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Today is Monday, Oct. 3, and this is your Ohio State Wake-Up Call.
Ohio State defense steps up yet again
The description from Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was apt enough.
“I thought our defense just smothered them,” Meyer said after Ohio State shut out Rutgers 58-0 Saturday afternoon.
Meyer says defense "smothered them". "I could feel our defense all over the field."
— Colin Gay (@ColinGay17) October 1, 2016
The Buckeyes defense limited Rutgers to a measly 116 yards of offense for the entire game, and the Scarlet Knights didn’t cross the 100-yard threshold until the fourth quarter. Ohio State also sacked the quarterback three times, one each from Robert Landers, Tyquan Lewis and “Little Big Bear” Nick Bosa.
Even though their rushing defense was a solid force throughout the game, the Buckeyes secondary continued their incredible season.
How good were they? Try this on:
Rutgers quarterback Chris Laviano completed only 3 of 12 passes for, wait for it, 33 yards passing. His total QBR on the day was 22.6. That’s gross.
Co-defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said this kind of defensive performance doesn’t come very often.
“I think any time you can shut people out in major college football, it’s a big thing” Schiano said. “It’s hard to play 60 minutes and one mistake against college Division I football players is going to hurt you. You enjoy them when you can get them.”
Looking back at the last four games for the Buckeyes defense, it’s been an impressive – almost historically impressive – run. Ohio State has limited its opponents to only 9.2 points per contest, and the Buckeyes have given up an average of just 2.8 yards per rush and 4.5 yards per pass. They have only given up two touchdowns in four games, compared to the 52 points the defense alone has scored off of turnovers this season.
Barrett for Heisman, or nah?
Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett slung his way into the Ohio State record books Saturday. With 2:27 to go in the first half, the Ohio State junior quarterback threw a 16-yard pass to tight end Marcus Baugh for his third touchdown pass of the game, passing Bobby Hoying and Terrelle Pryor for the most passing touchdowns in Ohio State history.
J.T. Barrett stands alone. pic.twitter.com/2Ae0SoZI8K
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 1, 2016
He was his typically accurate self, completing 21 of 29 attempts. He moved the ball downfield with ease, piling up 238 yards passing and 46 yards on the ground. He threw four touchdowns in the 58-0 win.
Even though he may be going under the radar compared to other quarterbacks such as Louisville’s Lamar Jackson or Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, J.T. Barrett has, according to Meyer, warranted Heisman discussion.
“Oh, sure, I think he’s a Heisman candidate,” Meyer said. “That’s no disrespect to other players. I just don’t get to see a lot of them, but there’s no doubt he’s a Heisman candidate.”
Although he has been overshadowed by other players on the football field, the statistics say that should change. If Ohio State ends up staying in the discussion for the College Football Playoff late into the 2016 season, we could have a trip to New York in line for the redshirt junior. He should have been there in 2014, when he finished fifth in the Heisman voting as a redshirt freshman.
Constant spot in AP Poll
Much like what happened to defending national champion Ohio State last season, current defending champ Alabama will not lose its No. 1 spot until it loses a game. After all, the Crimson Tide aren’t struggling to start out this season, and it’s hard to argue they aren’t the country’s best team.
However, because of that, the Buckeyes are going to have to fight to remain at the No. 2 spot in the AP Poll, even after four convincing wins in 2016.
The rest of the Big Ten continues to be in limbo, though.
Michigan stays at No. 4 in AP Top 25.
B1G: No. 2 Ohio State, No. 11 Wisc, No. 12 Nebraska, Michigan State drops out.
— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) October 2, 2016
With Michigan State dropping out of the Top 25, Ohio State now has three ranked opponents left on their schedule. If the Buckeyes and No. 12 Nebraska can make it through October unscathed, there could be a Top 8 matchup under the lights of Ohio Stadium on Nov. 5.
That’s pretty exciting.
The Big Ten is now widely considered the best conference in the country from top to bottom and the league is only getting better.
Buckeyes Brothers, Tote Nation Twins, Another Alliteration
It’s an Ohio State world and I am a
material Ohio State girl guy.
The NFL is proving to be quite a Buckeyes-centric league. On Sunday, two of the bigger stars in recent Ohio State history met up under the bright lights of the NFL. San Francisco running back Carlos Hyde, and Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott represented Ohio State well and combined for 236 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns as the Cowboys beat the 49ers, 24-17.
Elliott paced the Cowboys with 157 total yards.
Urban Meyer strikes it rich
Urban Meyer became, according to those who keep track of such things, the first coach in the history of Twitter to reach one million followers.
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) October 2, 2016
Ohio State fans are pretty nuts, and that much is clear. The bigger question, though, is this: How many of those one million people actually believe that the Buckeyes coach has ever crafted one of those 140-character bombs himself.