In my most recent article, I showed why the Buckeye offense has a chance to be the biggest X factor in leading Ohio State to a national championship game, but let’s not forget to show this dominant defense some love.
If not, they might make us regret it…
This Buckeye defense has been a force to be reckoned with all season and looks to put their money where their mouth is on Saturday, December 28, 2019, against the Clemson Tigers in the Arizona Desert at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.
While the offense has been a very pivotal part of the success of the Ohio State Buckeyes this season; the importance of this defense cannot be understated. They have kept this team in so many games and shown they are a force to be reckoned with when the College Football Playoff comes into focus and that time has come. There has been one major player on this defense that has shown he is an All-Star player and if he was not coming back for his senior season would, without question, be one of the top-picks in the NFL Draft in April and that man is Chase Young.
Young has been the face of the Buckeye defense this season and made it clear The Shoe is his yard. Young has amassed 16.5 sacks this season, which leads the nation, as well as 44 total tackles, 31 of which were solo, three defended passes and six forced fumbles. Each of these stats show how, as this junior season has developed, so has Young as a player, becoming the standout and standard-bearer. The Hyattsville, Maryland native has shown this season that during his college career, he has been a beast and how likely he will be a beast after his senior season, once he enters the 2021 NFL Draft.
As an overall defense, the Buckeyes have been a force over the college football landscape. Coming in second place in ‘Total Defense’ just behind their Fiesta Bowl opponents Clemson, Ohio State shows just how dominant their defense has been this year.
Young hasn’t been the only great defensive player this season…
Enter Malik Harrison.
Harrison only has 4.5 sacks over this season, but he has 69 total tackles, 44 of which were solo and 16 tackles for a loss.
Each piece of this defense has combined to be the force that they have become and have helped shape the Buckeyes into an unstoppable force of a team. Without Chase Young, this defense would not be what it is this season. He has thrown them on his back and led them to the promise land that is the College Football Playoff. The Clemson defense is nothing to shake a stick at and is also a force to be reckoned with, frankly. The desert of Arizona gives college football fans a look into a battle of the two most dominant defenses this season to truly see who is the best and gets the chance to vie for the national championship.
I see this game being close, but the Buckeyes coming out on top to compete for their second national championship within the last 10 years.