It’s that time of year again. As summer comes to an end and school is looming, there is one bright spot. College football is back. The season officially gets underway on Thursday September 3rd with 36 teams in action that day. One of the most talked about stories leading up to this season is who should start at QB for the defending champion Ohio State Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes are ranked number one overall in the preseason AP poll after they won the National Championship last year as a 4 seed in the first ever College Football Playoff. They Buckeyes started the year with a problem that every coach wants to have. They had 2 solid QB’s and didn’t know which one to play. The decision was made much easier when in August, before the season ever started, Braxton Miller suffered a torn labrum which he had plagued him the year before. J.T. Barrett took over the starting job and led the Buckeyes through almost the entire season. Then, in November, Barrett fractured his ankle. This left the Buckeyes to finish the season with their 3rd string QB, Cardale Jones. Jones thrived in the spotlight helping the Buckeyes march through the playoff and beat Marcus Mariota and Oregon 42-20 in the BCS Championship game.
Now, with the season only a week away the Buckeyes face the same problem that they did last year. Who should start at QB? Urban Meyer did announce that Braxton Miller would be moving to a wide receiver role this season. This role should suit him nicely as he is very quick and athletic. The only issue that he could run into would be his durability because he will undoubtedly take more hits in this new position. Now the question is should the Buckeyes start J.T. Barrett or Cardale Jones at QB this season?
To me, the answer to this question is very simple. You start Cardale Jones. Hopefully Urban Meyer has heard of the expression “Don’t fix what’s not broken.” If I was him, I would not even think about taking Cardale Jones out of the starting position. This guy came in with about as much pressure as you can put on a young QB and lead your school to a BCS National Championship. I don’t care how good J.T. Barrett is supposed to be or whether he fits the system better. Until Cardale Jones proves that he can’t win games for the Buckeyes, he should have the starting job. He’s earned it. Not to mention how injury prone Barrett has proved to be, while Jones has not.
The Buckeyes should be a force to be reckoned with again this season and have a legitimate shot to win the National Championship again. In the end, they will be successful no matter who is starting at QB, but it would feel like an injustice towards Cardale Jones if he is not out there for the first Buckeye drive of the season.
Now you know what I think, what do you think? Vote/comment below, or tweet me @bkropp20 to let your voice be heard.