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Breaking: Ohio State’s Shocking Quarterback Shakeup Shakes Up the Big Ten! Brace Yourself for a Quarterback Invasion!



In Columbus, Ohio, Ryan Day’s strategy of recruiting top-tier quarterback prospects for every Ohio State football class carried an inherent risk. The likelihood of frequent attrition to the transfer portal was inevitable, and eventually, one of these quarterbacks could potentially become a starter for a Big Ten Conference rival, upgrading their position with talent from Ohio State’s surplus.

Kyle McCord, the former starting quarterback for the Buckeyes, recently entered the transfer portal, and Nebraska is reportedly among the first teams to meet with him. The Cornhuskers, in need of a significant upgrade after struggling with one of the Big Ten’s weakest passing offenses, are exploring options to bolster their team before their visit to Ohio Stadium next October.

For over a decade, Ohio State set the benchmark for Big Ten quarterbacks, dominating awards and pass efficiency ratings. However, a changing landscape poses a challenge to the Buckeyes’ quarterback dominance. The influx of four new programs into the Big Ten brings a shift in the league’s quarterback paradigm, with each program having produced notable talents in the past decade.

The narrative of Ohio State quarterbacks being the default best in the Big Ten has been disrupted by the emergence of talented quarterbacks from other programs, exemplified by Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy. The incoming teams, including Oregon, UCLA, USC, and Washington, have demonstrated the ability to identify elite talent, sign them, and foster excellence in quarterback play.

The realization that Ohio State no longer claims the Big Ten’s best quarterback by default is underscored by McCarthy’s performance. With the addition of the four incoming teams, there’s a valid argument that Ohio State did not have one of the top five quarterbacks in the conference this season.

The potential growth of Kyle McCord, similar to McCarthy’s progression, adds context to why Coach Day hasn’t committed to him as the next season’s starter. The competition for the starting position needs to unfold, and Day’s strategic approach is evident in not making premature commitments.

Ohio State, once the sole contender for top national quarterbacks, now faces competition in recruiting. Devin Brown, a possible starter, is among four returning quarterbacks who were top 50 prospects, along with Malachi Nelson, Ty Thompson, and Drew Allar. The transfer portal remains a wildcard, and Ohio State should no longer assume automatic quarterback superiority in the Big Ten.

Looking ahead, Ohio State appears prepared for the West Coast wave, securing commitments from highly-ranked quarterbacks like Air Noland for 2024 and Jadyn Davis and Ethan Grunkemeyer for 2025. However, the ever-changing dynamics of college football, particularly the transfer portal, necessitate a mindset shift for Ohio State to regain and maintain its status as the quarterback gold standard in the Big Ten.

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