Why are some Ohio players still trying to get the ball?
Posted On May 25, 2021
The Buckeyes have had a tough go of it.
Their three wins over Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin this season have come in the first half of the second half, a stretch that was in many ways the worst in program history.
The Buckeye defense was also atrocious, allowing a season-high 17 points to Wisconsin in the second quarter.
But there’s still reason for optimism heading into Saturday’s game at Ohio Stadium.
The key to Ohio’s turnaround is not going to be just finding a way to stop Michigan State’s running game, but it will be finding a quarterback that can keep the Buckeyes fresh.
This could be a different season for the Buckeye offense.
They’ll need to find some weapons to go along with their quarterback.
Ohio is expected to have its first win of the season in its season opener.
The defense will need to stop the running game to stay competitive.
Michigan State quarterback Malik Zaire has thrown for 3,527 yards and 21 touchdowns over his first six games.
He has only thrown four interceptions.
Ohio State running back Isaiah Crowell has rushed for 1,903 yards and 20 touchdowns over the last five games.
The senior has rushed 22 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns in the last two games.
Defensive coordinator Tim Beckman has been a key part of the Buckee defense.
He’s led the Buckes to six wins and a trip to the College Football Playoff.
Ohio will also need to score to win this game.
The Spartans are averaging 27.3 points per game and have allowed 31.8 points per contest.
Michigan State has given up 20.8 per game.
Ohio has allowed 17.1 points per outing, while Michigan State averages 21.6 points per match.
Ohio State will be led by sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller.
The junior has thrown 21 touchdowns and just one interception for a whopping 922 yards and nine touchdowns.
He also leads the team in rushing with 672 yards.
Zaire has been held to just 10 touchdowns over that stretch.
He’s also throwing for just two interceptions.
Beckman is expected on the sideline for his first start since January 12.