Ohio State is 4-0 and has dominated every opponent so far.
Reflecting that, ESPN reporters have projected the Buckeyes to sweep the three major Big Ten awards given out at the end of the season.
In the Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year race, ESPN actually has two Buckeyes in the top two spots.
At No. 1 is quarterback J.T. Barrett, who’s a Heisman Trophy candidate at this point in the season as well. Barrett has 14 touchdown passes and the article’s author, Jesse Temple, said the signal caller leads the Big Ten in passing efficiency.
Right behind him is Buckeyes running back Curtis Samuel, who has the most all-purpose yards per game in the conference average at 168.3 and is in the top eight in both rushing and receiving as well.
After that, ESPN has Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong, Northwestern wide receiver Austin Carr and another Buckeyes player, running back Mike Weber, rounding out the top five.
For the Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year award, ESPN has Buckeyes safety Malik Hooker at the top of the list. Hooker has three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown to start the season.
Behind him is stud Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers, Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Watt, Buckeyes cornerback Marshon Lattimore and Wolverines corner Channing Stribling.
Lastly, for the Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year, the Buckeyes’ Weber is projected at No. 1. The freshman back leads the conference in rushing yards per game with 123.8 and averages 7.3 yards per carry.
Penn State’s Saquon Barkley is listed at No. 2 and Wildcats running back Justin Jackson is third.
It’s important to note, though, that it is still early in the season, and these projections could see a major change each week.