Ohio State had their final tuneup and dominated... Rutgers... defensively. But... Rutgers.
Two potentially very good units will meet next week in a game that should tell us all we need to know about them.
Just know that Ohio State is feeling pretty good about where its defense stands after two games, and was never panicking after the first one.
”I think we’re always motivated,” Schiano said. “We moved a lot of young guys in after 14 points in the first half (last week). But one of the things when you represent the Silver Bullets and represent the Buckeyes, there’s only one way we play. When you’re in there you have to represent. We didn’t do a good job of that a week ago and I thought we did a much better job of that today.”
The key to TCU beating the Buckeyes lies in the trenches... can they get to the Ohio State QBs and keep the Buckeyes D-Line away from theirs?
In both games this season, there has been almost no pressure -- a combination of excellent protection and putrid competition. In fact, virtually the only time a defender has been near an OSU quarterback this year Haskins promptly threw a pick in the red zone against the Beavers. That’s one of the few times the offense has been stopped so far.
”It’s like every series there’s opportunity to go score, there’s me throwing it, me running it or giving it to somebody else to do something with it,” said Haskins, who went 20 of 23 for 233 yards and four touchdowns against Rutgers. “It’s a lot of fun.”
Martell was even better, 10 of 10 for 121 yards, a 51-yard TD pass to Terry McLaurin in the second quarter and a 47-yard scoring scamper in the fourth period. Martell also ran for 95 yards on just eight carries, and was the team’s leading rusher.
”I’ve improved a ton as a passer,” Martell said. “I want to be able to go out there and show that, and I just went out there and made plays with my legs when I had to.
”That was the first time I really got to go out there and throw the ball and throw in rhythm.”
Yeah, I don’t think it matters much either, unless it’s a close game late.
“The coach on the sidelines I don’t think is an advantage because he’s back at the office and he’s doing all the game-planning,” Patterson said. “He’ll probably be on the phone talking to them. I would try to be.”
Patterson chuckled at his last remark and then was reminded that Meyer can’t do such a thing under his suspension.
Come on... you know full well that if this is a partisan crowd, it will be in favor of the Buckeyes, regardless of the location. Now, travel-wise, TCU certainly has the advantage.
While the contest between the Buckeyes and Horned Frogs will take place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas at 8 p.m. ET, “GameDay” will be in Fort Worth on TCU’s campus for the broadcast on Saturday morning.
The two locations are just about 22 miles apart, so that kind of makes sense in terms of drawing a crowd, while also underscoring just how ridiculous it is that this is not being considered a road game for the Buckeyes.
While Ohio State has knocked off Oregon State (77-31) and Rutgers (52-3) so far this season, TCU has beaten Southern (55-7) and SMU (42-12) to set up a battle of ranked, unbeaten teams in a primetime marque non-conference matchup.
As we told you last night, this is HUGE.
Fuller is coming to TCU after narrowing his list to eight schools. Along with TCU, he considered Texas Tech, Iowa State, UNLV, Florida State, Saint Mary’s, Washington and Florida.
Fuller is from the Pacific Northwest but is set to become the latest in a long line of standouts out of Findlay Prep in the Las Vegas area. The school has produced players who have had standout college careers, including former Big 12 players such as Kansas’ Kelly Oubre and Texas’ Tristan Thompson, Avery Bradley and Cory Joseph.