Gould Headshot squareFace it. The spark was missing at Ohio State last year.

It seems foolish—no, ridiculous—to call a 12-1 season disappointing. But there’s no disputing that the Buckeyes left with a bad taste from the 2015 season that began with hopes of a second straight national championship. The team, their fans and the experts won’t dispute that.

That’s because the bar is set ridiculously high in Columbus.

And in some ways, it should be. Ohio State was a team coming off a national championship season that returned all but six starters. Throw in another stellar set of recruits, and the lofty expectations were explainable.

That’s especially true because the Buckeyes are led by Urban Meyer, who used to be in the discussion for best college football coach with Nick Saban, and might be again in the future.

That future is now. Despite losing a ridiculous—that word keeps coming up when the topic is Ohio State football—12 players to the first four rounds of the NFL draft, the Buckeyes are expected to be in the hunt for their second national championship in three years.  The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here