ESPN has released its newest college football power rankings using their Football Power Index system (FPI).
After taking a tough loss in the National Championship game last season, it's no surprise to see the Ohio State Buckeyes come in ranked high on the list at No. 4.
Ohio State seems to have a leg up against all other Big Ten teams and is right on the edge of competing for a College Football Playoff spot once again.
Yes, losing a leader on offense in starting quarterback Justin Fields to the NFL will definitely be tough to handle for the Buckeyes. Head coach Ryan Day needs to be ready to develop the next great Ohio State quarterback if he wants to keep pace with the other top tier college football programs.
However, the offense brings back a couple of key weapons ready to ball out in 2021. Running back Master Teague III (514 yards and 8 touchdowns in 2020), leading wide receiver Chris Olave (50 receptions and 729 yards 2020) and tight end Jeremy Ruckert (5 touchdowns in 2020) all return for the Buckeyes.
With those weapons at his disposal, sophomore quarterback CJ Stroud is already tied for 12th in the odds to win the Heisman, despite having thrown just 1 pass in his collegiate career so far.
Ohio State finds itself in a very similar spot in the power rankings and the National Championship odds. In fact, the Buckeyes have the 4th-best odds to win it all at +600, according to betting odds posted on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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