COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State showed exactly what it can be this season, dishing out a punishing 48-3 win against Michigan State on Saturday.
Coming off an embarrassing defeat at Iowa, the Buckeyes romped against the Spartans from the start. Midway through the second quarter it was already 35-0, and the Buckeyes cruised from there.
What it means
This had to be a bittersweet win for Ohio State, given that the Buckeyes put a pretty big dent in their College Football Playoff hopes last week with a 31-point loss at Iowa. The good news, though, is that those chances aren’t completely extinguished. Just as importantly, this win puts Ohio State in position to win the East Division and play for a Big Ten title.
3 things we learned
1. The running backs delivered
We may never fully know why Ohio State ignored its running backs for large chunks of the season — the coaches have been somewhat evasive — but it’s clear at this point that it was a mistake. One week after spending most of the game getting ignored, J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber ran wild. It should have happened sooner.
2. The Buckeyes are really good
Make no mistake about this — Ohio State is a talented team, and the Buckeyes sure can play. It’s mystifying as to why it doesn’t happen every week, but Ohio State’s best might be better than any other team’s best. Putting it all together consistently has been a problem, though.
3. Ohio State has only itself to blame
Why didn’t this type of performance happen last week? Why did the Buckeyes lose at the most inopportune time each of the last three years? They clearly look like they’re one of the four most talented teams in the country, but only unprecedented chaos would end with the Buckeyes in the College Football Playoff. If Ohio State is watching at home on Dec. 31, it will be because of self-inflicted wounds.
Player of the game
This one will be shared by both Ohio State running backs. A week after being ignored against Iowa, Weber and Dobbins each rushed for more than 100 yards. They gave the Buckeyes offense exactly what it needed.
Play of the game
On Ohio State’s first drive of the game, Dobbins got the Buckeyes off to a good start with a couple of big runs. Facing third-and-3 just past midfield, Ohio State gave the ball to Weber, who burst up the middle for a 47-yard touchdown. He got a huge assist from center Billy Price, who blocked a pair of Spartan defenders. The play got the Buckeyes off to a perfect start and also seemed to get the message across to the coaching staff that maybe it was a good idea to stop ignoring the running backs.
Ohio State plays Illinois on Nov. 18 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
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