Joey Bosa, Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington and tackle Michael Bennett coming back, the Buckeyes should be even better up front defensively this coming season. New co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash, a former coordinator at Arkansas and Wisconsin, also is making his mark in the secondary, where the Buckeyes were more aggressive and fundamentally sound during the spring. Quarterback Braxton Miller missed the spring while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, but he is expected to be ready by the start of preseason camp. Ohio State's biggest concern is its offensive line, where Meyer has named only two starters: left tackle Taylor Decker and guard Pat Elflein. Alabama transfer Chad Lindsay could provide immediate help at center once he enrolls this summer.
Hutson Mason taking control of the offense and tailback Todd Gurley finally looking healthy, Georgia seems to be fine on offense heading into the offseason. The Bulldogs believe their offensive line should be better, especially with tackle John Theus finally recovering from a wrist injury that prevented him from doing much in the weight program the past couple of seasons. Gurley, who was dogged by groin and ankle injuries last season, looked explosive in the spring and will enter the 2014 season as a leading Heisman Trophy candidate. Tailback Keith Marshall, who missed much of last season with a torn ACL in his right knee, is expected to be at full strength by June. Georgia's defense, however, remains a big concern under first-year coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. The Bulldogs have three legitimate All-SEC candidates in linebackers Jordan Jenkins, Leonard Floyd and Ramik Wilson. But Pruitt complained about many of his defensive linemen being overweight and out of shape, and Georgia's secondary was inconsistent throughout the spring. The Bulldogs might have to count on junior college transfer Shattle Fenteng and a trio of incoming freshmen for immediate help.