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Podcast: Recapping a very good win over TCU

Ohio State has had some very un-aesthetically pleasing wins in recent years. This was not one.

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It feels wrong to complain as an Ohio State fan. The Buckeyes win games at a higher clip than almost any other program, won a national title four years ago, and are consistently either in the College Football Playoff or just barely miss out. It could definitely be a lot worse.

That being said, some of those recent wins haven’t always been pretty, and can lead to a lot of grumbling #online, including from yours truly. Ohio State’s 40-28 win over TCU was not one of those games.

On this episode of the Hangout in the Holy Land, Patrick Mayhorn and I recap Saturday’s game, and give our thoughts on what is a very good win against a tough Horned Frogs group:

Show notes

2:00- Enjoying the win

6:00- Why TCU’s hyperspeed pace at the start of the game wasn’t sustainable.

12:05- Dwayne Haskins takes the offense to the next level. This is a game that they lose last year without him.

16:44- The wide receivers were awesome, starting with KJ Hill.

22:20- JK Dobbins took the game over at times, and probably deserves the lionshare of carries going forward.

29:44- O-line held up for the most part, but what was up with the low snaps?

33:05- Heaping praise on the defensive line —particularly Dre’Mont Jones— playing well without Nick Bosa, and the rise of Jonathon Cooper.

38:54- Corners held up against tough receivers, but Shaun Wade needs more playing time.

42:05- Jordan Fuller was exceptional (again), but the safety play needs to improve.

45:16- The linebackers are struggling. Patrick references his article on Bill Davis, and why it’s a similar situation to Tim Beck.

1:00:00- What is CJ Saunders doing on punt return?