No Big Ten Team Can Compete With Ohio State

Matt Murschel, who expects the Buckeyes to beat TCU, doesn't know when their first loss is coming

September 11, 2018 - 9:40 am

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Ohio State, as you may know, had a fairly turbulent offseason, but you wouldn’t be able to tell from the final scores.

The No. 4 Buckeyes (2-0) have had their way through two weeks, beating Oregon State and Rutgers by a combined score of 129-34.

Up next? A date with No. 15 TCU (2-0) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Can the Buckeyes handle their business in Jerry’s World?

Orlando Sentinel college football writer Matt Murschel says yes.

“This Ohio State team has impressed me,” Murschel said on Ferrall on the Bench. “With everything going on off the field, Dwayne Haskins coming in, his first season as a starter – I think it was almost better to have Ryan Day running that team right now. I think they were able to see the offense really expand and explode. They look good going into this game. If they beat TCU, I don’t think there’s any team in the Big Ten right now that can compete with them.”

No. 8 Notre Dame (2-0) and No. 2 Clemson (2-0), meanwhile, both survived scares this past weekend. Notre Dame beat Ball State 24-16, while Clemson escaped College Station with a 28-26 win over Texas A&M.

Brandon Wimbush, who looked great against Michigan, struggled against Ball State, finishing with 297 passing yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions.

“Brandon Wimbush, we thought maybe coming into this year, had improved his passing,” Murschel said. “He hasn’t. He’s a great mobile quarterback. He’s a guy who can definitely take off with the running game, but they need someone who can throw the ball downfield. One of the ways you can stop Notre Dame is stacking the box and preventing them from getting that running game going, kind of containing Wimbush. If he’s not throwing the ball, you got to wonder how much longer until we see a guy like Ian Book come in.”

Clemson’s problems, on the other hand, are more defensive.

“Their front line is NFL-worthy. They’ve probably got about three or four first-round picks on that line,” Murschel said. “But when you look at their secondary, it was a question mark. Texas A&M was able to exploit that. Kellen Mond was able to go and throw some big, explosive plays. That’s why they got over 400 yards passing. This Clemson team plays well, they got out with a win. But that secondary – you have to be a little bit concerned as you move forward against teams that could maybe take advantage of that.”