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Ohio State’s blowout win over Army was a step in the right direction

The Hangout in the Holy Land breaks down the Buckeyes’ 38-7 win.

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After a rough week, Ohio State’s 31 point win over Army was just what the doctor ordered.

We didn’t learn much about the defense going forward— thanks to the Black Knights’ triple option— but the Buckeyes offense had its most efficient game since 2014, J.T. Barrett broke the Big Ten touchdown record, and J.K. Dobbins continued to wreck defenders ankles:

It was a solid performance all-around, and a much needed comfortable win after last week’s disheartening loss to Oklahoma.

On this episode of The Hangout in the Holy Land, Colton Denning and Patrick Mayhorn give their main takeaways from the Buckeyes 38-7 win including:

  • The offense finally utilizing run/pass options, and playing with a strong identity.
  • Why they thought the performance of J.T. Barrett and the receivers was encouraging, but still erratic at times.
  • Praising Dobbins, and his usage being key to opening things up for the rest of the offense.
  • Dwayne Haskins impressive showing in limited playing time.
  • Giving props to linebacker Tuf Borland, who balled out after replacing the injured Chris Worley.
  • Assessing the improved secondary tackling, giving even more shine to punter Drue Chrisman, and worrying about the kick return coverage.

The guys also discuss why they’re optimistic about the direction of the team, and Zach Turnure’s decision to headbutt the troops:

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