Real Pod Wednesdays: Everything We Learned from Ohio State's Season Opener at Minnesota and What We Still Have to Learn Against Oregon

By Dan Hope and Griffin Strom on September 8, 2021 at 11:05 am
Tommy Eichenberg vs. Minnesota

We've had five full days to digest Ohio State's season opener, and there was plenty to take away from the Buckeyes’ first game.

On this week's episode of Real Pod Wednesdays, we spend a full hour discussing the many things we learned from the Buckeyes’ 45-31 win over Minnesota. Among the many topics we dive into:

  • 2:50: The good and bad of C.J. Stroud's first start
  • 10:00: Assessing the defense's performance in game one
  • 14:13: Miyan Williams and TreVeyon Henderson make their case for being Ohio State's top two running backs
  • 20:10: How Chris Olave looks better than ever
  • 25:44: A great start for Ohio State's offensive line
  • 35:54: Why Dan wasn't surprised by Tommy Eichenberg starting against Minnesota, and why he thinks Cody Simon will start against Oregon
  • 55:55: Why it's too early to jump to conclusions about Kerry Coombs' defense

At the 1:05:48 mark of the show, we begin previewing this week's game against Oregon, break down what challenges we expect the Ducks to present and make our predictions for what the first game with fans back in Ohio Stadium will be like (1:15:52) as well as our predictions for how the game will play out (1:20:55).

Finally, we discuss our takeaways from watching the rest of the first weekend of college football play out, including which teams around the Big Ten impressed us, how vulnerable Clemson might be to missing the playoff this year and Bama still being Bama.

You can listen to Real Pod Wednesdays in the audio player above or wherever you listen to podcasts, including Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.

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