Let’s just stop the whole first-home-game-night-game thing. It doesn’t seem to really work in the favor of Ohio State, or at least J.T. Barrett, as the Buckeyes slipped to No. 8 in the latest AP poll rankings. Yes, Michigan is now in front of us.
He is not all to blame though, as Ohio State was rolled in the second half by Baker Mayfield and the Sooners to suffer their first, and hopefully only loss of the season, being that its playoff hopes are on lifeline and we’re still in September.
Barrett finished with 183 yards passing with no touchdowns and one interception, but the story line shouldn’t revolve around him, as much as it should overall preparation by the coaching staff and an inexperienced wide receiver core that is foreshadowing for a decently ineffective season. The freshman J.K Dobbins had another standout performance with 72 yards on just 13 carries and a touchdown, but we shouldn’t really be relying on him to get us the win.
Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma finished with superstar statistics of 386 yards and 3 touchdowns while completing 77 percent of his passes. He only had one incompletion in the second half. He planted the flag in our block ‘O’, but at least he said “sorry”, right? Or did that just rub it in?
The Surprise Performance:
After his clunker of a performance in 2016 in his home stadium and the countless College Gameday signs screaming in his ear, Mayfield showed out. He tuned out the criticism and played his game in front of a sea of 100,000 in red. Maybe he just pretended they were all from Oklahoma.
The Turning Point:
Just at the start of the fourth quarter when Ohio State was driving and looking to take the lead, the Buckeyes failed to convert a fourth-down at the Oklahoma 36-yard-line. The Sooners would march 64 yards the other way in under four minutes to make it a two-possesion game. The first play of Ohio State’s next drive resulted in an interception, and Oklahoma never looked back.
The Next Victim, Er, Opponent?
When was the last time Ohio State has a worse record than it’s unranked non-Power-Five conference upcoming opponent? Well, it doesn’t matter, because it’s happening on Saturday at 4:30 in the evening/afternoon when the Buckeyes try to avenge themselves against Army.