Real Pod Wednesdays: Which Members of Ohio State's Class of 2018 Need to Step Up Most and How the Buckeyes Will Manage Their Crowded Linebacker Depth Chart

By Dan Hope and Colin Hass-Hill on July 1, 2020 at 12:10 pm
Josh Proctor

It's a big year for Ohio State's recruiting class of 2018, and the Buckeyes need a bunch of their third-year players to step up to be a national championship contender in 2020.

That's where we start on this week's episode of Real Pod Wednesdays, going along with the Third-Year Reset series we're in the midst of here at Eleven Warriors, and consider which members of the highly touted class of 2018 the Buckeyes will most be counting on to have breakthrough seasons this fall.

We continue our State of the Position series with a look at Ohio State's linebackers, in which we weigh how Al Washington and Greg Mattison can best utilize their seven upperclassman linebackers this season while also discussing which younger linebackers we have high expectations for in the future.

In the second hour of our show, we debut a new segment Three Things We Think, in which Colin and Dan each introduce three topics they've been thinking about over the past week for quick discussions. Colin shares his takes on why Trey Sermon could be a bellcow back, why Pete Werner could be a first-round pick and why the defense's inexperience is a concern despite its talent, while Dan considers whether we'll see Justin Fields catch a pass this year, why Jeremy Ruckert is too talented not to throw to the tight end this year and why no college football realignment plan should include Ohio State playing a bunch of MAC schools.

We also answer our listeners' questions about overrated and underrated college football coaches, the likelihood of a modified 2020 college football schedule and more.

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