There will probably be a lot of temptation after this weekend of upsets to frame Ohio State's victory against Northwestern in more favorable terms. I will probably read and/or hear "survive and advance" more times than I am actually capable of counting, and if anyone says that the Buckeyes looked "tough" in a "gritty" game I will build a rocket and launch myself into the sun.
Ohio State looked bad, played bad, were bad. The defense doing their job against a terrible offense is the best thing that you can say about yesterday. There is absolutely no sugar coating (weather coating?) the fact that there are significant problems with the running game, emerging concerns about the rushing defense, and a looming threat of the Michigan Wolverines poised to take advantage of both.
Ohio State is still a very, very good team, but the obstacles in their path to a championship might be tougher and better prepared. That needs to change, quickly.
To God be the Glory! 9-0!— Mark Pantoni (@markpantoni) November 5, 2022
And people still gon talk. good team W https://t.co/SosPC0fA5j— Julian Fleming (@julian_040) November 5, 2022
Damn that was ugly— Chop (@Miyannnn3) November 5, 2022
Running the ball and stopping the run should be primary focus for the Buckeyes the next couple of weeks. NW has exposed some areas that need to be addressed.— Chimdi Chekwa (@ChimChek) November 5, 2022
Bullets !!!! https://t.co/eOOnXOtF9s— Raekwon McMillan (@Kwon_daTRUTH) November 5, 2022
Oline should be dominating and moving people off the ball.— Tyquan Lewis (@PrimeTime_Lewis) November 5, 2022
Embrace it boys and fight your way out of the storm #THE— Evan Spencer (@E_Spencer6) November 5, 2022
So we cant run on Northwestern but they can on us. Good to see.— Jake ballard (@TheJakeBallard) November 5, 2022
OMG CJ ran and almost got the first down. Im calling Ripleys!!! Lol— Tyvis Powell (@1Tyvis) November 5, 2022
Go Bucks! pic.twitter.com/v0QEVVuRU9— Jim Lachey (@JimLachey64) November 5, 2022
OKAY, YES, THE WEATHER WAS PRETTY DIRE
With the clouds moving this fast, this looks like a time-lapse video. Its not. pic.twitter.com/yVfrGf6uOh— Tom Orr (@TomOrr4) November 5, 2022
Shoutout— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) November 5, 2022
The energy you brought today was felt. pic.twitter.com/P6U4muvpA6
In miserable conditions, Buckeye fans make the difference! Thanks for support! pic.twitter.com/coX8glMKeI— Gene Smith (@OSU_AD) November 6, 2022
Ohio State is going to win because Ohio State has a better journalism school than Northwestern. People forget this. pic.twitter.com/Ww8WxQwNFt— Subscribe to Extra Points (@MattBrownEP) November 5, 2022
How is this a Big Ten locker room? pic.twitter.com/kQJdUS3PiI— Austin Ward (@AWardSports) November 5, 2022
And that'll do it! No, I'm not mad that I predicted a 54-10 victory! See you next week!
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- • Ohio State Postgame • Photos • Notebook • Quotebook • Debriefing
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