The Ohio State football team had a heated quarterback battle before the season started. As we all know, that battle went into the second game of the season before Ryan Day officially named Kyle McCord the starter for the rest of the season. That was clearly the right call.
Since then, McCord has been lights out. He has gotten better every week and just played his best game against Purdue. His final drive against Notre Dame is what legends are made of. He is someone that the Ohio State football team can trust in a close game.
The bad decisions that kept McCord from winning the job in 2021 have dissipated. He doesn’t try to fit the ball into tight spaces anymore, although that throw for a touchdown to Cade Stover last week was a thing of beauty. He’s learned how to protect the football.
Ohio State’s offense is starting to take off because of that. McCord is making sure he finds his playmakers and lets them do their thing. Anytime you have weapons like Marvin Harrison Jr. and Emeka Egbuka to throw to, your life becomes a lot easier.
McCord has already shown that he can win a close game against a good team when he needs to. Heading into this showdown with Penn State, McCord might be asked to do the same thing against another really good defense. Fans should be confident that he’s up to the challenge.
McCord doesn’t have Heisman-type numbers this season. That’s perfectly fine with him. Winning is all that matters. As long as his offensive line can protect him this week, he should be able to do what’s necessary to lead the Buckeyes to another victory.
Ohio State’s defense can bail them out if necessary, but this might be the week that McCord and this offense take the step toward greatness.