They were lead to that success by starting QB Braxton Miller, who was a junior and heading into his senior year, and looked to be on the rise. Miller did not miss a game last season, passing for 2,094 yards, and throwing 24 TD's. He was also able to use his feet as a weapon rushing for 1,068 yards and 12 touchdowns. Miller finished 15th in Heisman voting, and there is no doubt that the scandal in Columbus played a little bit of a role in that.
The Buckeyes are a team that should've been in the national title picture last year, and has a star that should've been a Heisman finalist. That was all taken away by the mistakes of college kids selling memorabilia a few seasons ago. They came into this season wanting to make up for all of that, knowing that they have a team to get themselves right back into the national title picture. They were predicted to be in the playoff picture for most of the season, ranked No. 5 in the preseason poll.
All of that ended when Braxton Miller re-injured his shoulder during practice, putting an end to his senior season. The Buckeyes are now forced to rely on J.T Barrett, who had not started a game in his college career before week 1 against Navy. He threw for 226 yards, 2 TD's, and 1 INT. Not showing any signs of being a QB to lead his team to the playoffs. Braxton MIller is expected to come back for one more season, so it seems that OSU will have to wait one more season to get themselves back into the national title conversation.