Dodd: Ohio State Is The Best Team In The Country

Dennis Dodd, who has seen Ohio State in person, believes Justin Fields and the Buckeyes are legit

Tiki and Tierney
October 01, 2019 - 6:28 pm
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Dennis Dodd watched No. 4 Ohio State (5-0) pummel Nebraska, 48-7, in Lincoln on Saturday. In fact, Dodd was in attendance.

He came away highly impressed.

“Ohio State, to me, is the best team in the country,” Dodd said on Tiki & Tierney. “Offense, defense, special teams – Justin Fields is going to be a rock star as a player.”

Fields has completed 69.8 percent of his passes for 1,092 yards and 16 touchdowns. He’s also rushed for 222 yards and seven scores.

But will Ohio State beat No. 8 Wisconsin (4-0) on Oct. 26?

“They know exactly what they’re doing – and you know exactly what they’re doing,” Dodd said of the Badgers. “They’re going to beat you up in both lines, they’re going to get these big cornfed linemen – offense, defense – they’re going to run the ball, they’re going to have a game manager at quarterback, and if you’re not ready for it, you better be able to strap it on. You’re going to get embarrassed like Michigan did.”

Interestingly, Ohio State and Wisconsin could square off twice this season: once in Columbus, and again in Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship.

“That’s fascinating to me because that would be a contrast of styles,” Dodd said. “Ohio State is very physical, but can they stand up to Jonathan Taylor and Wisconsin holding the ball for 40 minutes, which is exactly what they’ll try to do against that offense?”

Dodd believes that Wisconsin might actually be better than No. 2 Clemson (5-0), which survived North Carolina, 21-20, this past Saturday.

“I think you can make that case (that Wisconsin is better than Clemson),” Dodd said. “If they lose one of those ACC games, the ACC is so mediocre this year, I think they have a hard time getting into the playoff. If you assume there’s going to be three, four or five 11-1, 12,1 – maybe one undefeated – left, Clemson doesn’t make the cut in that situation.”

Click below to listen to Dodd’s interview in its entirety.