Heading into the 2022 college football season, Ohio State is considered one of the favorites to challenge for a national championship. The Buckeyes are firing a number of offensive starters from last year’s Rose Bowl-winning team 11-2, while there are still a handful of questions to answer on defense.
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Date of the game: April 16, 2022
Game time: 12:00 p.m. ET
TV channel: Big Ten Network
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Linebacker will be the position to watch on Saturday. The Buckeyes struggled at times in the second tier defensively last year and will need to tighten that spot in 2022. Steele Chambers and Tommy Eichenberg return from last year’s squad but will need to return to their starting jobs with talent group behind them on the depth chart, including five-star rookie CJ Hicks.
In attack, Saturday will be more of a showcase. CJ Stroud returns to play quarterback after making a run at the Heisman last year. Stroud, a redshirt sophomore, could turn pro after the season and some are projecting him as the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft next year.
He will pitch to a loaded receiving group led by Jaxon Smith-Njigba. When we last saw Njigba, he was rewriting the Rose Bowl record books with a 15-catch, 347-yard Rose Bowl performance. Like Stroud, Smith-Njigba is a redshirt sophomore and should be a first-round pick if he declares for the draft after the 2022 season.
Ohio State will also honor former Buckeye quarterback Dwayne Haskins during Saturday’s game. Haskins died last weekend after being hit by a truck in Florida.
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