Real Pod Wednesdays: What's Actually Worth Worrying About, and How Much of a Test Will Ohio State Really Face at Maryland?

By Dan Hope and Colin Hass-Hill on November 11, 2020 at 11:05 am
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Even though Ohio State was never in jeopardy of losing against Rutgers, most of the discussion following the Buckeyes' 49-27 win over the Scarlet Knights has been about their imperfections rather than their 3-0 start to the season.

So as we started this week's episode of Real Pod Wednesdays with our look back at the Buckeyes' 22-point win against Rutgers, we spent much of the first 35 minutes of the show talking about how much Ohio State fans should actually be worried about some of the areas that have been raised as concerns, including the running game, the interior offensive line and the defense as a whole, particularly the secondary.

Dan explains why he thinks the panic over the Buckeyes' subpar second-half play against Rutgers is mostly unnecessary overreaction after a game Ohio State still largely dominated, while Colin explains why he's actually more confident in Ohio State's chances of winning a national championship now than he was three weeks ago.

After sharing our takeaways from the Rutgers game and why the Scarlet Knights ran so many trick plays, we shift our focus to Maryland around the halfway point of the show to discuss how the Terrapins' offense could be the biggest test yet for the Buckeyes' passing defense and what could make the difference between a competitive game and a blowout.

We also spend a few minutes talking about Ohio State basketball (56:30), including the news that Jimmy Sotos and Meechie Johnson will be eligible to play this season but Abel Porter won't, before turning our focus back to football for our Three Things We Think (1:05:30), including how Tuf Borland has legitimately become one of the best players on an Ohio State defense with limited star power, why Colin's back on the Demario McCall bandwagon and how Antwuan Jackson has quietly started to make an impact at defensive tackle.

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