3. The offensive line is the Ohio State football team’s weakest unit
If there was any doubt coming into this one, there’s no doubt about it now. The offensive line is the weakest unit on this Ohio State football team. It’s something that I’ve been talking about for a while now, but it’s a pretty obvious flaw in this football team.
The thing is, it’s only a flaw in the run game. Pass protection has been pretty good through three games of the season. Ohio State has only given up three sacks in three games. While I’d like to see them give up no sacks, that’s still pretty good at this point in the year.
It’s in the running game where the offensive line gets concerning. They still can’t run block very well. It was much better against Western Kentucky though, with the Buckeyes running for 204 yards. I will say that a lot of that was just the running backs making plays.
On TreVeyon Henderson’s first touchdown run to the outside, he just ran around everyone and was just faster than the Western Kentucky defense. Josh Simmons put one hand on a defender that entire play and that was it. It was just Henderson being really good at football.
Perhaps because of that, this flaw won’t matter right now. The running backs have shown that they can still get some large chunks of yards despite the blocking. Of course, it still needs to get better, but the running backs are playing well enough that it doesn’t matter right now.
It seems that Ohio State is ready to take on Notre Dame. This is the type of game they needed to have heading into that week. It was really nice to see.