Look, I’ll admit I’m an Ohio State fan.
And I’ll also admit to being a Big Ten buff. The Old Conference might not be the greatest right now, but I still think that Michigan State is a good team and East Lansing, at night, in prime time is a pretty darned tough place to play.
So say I’m a deluded homer . . . but I thought Ohio State’s win over Michigan State tonight was pretty impressive.
Who would have thought the Buckeyes would be able to rack up 568 yards against the very stout Spartans defense? Who would have thought that Ohio State could run the ball down the throat of a Michigan State team that prides itself on stopping the run when the game was on the line? Who would have thought that Ezekiel Elliott could rush for more than 150 yards and a clinching touchdown when the game was on the line? Who would have thought that Ohio State could overcome two turnovers in the first half, on the road, against an opponent that had everything going its way? And who would have thought the Buckeyes would win, despite the defense playing the softest prevent defense imaginable in the second half. (OK, that’s unfair I suppose . . . but does any true football fan really like the @#&$%#@ prevent defense?)
Urban Meyer has his signature win. Mark Dantonio missed on his guarantee. And J.T. Barrett had a tremendous, almost perfect game, throwing for 300 yards and 3 TDs, running for 86 yards and two touchdowns, and at one point leading Ohio State to 7 touchdowns on 8 possessions against a defense that is considered one of the very toughest defenses in college football.
Most impressive! Now let’s turn our focus to the Golden Gophers.