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Three Buckeyes must stand up to win the Big Ten in 2021, according to Ohio State football.

These three players will need to have breakout seasons if Ohio State football is to repeat as Big Ten champions and make the College Football Playoff.
Heading into the 2021-2022 college football season, Ohio State will hide no secrets from anyone.
They’re going to be fantastic.
Yet, as with any power football program, returning a experienced team is rare.
The majority of the years are spent reloading and developing the next generation of NFL stars while striving to win championships.
This season, the Buckeyes will be in that situation.
At both quarterback and running back, they’ll have to replace important players from last season’s national championship run.
They’ll also have to replace a lot of key players on defense, with only five starters returning from last season.
So, who will have to step up if the Buckeyes are to maintain their domination in the Big Ten and capture their fifth straight conference championship?
After a below-average defensive season last year, Ohio State hopes to see key defensive players improve this year.
Sevyn Banks will be the next man up for an Ohio State secondary that seemed to have a player in the NFL every year.
Shaun Wade may not have had his best year for the Buckeyes last season, but he is off to the NFL, and it is now Bankss’ chance to take over a secondary that struggled last year.
Last season, Ohio State allowed an average of 303.6 passing yards per game, which ranked them No. 1 in the nation.
There are 122 FBS teams in the country, out of a total of 130.
The secondary had a rough season, and it showed in their final game of the season, a national championship game versus Alabama.
Mac Jones, the Crimson Tide’s quarterback, completed 36 of 46 passes for 464 yards and three touchdowns.
DeVontae Smith, the Heisman Trophy winner, caught 12 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns, the majority of which came in the first half.
It wasn’t a pleasant sight for the Buckeyes, especially for former secondary coach Kerry Coombs, who is now the defensive coordinator.
Yet, it revealed a clear need for improvement, which is exactly what Sevyn Banks and the Buckeyes will aim for coming season.
Banks will be the team’s starting cornerback, replacing players like Jeffery Okudah, Marshal Lattimore, and Denzel Ward.
It will take a collective effort for this secondary to succeed, but it will all start with him and how he defends the opposing team’s greatest receiver.