I assume you heard about the Buckeyes Big Ten victory over Purdue on Saturday, but did you actually get the chance to observe it? Many didn't get to watch Ohio State's 41-7 win because they refused to pay the money to see it on Peacock. For ones who did purchase the NBC streaming service were still exposed to glitches, freezing, buffering, sound defects and so on.
What some got the chance to see and some missed was a dominant performance on both sides of the ball for the Buckeyes. In what a lot believed could have been a tight game due to previous matchups between the two, Ohio State was able to easily take care of business. They made sure the game was never even close, with a huge part of that coming from exceptional defensive play.
The pass defense was especially good and helped them land a huge four-star recruit in Blake Woodby out of Baltimore, Maryland. Woodby is ranked the ninth-best cornerback in the country to come out of the class of 2025. He's 5'11 and 180 pounds but has both great ball skills and speed which will help tremendously with the faster receivers on deep routes. He plays both man and zone coverage well and I believe he'll put some weight on where he lacks for size once he gets to college and be able to also defend against bigger opponents.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Buckeyes got over 40 points for the second time this season. One week after Quarterback Kyle McCord posted his highest focus grade, he topped that number again with an (85.0). Not only was it the highest grade of any OSU offensive player, it was the highest of any Big Ten quarterback in at least 20 snaps. Cade Stover had another multi-touchdown day with a grade of (84.1) and freshman wide-out Carnell Tate excelled in his opportunity with a career-high three catches for 79 yards (80.0).
With Big Ten title aspirations on the line, the No.3 Buckeyes will face their biggest challenge of the season next Saturday when they host the No.6 Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. Even though they have yet to play a ranked team, Penn State is outscoring opponents by 36.2 points and their defense is currently ranked No.1 in the nation including two shutouts over Iowa and Massachusetts. Oct 21,12:00 PM get your snacks, drinks, and seats ready for a Big Big Ten Showdown. Go Bucks!!!