Real Pod Wednesdays: Ohio State Spring Game Recap and Post-Spring Lineup Projection

By Dan Hope and Griffin Strom on April 19, 2023 at 11:10 am
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Spring football is complete at Ohio State, which means it’s time to wrap it all up and project ahead to how it will all translate to the games that count this fall.

We begin this week’s episode by discussing everything that stood out to us in Saturday’s spring game, including a not-great but not-terrible performance by Kyle McCord, the offensive line remaining Ohio State’s biggest problem, the defense continuing to show improvement and impressive performances from young Buckeyes like C.J. Hicks, Sonny Styles, Carnell Tate and Hero Kanu.

Later, we project what Ohio State’s starting lineup would look like right now and which non-starters we also expect to see significant playing time for the Buckeyes this fall.

Finally, we discuss Ohio State men’s basketball’s newest transfer addition and why the Buckeyes could still be in the market for one more transfer.

The rundown for our post-spring episode of Real Pod Wednesdays:

  • 0:30: Kyle McCord didn’t win the job on Saturday, but that doesn’t mean you should write him off
  • 8:09: The door remains open for Devin Brown, but we still see McCord as the favorite to start
  • 11:15: The offensive line remains Ohio State’s biggest area of concern by far
  • 15:46: Ohio State must control the line of scrimmage to beat Michigan, and the OL could determine that
  • 16:58: The defense outplayed the offense in the spring game more than the scoreboard even showed
  • 18:53: Defense did give up three long touchdowns, but those came with almost all backups on field
  • 21:05: Why Dan is confident cornerback play will be a strength for Ohio State this season
  • 22:50: A slew of second-year defenders had standout spring game performances
  • 30:30: Carnell Tate and Jayden Ballard continued to make their push for playing time at WR
  • 33:00: Chip Trayanum continued to make his case for playing time at running back
  • 35:39: A quiet concern for Ohio State: Will the Buckeyes have a reliable field goal kicker?
  • 38:02: Projecting Ohio State’s starting lineup and who else will play regularly at each position on offense
  • 48:04: Projecting Ohio State’s starting lineup and who else will play regularly at each position on defense
  • 59:15: Why Dale Bonner is a logical addition for the basketball Buckeyes as a backup point guard
  • 1:03:26: Why Ohio State remains in the market for one more transfer
  • 1:05:00: Ohio State has an NCAA Tournament-caliber roster, but can it be a Sweet 16-caliber roster?

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