COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Against Maryland, Ohio State was nearly perfect.
The Buckeyes throttled the Terrapins on Saturday, 62-3, and looked like one of the best teams in the country. The talent gap between the teams was as great as the final margin, with Ohio State scoring on nearly every offensive possession. When the Buckeyes were on defense, they hammered Maryland.
Here’s how Ohio State graded out, on a scale of zero stars to five. You can vote with us, as well, so click on the tabs as you go along.
Here we go:
Offense (5 stars)
It’s all coming together for the Ohio State offense. H-back Curtis Samuel is a nightmare for opposing teams. Running back Mike Weber bruises and batters defenses. And, above all else, junior J.T. Barrett is taking care of business. The Buckeyes looked like they were at their best. In the first half Ohio State ran 44 plays, and 20 of those resulted in a first down. That’s an outrageous number, and a sign that the Buckeyes are figuring things out.
Defense (5 stars)
The Silver Bullets are in rare form. They’ve allowed six points in the last eight quarters. But because this grade only factors in the game against Maryland, here are those numbers. The Terrapins were 1 for 15 on third down. Again, that’s 1 for 15. They were 2 for 5 on fourth-down conversions. The defense held the hosts to 176 total yards. To top it off, the Buckeyes picked off a pass and scored on the ensuing offensive possession.
Special teams (4 stars)
This theoretically could be 5 stars because the special teams did little to detract from Ohio State’s win. But I’m of the opinion that a 5-star grade has to entail something truly special. Kicker Tyler Durbin made two field goals, including one from 45, and that has some merit. Cameron Johnston averaged 43.7 yards on three punts. To me, however, those are 4-star numbers. Had Ohio State returned a kick for a touchdown, made a 50-yard field goal or dominated the punting game, it would get that final star.
Coaching (5 stars)
It was easy to question if Urban Meyer could repeat the performance against Nebraska, and yet here we are. Ohio State looked more than ready to face an unexciting Maryland team on the road. The Buckeyes consistently executed for four quarters. Former problem areas like punt return, deep passing and the offensive line continue to look better each week. And, as an added bonus, the young players saw plenty of action in the blowout win.
Overall (5 stars)
This was an incredible performance by the Buckeyes. They dominated the Terrapins from start to finish, and the score could have been much worse. Ohio State continues to work on its flaws, and it’s currently the team that nobody wants to play. The Buckeyes excelled in all facets of the game, and their grade here reflects that.