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.
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.
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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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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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.
This Saturday marks the first time that Ohio State will face a real ranked opponent, TCU. The first two games against Oregon State and Rutgers were a great warm-up for the new QB Dwayne Haskins to get the offense under his feet. It’ll be necessary that he feels comfortable going up against TCU’s high-powered offense, though TCU is not as great on the defensive side of the ball. Ryan Day, the interim head coach while Urban Meyer is suspended, will be coaching his 3rd and final game. He has done as well as you can ask, going 2-0 so far and blowing out both opponents. A win for both opponents would be a huge boost for the playoffs early in the season. It’ll be a nice day in Columbus tomorrow, it will be in the high 80s and sunny. Look for it to be a high scoring affair between two very good offenses.