Last week, if you remember, I said that we’d learn a lot about the Buckeyes' next two opponents, Purdue and Minnesota, because the two were to play each other that Saturday. So, what did we learn?
Pretty much…this is a bad team. Now 1-5 with no hope of becoming bowl eligible this year, the Boilers will probably find themselves looking up from the bottom of the Big 10 standings come year's end. I don’t really know what else to say about this team; they do still like to throw the ball and did so to the tune of 299 passing yards last week. But then again, there were also two interceptions by Purdue quarterback Joey Elliott.
Also, there is still some quick offensive production available as evidenced by the fact that Purdue jumped out to a 10-0 first quarter lead last week. But then there’s the defense which took that 10-0 score and managed to give up 28 points to the Gophers over the next three (in reality, two) quarters.
So is there anything to worry about this weekend’s game?
Nah, Elliott will be facing off against one of the best secondaries he’s seen all year, and the pressure that the defensive line is going to put on him will probably end with him throwing up to four INTs.
People don't give this team the credit I think they deserve. Granted, every bit of analysis I may have to offer may be skewed by the fact that Purdue is not a good football team, but there are still some things this team can do right…and wrong.
Minnesota, unlike Purdue, favors the ground game, and it showed last week as they racked up 207 yards on 44 carries last week.
The D will have to show up in a major way in two weeks, in order to limit this ground game. For as good as the gophers are at running the ball, they aren’t that great at throwing it. Adam Weber threw for just 75 yards last week with two interceptions and only five completions. Derek Anderson-esque numbers.
The win did allow Minnesota to run their record to 4-2 and they have a real good shot to make a decent bowl game.
Ohio State’s biggest advantage in this game might be the fact that it will take place in Ohio Stadium. I feel like Minnesota is looking for a marquee win to mark the opening season of its new outdoor stadium, but that won’t be us.
Will Ohio State win this game? Yes, but it could be a lot closer than you think.