The Ohio State football team chose Kyle McCord as the starting quarterback after the second game of the season. McCord won the job with his play against Youngstown State. Since then, he’s been the undisputed leader of the offense. Yet, his play has had ups and downs.
McCord showed how cool he can be in the face of pressure against Notre Dame. He led the Buckeyes on a 15-play drive to win the game in a hostile environment in South Bend. That showed us that he has nerves of steel and that he won’t be rattled in big moments.
He’s also had some bad moments. He missed too many open guys against Penn State a week ago. Against Wisconsin on Saturday, he had his first multi-interception game of his career and also lost a fumble. The turnovers were very concerning considering how well he’s protected the ball.
I’ve seen a lot of Ohio State football fans complaining on Twitter (or I guess X now) about McCord. Fans don’t think he’s good enough. I disagree. I think he’s a good quarterback, just not a great one. Not everyone can be C.J. Stroud or Justin Fields. McCord is still good enough to lead this team though.
McCord is at a crossroads. He needs to protect the ball better and look more consistent in the next few weeks before the Buckeyes travel to Ann Arbor. We need to see that he can play well enough to not lose that game. The defense is good enough to help them win it.
I’m not that worried about McCord. I think he will bounce back next week against Rutgers and have a much better game. That should be enough to get some fans off his back. He deserves to get more credit than he has gotten to this point.