Ohio State whips Tulane, proves it is ready for Penn State

Ohio State whips Tulane, proves it is ready for Penn State

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Ohio State whips Tulane, proves it is ready for Penn State


Managing Editor Terry Johnson reacts to Ohio State’s blowout win over the Tulane Green Wave.


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In a very business-like manner, the Ohio State Buckeyes blew out Tulane, proving that they are ready for next weekend’s crucial showdown with Penn State.

Let’s be honest: there were plenty of question marks coming into this game. Would Urban Meyer’s return be a distraction? Would the Buckeyes look ahead to next week’s contest (as Penn State did for the first two plus quarters last night)?

The answers to these questions a resounding “No”.

Ohio State’s offense dominated the entire first half, scoring on all six of its possessions. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins turned in another stellar effort, completing 21 of 24 passes for 304 yards and five touchdowns.

While that number speaks for itself, it’s worth noting that Tulane’s secondary recorded two interceptions in every game this season.

The Buckeye defense was just as impressive. Playing without all-world defensive end Nick Bosa, OSU dominated the point of attack for the entire contest. Yes, some people will dismiss Saturday’s effort as, “big deal, it’s just Tulane”. However, Willie Fritz is one of the best offensive minds in college football. As anyone who has faced him will tell you, “bring your ‘A’ game”.

That’s exactly what the Buckeye D did. The OSU defense limited Tulane to just 256 yards on 58 plays (4.41 yards per play).

So, what does this victory mean for Ohio State heading into next week’s pivotal matchup with Penn State?

Quite frankly, it proves that the Buckeyes are more than ready for that contest. Aside from a couple of tackling problems against Oregon State, Ohio State has played like a championship caliber unit all year long. Whether the team was playing lowly Tulane or a top 15 opponent like TCU, it always rose to the occasion and operated with the efficiency of a well-oiled machine.

Does it mean that the Buckeyes are going to beat Penn State and ultimately win the East division?

We will certainly find out next week.

However, based on the Buckeyes’ stellar performances so far, there’s no reason to think that they won’t. As I’ve said all year long, I think this team is special and that it will win a national championship. The first four games of the season only bolstered my opinion.

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