Ohio State vs. Indiana: Buckeyes Are Playing with Fire with Porous Defense
Where in the world do you start with that Ohio State-Indiana game? Do you start with the finish, with the Hoosiers missing an onside kick with a minute to play after a furious rally brought them within three points?
Do you start with the 101 total points scored, the 1,059 yards gained, the 54 first downs and the two blocked punts? Do you start with Braxton Miller sprinting closer to Geno Smith in a rapidly tightening Heisman race?
Seriously, where do you start?
Let's talk about what to take away from this game. Because just as important as the 52 points from Saturday and the 63 points from last week that Ohio State put on the board are the 49 points from Saturday and the 38 points from last week that Ohio State let on the board.
What grade do you give Ohio State's defense for the Indiana game?
And it's fine if Ohio State is averaging 57.5 points per game while it's allowing touchdowns left and right. It was also fine for West Virginia when the Mountaineers were winning games to the tune of 70-63 and 48-45.
But good offenses have bad days far more often than bad defenses have good days, and as of right now, that Ohio State defense is not exactly good.
Hey, the pizza boy was right.
Of course, Ohio State has defensive talent. A lot of it, even. Bradley Roby is a ballhawk at cornerback, we've sung the praises of the defensive line repeatedly and the safety duo of Christian Bryant and J.T. Barnett is starting to play at a high level.
Urban Meyer knows all this. So do most Ohio State fans. Just as Michael Felder showed earlier this week, you can't be the best team in the nation on offense alone. It just doesn't work that way. And while Ohio State won't be challenging for a title this year—not with that schedule—it can challenge for a 12-0 record to show for its season at the very least.
But to do that, the defense needs to be... well, it just needs to be better. A lot better.
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