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Does Ohio State have anything to gain from playing Army?

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We aren’t going to learn much about the Buckeyes on Saturday.

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Most of the focus on Ohio State this week has centered on the trainwreck that is the passing game, and rightfully so. The Buckeyes put up another lackluster result in a big game, and whether you want to place blame on Urban Meyer, J.T. Barrett, or anyone else, it’s clear there are major issues offensively. More quietly, the defense has its own problems.

Through two games, Ohio State ranks 103rd in Defensive Passing S&P+, giving up a ghastly 7.8 yards per attempt. Ohio State’s young secondary looked the part last week, repeatedly getting torched by Baker Mayfield and the OU passing game. Overall, it hasn’t been a great start for a position group that likes to call itself the ‘Best in America.’

The good news this week: Army doesn’t throw. In two games, the Black Knights have two completions for 17 yards, so the raw numbers will even out a bit after facing two explosive passing offenses in Indiana and Oklahoma.

The bad news: Army’s commitment to running also means little-to-no work for a secondary that desperately needs it before the start of conference play.

Coupled with the fact that the Black Knights likely don’t have a very strong defense, what exactly are we going to learn about Ohio State on Saturday?

On this episode of The Hangout in the Holy Land, Colton Denning and Matt Brown try to break down what we can take away from this weekend’s game, and things to watch for, including:

  • Whether the linebackers and safeties can rebound after their poor performance against OU.
  • Wanting playing time for younger players, especially at quarterback, along the defensive line, and secondary.
  • Why this game is a no-win situation for Ohio State, and why they’re convinced that it’ll be a (relatively) low scoring game.

The guys also take a look at the rest of the week three schedule around college football, and talk USC-Texas, Louisville-Clemson, and more!

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