Pre-season Pick Do-Over

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Pre-Season Picks Do-Over
By Rob Ogden

It hasn't even been three weeks since the-Ozone staff made blind predictions about how the 2013 season would unfold. Well, a lot has changed since then, and I want the chance to renege on some of my picks. Last time I checked, time machines weren't an option, so this is my only alternative. Here's take two.

What Will Ohio State's Record Be at the End of the Season?

Original pick: 13-1
New pick: 13-1

This is not one of the picks I'll be changing. The Buckeyes have looked good through the first three games, but are they 14-0 good? I'm not quite ready to go there just yet. Three weeks in, it's still difficult to pick out a game on Ohio State's schedule and predict a loss. Just when everyone was starting to think the Big Ten was stronger than we thought, last weekend happens. Meanwhile, Alabama and Oregon look as good as advertised.

Offensive Player of the Year?

Original pick: Braxton Miller
New pick: Braxton Miller

Prior to the season, there was no other choice. Now one wonders if Kenny Guiton could be a legitimate option here. I think so, but I'll stick with Miller for now. Hey, if I'm wrong I'll just do another do-over.

Defensive Player of the Year?

Original pick: Ryan Shaizer
New pick: Ryan Shazier

Shazier has missed considerable time, and he still leads the team with 24 tackles. He was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for his 12-tackle performance against California.

Most Improved Player of the Year?

Original pick: Evan Spencer
New pick: Michael Bennett

Bennett was an after-thought on the defensive line last year after being hampered by a groin injury for much of the season. Bennett is now a steady force on the line, and was named defensive player of the week after the victory over San Diego State. At one point this season, coach Urban Meyer called Bennett the best practice player on the defense. Meyer raved about Spencer's improved blocking ability, but to this point, Spencer hasn't put up the numbers. He has four catches for 28 yards.

Most Surprising Player This Season?

Original pick: Michael Hill
New pick: Joey Bosa

Right position group, wrong guy. Considering the lack of experience on the defensive line entering the season, I figured Hill might get a chance to play and could surprise a few people. He has recorded only one tackle so far. Bosa, meanwhile, has been a menace. He got his first career start on Saturday in Adolphus Washington's absence and was named the defensive player of the game by Meyer. Earlier in the week, Meyer called the freshman one of the Buckeyes' top four defensive linemen.

Leading Receiver?

Original pick: Philly Brown
New pick: Philly Brown/Devin Smith

Brown and Smith each have 13 receptions and three touchdowns, but Smith has 256 yards compared to Brown's 133. I think Brown will edge out Smith in total receptions, but foresee Smith finishing with more yards.

Leading Rusher?

Original pick: Braxton Miller
New pick: Jordan Hall

It will be interesting to see if or how Hall's workload changes with the return of Carlos Hyde this week, but right now Hall is running away with one. The redshirt senior has 407 yards on 64 carries. I don't foresee Hyde, Miller or anyone else catching up at this point.

Leading Tackler?

Original pick: Ryan Shaizer
New pick: Ryan Shazier

He's well on his way to another triple-digit tackle total.

Top return man (kick and punt)?

Original pick: Dontre Wilson
New pick: Dontre Wilson

He's shown that he's more than just hype. Defensive coordinators hold their breath every time he touches the ball. One of these days he's going to break one.

Game of the year?

Original pick: Ohio State vs. Michigan in Big Ten Championship game
New pick: Ohio State vs. Michigan in Big Ten Championship game

I still believe.

Will Braxton Miller win the Heisman?

Original pick: Yes, but only if the Buckeyes are 13-0
New pick: No

Two games on the shelf has forced Miller to take a backseat in the Heisman race. Meanwhile, Teddy Bridgewater has been lighting it up. And did you see the numbers Johnny Manziel put up against Alabama?

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