Ah, yes. This is how it was supposed to be all along.
The Cardale Jones experiment was nice, but this is who Ohio State was supposed to be all along: J.T. Barrett running point for an Ohio State offense that unloads on opponents with both barrels, as they did Saturday night in a 49-7 dumping of Rutgers.
Barrett earned his first start since breaking his ankle last November against Michigan and played, outside of a fumble that killed Ohio State’s opening drive, flawlessly. The sophomore completed 14-of-18 throws for 223 yards and three touchdowns while rushing 13 times for 101 yards and two touchdowns. More importantly, Barrett mirrored Chris Paul in his prime in the way his presence opened things up for his teammates. Ezekiel Elliott rushed 19 times for 142 yards and two touchdowns. Michael Thomas caught five balls for 103 yards and a score. Braxton Miller snagged two passes for 55 yards and rushed once for 16 yards. Curtis Samuel caught a 30-yard touchdown pass.
This was such a thorough destruction that ESPN broadcasters Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit entertained themselves by creating a parlor game wondering when Urban Meyer would finally get Jalin Marshall his touchdown – in the middle of the third quarter of a road conference game. Marshall’s score came on a one-yard pop pass with 4:34 remaining in the frame, pushing the Ohio State lead to 42-0.
Elliott put a cap on the night for the Buckeye starters with a 55-yard scoring dash with 13:42 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Rutgers opened the game with the type of oomph you’d expect from a team with the top-ranked defending national champions and a national TV audience on campus. The Scarlet Knights took the ball to open the game and moved 64 yards over 12 plays, but the drive was undone when Kyle Federico clanged a 29-yard field goal off the left upright. The Knights forced a Barrett fumble to close Ohio State’s opening march, but that was basically that for Rutgers. Rutgers punted on its next eight possessions, a string only broken when Chris Laviano was intercepted by Gareon Conley, setting up Ohio State’s sixth touchdown drive of the night. The Scarlet Knights did not dent the scoreboard until only 13 seconds showed on the fourth quarter clock.
Ohio State, winner of 21 straight now, moved to 7-0 (3-0 Big Ten) on the season, one week closer to facing the two teams that actually have a chance of beating them. But as long as Barrett remains healthy and employed, this Ohio State team will continue to resemble that Ohio State team we thought we’d see all year.
Duke’s fairly astonishing spate of injuries to starters shows no signs of abating anytime soon.
The Blue Devils announced over the weekend that Jaylen Miller underwent surgery Sunday morning to repair a fractured right ankle. Miller suffered the injury in Saturday’s loss to Virginia.
As a result, the redshirt sophomore offensive tackle will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2018 season.
Miller had played in all seven games this season, starting each of the last three contests at left tackle. Those were the first starts of his career. Prior to this season, the 6-3, 310-pound Miller had played in just two games.
Miller’s ankle is just the latest in a long line of injuries that have hit the Blue Devils this season. From the football program’s release:
Miller becomes the 11th Blue Devil with starting experience to miss at least one game this season due to injury, joining running back Brittain Brown, cornerback Michael Carter II, defensive tackle Edgar Cerenord, cornerback Mark Gilbert, center Zach Harmon, safety Jordan Hayes, quarterback Daniel Jones, defensive end Drew Jordan, safety Jeremy McDuffie, linebacker Koby Quansah and wide receiver Aaron Young.
Could it be much ado about nothing?
With starter JT Daniels in concussion protocol and his backup, Matt Fink, nursing three broken ribs, it was appearing somewhat likely that USC would be forced to turn the offense over to No. 3 quarterback Jack Sears. According to one report, however, the redshirt freshman may not be needed this weekend after all — at least to start with.
Obviously, the Trojans’ quarterback situation/predicament will be fluid throughout the rest of the week leading up to the Week 9 matchup with Arizona State this Saturday and possibly not decided until we get closer to kickoff.
Daniels, the true freshman who has started every game this season, suffered his head injury in the loss to Utah this past Saturday. Fink injured his ribs in the same game.
Sears, meanwhile, has not attempted a pass in his collegiate career.
The most recent public pissing match between a pair of in-state rivals shows no sign of abating anytime soon. At all.
In response to that statement, U-M athletic director Warde Manuel released his own statement Monday night. In it, Manuel began by writing about a pregame conversation with his MSU counterpart, Bill Beekman, that he preferred to keep private. To end it, Manual not-so-discreetly declared “SCOREBOARD!” on his rivals.
“It is a great rivalry between two Michigan Universities, and the focus should remain on the game, the way it’s played and,” wait for it… “the final result.”
Well played, Mr. Manuel. Well played.
I had a conversation on the field with Michigan State Athletic Director Bill Beekman prior to the game regarding the situation that occurred during pregame warmups. My preference is to keep that conversation and any further discussions between us. I will work with our staff and the conference to see how this situation can be prevented from happening in the future. It is a great rivalry between two Michigan Universities, and the focus should remain on the game, the way it’s played, and the final result.
TCU wide receiver/kickoff returner KaVontae Turpin was suspended Monday after he was arrested for allegedly dragging his girlfriend across a parking lot and slamming to the ground at an apartment complex in Fort Worth on Saturday night.
“Texas Christian University is aware that one of its students was recently arrested for a reported domestic situation,” the university said in a statement. “The university takes these types of reports very seriously and is continuing to gather information to determine next steps. TCU expects its students to behave in an ethical manner, abide by campus policies and adhere to state and federal law.”
But it appears that isn’t all.
Turpin failed to appear at a July 16 pre-trial hearing and is now subject to a bench warrant by the Las Cruces Magistrate Court.
If convicted, Turpin would face up to six months in prison for battery of a household member. He entered not guilty please to battery of a household member and criminal damage to the property of a household member under $1,000.