Hangout in the Holy Land is back to give you their breakdown of all things Buckeyes. The hosts are new, the football season is new, but the sarcasm hasn’t changed a bit. Join George Eisner and myself all year long as we break down Ohio State’s opponents and recap the Buckeyes’ performance each weekend.
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Unfortunately, Ohio State will not be your 2020 national champions. It was one hell of a ride, but the Buckeyes came up short on Monday night as they ran into what was an absolute buzzsaw of an Alabama offense. While the team certainly did not put its best foot forward against the Tide, at some point you just have to tip your cap to what was truly dominant roster put together by Nick Saban that contained three of the top five Heisman candidates, including the trophy winner DeVonta Smith.
Many thought that Alabama would win the national title game, but I don't think people expected it to be such a runaway. Ohio State’s really put themselves in position to fail, especially on defense. Despite an explosive pass-heavy offense in front of them, the Buckeyes continued to roll out a four-linebacker scheme that had absolutely no chance of slowing down Mac Jones and the Tide. Even after getting torched by Smith for the entirety of the first half, we saw little to no adjustments as the game continued to wind on.
Even though it didn’t end how we had hoped, we cannot take this year for granted. In a season that nearly didn’t happen at all, these players and coaches scarified so much of their daily lives to bring us football on Saturdays. They may not have won the title, but they did defeat Dabo Swinney and the Clemson Tigers in convincing fashion, and Ryan Day has the program moving in the right direction.
George and I would like to thank you for following along with us all season long. We hope you enjoyed the podcast, even with its constantly moving release schedule as a result of numerous cancellations and other COVID-19-related issues at Ohio State. We thoroughly enjoyed talking about the Buckeyes with you all this year, and we hope to have you back next season!
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