Every week, Eleven Warriors will dive into the mentions of Ohio State's coaches and players to bring you the #HotTakes and ramblings of Buckeye Nation. This week, we look back at the slow start and strong finish of Ohio State's 34-10 win over Michigan State.
Ohio State's toughest test to date wasn't all that tough.
There were some early speed bumps, of course. The Buckeye offense met its stiffest resistance of the season, netting a season-low 16 yards in the first quarter. The Spartans got to Justin Fields two times on the game's first three drives, and Ohio State led just 3-0 despite having two possessions inside Michigan State's 30-yard line.
But Fields and the offense settled in once the second quarter started, going touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, field goal to close out the half and take a 27-10 lead into the break.
The defense was once again dominant and J.K. Dobbins, the game's MVP, carried Ohio State to a 24-point win.
The Buckeyes get a much-deserved bye week before their Friday Night showdown against Northwestern. Before we look ahead, let's review how we reacted to Ohio State's big win over the Spartans.
@ Ryan Day
Get josh Alabi out of the game @ryandaytime— Colin Spencer (@colinspencer33) October 5, 2019
A lot of people became personnel experts during the sluggish first quarter.
Hey @ryandaytime ever heard of a running back screen?— Long Tim (@EricEds13) October 6, 2019
Oh, also play callers. A lot of great play callers out there.
@ryandaytime tighten it up! Jesus you guys are playing loose. Play like you wanna win the ship!— Mark Reynolds (@DiehardReynolds) October 6, 2019
The tone changed once the second quarter started.
Also, whenever I tweet something like this, they always flip a switch...it's like they need my motivation...— Long Tim (@EricEds13) October 6, 2019
Run this shit up @ryandaytime we cant give no excuses to the committee. Theyre already SEC happy.— RiP Papi 11.2.17 (@swayblanco) October 6, 2019
For some of us, an ocean of blood is not enough blood. Sheesh.
Hey @ryandaytime bad 1st quarter, great 2nd and 3rd but seriously stop taking the foot of the gas just because we have a good lead. We need to put the ball in the end zone as much as possible so the playoff committee has no excuse to keep us out. No mercy!!!!! #Buckeyes— BIG T (@tmoses2755) October 6, 2019
Listen, I know the playoff committee left Ohio State on the doorstep in each of the last two seasons, but the difference wasn't hanging 50-plus on Michigan State instead of 30. The difference was getting boat-raced by a mediocre team. If Ohio State looks the way it has the rest of the season, it'll automatically be in.
Just settle in and enjoy what has literally been the most dominant team in the country.
I'm fairly certain that's all he's ever wanted.
@ Justin Fields
Fields with a house party tonight at The Shoe! pic.twitter.com/ncokn1JBSN— Steven Hutchison (@StevenHutchiso5) October 5, 2019
Hi Mr 90's I sure hope you get stuck in traffic every time you drive somewhere for the rest of the month.
Aye @justnfields really my QB, you love to see it.— Sterling Fisher (@sterlfisher) October 6, 2019
You love to see it.
You know you are a great player when you create opportunities for others!— All-America Game (@AllAmericaGame) October 6, 2019
2018 @AllAmericaGame alum @justnfields getting the defenses attention and making them pay on the RPO!#OHIO #OSUvsMSU pic.twitter.com/9ta0DF8Rag
Georgia really chose to keep the football away from this man SMH.
I would love to see @justnfields win a national championship one day.— Z.N.B. (@iamzach12b) October 6, 2019
Oh buddy, you and me both.
@justnfields a young Cam— Tawan Wesley (@ThrowDimes) October 6, 2019
This comparison comes up a lot.
This was a good tweet.
This was a very good tweet. And seriously, including Justin Herbert over Fields is hilarious.
@justnfields got it right when he said you guys jinxed him by talking about it all week. I was waiting for it all game.— Jesse Brown (@THEcoachBrown2) October 6, 2019
Yup. This is all my fault.
It is legitimately mind boggling that Justin Fields hasn't thrown an interception as a college quarterback. Not during his freshman season at Georgia or during his five games as the starter at Ohio State.— David Regimbal (@davidreg412) October 2, 2019
Sorry Buckeye Nation.
This is so painfully accurate and I love it.
TO THE CRIBBB @Jkdobbins22— MJ (@ASAPMervv) October 6, 2019
Youre a bad man @Jkdobbins22— T R O Y B L A C K (@TroyBlack_) October 6, 2019
@Jkdobbins22 you didnt have to do them like that ! Go Bucks— Joe Cantrell (@joseph_boyd_3) October 6, 2019
But he did and it was good.
@Jkdobbins22 hit the gas on them— Carolina Buckeye (@toinebaby) October 6, 2019
Yo, @Jkdobbins22 is lookin yoked— Sal (@BeneBoy11) October 6, 2019
These kids and their phrasing.
We got the best RB in the nation @Jkdobbins22 @OhioStateFB only reason Wisconsin dude running like that is cause they dont got a QB like J fields at the helm, they aint got no choice but to run the ball lol— Jalen Brady (@jalenbradyqb) October 6, 2019
This logic is suspect. They're both very good.
Dantonio after OSU just scores at will pic.twitter.com/ubFW9bhSoU— steve (@Strous1Steve) October 6, 2019
Enjoy the bye week y'all.