Top 5 Quarterbacks In Ohio State Buckeyes History

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The Buckeyes — unsurprisingly — own the shortest Big Ten championship odds. DraftKings Sportsbook prices them at -210 to win the conference title. FanDuel Sportsbook underscores the Buckeyes’ expected dominance. It lists the Buckeyes at -1500 to win 10-plus games.

Not unlike the NFL, today’s college football game begins and ends at the quarterback position. Ohio State is blessed with a long history of high-end quarterback play.

Sophomore signal-caller C.J. Stroud is the favorite to win the 2022 Heisman Trophy. Winning the Heisman and leading the Buckeyes to a College Football Playoff title would place him among the top 5 quarterbacks in Ohio State Buckeyes history. It’s a tough ranking to crack, but with another season of team success and statistical production, he’ll land on the list — and in the NFL.

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Top 5 Ohio State Quarterbacks of All-Time

5. Dwayne Haskins, 2017-2018

Haskins’ sophomore campaign was outstanding for multiple reasons, the primary being his production. Haskins completed 70% of his passes, threw for 4,831 yards, and a whopping 50 touchdowns. It took dynamic seasons from Kyler Murray and Tua Tagovailoa to outpace Haskins in the 2018 Heisman race. Haskins led the Buckeyes to a Rose Bowl victory over Washington to cap off his illustrious 2018 season. There’s one more piece of context worth highlighting. By winning the starting job in 2018, Haskins compelled Joe Burrow, the 2020 No. 1 overall pick, to transfer to LSU.

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4. Braxton Miller, 2011-2015

Miller is one of the most impressive athletes to play for Ohio State, quarterback or otherwise. Miller’s dual-threat ability under or behind center provided an electrifying presence in the Buckeyes’ offense. He finished his career in Columbus with 5,295 passing yards, 3,054 rushing yards, and 84 total touchdowns as a quarterback. With credit to Miller’s sheer ability — and unselfishness — he switched to wide receiver in 2015, stepping aside for Cardale Jones, who led the Buckeyes to the national title the season prior. He added 601 scrimmage yards and three more touchdowns in his new role before being drafted in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

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3. Justin Fields, 2019-2020

Fields started his collegiate career at Georgia before transferring to Ohio State, where he became a national star. He completed 68.1% of his passes, threw for 5,373 yards, rushed for 876 yards, and totaled 78 touchdowns (63 passing) in 22 games leading the Buckeyes. Fields and Co. fell short against Alabama in the 2020 College Football Playoff final. Many do. Fields did, however, outduel eventual No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence, and lead the Buckeyes to a lopsided victory as 7-point underdogs in the semifinal.

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2. Troy Smith, 2003-2006

Smith emerged as the future of the Buckeyes’ program in 2004 by wresting away the starting job from Justin Zwick. Ohio State finished that season 8-4, a relatively disappointing campaign, but went 22-3 across Smith’s next two seasons as the starting quarterback. Smith and the Buckeyes capped the 2005 season with a high-profile Fiesta Bowl victory over Notre Dame. Smith, however, hit a higher gear in 2006. He won the Heisman Trophy on the strength of strong individual production, but also led the Buckeyes to a BCS title game appearance.

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1. J.T. Barrett, 2014-2017

Barrett is one of the greatest to ever don the scarlet and gray, and his dominance places him squarely in the “Best In Big Ten History” conversation. He owns a number of career Big Ten records, including most touchdowns (147) and total yardage (12,697). Barrett suffered a broken ankle against Michigan in 2014 that sidelined him for the Buckeyes’ subsequent run to the College Football Playoff title. Still, Barrett entrenched himself as a fixture under center in Columbus with that dynamic redshirt freshman season. And for good measure, he finished his career 4-0 against the Wolverines.

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Craig Williams

Craig Williams is a Charlotte-based sportswriter who has worked professionally in the gaming, fantasy, and sports business industries. He’s an avid fantasy football player, managing over 100 leagues across multiple formats. When he’s not pouring over Vegas odds and statistics, he’s indulging in soccer and enjoys anything from LigaMX to Champions League.