3. The Ohio State football team needs to protect the ball
Turnovers killed the Buckeyes last week. They had three of them and one man was responsible for all of them. Kyle McCord has to do a better job of protecting the football. He had his first multi-interception game of his career last week and it kept the Badgers in the game.
Had the Buckeyes not turned the ball over three times, they could have won by four touchdowns. Ohio State was moving the ball well they just had three dumb turnovers. McCord can’t force throws in the red zone or into double-coverage as he did last week.
Turnovers would be the only way that Rutgers would have any shot to upset Ohio State. If the Buckeyes keep the game clean, I don’t think there’s any chance that Rutgers can beat them. They just don’t have the talent to compete with the best team in the country.
Perhaps the last game will be a good learning experience for McCord. Now he knows what it’s like to press and how he can get himself to stop doing that. He just needs to take what the defense gives him and get the ball to his playmakers. Let Marvin Harrison Jr. and company do their thing.
If Ohio State is able to do all three of these things, they will walk out of Jersey with another win. They shouldn’t have too much trouble with this Rutgers team.