Five years ago, Ohio State football had just started to defend its national championship

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Five years ago, we followed the Ohio State quarterback battle through all of preseason camp, making predictions as we went, trying to decide if the injured regular-season starter or the surprising postseason savior would open the season taking the snap for the defending national champions.

Would J.T. Barrett or Cardale Jones start the 2015 season opener on Labor Day in primetime at Virginia Tech?

Bill Landis, Ari Wasserman and I gathered every bit of our expertise to jointly assess that Barrett had an 86 percent chance of winning the starting job, while we had Jones at 14 percent.

Jones started.

And he kicked off a 2015 season that was wild in how it wasn’t all that wild.

The Buckeyes scored 44.8 points per game while winning it all in 2014, then returned nearly all of the key offensive contributors and scored 35.7 points per game. With an

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