Ohio State football | No. 1 ranking grows even more tenuous

With J.T. Barrett at the helm, OSU fans no longer had to grin and bear it. Urban Meyer again has a QB decision to make.

 Ohio State football | No. 1 ranking grows even more tenuous

In the polls

 The Buckeyes remained No. 1 in both real surveys, however more decidedly in the Amway mentors survey than in the Associated Press media survey, where they hold only a 12-point lead over second-put Baylor. Utah moved around Texas Christian to third in the AP survey.

Who's hot?

J.T. Barrett. The offense livened up when he entered, first in the red zone, then somewhat out of the red zone, and afterward for good at 3:18 of the second from last quarter. The running-choice danger he postured was the cure to hard-hurrying Penn State guarded end Carl Nassib, whom Cardale Jones discovered he couldn't just disregard. Whether mentor Urban Meyer selects to run with Barrett full time stays to be seen, however the group going 12 for 12 in the red zone the previous two amusements (11 touchdowns, one field objective), with 11 of those under Barrett's bearing, is no variation.

What's not hot?

The Ohio State run guard, in any event until the Nittany Lions moved into the red zone. This time there was no reason about being abused by a running quarterback; Penn State running back Saquon Barkley increased 194 yards on 26 conveys. OSU is 60th broadly against the run (158.7-yard normal), yet in the initial three recreations of Big Ten play, the Buckeyes have surrendered 624 yards (208.0 normal).

What went right?

The Ohio State run offense and pass surge. Ezekiel Elliott pushed his 100 yards-in addition to streak to 12 recreations with 153 and sits fifth in the country with a 141.1-yard normal, however well back of pioneer Leonard Fournette of Louisiana State (200.3). Barrett included 102 yards 11 conveys, as the Buckeyes totaled 315 against a protection that had been seventeenth broadly against the run (117.0). With respect to the OSU pass surge, the five sacks — two by Adolphus Washington, one each by Joey Bosa, Chris Worley and Tommy Schutt — represent themselves.

Back to this plan's beginning point

The quarterback problem. Online networking was aflame amid the diversion and subsequent to, calling for it to be Barrett's opportunity. With respect to Meyer, he said he has compassion for both players included, yet included that his essential concern is the group and its quest for scoring touchdowns.

Dinged up

Senior linebacker and co-chief Joshua Perry endured what Meyer alluded to as a lower leg sprain in the first quarter and did not come back to the diversion. Linebacker Camren Williams, who was catapulted in the final quarter for focusing on a player with a hit over the shoulder braces, will need to sit out the first 50% of the amusement at Rutgers this week.

Get that?

Bosa tied cornerback Gareon Conley for the leader in handles against Penn State with seven each. Bosa had the one sack, as well, and he was an undeniable heap pushing constrain, a few times just about pushing a hostile lineman into quarterback Christian Hackenberg — shades of the stroll off sack he needed to secure the twofold additional time win in State College a year prior.

Up next

Rutgers (3-3) encouraged from a 25-point shortfall and scored 28 unanswered focuses to beat Indiana 55-52 on a very late field objective. That came a week after the Scarlet Knights, in spite of the turmoil the project has persevered through this season, gave Michigan State an alarm before bowing at home 31-24. The Chris Laviano-to-Leonte Carroo association clearly gives Rutgers a puncher's chance as it plays host to Ohio State surprisingly.

The current week's test

The College Football Playoff magnificence event swings into high apparatus, with the advisory group set to uncover its first rankings of the season in two weeks. That implies the Buckeyes, still roosted — however problematically — on the No. 1 spot in both surveys, need to continue putting their best foot forward in the ability rivalry, much the same as they did in the second half against Penn State. Once more, whether Barrett will be the essential choreographer sta
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