No. 4 Ohio State took a big-game status into Saturday’s matchup against No. 15 TCU at AT&T Stadium.
That status was placed on the road, and it took a 20-point eruption in 4 minutes of game time within the third quarter for the Buckeyes to take management in a 40-28 victory on Saturday night time. Ohio State used that to enhance to 3-0 under appearing coach Ryan Day, who handed each take a look at throughout Urban Meyer’s three-game suspension.
The Buckeyes earned one other reputation-building victory within the College Football Playoff chase, however whose status did they help essentially the most?
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Meyer is not the suitable reply. He returns subsequent week against Tulane trying to restore his status after the suspension that adopted the firing of former assistant coach Zach Smith on July 23. Meyer served his time and can must be heard out at his subsequent information convention, his first because the suspension.
Day is not the suitable reply both. He did not lose his cool when TCU took a 21-13 lead within the third quarter, teaching because the Buckeyes went on a 20-point run within the third quarter. Haskins tossed a bubble display screen to Parris Campbell that morphed right into a 61-yard landing reception. Dre’Mont Jones intercepted a shovel move and returned it for an additional rating. Haskins threw one other landing to K.J. Hill. That gave Ohio State the required cushion to carry off TCU within the fourth quarter.
The Buckeyes aren’t the suitable reply, both. Even with out Meyer, this super-talented team did what it was purported to do within the first three weeks of the season. The transition again to Meyer will revive questions in regards to the play-calling protocol between the 2 coaches.
No, it was the Big Ten’s status that Ohio State saved, at the very least for every week. The Buckeyes are considered one of 5 unbeatens left within the convention together with No. 11 Penn State, Minnesota, Indiana and Iowa. The eventual top-10 showdown with the Nittany Lions on Sept. 29 remains a must-see occasion that will not essentially be an elimination game for both team, given the historical past of the final two Big Ten championship runs.
That was welcome information contemplating the opposite nonconference hits the Big Ten absorbed Saturday. No. 6 Wisconsin lost 24-21 to BYU at Camp Randall Stadium. Nebraska, Maryland and Northwestern lost to Group of 5 opponents in Troy, Temple and Akron, respectively. Purdue lost a shootout to Missouri. Rutgers lost to Kansas, the bottom-dweller of the Big 12.
The Big Ten opened the season with a well-earned status as the most effective convention within the FBS after the final bowl season, and people nonconference losses would have been amplified had the Buckeyes lost to the Horned Frogs. It would have been straightforward to say all the convention is all however out of the Playoff race, largely as a result of that has been finished before.
Instead, the Buckeyes did what they usually do. When Ohio State trailed 21-13 with 10:43 remaining within the third quarter, the offense wasn’t balanced. Haskins was 17 of 30 for 199 yards. The Buckeyes had 20 carries for 92 yards. The remainder of the best way, Haskins was 7 of eight passing for 155 yards and the Buckeyes completed with 169 speeding yards. The final break up was 42 speeding makes an attempt and 38 passing makes an attempt. It was commensurate with the Big Ten’s status of balanced offense.
The win will not save Meyer from extra questions on returning or Day from questions on the place he is going subsequent, nevertheless it did preserve Ohio State and the Big Ten within the thick of the College Football Playoff hunt, which is way more necessary after the convention missed out final season. That big-game status was on the road, and it lives to fight one other day.
It was well-earned, to say the least.