3. Here comes Dwayne Haskins
The most impressive part wasn’t only the amount of points scored by the offense but the efficiency in which the unit operated. This offense, led by none other than the heir of the throne Dwayne Haskins, was phenomenal in terms of passing efficiency. In fact, he completed his first eight pass attempts. The first incomplete pass came in the third offensive series late in the first quarter.
Haskins ended up completing 73% of his pass attempts. Last weekend’s performance put him at 12th in the nation in total quarterback rating. His five touchdowns through the air puts him at second in the nation in passing touchdowns (quarterbacks with one game played).
This Rutgers defense won’t shake up Haskins at all as they’ve struggled to cover high-powered offenses. Their defense let up over 30 points in half of their games last season. Rutgers ranked 82nd in the nation in total defense in 2017.
This season has been thought to be the season where the Buckeyes finally open up and take more shots down the field offensively. That still very well may be true but that is not what has been seen so far. The Buckeyes began the season in what looked to be a rather familiar conservative type offense featuring short/high percentage throws underneath.
Haskins will be able to open it up even more against the Scarlet Knights after gaining confidence in not only himself but allowing the coaches to gain trust in him as well. The Scarlet Knights ranked 63rd in the nation in passing defense which bodes well for Haskins’ chances at getting good production. Expect Haskins and the offense to look even more refined on Saturday.