Ohio State defense on spot after offensive explosion

Urban Meyer let his Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate their statement win over Michigan State, but he acknowledged he is concerned about the loss of about eight hours worth of preparation time for Minnesota (Read more).

The Golden Gophers are 7-2 and will play host to the Buckeyes on Saturday in a game scheduled to kick off at noon Eastern.

While nine offensive players were either recognized as grading out at a championship level or sharing the offensive player of the week award, only a handful of defensive players could say the same about either.

Meyer and safeties coach and co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash both acknowledged the Buckeyes’ defensive effort was not satisfactory even though they won the game. While more than a third of the yards Ohio State allowed came in the fourth quarter after they built up a three-score lead, the secondary missed some opportunities to keep the talented Spartans in check. 

Of bigger concern going forward is the run defense, which allowed 5.2 yards per carry and 178 total. Ash said the Buckeyes need to work on their run fits, tackling and swarming to the ball.

Meanwhile, Meyer compared quarterback J.T. Barrett’s development to that of Alex Smith at Utah (video) and offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator Ed Warinner talked about the development of his position group as well as the way the Buckeyes stuck to their plan of attack in East Lansing (Read more).

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