Ohio State defeats Minnesota, Which Is All That Really Matters

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Ohio State defeats Minnesota, Which Is All That Really Matters

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Ohio State defeats Minnesota, Which Is All That Really Matters


Managing Editor Terry Johnson reacts to Ohio State’s win against Minnesota and urges everyone not to overreact to one performance


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Ohio State defeated Minnesota 30-14.

That fact is all that matters.

Please note that I am not saying the Buckeyes were perfect in this contest. They weren’t. Minnesota’s offense moved the ball at will against the OSU D in the first half, punting the ball just one time in five possessions. Likewise, the Buckeye offense couldn’t get the job done in short yardage situations. Even Mike Weber’s fourth down run — which resulted in a first down — nearly ended in disaster (and probably would have been overturned if the booth reviewed it).

The second half was a completely different story. While the Buckeye defense did give up a few big plays, it kept the Gophers out of the end zone. The offense finally figured out things later in the game, scoring on three of its final four possessions, including a 65-yard drive in the fourth quarter that ended any hope of a potential Minnesota comeback.

Even though it wasn’t the 50-0 blowout that most of us expected, it’s hard to argue that this contest was anything less than a success. Dwayne Haskins completed 75% of his throws and eclipsed the 400-yard barrier for the second straight week. And while the Buckeye D did give up some yardage, it still held a Big Ten opponent to two touchdowns despite playing without a handful of its top players (including the best defensive player in the country). There aren’t very many teams at the college or professional level that can do that.

So what does this victory mean for the Buckeyes going forward?

Honestly, it means more than most — including some well-known commentators at the four-letter network — will give them credit for. Yes, Ohio State’s win over Minnesota lacked style points. However, the fact remains that the Buckeyes played an imperfect game, yet still won convincingly. Auburn can’t say that. Nor can the LSU – Georgia loser.

Simply put: Ohio State did what it had to do. While there’s still a few things that the Buckeyes need to work on at practice next week, the team is still undefeated after seven games. As long as it continues to win, Ohio State still controls its own destiny in the College Football Playoff race.

That, my friends, is all that really matters.

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