Ohio State Battle Healthy or Hurtful?


Ohio State, ranked number one in every preseason poll, winners of the first College Football Playoff National Championship, returns 14 starters as well as arguably the best player in college football on both sides of the ball. Most noticeably, Ohio State has three potential Heisman candidates on the offensive side of the ball.

Ezekiel Elliott, J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones all have Heisman hype going into the 2015-2016 season. Head Coach Urban Meyer has a tough decision to make, though. Right now, J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones are both fighting for a starting spot of the best team in the nation. However, while some would say they are lucky to have those options, I would argue otherwise.

Having two quarterbacks on hand is good, but a dual quarterback system is something that rarely wins national championships. Probably the last one to do so was Tim Tebow and Chris Leak at Florida (even though Tebow seldom played). Most recent big school, dual quarterback system was probably Notre Dame with Malik Zaire and Everett Golson in 2014. And while they won their bowl game, they only went 8-5 with switching quarterbacks all season.

It’s hard for a quarterback to get into a groove when they are being subbed every couple possessions or even while the threat of being subbed is prevalent. Confidence at the quarterback position is everything, and if a constant substitution is waiting on the sideline, the confidence is shaken. Granted, both quarterbacks could start at any school in the nation, but look at Jeff Driskel. Driskel was considered one of the best high school recruits and his confidence was shaken early in his college career and he never lived up to the hype.

This controversy could also create internal problems. If Barrett is chosen, which is likely, Jones and fellow teammates could and probably will think otherwise, going against Urban Meyer. And players that are divided could create more problems than just confidence issues.

If Urban Meyer chooses a starter soon, then Barrett or Jones could win the Heisman. But depending upon how much they split time could ruin their chances.

It’s very rare that a duel threat system works effectively and I don’t see it working flawlessly for the Buckeyes. However, Ohio State is so loaded in other positions that it no matter what happens with the quarterbacks, I still see the Buckeyes at least making the College Football Playoff once again in the 2015-2016 season. I’m not saying this competition is do or die for Ohio State, but whereas many people see this as a plus for the Buckeyes, there could be many downsides for the Buckeyes in this situation.

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Jonathan Perelman

I am a senior digital media major at Lee University in Tennessee. I play for the soccer team but am aspiring to one day be a college football journalist. I was born and raised on Rocky Top and it will always be home to me.