After unimpressive Ohio State wins against Youngstown State and Akron, there were many questions floating around Columbus.
Were the Buckeyes for real? Did they deserve to be ranked amongst the nation's elite? Could they win a game against a legit opponent like the Washington Huskies?
In a word—yes.
Washington proved a worthy adversary, taking a 7-3 lead into halftime of Saturday's game. After wins against Syracuse and Boise State, the Huskies look to be real contenders in a strong Pac-10.
But they couldn't hang with the Buckeyes.
Two interceptions by middle linebacker James Laurinaitis helped the the Buckeyes pull away in the second half. OSU ultimately cruised to a 33-14 win.
The Buckeyes' game plan is no secret—a grind-it-out running game, a solid defense, and stellar special teams have become staples under head coach Jim Tressel.
Mix in a few big passing plays with Todd Boeckman looking for Brian Robiskie and a strong corps of receivers, and you have a recipe for success.
Ohio State did miss two field goals, which will be something to watch going forward. They made up for it, though, in other facets of the game.
We won't be able to accurately judge the 2007 Buckeyes until they dig into the meat of their Big Ten schedule. As many experts will attest, the conference is down this year—but OSU still faces some quality opponents.
Contests at Penn State and against Wisconsin in back-to-back weeks will go a long way towards revealing Ohio State's true ability. Until then, it's all about holding serve.
It's still early in the season, but Ohio State has answered its doubters in resounding fashion.
If nothing else, they've earned themselves at least one believer.