One Word

In English class after coming back from our Christmas break, we had to create a one-word kindness rock. I decided to choose the word “inspire.” To me, inspiring someone and giving them the confidence to accomplish their dreams or something even very simple can be life-changing. At one point or another, we all lose focus and give up on something. Having someone that can inspire you to pick yourself back up and finish what you started is very important.

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The Game

The entire year led to this one game. For Michigan, a win would mean staying in the mix of the CFP and continuing their revenge tour. For Ohio State, the game was all about making a statement against their biggest rival and proving to the committee that they still deserve to be in the talks for playoffs. It was Michigan’s number 1 defense versus Ohio States number 2 offense. A game of the year candidate and a deciding factor in how the CFP will playout was a complete blowout. Ohio State dominated the entire game and of course, came out with a win yet again. Their focus going forward will be beating Northwestern easily and impressing the committee enough to put them in above Oklahoma. This is now their most important game of the season.

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The Bounceback

After the loss to Purdue, and then an unnecessarily close game against Nebraska, Ohio State bounced back against 18. ranked Michigan St. with a dominant performance by the defense and special teams. A good sign since of improvement with an important final two games coming up. This week against Maryland is important to get past and is what they should be focusing on right now, but we all know That Team Up North is on everyone’s minds in Columbus. It will be an exciting final two weeks to the regular season.

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The Yearly Blowout

OSU isn’t used to defeat, but these recent Buckeyes have adopted a painful trend: When they do lose, it always seems to be a blowout. It started with Clemson in the 2016 season when the Buckeyes lost 31-0 in the CFP semifinals. Since then it seems as if every loss is a blowout that hurts their season in the worst way. In almost a repeat of last years Iowa game, Ohio State fell to Purdue 49-20. Even at the beginning, you could see the pattern of all their blowout games already forming. A lower level Big Ten team was inserting their dominance on a usually explosive offense. Through the entire first half, you could tell the momentum was swinging toward Purdue every drive. There is always a hope that OSU can come back, but in these types of games they can never swing the momentum towards them for longer than a couple of plays. After this loss, Ohio States’ playoff hopes are in jeopardy and will need big losses by key teams to try to get back into it.

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A Week of Changes

This week in college football was definitely one of the most interesting and defining weeks of the season. Number 2 in the country, Georgia, lost to LSU by 20 with a 36-16 final score. This moves Ohio State to now number 2. With a rocky start against Minnesota, it seemed like a trap game but we pulled it out in the end. The college football playoff picture now looks very different. Ohio State, as long as they win out, are guaranteed a spot in the playoffs against most likely Clemson, Norte Dame, or LSU.

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Biggest Game of the Year

The Buckeyes had one of their hardest games on the entire schedule against the Nittany Lions of Penn State. Definitely the game with the most playoff implications going forward. Whoever won this game was most likely going to represent to the Big Ten East in the Big Ten title game.

The game started shaky, the offense wasn’t doing anything and the defense was letting Penn State drive. It was 13-0 with about 6 minutes left in the 2nd quarter and it already seemed like the game was over. Though after a great drive by Haskins, OSU scored with 2 minutes left in the 2nd quarter. Coming out of halftime it looked like OSU had momentum when we took the lead with a run from J.K Dobbins. After this though it was a different story, again OSU couldn’t move the ball and lost all momentum. Penn State put up two quick touchdowns and OSU was down 26-14.

Once again of course in the crazy flow of this game Ohio State came storming back with a huge 47-yard touchdown catch from Benjamin Victor. The defense stepped up and OSU got the ball right back, again looking the offense we had seen in previous games. After a huge drive by Haskins, he topped off this up and down thriller with a 24-yard touchdown that would end up being the game winner.

This game was definitely an instant classic and one of the games of the year. With the crazy up and down flow of the game, it all came down to who wanted it more in the 4th quarter. It was a great effort by a great rival. Any time OSU plays Penn State, you can always expect a great game.

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The Heisman Campaign

New OSU quarterback Dwayne Haskins has fast-tracked himself in the Heisman conversation with his stellar play in the first two weeks of the season. Already Haskins has amassed 546 yards and 9 touchdowns in the first two games of the season and has made the OSU offense into a well-oiled machine.  Stellar play against TCU and his first win against a ranked opponent will only solidify his standing as one of the best quarterbacks in college football this year. Though, the games that will really define his campaign will be the games against Penn State and Michigan, two BIG 10 rivals with tough defenses. Two tough opponents with tough defenses, if Haskins can prove he can play well in big moments, there is no doubt he will be a Heisman finalist at the end of the year.

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