This is the last remaining difficult game on our schedule, and I could not be more excited. Wait, what? Oh yeah, we still have that “rivalry” game at the end of the year against TTUN. To be honest, is it really a rivalry if one team hasn’t beat the other in the last 2,498 days? Sure, we’ll humor you by keeping the title of “rivalry” for The Game, but everyone knows the truth about this series over the span of this century.
Getting back into the focus this week, Penn State has proven to be our toughest game in the regular season time and time again. This year will be no different seeing as how PSU is ranked #9 in the AP Poll, and I even have them as high as #6 in my TTS CFB Rankings. Wherever you have them ranked, they are undoubtedly a VERY good team who will push top teams in the country. If this were the Buckeye team of last year or the year before that then I may be a little bit worried, but this team just feels different to me. This easily the best offense that the Buckeyes have had since at least the 2014 championship team. Pair that with the best defensive line in the country and I feel like this may be the best OSU team of my lifetime.
As for the praise I am giving the D-Line, unfortunately we will be missing the best player in college football for not only this game, but likely into November. Bosa needed abdominal surgery after suffering an injury in the game vs TCU, and though he is speeding through his recovery it will still be multiple weeks before he returns. The loss of Bosa will hurt the defense, which is taking on veteran QB Trace McSorley who has had big games against OSU in the past. Fortunately, Penn State is also dealing with the loss of their best player from last season, Saquon Barkley who was drafted 2nd overall by the New York Giants this Summer. Barkley wreaked havoc on the Buckeyes defense and special teams during last year’s matchup and his departure definitely hurts the Nittany Lions multi-dimensional offense.
Dwayne Haskins has been absolutely DOMINANT in his first few games of this season. Throwing for 16 TDs and only 1 interception through 4 games is incredible, especially considering that the Buckeyes have also punched in 10 rushing TDs thus far (one of which coming from Haskins). This offense has been absolutely unstoppable through 4 games averaging 54.5 TDs, 3 of these games have been against Power 5 Schools including then 15 ranked TCU.
Suffice it to say, I am very confident in this team’s ability to have a championship season. The one problem that I did notice was poor play from Center Michael Jordan. Though his blocking was above average, his snaps were low on nearly every play which threw off the timing on many plays. If this is not corrected by this weekend, I forsee some problems with handoffs translating into the running game.
In the biggest game of the regular season, the Buckeyes prevail 41-24!