Johnson: Ohio State vs. Nebraska Final Thoughts Heading Into the game

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Johnson: Ohio State vs. Nebraska Final Thoughts Heading Into the game

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Johnson: Ohio State vs. Nebraska Final Thoughts Heading Into the game


Each week, we bring you some random thoughts before Ohio State takes the field. Here are some nuggets about this weekend’s dho


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  • I hate to sound like a grumpy old man, but style points matter from this point forward. After the painful loss to Purdue, I think that the Buckeyes are out of the national championship race. However, with some impressive wins down the stretch, it’s still possible that OSU could get into the field.
  • In other words: there’s no time for sulking. Ohio State needs to win this game and it needs to win big.
  • If the Buckeyes are going to play for championships, they must run the ball effectively. It’ll be interesting to see how the OSU ground game does against a Nebraska defense that limited both Colorado and Northwestern to less than two yards per carry.
  • Of course, the Huskers rank 110th nationally against the pass, which might make it very tempting for Ohio State to take advantage of Haskins’ skill set.
  • On the other side of the ball, Adrian Martinez is easily the most electric QB that the Buckeye D will face this year. A true dual threat, Martinez averages 294.9 yards per game and 7.17 yards per touch. He’s also fourth in the Big Ten in yards per pass attempt (8.1). That’s a better number than Trace McSorley.
  • The Buckeye defensive line will ultimately determine whether Martinez has another solid outing. Nebraska’s offensive line ranks dead last in the Big Ten in pass protection, allowing 20 sacks in eight games. That’s welcomed news for the OSU D, which is seventh nationally with 26 sacks.
  • Prediction: Realizing what’s at stake, Ohio State will come out fired up and ready to play this contest. The Buckeyes will dominate the game from the opening whistle and never look back. The biggest areas of concern — the offensive line and the defense — will show significant improvement. OSU hangs “half a hundred on ’em” in the first half en route to an easy victory . Ohio State 56, Nebraska 14.

 

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