Which tier did ESPN put Ohio State’s quarterback situation in?

It’s the biggest question surrounding the Ohio State program as the season inches to kickoff: Who will be the Buckeyes’ starting quarterback?

The spring showcased the two front runners, Kyle McCord and Devin Brown. Only McCord played in the Spring Game, as Brown was nursing an injury in hopes he is ready to continue the battle in fall camp.

ESPN’s eyes were recently on all quarterbacks across the nation and it put teams’ situations into tiers (subscription required). David Hale ultimately selected the Buckeyes’ situation into tier 3, the “never question the system.”

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As he goes over the battle, Hale notes that since 2012, “Ohio State has had a QB1 with a Total QBR better than 70 in every season, and one with a Total QBR better than 80 in all but three seasons.”

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Although Hale does have the Buckeyes in that tier, a Big Ten coach told him that “they’ve had really talented quarterbacks,” so it might not just be about the system.

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Kyle McCord (6) and Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Devin Brown (15) during practice at Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus, Ohio on Aug. 5, 2022. Credit: USA TODAY Sports

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In my eyes, it’s a combination of both. It’s about the talent that Ohio State has amassed while recruiting at an extremely high level. It’s also about the system and offense that head coach Ryan Day runs. With those two factors, it’s hard to believe that whoever becomes the starter, won’t have a great season for the Buckeyes.

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