Ohio State Football: Can This 2018 Team Reach Its Potential?

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Ohio State Football: Can This 2018 Team Reach Its Potential?

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Ohio State Football: Can This 2018 Team Reach Its Potential?


This year’s Ohio State team has been putting up offensive numbers not often seen in Columbus, but the defense and rushing game need a little work. Where is the ceiling for this team?


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While Ohio State has progressed through the first seven games without any losses, it has been far from perfect. In an interview, Cleveland.com’s Doug Lesmerises quoted Damon Arnette saying “We haven’t played to our best potential.”

Though Ohio State has played some great games, it certainly hasn’t played its best, or nine units strong, which is the focus every day at Ohio State.

Urban Meyer’s philosophy isn’t to compete for championships, but to get the best out of his players and maximize the potential of all nine units.

So for Buckeye nation what does the best look like?

Urban Meyer would equate being the best to being nine units strong. That philosophy is preached from day one at Ohio State. Urban Meyer is a strong believer that the teams that play the hardest always win. So, to have nine units strong is the philosophy of outplaying the opponents.

Though Meyer may never say it, he probably believes that Ohio State should be in the running for the College Football Playoff every year considering the talent he has recruited. Since Myer has come to Columbus, he’s been winning on a level that is hard to match by anyone, having started out 24-0 in his career at Ohio State.

So far this year, the Buckeyes have been incredibly resilient. Though that’s great, there have been concessions of big plays that allow their opponents to hang around.

While the defense has been banged up a bit, the Scarlet and Gray defense has been giving up too many big plays. Injuries certainly wouldn’t be an excuse Urban Meyer would accept, considering Ohio State has the “next man up” mentality where everyone must always be ready to play.

In the past, we’ve had backup quarterbacks like Kenny Guiton and Dwayne Haskins step up and win games. The most memorable of all of them is Cardale Jones, who led Ohio State to the national championship as a third-string quarterback.

In fact, one could draw several parallels from this year’s team to the championship team back in 2014. Each team showed resilience, a balanced attack on the offense, and a solid defense that controlled the line of scrimmage.

But, what put Ohio State over the edge that year was its ability to create plays down the field. In order to do so, it needs a quarterback that’s accurate. This year, the Buckeyes have Haskins, who is a lot like Cardale Jones in 2014. It’s a bit uncharted territory that Ohio State doesn’t need a dual-threat quarterback, but a pocket passer that distributes the ball to athletes in space. Ohio State could certainly improve on the defensive end, and the running game most definitely needs to improve to balance the passing attack.

So, to Ohio State fans, the best, indeed, is yet to come. Hopefully, it arrives sooner rather than later. Fingers crossed, we’ll see the team hit the pinnacle during the playoffs and a resulting national championship in January.

 

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