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3 Reasons Ohio State Will Win Big 10 in 2019

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 08: Acting head coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on before the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Rutgers v Ohio State | Joe Robbins/Getty Images

THE Ohio State Buckeyes enter the 2019 college football season with some doubts, and rightly so, as some of their most important players are unproven at this level. Yet, Ohio State is as primed as ever to make another run at a Big Ten title and the college football playoff.

3. Justin Fields is Electric

ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 6: Justin Fields #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs drops back to pass against the Vanderbilt Commodores on October 6, 2018 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Vanderbilt v Georgia | Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

There's a reason Ohio State went all-out to acquire Justin Fields despite having Tate Martell on the roster. Fields is an electric dual-threat QB who can change the game on any one play. Expect him to put up some explosive numbers in Columbus.

2. Don't Underestimate Ryan Day

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Ohio State Buckeyes offensive coordinator Ryan Day looks at notes during the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual - Washington v Ohio State | Jeff Gross/Getty Images

Ryan Day may be early on in his coaching tenure at OSU, but he's one of the most talented offensive minds in the sport and already proving himself on the recruiting trail. After his first full offseason, he'll have these Buckeyes ready to go.

1. Pressure Squarely on Michigan

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - DECEMBER 29: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during warm ups prior to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against the Florida Gators at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl | Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Sure, there's plenty about the Buckeyes to like, but they're primary competition for the top spot in the Big 10 in 2019 is likely to be Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines, especially with Shea Patterson returning. Thus far, Michigan hasn't proven they can win the big game under pressure. Even in Ann Arbor, OSU holds the edge.