Real Pod Wednesdays: Ohio State Showed Championship Potential Against Penn State, Though Secondary Remains A Concern

By Dan Hope and Colin Hass-Hill on November 4, 2020 at 11:20 am
Justin Fields vs. Penn State
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For the most part, Ohio State looked like a team capable of contending for a national championship on Saturday night at Penn State.

Justin Fields, Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson continued to shine, the running game took a step forward and the defensive front seven broke through in a big way to lead the Buckeyes to a 38-25 win in what might be their toughest test of the regular season. So there were plenty of positives from the trip to Happy Valley for us to discuss on this week's Real Pod Wednesdays, and that's how we started the show.

The one major area of concern still lingering for the Buckeyes after that game is their secondary, as Penn State passed for more than 250 yards in Saturday night's second half and cornerback Cameron Brown is now out for the remainder of the season. So at the 22:30 mark, we pivot to talking about the defensive backs and what needs to happen there for Ohio State's secondary to be good enough to win a national title.

We don't spend a lot of time breaking down the upcoming game against Rutgers, considering that the Buckeyes are favored to win by 38 points, but we do talk about what we're most looking forward to watching on Saturday night (for one, freshman quarterbacks C.J. Stroud and Jack Miller likely throwing their first collegiate passes) and what we think Greg Schiano can realistically accomplish over the course of his tenure with the Scarlet Knights.

In Three Things We Think (49:00), Colin talks about why he thinks Ohio State is a College Football Playoff lock and why he thinks all five of the Buckeyes' offensive linemen will be selected in the first three rounds of the NFL draft, and Dan talks about the Big Ten backing itself into a corner with its schedule and why he thinks Pete Werner will block a field goal this season.

For all of that and more, listen to this week's episode of Real Pod Wednesdays in the audio player above or on your streaming platform of choice (most of which have now been updated with our new episodes!), including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and Stitcher.

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