The Ohio State football team faces off with Notre Dame in South Bend on Saturday evening. This Buckeye defense is about to get its first test.
The Ohio State football team’s defense has been a very good story through three games this season. Holding the opposition to 20 total points through three games is a very good sign that this defense has turned a corner. But come Saturday night make no mistake about it, we’re about to find out if the Silver Bullets are for real or not.
Notre Dame poses a very good test for this defensive unit. Led by transfer quarterback Sam Hartman, the Fighting Irish have done everything well through four games of the early portion of their schedule.
Hartman is on pace for another stellar year, already with over 1,000 yards passing and 13 touchdowns with zero interceptions. The running game has been on fire with Audric Estime who has rushed for 521 yards and five scores of his own. Couple those two things with one of the better offensive lines in all of college football and this Notre Dame offense is no joke.
The Buckeye secondary has been superb so far. Denzel Burke has been a lockdown corner through three games and Davison Igbinosun has looked like a steal in the transfer portal. Lathan Ransom is also playing the best ball of his career at safety. Tommy Eichenberg and Steel Chambers have been awesome at linebacker as well.
But if Ohio State wants to prove that it has one of the best defenses in the country, the defensive line will need to have its best performance of the season. The Buckeyes have the talent to do it with five-star athletes littered throughout the depth chart. Now it’s about actually going out there and doing it on the field of play.
The line cannot afford to let Hartman throw the ball downfield with no pressure. They are going to have to play sound technique against an explosive running back in Estime. If they can do those two things then this defense has a shot at being a true top-10 defense in the country. The best part is we will find out on Saturday night if that’s indeed what they actually are.