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Ohio State Football: 5 Toughest RBs Buckeyes Will Face in 2016

June 10, 2016

Ohio State will face a lethally talented crop of running backs this falla group that’s headlined by Penn State’s Saquon Barkley, Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine and Northwestern’s Justin Jackson.

Stopping (or even limiting) these talented ball-carriers will be a huge challenge for a defense that’s replacing eight total starters, five of which are in the front seven. Superstar defensive end Joey Bosa and hole-clogging defensive tackle Adolphus Washington won’t be back in 2016, so the Buckeyes need to find game-ready successors right out of the gate.

If co-defensive coordinators Luke Fickell and Greg Schiano fail to do so, these five running backs could shred the Buckeyes defense this season.

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