Ohio State's defense looked as bad as it's looked all season for one half of football, while the offense broke multiple school and bowl-game records. It was one for the ages, an instant classic that was easily the most entertaining bowl of the New Year's Six this go-round.
If you weren't already of the mind that C.J. Stroud is as good as it gets for a collegiate signal caller, I hope you were watching Saturday, because that guy did it all. From dropping beautiful passes into perfect windows to getting a critical first down with his legs, he put on a clinic in offensive efficiency.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba, a man snubbed for even the faintest Biletnikoff Award recognition (not even a finalist!), broke the record for most receiving yards in any bowl game ever. No Chris Olave or Garrett Wilson? No problem – Marvin Harrison Jr. caught three touchdown passes in his first start, natch.
So let's enjoy the glorious offensive majesty... right after we talk about the insanely frustrating first-half defensive performance and how Demario McCall must be the greatest motivational speaker in history.
Plus, Ask Us Anything (which, as always, you can do by emailing us at email@example.com) asks about two-way players in the modern era and if Ohio State has the best QB, WR and RB in the nation heading into next season.
RUN OF THE SHOW
0:00 Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Let's celebrate one of the funnest Rose Bowls ever.
4:00 Let's talk about what the Rose Bowl tells us about 2022 and how Ohio State's performance sets the narrative for next season in the national context.
13:45 Ohio State's defensive performance in the first half was abysmal, but whatever well of emotion Demario McCall tapped at halftime was just what the doctor ordered.
24:48 The Buckeye offense is arguably the best in the country and made its strongest case without the services of two presumptive first-round draft picks. C.J. Stroud and Jaxon Smith-Njgiba set buckets of records Saturday.
40:15 For as good as Ohio State was in the passing game, the running game was frustratingly pedestrian down the stretch this season. Can Ryan Day and company right the ship, or is this an air raid offense forevermore?
51:12 Ask Us Anything! Let's talk about moving players from offense to defense, since that continues to be a thing, and if Ohio State could have the three best skill players in the country next season.
60:30 Quick Cals: Ohio State's basketball team returned to the floor after a lengthy layoff, and Malaki Branham went off... Matt Barnes will leave Ohio State to be the next defensive coordinator at Memphis; will anyone else on staff leave Columbus?