Evaluating The Ohio State Defensive Without Nick Bosa

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Evaluating The Ohio State Defensive Without Nick Bosa

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Evaluating The Ohio State Defensive Without Nick Bosa


Nick Bosa has moved on to bigger and better things. We take stock in measuring up what the defense looks like in his absence. 


With the recent news of Nick Bosa leaving, it leaves fans with many unanswered questions. What does the defensive line look like now? What type of depth does Ohio State have on the defensive side of the ball?

If there’s one thing for sure, the absence of Bosa makes an asteroid-sized dent in the defense. The positive is that Ohio State has played several games without Bosa and the rest of the team has rallied in his absence. In the Penn State game, Chase Young really stepped up and made some huge plays — the biggest of the night being the 4th down stop to seal the game.

Moving forward, we can expect Dre’mont Jones and Chase Young to be the leaders on the defensive line, with help from Jonathan Cooper and Robert Landers. These four will be in the starting lineup if they all stay healthy for the rest of the season, and that still might be the best front four in the entire conference.

With a name like Bosa in the program, people often forget about other players that are incredibly talented. In fact, many backups in Columbus could be starting at most teams across the country.

The real challenge moving forward isn’t the starting four, it’s the depth behind them that will give the starters rest. The rotation from now on will most likely be deeper as the season wears on, and it’ll give the opportunity for other players to step up and make plays. As the season moves forward we might see names like Tyreke Smith and Jashon Cornell more and more.

The defense has been banged up recently, but this week against Purdue, many starters are expected back. Damon Arnette is questionable, but Robert Landers and Jonathan Cooper should be set to return. Their insertion into the lineup is much needed considering Ohio State struggled at times last week. Moving forward the team is just trying to make it the bye week so they can be well rested move forward.

The bottom line is that this year’s team will go as far the defense takes it. The offense has proven that it can score consistently this year, and at some point, the defense will need to make big plays in a tight game for Ohio State to keep forging ahead unblemished.

The old adage is true. Offense wins games, and defense wins championships, and Buckeye nation hopes to win more games and more championships in the very near future.

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