Ohio State football: 5 reasons the Buckeyes will embarrass Maryland

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Ohio State football heads to the east coast in an attempt to embarrass the Maryland Terrapins as time to make the CFP is running out.

Last weekend saw the No. 10 Ohio State football program score a big win over divisional rival Michigan State. The 20-point margin of victory was their largest since beating Indiana by 23 in early October. It was an uphill battle for the most part but the Bucks ended up pulling out the win by finishing strong.

The Buckeyes led the entire way in what was a drawn out battle of wits. Rather than being a defensive stalemate, the biggest culprit of this low scoring affair was that neither offense could move the ball. The downside of this is that it was the Buckeyes who still almost ended up looking worse in the end because of it.

Unlike Michigan State, the Buckeyes did not have an excuse for a rather poor display offensively.

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The Spartans were struggling badly with injuries as running back L.J. Scott was sidelined and their starter at quarterback, Brian Lewerke, was visibly suffering from a shoulder injury. Lewerke played through the pain for most of this game but not all the way through.

It was very clear from the start that the Spartans were missing quite a bit at the quarterback position.

Lewerke hadn’t been having a great season to start out with as he had thrown for as many interceptions as he had touchdowns. Now, he was playing through as injured shoulder which was clearly hindering his ability to throw.

True freshman Rocky Lombardi was just as bad though as he struggled to do anything except for have a few nice runs during the game. Other than that, he could not hit the side of a barn with most of his pass attempts. Lombardi ended up going 7 of 20 through the air for 92 yards.

This game ended up being won by great defensive plays made by the Buckeyes’ defense but more importantly some ugly giveaways by the Spartans. The Buckeyes scored nine of their 26 points on defense alone. Until nearly the last minute of the game, the Buckeyes had only scored one touchdown on offense.

In order for the Buckeyes to be successful in escaping the regular season without another loss, they will need to play a much more complete game.

This week, the Maryland Terrapins come to town and will be looking to bounce back from two consecutive losses.

The only way the Terrapins can go now is up to end their season so there is no counting them out for making it difficult on the Bucks to keep them down. Expect the Buckeyes to step it up this weekend as they still need to right the ship.