Ohio State Football: 4th and short, questions following week 1

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 26: Nick Bosa
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COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 18: Patrick Nelson #21 of the Illinois Fighting Illini attempts to wrap up the legs of J.K. Dobbins #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the first quarter on November 18, 2017 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 18: Patrick Nelson #21 of the Illinois Fighting Illini attempts to wrap up the legs of J.K. Dobbins #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the first quarter on November 18, 2017 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) /

A new fan-writer weekly interactive series answering questions on various topics stretching from Ohio State football to the national college football scene.

4th & Short Week 1 Debut Edition:  The 2018 Ohio State football season is finally underway. The Buckeyes dominated the Beavers 77-31 in an offensive explosion. Before, during and after the game I am sure as a viewer you had questions about something related to the game or other matchups around the country.

Today, I would like to introduce a fan-writer weekly interactive series which will provide a platform for all of your college football questions ranging from Ohio State football to the national college football landscape. I now present the inaugural edition of “4th & Short.”

Let’s start with this.

Q: What can the Buckeyes improve on from week 1?

A: The biggest question marks sure come from the defensive side of the ball as the linebackers and secondary looked sloppy at times. Safety Jordan Fuller missed the game due to a hamstring injury and his leadership was needed especially during the first game of the season.

The linebackers, who were without team captain Tuf Borland aside from his ten play limit, did not look good in space or staying in their lanes. However, midway through the third quarter, after the two big runs, they became more disciplined and shot their gaps and secured the perimeter.

Now, let’s look at the offensive side of the ball. Will quarterback Dwayne Haskins continue to play lights out?