Five reasons the Ohio State Buckeyes will dismantle the Minnesota Golden Gophers to remain undefeated.
A vastly successful and exciting season continues for the Buckeyes as they improved to 6-0 following a rout of the Indiana Hoosiers.
Ohio State is ranked No. 3 in the Amway Coaches Poll, behind Alabama and Georgia. The quest for perfection remains intact though there is still much more the Bucks can improve on.
Last week was an important spot for the Buckeyes to stay focused as they were coming off an emotional win over Penn State just one week prior.
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A let down performance was possible and should have been heeded with caution as they prepared for this match up. The Hoosiers weren’t exactly a slouch though as they had suffered just one loss on the season coming into last week’s game.
The Buckeyes did come out relatively slow last week, as they have in almost every game thus far, which was rather difficult to watch. A slow start was expected though so it was no surprise the Bucks ended up running away with the game in the end.
The Hoosiers took their best shot but it still was not near good enough to get past a Buckeyes team that was merely dragging their heels.
It wasn’t the Buckeyes’ largest margin of victory on the season but it was a runaway win nonetheless. Most of their issues spawned from turnovers. The Bucks turned the ball over three times during this game which was largely the cause of keeping the Hoosiers within striking distance. Two of these turnovers came from interceptions and one for a lost fumble by Mike Weber.
A fumble and an interception in the first half made for just an 8-point advantage for the Buckeyes going into the break. It looked as though the offense was sputtering on through the game but in reality quarterback Dwayne Haskins threw for three touchdowns in the first half alone. Haskins ended with six touchdowns on the day which made him easily one of the top quarterbacks in scoring last weekend.
Now, the Buckeyes are tasked with facing a foe from the western division of the Big Ten in the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
The Gophers are just 3-2 on the season but still one big win away from getting right back on track.
The Gophers may still have some fight in them because the season is still young.
The Buckeyes will have to be on their toes especially in the beginning. The Bucks have gotten away with starting out slow so far, but sooner or later it will come back to bite them. Expect the Buckeyes to come out with a cleaner victory in their bout against the Golden Gophers.