- Ohio State has won its last five games by an average of 43.8 points.
- The Buckeyes are currently ranked No. 4 in the AP Top 25 poll.
- Ohio State opponents are averaging 8.6 points per game this season.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Buckeyes have dominated every team they’ve faced this season on their way to a 5-0 record. In every game this season, the Buckeyes have scored at least 40 points and have four straight games of totaling at least 500 yards of offense. Despite the departure of former head coach Urban Meyer, first-year head coach Ryan Day still has the program off to a hot start with no signs of cooling off.
The offense has been electric for the Buckeyes as former University of Georgia transfer quarterback Justin Fields has led the Buckeyes offensively throwing for 1,092 yards, 16 touchdowns, and no interceptions. When you add in Fields' seven rushing touchdowns, he now has accounted for 23 of the Buckeyes 35 touchdowns. Fields has the third-highest QBR in the nation at 95.4. A season like this has placed Fields in the Heisman conversation for the year and sportsbooks agree. According to Bovada, Justin Fields has the fourth shortest odds to win the Heisman at +750.
Fields isn’t the only player on the Buckeyes offense performing at an elite level. Running back J.K Dobbins through five games has the second-most rushing yards in the nation with 654. He’s also recorded five rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown, showing why he should be regarded as one of the best running backs in college football. The Buckeyes certainly have an offense that can lead them to an undefeated season.
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The offense hasn’t been the only way the Buckeyes have dominated opponents. The Buckeyes defense is ranked second in the nation only surrendering 224 yards per contest to opposing offenses. Ohio State defensive end Chase Young leads the nation in sacks with eight. Furthermore, the Ohio State defense has been stifling opponents' passing attacks as the Buckeyes have the sixth-ranked pass defense only allowing an average of 138.8 yards through the air. It’s safe to say the Buckeyes defense has been just as dominant as the offense.
The Buckeyes Moving Forward
Fresh off a 48-7 drubbing of the Nebraska Cornhuskers the Buckeyes will turn their attention to Big Ten rival No. 25 Michigan State Spartans, where the Buckeyes are 19.5-point favorites. Currently, the Buckeyes will face three other ranked teams this season and all of them are in the Big Ten conference. The No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers, No. 12 Penn State Nittany Lions, and No. 19 Michigan Wolverines all could help or hurt Ohio State’s playoff hopes. The Buckeyes are the best team in the Big Ten by far and will need to finish the season undefeated to have the best chance at being selected into the College Football Playoff.
Being dominant on both sides of the ball is what has allowed the Buckeyes to get off to a 5-0 start. Online US sportsbooks give the Buckeyes the fourth shortest odds to win the National Championship at +800, with only the Georgia Bulldogs, Alabama Crimson Tide, and Clemson Tigers with shorter odds. Ohio State still must play their biggest games of the season but with the talent they have on both sides of the ball, the Buckeyes look to be primed to finish the season with zero losses and a CFP berth.
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