Real Pod Wednesdays: Taking Stock of Ohio State, C.J. Stroud and the Defense After Three Games, Underwhelming Performance Against Tulsa

By Dan Hope and Griffin Strom on September 22, 2021 at 3:05 pm
C.J. Stroud vs. Tulsa

A 41-20 win over Tulsa didn't do much to alleviate the concerns about Ohio State's 2021 football team.

Ohio State's defense gave up 501 yards against the Golden Hurricane while C.J. Stroud had his worst performance so far as Ohio State's starting quarterback. The Buckeyes' rushing offense and rushing defense were both better against Tulsa than against Oregon, but the passing offense and passing defense took steps back.

We start this week's episode of Real Pod Wednesdays by discussing what went better and what didn't go better for the defense against Tulsa, then discuss how Ohio State should handle the quarterback situation this week against Akron as Stroud continues to battle a shoulder injury while backup quarterbacks Kyle McCord and Jack Miller continue to await their first playing time of the season.

We also talk about what to make of Quinn Ewers likely not playing this year (13:38), how injuries are starting to pile up for this year's team (21:25) and answer a wide variety of questions from listeners, including whether Al Washington will be on the hot seat if the linebacker play doesn't improve (31:08), what the honest expectations should be for the rest of Ohio State's season (34:54), whether Kerry Coombs deserves less blame for defensive struggles now that he's not calling plays (39:20), whether Master Teague should return kickoffs for the Buckeyes (51:10), how the 2018 and 2019 recruiting classes need to step up (54:30) and what we make of Ohio Stadium's historically low attendance against Tulsa (1:00:04).

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