And it should, very much so, since he’s really that good.
Since the Buckeyes lost to Virginia Tech 35-21 in week two, OSU has won nine straight games -- led by Barrett – and are in the thick of the national college football playoff picture.
The unknown Barrett before the season, simply known as Braxton Miller’s replacement, has been spectacular for the Bucks in their stretch run.
On the season, Barrett has 33 touchdown passes and has 3,507 total yards – both OSU single season records. And has No. 6 Ohio State (10-1, 7-0 Big Ten) primed and ready when they play host to rival Michigan (5-6, 3-4) this Saturday at noon.
"You look at the progression from the first start to going through the season, and I think he has done a great job in how they manage and what he wants and has to do offensively,” Michigan coach Brady Hoke said of Barrett on Monday.
“He is athletic, obviously, and I think the way he has thrown the ball, the precision on that. I know last week was one of those games, the way it started, that was not as good. I think he has overcome a lot when those things have happened, and I think he has been a guy that has done a great job for them."
If Michigan is going to have a chance at stopping Barrett, the Wolverines front seven will have to continue getting pressure on the quarterback. Through 11 games, they have caused havoc in opponents backfield and are currently third in the Big Ten with 76.0 tackles for loss.
U-M is led by senior defensive end Brennen Beyer’s 5.5 sacks, who say’s “discipline” will be needed in order to stop Barrett, who has accounted for a OSU record 42 touchdowns including nine on the ground this seaosn.
“Being disciplined, if you’re at the quarterback make sure you’re in a position to take him [down] and not let him explode up the field,” Beyer said. “Playing smart football. Doing your job, keeping him boxed in there. Just discipline.”
With Barrett’s ability to move the pocket with his feet, the Wolverine secondary ability to play one-on-one defense could be a major factor in the OSU signal callers down the field success, says junior safety Jarrod Wilson.
“As far as the backend [of the defense], just staying with the receivers,” Wilson said. “He may get outside the pocket a few times, which is normal. I got to stay [close] to our men, and make sure doesn’t have any shots downfield.”