Countdown to Kickoff: 28 Days

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28. Ohio State’s defense recorded 28 sacks during the 2016 season, a rather mediocre total, tied for 54th in the country. 28 is the lowest sack total for a Buckeye defense since 2011, the year they went 6-7 prior to Urban Meyer’s arrival. A tough defense has been a Buckeye staple, and they’re going to have to improve on that total in 2017. Tyquan Lewis returns as the active leader on the team in career sacks with 16.5. Look for him to have a huge senior year on the defensive line. Nick Bosa should see more playing time in his sophomore season as he being to live up to the comparisons to his brother Joey. The defense returns 6 of the starting front 7 from last year, with plenty of experience coming off the bench as well. That bodes well for Ohio State, and I expect the defensive to put up 40+ sacks in the coming season. Getting to the quarterback early and often will be key for the Buckeye defense, especially with he loss of 3 out of 4 starters in the secondary.

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