College football rankings 2021: Alabama, Oklahoma, Georgia, Clemson, Ohio State vie for No. 1 in way-too-early Top 25

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A theme that’s going to be prevalent throughout much the majority of the top five, the Ohio State Buckeyes do have one major question mark as they look towards the 2020 season: Who is going to replace Justin Fields? That’s something that head coach Ryan Day and his staff will have to answer during the spring and leading up to the fall kickoff if they want to earn another CFP berth.

The Buckeyes do have several intriguing options to fill that void, though. 5-star freshman Kyle McCord will certainly challenge for the starting job but experienced backups in C.J. Stroud and Jack Miller III will also have their shots. No matter who is at quarterback, though, they will have an elite group of weapons to work with.

Wide receivers Garrett Wilson, Jameson Williams and Jaxon Smith-Njigba will form one of the best pass-catching trios in the country. Furthermore, Master Teague III could also return for another year in Columbus. However, Ohio State will have to replace the core of their offensive line and a large part of their defensive talent, which does raise some concerns.

Under Day’s watch, OSU has recruited at an extremely high level and, subsequently, the talent pool is rich in Columbus even after the departures they’re set to endure. Their level of success in 2021 will come down to how well the new faces coalesce as they settle into much more substantial roles.