Today, Ohio State fans need to remind themselves that a win is a win is a win.
Playing on the road, the weekend after a huge win, against a fired-up team that was looking to gain respect, today’s game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers had all of the elements of a letdown loss. Add in miserable cold and blowing snow — hey, this is the Big Ten in November, after all — that probably contributed to at least some of OSU’s three turnovers and you’ve got a toxic brew for the favorite that is trying to avoid the crushing upset.
That’s why today’s 31-24 Ohio State win was so tough — but the point is, they won. Every member of Buckeye Nation wonders why Ohio State can’t crush every opponent, but college sports don’t work that way. Mistakes happen. Young people lose focus. And teams like Minnesota — which I think is steadily improving and has one of the very best coaches in the Big Ten — also have good athletes who can make plays.
So let’s not get too upset about today’s game. Focus instead on the steady hand of J.T. Barrett and the bullet dodged. Ohio State lives to fight another day. Not every team can say that.