Yeah, I know it's Forde, so take it FWIW.
Ohio State (1)
How the Buckeyes were built: By owning the best football state in the Midwest, and cherry-picking a few stars from Pennsylvania and the South.
Star average: 3.96. Three five-star players, 15 four-stars, four three-stars.
Percent of starters from in-state: 59.1
Percent of starters from in-state or adjoining states: 63.6
Of note: The Buckeyes’ highest-rated pro prospect, cornerback Bradley Roby, was a three-star recruit. Ohio State’s top two defensive players, Roby and linebacker Ryan Shazier, both were plucked by the previous staff from SEC territory (Roby from Georgia, Shazier from Florida).
Later in the same article:
Average Sagarin Rating of opponents: 97th.
Average margin of victory: 17 points.
Verdict: Pretender, at least by Michigan standards. The victory over Notre Dame was nice, but the ugly struggles on consecutive weeks against lightweights Akron and Connecticut indicate major issues. Take out the Irish and the record of Michigan’s other three opponents is 2-9, with neither victory against an FBS team. The Wolverines could win their Big Ten division and still be a mediocre team in terms of national impact.
...and this about Miller/Guiton:
Braxton Miller (27), Ohio State quarterback. You remember him, right? Started the season as a leading Heisman candidate, has gotten hurt and now some people wonder if he’s the second-best QB on his own team. Backup Kenny Guiton has burned up defenses in Miller’s absence, and although he lacks dual-threat capabilities, you can expect some Buckeyes fans to get antsy if Miller gets off to a slow start against a good Wisconsin defense. Weird situation for a star quarterback to be in.