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Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins is expected to take over for J.T. Barrett and could become a star in 2018.

Ohio State football: Way-too-early predictions for next season; Dwayne Haskins on ESPN list of breakout players

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Way-too-early predictions for 2018

With the 2017 season in the books for Ohio State, it’s a good time to look ahead at what could happen in 2018. Ohio State’s depth chart will look different by the time September rolls around, but the Buckeyes, as they usually are, should be in the national title hunt next season.

What could happen by this time next year? Land of 10’s Austin Ward looked into the future with his five way-too-early Ohio State predictions for 2018. He thinks the Buckeyes will be College Football Playoff contenders, just not one with an unblemished record.

All of that power in the league, though, is going to make it close to impossible to navigate the season without suffering a setback. Ohio State is going to be the favorite to defend the conference championship, and I’m picking the Buckeyes to win the Big Ten again. But just looking at road trips to Penn State and Michigan State, there’s a good chance the Buckeyes won’t get to Indianapolis unscathed.

Dwayne Haskins, Jeffrey Okudah listed as breakout candidates

In the continuing theme of looking ahead to the 2018 season, ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg put together a list of breakout candidates for next season. The Buckeyes were well-represented. Ohio State had one player on each side of the ball as quarterback Dwayne Haskins and cornerback Jeffrey Okudah both made the list.

Haskins is the favorite to take over behind center for J.T. Barrett and Okudah — one of the key pieces of Ohio State’s 2017 recruiting class — should help fill the void left by Denzel Ward in the secondary.

Ohio State signee Tommy Togiai impresses at All-American Bowl practice

Defensive tackle Tommy Togiai was a late addition to Ohio State’s 2018 recruiting class when he committed to the Buckeyes shortly before the Dec.20-22 early signing period. It could prove to be a huge pickup for Urban Meyer’s program.

Practicing this week in the lead up for the Army All-American Bowl on Thursday in San Antonio, Texas. Togiai was impressive to media members in attendance.

Togiai will have the chance to thrive under defensive line coach Larry Johnson once he gets to Columbus.

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