Ohio State football: 5 reasons the Buckeyes will crush Nebraska

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 7: Antonio Williams
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COLUMBUS, OH – OCTOBER 7: Johnnie Dixon
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3. Nebraska’s mediocre defense will have trouble holding down a rising Buckeyes offense.

The offense has been a point of emphasis in every game this season. Why not make it a major point considering how they’ve struggled so dearly on offense last season? This is one area of the Buckeyes’ team that everyone wanted so badly to succeed and all of the wishes have finally been granted.

It can’t be emphasized enough how impressive this offense has looked in the last few weeks. The spread offense is being utilized to its full potential and no players are being left out. Three receivers caught four or more passes last week against Maryland.

Barrett is leading the Big Ten in touchdown passes while continuing to pace the conference by having the fewest amount of interceptions. Believe it or not, Barrett has the fourth most pass attempts in the Big Ten which proves this is not a fluke.

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This Buckeyes’ receiving corp is extremely dynamic. The combination of size and speed that is present in the lineup makes them one of the most dangerous groups in college football right now. Binjimen Victor is a big athletic receiver at 6’4″ and Parris Campbell is always the fastest player on the field. Johnnie Dixon, K.J. Hill, Terry McLaurin, and Austin Mack are all very high level receivers as well. There are almost too many top tier receivers on the Buckeyes’ roster to count at this point.

What makes this so interesting is that this is just one year removed from the Bucks having their top wide receiver finish the season with 32 receptions for just 402 yards. Their leading receiver by far was half back Curtis Samuel.

Much of the same may occur once again this season but the difference will be that it was a product of Barrett spreading the ball around instead of having a disconnect with his targets. Ohio State doesn’t have to rely on one great receiver to carry them when they have so many at their disposal that they can use to exploit poor match ups. That’s the difference between them and their competition.

The Cornhuskers rank seventh in the Big Ten in total defense, eighth in passing defense, and ninth in rushing defense. If their offense can’t hold the ball long enough to keep the Buckeyes’ offense off the field then they are going to run into some serious problems. The Bucks are currently leading the Big Ten and fourth in the nation in total offense.

OSU’s sudden resurgence on offense came as a surprise and a much needed change. As noted from last season, a great defense will be enough to navigate through the Big Ten in the regular season. However, a solid defense paired with a great offense is enough to take it to the next level. Expect Ohio State’s offense to continue to roll this weekend.