COLUMBUS – Regardless of whether the journey leads into the desert or into a dome, the state of Ohio had to survive rough weather at some point.
That's the way it is in the Big Ten and the US Getting to a potential College Football Playoff berth can be dangerous in this part of the country – and not just because of the weather. The strength of the league only adds to the challenge, and the combination of an uninterrupted rainstorm and a matchup against one of the nation's best defenses could easily have thrown the horse chestnuts off the road to a national title. Instead, the state of Ohio treated both Mothers Nature and Wisconsin on Saturday at Horseshoe.
And though it did not look easy at times, it was difficult to argue with a score of 38: 7 that made it seem as if Ryan Day safely returned to the dressing room and celebrated his neck with the horse-chestnut with a towel.
"I think that shows how hard and hard we can play," said Day. "This only shows what potential we have and how hard we can be. I think we are athletic, I think we are talented. But if you come into the game and play so hard against this kind of defense, put a defeat for them and in this kind of environment ̵
"We had to be tough. We had to come out and play gravel. "
The Buckeyes have done that with certainty, and now they will leave unbeaten in the last month of the regular season to defend their conference crown and establish themselves as a legitimate threat to the national championship. After the last impressive victory Lettermen Row learned of Ohio State in the rain.
Silver Bullets Keep Ohio State in Every Game
Buckeyes has shown in recent seasons that Ryan Day can coordinate an offensive with firepower to win almost every shootout. But every now and then a crime can be distracted – be it through bad conditions, a strong defense or sometimes just a bad rebound. Now, when this happens to the state of Ohio, it knows there is a defense that it can rely on to keep the game under control until the other side of the ball finds its way. The work the reconstructed defenders have done this season is masterful, and the execution and energy of the players on the field was a discovery compared to the terrible fighting a year ago. The turnaround against Wisconsin could not have been clearer than in the first half. The Buckeyes set up a shutout and filled Jonathan Taylor to take the program to the top – and set the stage for the onslaught after the break.
Buckeyes has three legitimate Heisman Trophy contenders
It may seem exaggerated to put three Buckeyes in the race for the most coveted single award in college football. And it would definitely have been hard to believe when Justin Fields had never started a game in preseason and Chase Young was not really an option just because he was playing defense. But along with the wave of traffic jam J.K. In Dobbins, Ohio State, there are now three different people who can draw votes and possibly turn the Heisman Trophy celebration into an advertisement for the program. Young is currently the most dominant player in college football, and his four-pack twosome fumble outing seems to have caught the attention of voters on Saturday. At the same time, Dobbins took the mantle back to the Big Ten for best race and Fields added three more touchdowns as leader of a national title contender. It would be a surprise at this point if one of these guys did not make it to New York – and it looks increasingly like a chance for two.
Garrett Wilson must be a full-time punt returner.
There is always a risk that you may overdo a newcomer before you are ready, and there is also a lot of trust and experience to be earned before the state of Ohio upsets the boys in key situations. But Garrett Wilson does not slow down and showed again when he got the chance on Saturday that he is the best option the Buckeyes have to end a game as a punt returner. His 23-yard return was electrifying, as was the 52-yard scamper who initially demonstrated his potential at this stage of the game last month. Combine this with a shaky story from Fielding Kicks by Demario McCall and a savage decision he made to set up a wind-churning Saturday, and it feels like the time has come for a full-time change. Better for Buckeyes
There is probably no one on the Ohio state list who was more unlucky with injury than Justin Hilliard, and it seemed like his chance to finally emerge as a fifth-year senior came and went back in the spring with an Achilles -Injury. But the seasoned linebacker attacked his rehab, never gave up hope and has not only worked on the rotation – he played a key role in slowing down Wisconsin in the most important game of the season so far. Hilliard managed only a duel, which he was considered a football-traded and forced a loss of six meters. But it was his inclusion in a four lineback package to negate the Badgers' rash attack, which reflected the confidence of the Hilliard coaching staff and showed he had a chance to influence the track like the Buckeyes did always presented.
Chris Olave Still Rises for Ohio State
Conditions were not ideal for recipients, Ohio was understaffed without Austin Mack available, and the Wisconsin defense made it Fields at times difficult even to get passes from his hands. However, Chris Olave came to the rescue again to boost the attack by air, and his 7-goal, 93-yard and 2-touchdown performance is all the more impressive as the fact that the Buckeyes only carried 12 throws was included in the bill will mix. The Sophomore has become a big game specialist for the US state of Ohio and does its best work when the program is most needed. And while most of Saturday's attention was devoted to the superstars, Olave reminded him a bit that he might be next in the Ohio state's rank.