After a rough 31-16 loss on home turf to the Oklahoma Sooners, it’s time to get back to the drawing board as the Ohio State Buckeyes now prepare for the Army Black Knights. Here are five things you need to know before the two teams go head to head on Saturday afternoon:
After A Weekend Of Disappointment, The Buckeyes Have Their First Opportunity To Improve On Their Deficiencies
Ohio State’s offense was anything but reliable on Saturday night. Thanks to some dropped passes and frankly missed opportunities, J.T. Barrett only completed 54% of his passing attempts. The Buckeyes’ clear strength, their backfield, was underutilized as well, with Barrett having more carries on the evening (18) than both J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber combined.
After keeping fans on the edge of their seats for 40+ minutes, what felt like the inevitable finally happened. Baker Mayfield & Co. found their groove as Oklahoma ripped off 21-straight points to leave no doubt about the final outcome, shredding the Ohio State secondary in the process.
Saturday afternoon, the road to redemption starts for the Ohio State Buckeyes, as they’ll look to improve in all areas and try to find their identity in the process with the Army Black Knights coming to town.
Ohio State’s Defensive Line Will Be Doing The Heavy Lifting On Saturday
The Black Knights have completed an embarrassing two of ten passes on the season for a combined 17 yards.
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We Could Get Some Clarity On Mike Weber’s Role In The Offense
Mysteriously, Ohio State running back Mike Weber only had 3 rushing attempts for 29 yards against Oklahoma. Whether that was mostly due to injury or the offensive play calling for the most part is somewhat of an unknown.
The amount of action Weber sees on the field Saturday afternoon just might help clear up the questions everybody has.
Expect The Buckeyes To Be “Explosive” On Offense Once Again
The Army Black Knights defeated the Buffalo Bulls 21-17, shutting out their opponent for the entirety of the second half to seal the victory. However, Army gave up a 75-yard rushing touchdown and a 48-yard TD through the air in the second quarter of the contest.
Don’t be surprised to see an Ohio State offense that looks more like the one who put up 36 second-half points in week 1 against the Hoosiers from the get-go.
Go With The “Flow”
Head Coach Urban Meyer had a interesting way of putting things after the Ohio State Buckeyes lost to the Sooners on Saturday night when he said
We’re just not getting enough flow on offense.
J.T. Barrett looked lost at times and the tempo on offense seemed like it could get amped up a little bit.
That being said, I’m not a certified “flow” expert and can’t fully translate what’s being said. We’ll check in again to see if Meyer & Co. are happy with the flow of things on offense after Saturday’s matchup with Army.