After Ohio State's second straight 62-3 victory, the BSB staff came together to give you their main takeaways from yet another blowout win, this time over Maryland.
1. Binjimen Victor Is Ready To Play
The freshman wide receiver was targeted twice against Maryland, and he made impressive catches both times. First, he ran over the middle for a solid snag with tight coverage, then he went up and fought for his first touchdown catch despite being interfered with throughout his route. The Florida native earned praise from his coach after the game, and he proved why he has a bright future at Ohio State by showing off his ridiculous athleticism and impressive wingspan, not to mention is rock-solid hands.
2. The Pass Rush Isn't Missing
Ohio State has gotten some blowback for a lack of sacks in recent weeks, but that was generally unfounded. Sure, the Buckeye defensive line wasn't physically bringing down the quarterback very often, but the pass rush was always there. Against Maryland, that turned into statistic production as the Buckeyes got five sacks from five different players, not to mention a total of 12 tackles for losses of 53 yards.
3. The Ohio State Defense Is Peaking At The Right Time
A week after allowing just three points to then-No. 10 Nebraska, the Ohio State defense had a repeat performance at Maryland. The Buckeye stop troops allowed just three points vs. the Terrapins while holding them to 176 yards of total offense. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the Buckeye defense held Maryland to a mere 43 yards rushing. Last week, the Cornhuskers produced just 204 yards of total offense and a grand total of 78 rushing yards. Needless to say, the Silver Bullets seem to be playing near their best with just two games remaining on the regular season schedule.
4. The Offensive Line Is Hitting Its Stride
Much like the defense, the Ohio State offensive line is beginning to peak right when it needs to. The holes for Mike Weber, Curtis Samuel and J.T. Barrett were large for most of the game and the pass protection was superb. The lone sack the Buckeyes allowed was a coverage sack due to wide receivers not getting open. The extra protection has improved Ohio State’s pass game immensely, and if the Buckeyes can continue to improve up front, they will once again have a legitimate chance to make a run at the College Football Playoff.
5. The Future Is Bright At Ohio State
This is given, but against Maryland, we saw what the next three to four years could look like in Columbus and if you are a Buckeye fan, you should be excited. We already touched on Victor, but Demario McCall, Austin Mack, Jonathon Cooper and co. sure look like they are going to be superstars when they become full time starters. It is looking as though Ohio State will have yet another mass exodus to the NFL, and if they do, it once again looks like OSU will be reloaded for years to come.