Ohio State dominated for most of the game against Oklahoma, improving to 3-0 on the season and the win showed many people in the country that despite losing a plethora of players to the NFL, the Buckeyes belong in the conversation as one of the best teams in the country. Below the Buckeye Sports staff gives you their five biggest takeaways from the game.
1. Noah Brown Is For Real
Brown earned our consensus player of the game and how could he not? Who, maybe other than the members of the Buckeyes could have seen a four touchdown performance coming against the Sooners? Brown showed that his big body can be utilized as both a deep threat and a red zone target as he hauled in five passes for 72 yards and the four scores. Now that he is healthy, the sky appears to be the ceiling for the young sophomore.
2. Ohio State’s Defensive Line Can Stack Up With Top Teams
Going into the Buckeyes’ matchup with Oklahoma, the interior defensive line was one of the biggest question marks, but the unit left Norman with a strong performance under its belt. Ohio State allowed few big plays in the running game, but the line stepped up on a number of key occasions, and the Buckeyes held star running back Samaje Perine to just 60 yards on 17 carries.
3. Marshon Lattimore Is A Top Cornerback
He impressed against Bowling Green and Tulsa, but Lattimore proved against Oklahoma that he’s truly a top player when healthy. He had one interception and nearly had another on a diving attempt, and he was solid tackling in the open field. Lattimore did very well to pick up the slack after Gareon Conley left in the first half with an injury, and he and Denzel Ward both deserve plenty of credit in the win.
4. Young Team Has Plenty Of Poise
For a young team, it could be easy to use a weather delay as an excuse to come out flat in a big game. For the second straight week, the Buckeyes seemed to use it to its advantage. The young Ohio State team appears motivated and hungry to show what they are made of, and the coaching staff, along with quarterback J.T. Barrett is getting the ball in the hands of playmakers all over the field, which leads us into our next note.
5. Who Do You Cover?
In game in hostile territory, a young Ohio State receiving unit played a stellar game. Seven different Buckeyes caught passes in the win, and even though Brown stole the show, Curtis Samuel, Parris Campbell and co. showed they deserve reps in this offense. A bye week should only make the Buckeyes better and help them get healthy, especially with key injuries on the defensive side including Conley and linebacker Dante Booker.