After a game in which he touched the ball just nine times and scored on three of them, I find it hard not to go with Curtis Samuel. Once again, he proved why Urban Meyer called him the biggest playmaker on this roster. He accumulated 123 yards of total offense and essentially only played one half of football. The Buckeyes showed formations with Samuel lined up as an outside wide receiver, slot receiver, running back and as a wildcat quarterback. If nothing else, it gives Michigan something to prepare for in two weeks.
You know what, I’m going to give my Buckeye Leaf to the offensive line. After taking a lot of heat after the Penn State game for allowing six sacks, the guys up front have really done a nice job the last two weeks. Against Nebraska, the offense put up 590 total yards. This week against Maryland it put up another 581 yards. I know J.T. Barrett, Curtis Samuel and Mike Weber had impressive games, but this all doesn’t happen if the offensive line isn’t doing its job. It is without question that this offensive front has responded in a huge way from its midseason lapses.
People have knocked Raekwon McMillan for his stats all season. That's always been ridiculous as he's playing at an All-American level, but he finally got that big showing in the box score against Maryland. The Terrapins rushed for a whopping 43 yards on 40 carries (1.1 yards per), which is arguably the most impressive number from the game from an Ohio State viewpoint. McMillan played a big part in that – often leading the charge on stuffed running plays – and ended up with 10 total tackles (6 solo), two tackles for loss and a sack, not to mention his forced fumble. He was Ohio State's best defensive player, and best player overall, in a game when pretty much everyone played lights out.