 – Toledo

Sep 23 2017; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Toledo Rockets head coach Jason Candle watches from the sidelines in the second half game against the Miami Hurricanes at Hard Rock Stadium. Credit: Jasen Vinlove—USA TODAY Sports

How we think it will end

Toledo had some great moments last season, finishing 7-6 and should be a little better in 2022, but you don’t just waltz into Ohio Stadium and beat Goliath and all that talent on the sidelines of OSU. The Buckeyes should beat the seemingly annual in-state opponent without too much trouble.

Ohio State 54, Toledo 20

Running record: 3-0

September 24 – Wisconsin

Wisconsin Badgers running back Braelon Allen (0) faces a lengthy third quarter first loss to Nebraska Cornhusker safety Myles Farmer (4) during their soccer game Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021 at Camp Randall in Madison, Wisconsin. Dan Powers/ USA TODAY NETWORK – Wisconsin.

How we think it will end

We know Wisconsin will bring the physicality into the “Shoe” and that will be a good test of a renewed defense under new Coordinator Jim Knowles. This may be the toughest game on the schedule when it’s all over. The Badgers defense will most likely be another good one, and the combination of quarterback Graham Mertz and running back Braelon Allen could give OSU strikes. However, the game is at home and I hope the Buckeyes will be much better on defense in 2022. Ohio state wins a tough one.

Ohio State 34, Wisconsin 24

Running record: 4-0

October 1 – Rutgers

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Greg Schiano with Rutgers’ Aron Cruickshank in the fourth quarter as Rutgers Temple crushed 61-14 in their season opener at SHI Stadium in Piscataway, NJ on September 4, 2021.
Credit: USA TODAY Sports

How we think it will end

Rutgers has yet to beat Ohio State since joining the Big Ten, and that trend should continue. See if the Scarlet Knights will be even more competitive in Greg Schiano’s third season, but the show is nowhere near where it needs to be to handle the talent and size of the state of Ohio.

Ohio State 59, Rutgers 27

Running record: 5-0

October 8 – in the state of Michigan

Michigan State quarterback Payton Thorne passes against Ohio State during the second half at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing on Saturday, December 5, 2020. Credit: USA TODAY Sports

How we think it will end

Ohio State smothered a very good Michigan State team in Columbus last season. It will be different in East Lansing next year, but you can’t close that gap simply by playing a game at home. The matchup just isn’t good for the staff the Spartans have. It’s going to be a more challenging game, but Ohio State wins without too much trouble.

Ohio State 45, Michigan State 27

Running record: 6-0

October 22 – Iowa

Iowa Hawkeyes players Ryan Gersonde (2) Riley Moss (33) quarterback Spencer Petras (7) wide receiver Max Cooper (19) and defending defenseman Jack Koerner (28) get pumped up for an NCAA Big Ten Conference football game against Indiana, Saturday, September 4, 2021, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. Credit: USA TODAY Sports

How we think it will end

Iowa may be the best team in the West division next season, we’ll just have to wait and see. And while the Hawkeyes’ defense ensures that Ohio state will show patience and work the ball across the field, the offense in Iowa just won’t have enough firepower to stay on the road. Oddly enough, this is the first time these two have faced each other since Iowa blew OSU off the field in 2017. The revenge factor may not be as great as it would have been, but rest assured that the tape will be dusted off for motivation.

Ohio State 37, Iowa 17

Running record: 7-0

October 29 – at Penn State

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How we think it will end

Line up the Lion Roars, Zombie Nation and student section in prime time because you can almost count on this game being made for whiteout for television. For all the pomp and circumstance that the annual whiteout game can put on at Penn State, OSU has done quite well, winning 3-2. However, all but one of the games were close, especially as Penn State’s talent level has returned to where it was historic. This is going to be a dogfight, and if you get out of a physical against Iowa, this could be where the state of Ohio becomes an environmental victim.

Penn State 34, Ohio State 31

Running record: 7-1

November 5 – in Northwestern

Sep 25. 2021; Evanston, Illinois, USA; Northwestern Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald on the sidelines during the first half against the Ohio Bobcats at Ryan Field. Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

How we think it will end

It’s hard to know what to expect from Northwestern from year to year or even game to game. We know the Wildcats will be well coached under Pat Fitzgerald, but this team has so many holes on both sides of the ball last season that it’s hard to imagine a scenario where Northwestern turns things around completely. This should be a pretty easy hurdle for the scarlet and gray in 2022.

Ohio State 45, Northwest 24

Running record: 8-1

November 12 – Indiana

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Indiana Hoosiers head coach Tom Allen walks along the sidelines during the fourth quarter of an NCAA Division I football game between the Indiana Hoosiers and the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Ind. Credit: USA TODAY Sports

How we think it will end

This should be a rebuilding year for Indiana after a very disappointing and underperforming 2021. The Hoosiers will usher in a new quarterback and several others in key spots on both sides of the ball. That’s bad news for a pretty veteran Ohio State offense who should be in tip-top shape right now.

Ohio State 48, Indiana 23

Running record: 9-1

November 19 – in Maryland

Nov 7, 2020; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Maryland Terrapins quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa (3) runs with the ball against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the fourth quarter at Beaver Stadium. Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

How we think it will end

The staff Maryland continues to throw out year after year is doing well against teams outside of the conference, but it has yet to figure out what physical aspect is needed to compete against the best teams in the Big Ten. That hasn’t changed, so the results will be pretty much the same as what we’ve seen in years past.

Ohio State 55, Maryland 28

Running record: 10-1

November 26 – Michigan

Nov 20, 2021; College Park, Maryland, USA; Michigan Wolverine running back Hassan Haskins (25) reacts after scoring a second-half touchdown at Capital One Field in Maryland Stadium. Credit: Tommy Gilligan—USA TODAY Sports

How we think it will end

Revenge. That’s what will occupy the state of Ohio in 2022. What we don’t know is whether Jim Harbaugh will lead this team or not, based on the NFL rumors going around. Michigan is losing some very key defense figures, and OSU will come into this with all the emotion and bad intentions it lacked last season. It’s going to be a game, but the Buckeyes are the more physical team in this one and start another series against TTUN.

Ohio State 37, Michigan 24

Running record: 11-1

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