I've been wondering this for the last few days. Obviously this upcoming season we will have the nastiest, most explosive offense in the country but we loose so much on defense (esp. D-line and LB). Much of the defense's talent is unproven. Will X-Brax 360 and slew of returning offensive talent (plus new recruits) be enough to put us over the top? The passing game should be much improved and add in much more playbook including the 49'ers' 'diamond' formation. Should score the most points in a season since Smith/Ginn's '06 season.
Now for 2014, its kind of the opposite only because we lose so much on the offensive line, although we still have braxton, good RBs and WRs. However the Defense should be absolutely monsterous that year with plenty of built-up high end talent like Spence, Washington, Schutt, Pittman, Bosa, etc. And thats just the D-line! The LBs and secondary will be quite impressive as well.
For a long time I've felt like OSU has had really strong years either offensively or defensively but not at the same time. I feel like if we can get a good offensive line developed by 2014, that would be our strongest chance to have both only because Brax will be a senior beast. We can find some one to fill Hyde's shoes or a good WR, but Braxton is a very rare asset. I say in '14 our strengths will be more balanced between O and D. That being said, I believe we still win a NC in '13 for a # of reasons: 1.) Braxton will be much improved
2.) Urban's secnd yr. plus entire coaching staff returns intact.
3.) dominant O-line, Hyde, D. smith, Philly all have unfinished business to take care of.
4.) Dominant secondary led by Roby and co. plus fresh young talent at D-line and LBer.
If you had to vote for one year, which would be your choice to win it all and why?