ESPN's David Pollack names the team to beat in 2020
Assuming there is a college football season in 2020, ESPN’s David Pollack projects a team not named Alabama or Clemson to enter the season as the team to beat. The ESPN analyst thinks the Ohio State Buckeyes are the top team in the nation entering the season.
Pollack joined ESPN’s Get Up Thursday morning, and he opened up on why he thinks the Buckeyes are the team to beat.
“I’m going with a team that, the last time we saw them play, should have beaten Clemson,” ESPN analyst David Pollack said on “Get Up” on Thursday. “Ohio State had them on the ropes. Justin Fields was limping around. J.K. Dobbins was limping around. I think Justin Fields with another year to mature in the system, he’s going to be neck-and-neck with Trevor Lawrence to see who’s drafted first.
“Who replaces Nick Bosa? Well, Chase Young comes onto the scene. They’ve found cornerbacks and defensive linemen that are a notch above everybody else in that league. I think Ohio State will continue their reign, continue to run through the Big Ten. And at the end of the season have a good chance to be holding that trophy.”
The Buckeyes jumped out to a quick 16-0 lead over Clemson in the College Football Playoff; however, the Tigers shifted momentum and eventually pulled out the win. Clemson went on to lose to LSU in the national title game.
Led by quarterback Justin Fields, OSU’s offense will certainly be a force, and everyone knows the depth chart is rich and loaded with talent. Fields threw for over 3,200 yards and 41 touchdowns last season as a first-year starter. Some project Fields to be the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, even ahead of Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence.