2. Is Devin Smith underrated? Sure, you'd like to see the Massillon product be more productive on a play-to-play basis, but there might not be a better deep threat in the country. He's definitely the best deep threat OSU has had since Ted Ginn Jr., and not even Ginn had the production Smith has posted when it comes to the deep ball. Smith's last seven touchdown catches, going back to last year's fourth-quarter winning TD vs. Cal, have gone for 72, 63, 60, 46, 47, 90 and 47 yards, an average of 60.7. For his career, Smith averages 44.3 yards on his TD scores. Not bad at all.
3. Let's be honest, this Cal team is going to put up a lot of points this year. The hurry-up offense designed by Sonny Dykes and Tony Franklin just chews up yards and points, and the Golden Bears have some NFL-caliber talent at the skill positions, a dangerous combination. And it's not like defenses rule these days; Alabama just had a similar attack put up 42 on it yesterday. So it's hard to get a great evaluation of the defense because of the unique nature of Cal's scheme, but it's fair to say the Buckeyes won some and lost some. Cal topped 500 yards vs. OSU for the second year in a row, but the Buckeyes grabbed two turnovers and made key stops whenever the Golden Bears came too close on the scoreboard. Keep in mind, too, that OSU had to run its dime defense for most of the game, a six-defensive back look that the Buckeyes debuted just two weeks prior vs. Buffalo. At the end of the day, the Buckeyes need to improve, but it was not a sky-is-falling performance.