Ohio State Defeats Indiana, Proves It Belongs In College Football Playoff

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Ohio State Defeats Indiana, Proves It Belongs In College Football Playoff

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Ohio State Defeats Indiana, Proves It Belongs In College Football Playoff


Managing Editor Terry Johnson reacts to Ohio State’s win against Indiana and explains why he thinks the team belongs in the College Football Playoff


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It wasn’t always pretty, but Ohio State made a statement by beating Indiana.

That statement: this isn’t 2017. These Buckeyes can – and will – play in the College Football Playoff, thanks to an electrifying offense.

Let’s be honest: Saturday’s contest was a classic trap door game. Ohio State had to fight back from 12 points down in the fourth quarter to defeat Penn State in Happy Valley. Given the emotion of that victory, it wouldn’t surprise anyone if the Buckeyes were to have a bit of a letdown. Especially against Indiana, whose last win against OSU was back in 1988.

There were a couple of times – albeit very briefly – that it looked like the Buckeyes were in trouble. Indiana marched right down the field on its opening possession to take a 3-0 lead and rallied to pull back in front 17-14 midway through the second quarter. After the Hoosiers kicked a field goal right before halftime to pull within eight, many began to question if there was an upset brewing.

Ohio State wasn’t having it. On third play from scrimmage, Haskins found Parris Campbell wide open for a 71-yard touchdown pass. Although Indiana would eventually score again, the Buckeyes took control of the game in the third quarter. OSU would ultimately pull away in the fourth quarter with two more touchdown passes from Haskins, who finished with six on the afternoon.

Even though the win lacked style points – something I worried about coming into the contest – it proved that the Buckeyes are one of the four best teams in the country right now. With Haskins at quarterback, OSU’s offense has more firepower than its had in a couple of decades. Unlike years past, teams can’t load the box to stop the run, without worrying about Haskins (33 of 44 for 455 yards) beating them through the air.

Of course, it’s worth noting that JK Dobbins and Mike Weber still combined for 152 yards. That’s a fantastic effort against a disciplined defense that was deliberately trying to stop the run.

That, my friends, is what makes this year’s squad so much better than last year’s. When things didn’t go right for the Buckeyes against Iowa in 2017, the team didn’t have enough firepower to mount a comeback. Faced with a similar situation in 2018 – against a well-coached opponent that wanted to end a very long losing streak – Ohio State’s offense turned a hard-fought contest into a laugher.

If that doesn’t sound like a team that should play for the national championship, I don’t know what does.

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