On Saturday, the 4th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes hosted the 7th ranked Michigan State Spartans in what many thought to be a great matchup. However, Ohio State had other plans as they scored a plethora of points in what turned out to be a lopsided game. Quarterback C.J. Stroud got the Buckeyes on the board as he fired a laser to wide receiver Chris Olive for a 23-yard touchdown pass to put them up 7-0. It did not take long for the Buckeyes to score again. At the eight-minute mark, C.J. Stroud connected on a 77- yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Garett Wilson, who flew past defenders and into the end zone to push the lead to 14-0. The Michigan State offense was effective, as they moved the chains multiple times, though they missed a field goal.
C.J. Stroud continued to dominate the game, as he threw a deep ball to Chris Olive that resulted in a 43-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 21-0 Ohio State. The offensive line of Ohio State makes it look too easy for C.J. Stroud, who has all day to throw in the pocket. The problem for opposing teams is that Ohio State has too many weapons and can beat teams in many different ways. A prime example of that is what happened on Michigan State’s next possession, as a Buckeyes defender crushed the Spartan ball carrier and caused a fumble recovered by Ohio State. Ohio State would capitalize on the Michigan State fumble, as C.J. Stroud would find receiver Julian Fleming for a four-yard touchdown pass that made it a 28-0 lead. Ohio State opted to go to the ground game on their next red-zone opportunity, as it was a success as running back Miyan Williams shrugged off a tackle and ran the ball into the end zone for a one-yard touchdown run. The lead was now 35-0 Ohio State.
C.J. Stroud would add two more touchdown passes on the day, which would give him six touchdown passes. Stroud’s last touchdown gave Ohio State a commanding lead of 49-0. However, Spartans quarterback Payton Thorne would connect with receiver Keon Coleman on a 12-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 49-7. Buckeyes running back Master Teague would add a one-yard touchdown run to close out the game by a final score of 56-7.
Ohio State’s offense would combine for a total of 655 yards, 449 of those yards were through the air also worth noting that they had 36 first downs. There have been very few teams that have been able to compete with such a skilled team. Their defense has been superb as of late. Ohio State is rolling, and it is hard to believe that any team can shut them down. Ohio State’s record is currently 10-1, and they will look to close out the regular season with a win against their hated rivals the Michigan Wolverines. As expected, many Ohio State fans will be wondering where the Buckeyes stand in the eyes of the college football committee.