COLUMBUS – Finally, Ohio State gave the last non-conference matchup of the regular season.
The Buckeyes wants to quietly celebrate any win. There will be a Champions Dinner for the players who are graduated from the highest level. And Ohio State took a few minutes to make a note of some of the performances in the 76-5 destruction of Miami (Ohio) on Saturday at the Horseshoe.
But instead of a full-throated party, the Buckeyes almost immediately turned the page to Nebraska. The real tests for no. 6 Ohio State has come to the end of the rain-shorted blowout over the RedHawks.
'We're going to go into Lincoln, if we're not Ohio State coach Ryan Day said.
"We'll start talking about that [Sunday] morning ̵
The Buckeyes are turning the page in a hurry. But Lettermen Row is at the end of the fourth year of Ohio State, and here's What We Learned Before the Big Note.
Justin Fields finding his footing for Ohio State
Justin Fields from running much and exposing himself to injury. The Buckeyes might not admit that, but it certainly seems to be the case as he's turned down running lanes, which has been designed and generally has been spanked by his remarkable athleticism. But Fields is starting to take the next step as a dynamic weapon and rushed for a pair of touchdowns in the win over Miami (Ohio), breaking out a couple of jukes to go with his breakaway speed and a frame that can absorb contact.
Buckeyes are more diverse on defense
Ohio State Defense a year ago, odds it would have a full half to make it exploiting – if not more. The worst defense in school history has been created by sheer stubbornness, but that is not the case for the buckeyes this season. Miami has a few ideas to solve the Silver Bullets early in the first quarter, but co-defensive coordinators Jeff Hafley and Greg Mattison are adjusting quickly. In one case, the buckeyes actually went back to the press-man coverage that was so inconsistent a year ago, which is yet another tribute to the way the revamped coaching staff is having an impact with all the talent it inherited. The ability and will make Ohio State so much more difficult to contend with than a year ago.
Garrett Wilson is starring in making for Ohio State
The highlight-reel catches are obviously a good starting point, and Garrett Wilson is just making four games into his career. Brian Hartline wants undoubtedly to make that point to him coming off a four-catch, 54-yard performance that included his insane touchdown catch in the south end zone. Wilson looking at a 52-yard punt return in the second half.
Chase Young can not get into the Heisman Trophy mix
OK, a defensive player is not going to win the ball Heisman Trophy. Ohio State roster thanks to the ridiculous production of Justin Fields and the dark-horse candidacy of J.K. Dobbins. The child of eye-catching statistics that could do it. Young already has seven sacks, two forced fumbles and one blocked kick while having his workload lightened in all four blowouts to start the year.
Chris Chugunov still no. 2 for Ohio State
The Buckeyes had the outcome sealed by halftime, which left plenty of time for them to evaluate the backup options at quarterback. Ohio State has the most faith in Chris Chugunov, who complained about completing 6 of his 7 attempts for 86 years with a pair of touchdowns. The difference between Chugunov and Fields is significant, and clearly the ceiling for the program would be much lower. But Chugunov throws the football with confidence, and it seems to have a solid edge over Gunnar Hoak at this point.