Fox analyst Charles Davis was in the booth calling the Ohio State vs. Cal game with broadcast partner Gus Johnson Saturday night, and after Kenny Guiton led the No. 4 Buckeyes to a 52-34 victory, he came away impressed.
Guiton completed 21 of 32 passes for 276 yards and four touchdowns (against no interceptions) and rushed for 92 rushing yards on 14 carries. In his first career start, Guiton orchestrated an offense that piled up 608 yards and a season-high point total.
Davis shared his thoughts on Guiton, his impressions of Ohio State's defense and talked about the Buckeyes' status as a national title contender in a conversation with Bleacher Report.
Bleacher Report: What was your impression of Kenny Guiton?
Charles Davis: Well, it was hard not to be impressed. To watch him go out there and do what he did in that early blitzkrieg...[The coaching staff] trusted him so much, and it became so apparent.
The first play of the game, they're throwing the ball from their own 6-yard line on one of those sideways plays, and if something goes haywire, it's a lateral, it's a fumble, it's a loose ball and you have to go get it.
It was a two-play call, though, and it became apparent on the second play. They set it up, that they wanted to show one thing, they came back to the exact same thing, and then they fired that bad boy deep.
If that doesn't show you how they feel about Guiton, I don't know what else to say...To me, that play call was just like them against Buffalo going for two after the first two touchdowns. They announced to the world that this is what we're about, and it's what you're going to have deal with all year long.
B/R: Cal's offense chewed up more than 500 yards of offense for the second year in a row. Last year, that foreshadowed some big issues for Ohio State's defense. Should the Buckeyes be concerned, or is Cal's offense just that good?
CD: I think Cal's offense is just that good. And I think the way we evaluate defenses simply has to change.
You can't measure the yardage anymore. In the good old days, defensive goals were to hold teams to under 300 yards total, less than three yards per rush, those kinds of things. Those goals should be put in a museum somewhere, because they're antiquated.
That's not how you judge a defense anymore, because the offenses are too high powered and fine-tuned.
The way you judge defenses nowadays is, how many loss-yardage plays did you create? How many tackles for losses and sacks? You can track how many times you pressured the quarterback, how many hurries and how many times he got hit.
The other thing is, how many explosive plays did you give up? How many runs over 10 yards and how many passes over 15 yards did you give up? That's a good baseline...How many takeaways did you have? How did you play in the red zone?
That's how you measure things, and this is my long-winded way of saying, Cal's very good on offense, but look at how it went for Ohio State defensively. Yardage got chewed up, but they got takeaways, they got sacks, they got pressure in the backfield.
So I wouldn't worry about Ohio State's defense.
B/R: After seeing Ohio State firsthand, do the Buckeyes look like legitimate national title contenders this year?
CD: They do to me because I see them as what you would call a growth industry, if we're talking in business terms. They're already starting with a very good stock, and now this stock has the ability grow and build because this is a young team that's really just now figuring out its talent.
They learned how to play on the road, because they've been taken all the way to the west.
They're young and they're enthusiastic. I like the way the defense is buzzing around right now, and coach [Urban] Meyer and the staff coached them up hard all the way through.
I think they have as much talent out there as just about any team they're going to play, and I think that by the end of the year, if they keep going without any catastrophic injuries, you've got a team that you should put in the same breadth as all the other title contenders.
All quotes were obtained firsthand.
David Regimbal is the Ohio State Football Lead Writer for Bleacher Report.
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