Johnson: Final Thoughts Heading Into Week 4 against Tulane

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Johnson: Final Thoughts Heading Into Week 4 against Tulane

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Johnson: Final Thoughts Heading Into Week 4 against Tulane


Each week, we bring you some random thoughts before Ohio State takes to the gridiron. Here are some nuggets about this week’s more-dangerous-than-it-looks-on-paper opponent, the Tulane Green Wave.


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  • I hate to go on a Bob Knight, “you darn people from television”-type of rant, but I really wish the media would focus on Ohio State football rather than the return of Urban Meyer. That’s not fair to the players, who played an outstanding game against TCU last week.
  • Don’t sleep on Tulane. Yes, the Green Wave are 1-2 with losses to UAB and Wake Forest (in overtime). However, it’s worth noting that Tulane secondary is one of better units in the country, picking off two passes in every game this season.
  • Why’s that important? Ohio State went 3-2 in its last five games when it lost the turnover battle. Two of those contests (Penn State and Wisconsin) could have gone the other way.
  • Also keep an eye on the Green Wave passing attack. As I noted in our Enemy Territory piece, QB Jonathan Banks is averaging close to 18 yards per completion.
  • Don’t expect much to change on offense now that Urban Meyer is back from suspension. Dwayne Haskins has a much different skill set than J.T. Barrett did, which is why the offense looks a little different than it did last season.
  • Of course, why is there a need to change anything when you’re averaging 608.7 yards and 56.3 points per game?
  • On the other side of the ball, the Buckeye defense will be just fine without Nick Bosa. While losing him certainly doesn’t make the lineup better, Dre’Mont Jones (4 TFL and one pick six) and Robert Landers (2 TFL) are disrupting things in the interior. Look for Chase Young and Jonathon Cooper to pick up where Bosa left off, resulting in at least four sacks this weekend.
  • In other words, don’t expect any sort of letdown with Meyer returning to the sidelines. Ohio State knows that it needs to focus on Tulane rather than worrying about the showdown with Penn State next weekend.
  • Prediction: In a very business-like manner, Ohio State throttles Tulane. OSU 49, Tulane 0.

 

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