It was simply surviving. That’s how it felt, and that’s how it appeared for Ohio State. In a game that honestly exposed Ohio State defensively, Indiana kept closing the gap on the Buckeyes Offensively, Ohio State amassed huge numbers, even with 3 Justin Fields turnovers, and they showed true balance in the win. However, I still have no idea what to think, though: Is Indiana legit, or did Ohio State struggle?
Fields had the worst game of his career, by far. He played better in the second half, but it didn’t matter. I have to give credit to Indiana’s defense, though. They have multiple interceptions in EVERY GAME this season, which is a truly absurd stat that’s extremely hard to accomplish. Indiana coach Tom Allen has the Hoosiers believing, and they sure are playing like it. “Master Teague” lived up to his namesake, and had a career game. The same can be said for Garrett Wilson, and don’t forget Chris Olave. The Buckeyes had a 300+ yard passer, 150+ yard rusher, and 150+ yard receiver in a single game for the first time in school history! No teams have found a way to stop Wilson and Olave yet, and the Ohio State run game has looked as dominant as usual. Trey Sermon provided an amazing change-of-pace role, and even Justin Fields got it going in the game. The offensive line still has to do a better job of protecting Fields in the pocket, though. More hits for Justin Fields means increased likelihood for injury down the road.
My god, was the defense horrid. It was really good for an entire half, and honestly through two and a half quarters. However, this defense HAS TO BE BETTER in order for Ohio State to remain undefeated and win a national championship. The real cause for concern for Ohio State is their defense, and even their special teams. They have a major concern with kicking field goals right now, and the only positives to these two phases of the game are the run defense and punting game.
Ultimately, I am happy Ohio State got the win and can breathe a sigh of relief. But, if that game was 5 quarters, I am not sure if the Buckeyes would have pulled off the win. They have to be better, and they have to play turnover-free football. The defense has to improve, though. If they do not, they will play someone like Alabama and have to win a shootout. The good news is that their offense looks unstoppable right now, and would have a shot at winning.
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