Ohio State Football: McCord on pace to becoming elite

Kyle McCord showed that the Ohio State Football team can trust him.
Kyle McCord showed that the Ohio State Football team can trust him. /

The Ohio State football team dismantled Western Kentucky on Saturday afternoon. Kyle McCord is showing the necessary growth in order to become elite.

Kyle McCord put together his most complete football game for the Ohio State football team yesterday afternoon against Western Kentucky. He completed 19 of 23 passes for 318 yards and three touchdowns in helping the Buckeyes roll the Hilltoppers 63-10. 

But it was his brilliant second quarter that helped shape the outcome of the game, and possibly the season ahead. McCord hit Marvin Harrison Jr. deep for a 75-yard touchdown completion that springboarded the Buckeyes to a 35-point quarter. That quarter was McCord’s coming out party as the Buckeye starting quarterback as he is now officially on pace to become the next great QB to wear the Scarlet and Gray.

Through the first three games of the season, his stat line is better than C.J. Stroud’s first three games as a starter in 2021. But what’s even more important is that McCord is showing the game-by-game improvement necessary to be a great player. His decision-making has improved and so has his accuracy.

Now Western Kentucky’s defense is not anything to write home about. The real test for McCord and this Buckeye offense comes next week when they travel to South Bend to play Notre Dame. But for all the naysayers and doubters when it comes to Ohio State’s quarterback play, McCord has answered the call.

We also have to give a ton of credit to Ryan Day. I think he saw all along that McCord was the right man for the job, even with Devin Brown keeping pace with him in Fall camp. Day let it play out the first couple of games of the season, and the right quarterback stepped up and left no doubt as to who the starter should be.

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Kyle McCord is officially ready to become the next great starting quarterback for the Buckeyes. And if he goes into South Bend next Saturday and pulls out a victory, he will indeed be there already.