Iowa exposed JT Barrett, worst loss in Meyer’s tenure at Ohio State

IOWA CITY, IOWA- NOVEMBER 04: Tight end Noah Fant
IOWA CITY, IOWA- NOVEMBER 04: Tight end Noah Fant /

This weeks “what just happened” is resoundingly different than last week’s Ohio State game.


As I’ve started typing this post, I’ve walked into my room… with 14:31 left in the fourth quarter… in a game that should have been an easy victory… my team’s Heisman-contending quarterback just threw his third interception… in the opposing team’s redzone… where they’d then kick a field goal to hold a 48-17 lead… and they’re Iowa… So?

In his career at Ohio State, head coach Urban Meyer only has 8 losses to his name. Today is easily and by far the worst and most shocking. This was an Iowa team that lost to Minnesota (not exactly a top 10 team) LAST WEEK! They’re a team that’s averaged 25 points a game this season!

The Buckeyes lost 55-24, but the score is not reflective of the complete domination Iowa put on the No. 6 Buckeyes.

Ohio State came out of the gate flat, starting with a pick-six. The defense couldn’t get a stop if their life depended on it, no momentum ever seemed to be created, and penalties stacked early and often.

Plus, it’s hard not to pan the coaching staff for calling the most predictable plays known to man. Oh really, Kevin Wilson? You think they don’t know you’re running another read option? You think they don’t know you’re running more short curls, slants, and putting the running back in the flat?


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Meanwhile Urban Meyer’s pouty attitude wasn’t charming this week, as he moped his way up and down the sidelines. It’s normally hilarious. Today, it was just depressing.

I know this is coming off as a rant, and I don’t really care; we’re all on the same page.

You know what? I’m having a hard time understanding the possibility of this team being of the same planet of the one that put a comeback victory on Penn State last weekend. These two games are of entirely different realities.

Now, Ohio State, who had College Football Playoff aspirations, becomes the laughing stock of college football. The JT Barrett era is effectively over.

What a gruesome way to end such a promising season. I mean, really? TO IOWA???? No one in a silver helmet looked like they even cared about that game. Not a single one.

So, who gets the blame for the loss? That’d be everyone. Even Greg Schiano’s defensive unit got pushed around and played flat-footed. The only thing I can take from this game is that I’m incredibly happy I don’t have to watch film with Urban Meyer tomorrow. Let me tell you, there are  about 50 guys who’ll be getting an earful, and a well deserved one at that.

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That’s the end of a playoff-caliber team; a team that had things going in the right direction in the right part of the season. Sorry, JT Barrett, you didn’t play well enough to earn your own ring; but hey, you’ll always have the bling Cardale Jones won.