Scott Frost is impressed with what he's seen from Ohio State this year.
After watching the film from the Buckeyes' first four wins of the season against Florida Atlantic, Cincinnati, Indiana and Miami (Ohio), Nebraska's head coach said he believes Ohio State has taken a step forward from last season, when the Buckeyes went 13-1 and defeated the Cornhuskers 36-31 at Ohio Stadium.
“There's no question in my mind that Ohio State's a better team right now than they were a year ago,” Frost said during Nebraska's press conference on Monday.
That response came after he was asked about first-year Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, who will face Nebraska for the first time as a head coach on Saturday in Lincoln. While Day had big shoes to fill following the departure of Urban Meyer, Frost said he is not surprised by the Buckeyes' early success with Day.
“Number one, he's got a really talented team,” Frost said. “They're good in all three phases. They have, I think, future Sunday players all across their lineup. He's really smart. I met Ryan for the first time at a Chip Kelly golf tournament in Maine many years ago. He's done a good job everywhere he's gone.”
Frost described Ohio State as “really good on offense, really good on defense and really good on special teams, and they keep pressure on you in all three phases.”
Asked specifically about Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and defensive end Chase Young, Frost had high praise for the Buckeyes' offensive and defensive stars, too.
Frost admitted that coming into the season, he wasn't sure how well Fields would do as a first-year starting quarterback at Ohio State, but he's impressed by what he's seen from Fields so far this year.
“He throws it really well, runs it really well,” Frost said. “Their offense has been efficient. They've got playmakers all over the field to help him. He's a pretty special player.”
As for Young, Frost described the Buckeyes' star pass-rusher as “a creature out there.”
“Physically, he just looks as imposing as any player that I've seen on tape in a long time,” Frost said of Young. ”We have to be aware of where he is and do a good job on him. We also can't cripple ourselves by focusing too much on him, because there's a lot of other good players on the defense, as well.”