Ohio State football plays its final home game of the 2023 season on Saturday, and it’s kind of crazy to think about it as the season has flown by.
The Buckeyes enter Senior Day with no blemishes on their record, a clean 10-0 with the last dance for many Ohio State players. This could very well be the last time we see Marvin Harrison Jr., Emeka Egbuka, TreVeyon Henderson, J.T. Tuimoloua, Jack Sawyer, Denzel Burke and others in the Scarlet and Gray.
The opponent, Minnesota, shouldn’t pose much of a challenge, but that doesn’t mean that the Buckeyes won’t have to perform well in Ohio Stadium. Here are my five keys for an Ohio State victory on Saturday afternoon.
Ohio State needs to start fast
It’s the same concept as last week, don’t let the opposing team believe it has a chance. The Buckeyes’ backups could beat the Gophers this year, so the starters shouldn’t have any issues. Ohio State needs come to come out firing on all cylinders and put this one to bed early.
Control Minnesota’s run game
Again, similar to last week the Buckeye secondary shouldn’t be tested much, its run stopping ability will, however. Missing two key starters last week hurt, but the expectation is that linebacker Tommy Eichenberg should return for at least a series on Senior Day.
As for safety Lathan Ransom, his injury is much more severe. The Gophers have two solid backs, Jordan Nubian and Darius Taylor (who missed the last few weeks due to an injury), but no player like Buckeye killer Mo Ibrahim. This will be a big test, with Michigan looming next weekend.
Continue the upward trajectory of Kyle McCord
Ohio State quarterback Kyle McCord played his best game as the OSU starting quarterback against Michigan State, but we have seen him play impressively before, only to have a clunker the next game. The first-year starter has…
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Author : Buckeyes Wire
Publish date : 2023-11-17 22:35:01
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