Eleven Dubcast: Ohio State's Next Opponent Has Become The Year's Biggest Spoiler... Is Ohio State Up to the Challenge?

By Andy Vance on November 12, 2021 at 2:50 pm
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This week the Dubcast is back out on the road – the latest stop on the Buffalo Wild Wings World Tour Tour of Central Ohio visited the Easton location. Thanks to Buffalo Wild Wings, the Official Sports Bar of Eleven Warriors for the awesome hospitality and fantastic wings!

Johnny and I, didn't take up the Reaper challenge this week (although we both survived our Reaper experience last season, I must remind you), but we did take up the challenge of trying to diagnose what ails the Ohio State rushing attack. After two weeks of "gritty, hard-fought wins" over Penn State and Nebraska, we looked at the offensive line's struggles to get push off the ball and open running lanes for TreVeyon Henderson.

We also discussed C.J. Stroud's infamous "I throw the ball for a living" quote, and why he's not wrong! Then we look at the current CFP standings and preview the big-time matchup against an insurgent Purdue team happy to play the #Spoilermaker role with wins over two top-three Big Ten teams already this season.

Plus: Ask Us Anything (which you can do at dubcast@elevenwarriors.com) wants to know if we're worried about teams jumping Ohio State in the playoff, and if Jeff Brohm is a better coach that Jim Harbaugh.


0:00 Ohio State looks like a team that has made great strides this season but that maybe hasn't reached its ultimate form just yet. Wait, didn't we just have this conversation last week???

3:36 Ohio State ran for less than 100 yards for the first time all season. How is that even possible given TreVeyon Henderson and the biggest offensive line in the conference?

8:30 C.J. Stroud made waves this week when he said his job was not to run the ball. While heads exploded across Buckeye Nation over the quote, he's... not wrong...

12:55 Ohio State has the best wide receiver corps in the country, and Jaxon Smith-Njigba had a record-breaking day. With three receivers (three plus, really) on the roster, why not throw 50 times a game?

15:34 Noah Ruggles earned himself a Lou Groza Award bid as the MVP of the Penn State game... and repeated his four-for-four performance versus Nebraska.

17:55 Let's talk about running the ball and the offensive line... and how to get it fixed.

24:10 Ohio State is now up to No. 4 in the College Football Playoff, but the team's next opponent – Purdue – just wiped the floor with then-No. 3 Michigan State.

40:00 Ask Us Anything! Has Ohio State gotten too "pass-happy"? Oh, and are we worried at all that Cincinnati or Oklahoma could leap past the Buckeyes in the CFP standings?

53:30 Quick Cals: Ohio State opened basketball season against Akron and it took a buzzer-beater to get it done, the program signed Chris Holtmann's best recruiting class yet, and Ohio State signed the top wrestling recruiting class in the history of the sport.

That's it for this week's show – next week we'll be back on the road so join us at Buffalo Wild Wings Thursday night in Reynoldsburg!

You (yes, you!) can come hang out with us for three more fantastic Thursdays of fun, where you can participate in a live version of Ask Us Anything, eat wings and other delicious sides and convince Johnny and I to consume the spiciest food available on the BWW menu starting at 7 p.m. Eastern.

Here's where and when you should come hang out:

  • November 18th – BWW's Taylor Square, 2386 Taylor Square Drive, Reynoldsburg OH 43068
  • November 26th – Dublin, 6595 Perimeter Dr. Dublin OH 43016

We'll start the show at 7 p.m., so make sure to get there early to watch us awkwardly try to set up a bunch of expensive audio equipment and/or say hi.

Thanks as always to Travis for the cool, cool logo, thanks to you for listening and checking out the Dry Goods store, and we'll see you next week!