Ohio State rolled into Norman and destroyed the Sooners’ season and any hope for the College Football Playoff. Check out the 5 Things That Matter about the Buckeyes’ win.
Ohio State 45, Oklahoma 24: 5 Things That Matter
Total and complete domination
Yeah, yeah, yeah, there were a few moments when Oklahoma looked like it might make things a little bit interesting in the second half, but this was never close. Ohio State rolled with 14 points in the first quarter with a terrific Curtis Samuel run to start and a Jerome Baker pick six to get the D involved, and the rout was on. Every time Oklahoma did something interesting, the Buckeyes had an answer, and usually it was …
America, welcome to Noah Brown
All the Buckeye receiver did was come up with five catches for 72 yards … and four scores. He was brilliant with a few tremendous grabs as he torched the Sooner secondary with score after score to make life relatively easy for J.T. Barrett.
OU dialed up the pressure, but Barrett didn’t throw a pick and ran for a 74-yard score along with his four touchdown passes. Brown is yet another special skill player on a team full of skill players, and Barrett looked awfully comfortable with him.
Where’s the Oklahoma running game?
When the machine breaks down, Oklahoma is supposed to be able to use Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine to slow everything down.
Ohio State seemed to be locked on in Perine, not allowing much of anything outside of a nice 20-yard rumble, while Mixon had one big run and didn’t get enough chances to shine – outside of his kickoff return for a score. This isn’t a physical team, meaning it’s all on Baker Mayfield to carry the team. Unfortunately …
Ohio State’s defense did its job
The Buckeye D has been a takeaway machine all season long, and it came up with two picks and almost a few others, but Mayfield can’t be blamed – he had to force way things with the rest of the offense not working. Mayfield tried, but he only completed 17-of-32 passes for 226 yards and two scores with two picks. He’ll have a few massive days this season, but in the two games that really mattered, he wasn’t the best quarterback on the field.
What Does This All REALLY Mean?
Ohio State flexed its muscle and showed that it might just be the No. 1 team in the country. It doesn’t matter – the Big Ten title game is the only thing that means anything in the College Football Playoff hunt, and getting there unbeaten or with one loss. For a young team, this was the maturing moment that showed that no situation and no environment is going to be too big.
The CFP is over for the Sooners, but now it’s time to focus on the Big 12 title – there’s still a chance to make this a successful year. Oklahoma’s running game has to work next week against a TCU defense that’s not tackling anyone, and then comes the showdown against Texas. Here’s the problem – neither one is a lock. It’s not crazy to suggest that OU might start out the season 1-4 if the offense doesn’t start to find its groove.