Ohio State can take pride in being ranked No.1 all-time in football by the Associated Press in a recent top-100 survey that was confirmed by ESPN.

But that’s not going to replace the 16 starters the Buckeyes lose from last year’s team.

It’s a testament to Urban Meyer’s talent that smart people have ignored “returning starters” in assessing Ohio State’s playoff chances in 2016.

Meyer has reached such an exalted status HE is always the most important returning starter. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.