Buckeyes Chances to Repeat (By the Numbers)

“Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t” — Jay-Z “Reminder” 

Photo Courtesy: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

There are only seven Monday’s left until The Ohio State Buckeyes began defense of their eighth National Championship in school history at Virginia Tech. By most accounts, they are the favorites to win it again in 2015. They return fifteen starters from the team that has a thirteen game winning streak—the longest active streak in the FBS—coming into the season. Their three-headed quarterback monster is one of the most accomplished units in the country. Lately, not much has gone against Buckeye Nation (unless you count being swept out of the ESPY’s awards) , yet there is cause to pause in Columbus.

The Buckeyes have never won the Championship in the seven times it began the season as the number one ranked team. The last two times they were selected as the preseason top team, they finished ranked number two (1998 and 2006).

Six teams have received more than ninety-percent of the 1st-place votes in the preseason, none won a national title in that season. This includes Florida State in 2014 and Alabama in 2013.

But, the numbers aren’t all bad against the Buckeyes repeat bid. According to ESPN’s preseason projections, the Scarlet and Gray has a seventy-three percent likelihood of winning all its games in 2015 and a twenty-nine percent chance to enter the bowl season undefeated, by far the best in the country. Ohio State football fans hope those numbers don’t lie come January 2016.

One more stat, the Buckeyes need twelve consecutive wins to break the school record (twenty-four set in 2012 and 2013) for longest winning streak.

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