Top takeaways from college football Week 12

16Ohio State more lucky than good against Maryland

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As we’ve seen far too often this year, Ohio State played down to the level of its competition on Saturday on the road against Maryland. Sure, in the end the Buckeyes remained a one-loss team with an outside shot at the playoff. But let’s be honest. This team isn’t close to being one of the top-four nationally.

Greg Schiano’s defense let Anthony McFarland romp for 155 yards and two touchdowns in the first six minutes of the game, and he came two yards shy of 300 total rushing yards in the game. The Terps put up a total of 535 yards in this one, and if not for a truly godawful throw by quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome on the two-point conversion in overtime they would have pulled off the upset.

Dwayne Haskins did overcome some embarrassing moments to score six touchdowns, and running back J.K. Dobbins was spectacular. But Maryland is not a formidable opponent. This game should have never been close. Instead, the Buckeyes were lucky to come out with a win.

 

Jesse Reed
Managing Editor at Sportsnaut. Featured on Yardbarker and MSN.com, and formerly was a breaking news writer/NFL analyst for Bleacher Report.