Can Ohio State Win CFB Playoff?
Ohio State can secure a CFB playoff bid this Sunday. Many College Football fans are wondering though, if The Bucks are good enough to win the 2019 National Title. After rather easily putting away arch nemesis Michigan and improving to 12-0 on the season The Buckeyes are poised to keep their #1 playoff ranking. Heading into the Big 10 conference championship game against Wisconsin who OSU already put a drubbing on 38-7 earlier this season.
The Fields Transfer
When 2018 Big Ten Player of the Year Dwayne Haskins Jr. decided to forego his final 2 seasons of eligibility at Ohio State in stepped highly touted Georgia transfer Justin Fields. Fields originally a Penn State commit, decommited to go become a Bulldog. Justin’s original recommit to Georgia was a surprise to many because of the Bulldogs depth at the position. Fields wanted off the Sideline and onto the field. In January he transferred to Ohio State. A month later Justin Fields was given immediate eligibility for the 2019 season.
Fields on the Field
Most experts thought Justin Fields would be phenomenal in college. As he sat watching SEC action last season, many announcers hyped him up further as the cameraman would zoom in for the close up. Could he live up to the massive hype? The 6’3 223lb. Sophomore quarterback has responded so far with 2,654 yards on 262 attempts. with a 68.2 completion %. The Buckeye QB has only thrown 1 interception all season to go with his 37 TD passes. Throw in 477 yards rushing that garnered another 10 TDs for Fields.
I think he lived up to and surpassed the hype. He’ll be a Heisman finalist. His backup saw the majority of 4th quarter snaps because of the vast descreptancy of points on the scoreboard in all but two games. Fields lost about 2 whole games of snaps. If not for that Justin would probably be the winner in a landslide.
Top Defense in the Nation
The 2019 Ohio State Buckeyes are the best defense in the nation based on the numbers. The Buckeyes are #1 in total defense and 4th in rushing defense. What I find amazing is that they have the 2nd best pass defense in the country giving up a slim 141.1 passing yards per game. The amazement comes from the fact that by the 2nd quarter almost all their opponents were relegated to passing for the rest of the game because of scoreboard differential. This team also is equipped with an offense scoring 49.9 points per game. The 49.9 PPG gives The Bucks the top spot nationally in scoring offense. These are a few of the numbers that support Ohio State going to the CFB playoff and success.
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The Result of Recruiting
In 2016 then Head Coach Urban Meyer finished off the recruiting season with the 3rd ranked class in the land. 2017 and 2018 both saw The Buckeyes finish up with the 2nd ranked class in the country. Guys like NCAA sack leader Chase Young. Young has 16.5 sacks in 10 games. Young, the projected 2nd overall pick in April’s NFL Draft has already broken the Ohio State season record for sacks. This is
Jeff Okudah is the cornerstone to a great pass defense for Ohio State. The five star recruit is projected by most to be the 3rd overall pick in this spring’s NFL Draft. A cornerback with rare ability and size. Okudah is drawing Comparisons to Patrick Peterson and Jalen Ramsey on a regular basis. Peterson is one of the best of all time at the position. Jalen Ramsey just turned 25 years old and if he just keeps doing what he’s doing he’ll be right up there with Peterson. Jeff Okudah is cut from the same cloth as those guys. He’s not being projected to go to 10 Probowls. Okudah is being projected to lockdown the top receivers in the NFL like few have done before.
The Buckeyes Biggest Weakness
Ohio State’s biggest weakness may not ever be one. If I was throwing money at them it would concern me personally. Clemson, Georgia, and LSU have all played multiple games against the elite of the elite. Ohio state back in September of 2017 played a 31-17 loss against an Oklahoma team that came close to a finals appearance before giving up their lead to Georgia in a National Semi-Final. In September 2017 the heart of this Buckeye team were true Freshman. Other than in practice this squad has never seen a team like any of the aforementioned three I mentioned up top.
They have all played multiple games with the skill and speed of an Ohio State. The Buckeyes will be seeing something they never seen before in live game action. There’s a reason a top prospect fighter doesn’t become a pro and go straight into a title match.
In 2013 Florida State had a record breaking offensive season and won the National Championship. They did destroy #2 Clemson at 5he end of October, but went into the last BCS title game untested. The Noles found themselves down by 18 in the 2nd quarter before coming back and ultimately winning the title 34-31 on a 1:06 second 7 play TD drive.
For Ohio State time will tell if this inefficiency is a downfall or a nonfactor. It could be a major factor that they could never prevent because it was out of their hands. I’d say to Buckeye fans if you’re winning or close halfway through the 2nd Quarter you should be good. The Bucks looks poised and ready but are they prepared for what they’ve never seen before in the CFB Playoff? Will they catch up to the game speed? The game speed that they undoubtedly possess themselves but never had to faceoff against in live game action.