Ohio State and its place in the College Football News post-spring rankings

We’re finally seeing very warm weather in the Midwest, and yes, we’ll endure the humidity that often accompanies the better temperatures. It means spring has definitely sprung as we continue the journey into summer.

With this welcome news, we’re getting closer to the college football season. This offseason in particular, there seems to have been a lot of change and turnover in the Ohio State football program and it’s a dizzying affair to keep track of.

With all the changes and Spring coming to an end, our friends at College Football News have released an updated version of their Big Ten Football Power Rankings, which includes some changes to where things were before the whole transfer portal business, managerial hires and more .

Here’s a look at how Pete Fiutak thinks it all oscillates from 14th to the top spot.

14

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Greg Schiano walks during the pregame warm-up prior to an NCAA Division I football game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at SHI Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey, on the field. Photo credit: USA TODAY Sports Network

By numbers according to College Football News

Realistic best-case recording: 7-5
Realistic worst case recording: 3-9
2022 Rutgers Prediction Spring Football Version: 5-7
CFN 2021 Spring Forecast: 4-8
Rutgers 2021 Closing Balance Sheet: 5-8

13

Indiana Hoosiers

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Indiana Hoosiers head coach Tom Allen walks along the sidelines during the fourth quarter of a NCAA Division I football game between the Indiana Hoosiers and the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Indiana. Source: USA TODAY sports network

By numbers according to College Football News

Realistic best-case recording: 8-4
Realistic worst case recording: 3-9
2022 Indiana Prediction, Spring Football Version: 5-7
CFN 2021 Spring Forecast: 7-5
Final record for Indiana 2021: 2-10

12

Illinois fights Ilini

09/17/2021; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini head coach Bret Bielema walks off the field after the loss to the Maryland Terrapins at Memorial Stadium. Credit: Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

By numbers according to College Football News

Realistic best-case recording: 8-4
Realistic worst case recording: 4-8
Illinois Prediction 2022 Spring Soccer Version: 6-6
CFN 2021 Spring Forecast: 3-9
Illinois 2021 Final Record: 5-7

11

Northwestern Wildcats

09/03/2021; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald reacts after a fourth quarter game against the Michigan State Spartans at Ryan Field. Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

By numbers according to College Football News

Realistic best-case recording: 8-4
Realistic worst case recording: 4-8
2022 Northwestern Prediction Spring Soccer Version: 6-6
CFN 2021 Spring Forecast: 8-4
Final Record for Northwest 2021: 3-9

10

Maryland Turtles

Nov 7, 2020; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Maryland Terrapins quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa (3) runs with the ball against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the fourth quarter at Beaver Stadium. Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

By numbers according to College Football News

Realistic best-case recording: 9-3
Realistic worst case recording: 6-6
2022 Maryland Prediction, Spring Football Version: 7-5
CFN 2021 Spring Forecast: 5-7
Graduation Record Maryland 2021: 7-6

9

Golden Gophers of Minnesota

January 1, 2020; Tampa, FL, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan (2) celebrates after defeating the Auburn Tigers at Raymond James Stadium. Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

By numbers according to College Football News

Realistic best-case recording: 9-3
Realistic worst case recording: 6-6
Minnesota Prediction 2022, Spring Football Version: 8-4
CFN 2021 Spring Forecast: 6-6
Minnesota 2021 Closing Balance Sheet: 9-4

8th

Nebraska Cornhuskers

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09/28/2019; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Scott Frost speaks to an official during the second half of the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Memorial Stadium. Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

By numbers according to College Football News

Realistic best-case recording: 9-3
Realistic worst case recording: 5-7
2022 Nebraska Prediction, Spring Football Version: 7-5
CFN 2021 Spring Forecast: 5-7
Final Balance Nebraska 2021: 3-9

7

Iowa Hawkeyes

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Iowa freshman wide receiver Keagan Johnson (No. 6, left) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown against Colorado State during the second quarter on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. Credit: USA TODAY Sports Network

By numbers according to College Football News

Realistic best-case recording: 10-2
Realistic worst case recording: 6-6
Iowa Prediction 2022, Spring Football Version: 8-4
CFN 2021 Spring Forecast: 9-3
Iowa 2021 Closing Balance: 10-4

6

Boilermakers from Purdue

Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, October 2, 2021, at Ross Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana. Credit: USA TODAY Sports Network

By numbers according to College Football News

Realistic best-case recording: 9-3
Realistic worst case recording: 6-6
2022 Purdue Prediction, Spring Football Version: 8-4
CFN 2021 Spring Forecast: 6-6
Purdue 2021 closing tally: 9-4

5

Penn State Nittany Lions

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Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Sean Clifford (14) calls for a play at scrimmage during the fourth quarter of the NCAA football game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania on Sunday, November 1, 2020 – line up. Photo credit: USA TODAY Sports Network

By numbers according to College Football News

Realistic best-case recording: 10-2
Realistic worst case recording: 6-6
2022 Penn State Prediction, Spring Football Version: 8-4
CFN 2021 Spring Forecast: 9-3
Penn State 2021 Closing Record: 7-6

4

Michigan State Spartans

Michigan State Spartans quarterback Payton Thorne (10) runs the ball during first half action against the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Spartan Stadium. Photo credit: USA TODAY Sports Network

By numbers according to College Football News

Realistic best-case recording: 9-3
Realistic worst case recording: 6-6
2022 Michigan State Prediction, Spring Football Version: 8-4
CFN 2021 Spring Forecast: 5-7
Final balance Michigan State 2021: 11-2

3

Wisconsin Badgers

Wisconsin Badgers running back Braelon Allen (0) runs for a long first down in the third quarter against Nebraska Cornhuskers safety Myles Farmer (4) during their football game Saturday, November 20, 2021 at Camp Randall in Madison, Wis. Dan Powers/ USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

By numbers according to College Football News

Realistic best-case recording: 10-2
Realistic worst case recording: 7-5
Wisconsin Prediction 2022 Spring Football Version: 9-3
CFN 2021 Spring Forecast: 10-2
Wisconsin 2021 Closing Balance: 9-4

2

Michigan Wolverines

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November 21, 2020; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh speaks to his team before overtime against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at SHI Stadium. Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

By numbers according to College Football News

Realistic best-case recording: 11-1
Realistic worst case recording: 8-4
2022 Michigan Prediction, Spring Football Version: 9-3
CFN 2021 Spring Forecast: 8-4
Final Balance Michigan 2021: 12-2

1

Ohio state horse chestnuts

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Ohio State coach Ryan Day speaks to players during a game against Michigan State at Ohio Stadium on November 20, 2021. (Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch/USA TODAY Network)

By numbers according to College Football News

Realistic best-case recording: 12-0
Realistic worst case recording: 9-3
2022 Ohio State Prediction, Spring Football Version: 11-1
CFN 2021 Spring Forecast: 11-1
Ohio State’s 2021 Final Record: 11-2

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