5 Reasons Why the Ohio State Buckeyes Should Be No. 1
5 Reasons Why the Buckeyes Be Should No. 1
On offense, the Buckeyes average 214 yards passing per game and average a whopping 287 yards rushing per game. They rank in the top ten in points scored with an average of 48 per game.
On defense, the Ohio State is getting tougher and tougher as the season goes on. Against the Badgers, the Buckeyes gave up 295 yards passing and just 104 yards rushing. They average just 17 points given up per contest.
The Buckeyes have been bouncing around the top 25 polls. They began the season at No. 2 in the AP Top 25 and have now slipped to No. 4 where they have remained since Week 3.
There are many factors that contribute to why the Buckeyes have fallen while they keep winning, and the biggest one could be their strength of schedule, or lack thereof. The Badgers were the first ranked team that the Buckeyes had faced and they began their season with contests against Buffalo, San Diego State, California and Florida A&M. Through the first five weeks, the Buckeyes have played just one game away from their humble abode in Columbus, Ohio.
Head coach Urban Meyer has a tough squad and one that is certainly deserving of some consideration for the top spot. The following are five reasons why the Buckeyes should receive some consideration as the nation’s top college football team.
Notice how that says, “Quarterback(s)?” That’s because the Buckeyes have two very capable arms at quarterback in Kenny Guiton and Braxton Miller. When Miller was out due to injury, Guiton stepped in and the offense didn’t miss a step. When Miller returned against Wisconsin, well, the offense got even better. If the Buckeyes want to use these two in tandem, they’d have quite the combination. However, Miller is by far the better quarterback deserves a majority of, if not all, the reps.
4. Jordan Hall and Carlos Hyde
This running back combination may become the best in college football if used properly. Jordan Hall has already proven why he was the top running back two years ago, and Hyde is making an impact since returning from injury. Combined, they’ve rushed for 553 yards and eight touchdowns. If the Buckeyes want a one-two punch, they'll need to give Hall some more reps. Against the Badgers, he had just one carry for five yards.
3. Devin Smith, Corey Brown, Dontre Wilson
Miller, or Guiton, certainly has a number of dangerous options to choose from. Devin Smith is the team's deep threat 16.6 yards per catch average and Corey Brown can make guys miss after the catch. The fabulous freshman, Dontre Wilson, is a burner with quick feet and is dangerous with the ball in his hands.
2. A Defense That Keeps Getting Better
In the beginning of the season, the defense, primarily the secondary, was a question mark. With the return of Bradley Roby and C.J. Barnett back on the field, the Buckeyes have gotten much better.
In the middle, you’ve got Ryan Shazier leading the way. The linebacker leads the team with 37 tackles including seven for loss. Curtis Grant is also playing well with 25 tackles.
1. Urban Meyer
Urban Meyer’s public opinion has changed drastically since his Florida Gators rocked the Buckeyes in the National Championship game in 2007. Everywhere he goes, he wins. Last season, he lead the Buckeyes to a perfect 12-0 regular season record (they weren’t allowed into a bowl game thanks to an NCAA violation). This year, he’s got his team poised to make another run.
Don’t forget about the Buckeyes up there in old Columbus.