I know it’s still Ohio State, but it’s not the same Buckeyes team we expected when we first saw the Big Ten schedule come out with Ohio State as the first Big Ten home game. Jim Tressel is gone and the team has been dealing with turmoil and distractions since the spring.
Scouting the Buckeyes, there are a mess offensively, going with two quarterbacks, true freshman Braxton Miller and senior Joe Bauserman and neither has established himself as a leader. Both are completing 51% of their passes, while Bauserman has thrown for nearly 200 more yards. Braxton is much more of a running threat. For example, against Miami, the duo was a combined 4-of-18 for 35 yards. All four completions were to running backs.
They are having their problems at wide receiver and if they weren’t thin enough with the suspension of De’Vier Posey, they lost freshman Verlon Reed. He tore an ACL on an onside kick attempt Saturday against Michigan State and will miss the rest of the season. Reed’s nine catches were second-most on the team.
The reason you still need to take the Buckeyes seriously is because of their defense. Ohio State ranks second in the Big Ten with six interceptions, and we know that has been an issue with Taylor Martinez. The Buckeyes are third in the Big Ten in rushing defense and fourth in total defense.