The Ohio State Buckeyes had their ugliest game of the season yesterday, committing five turnovers in an eventual 20-13 victory over Northern Illinois. Given how quarterback Cardale Jones was benched for J.T. Barrett once again and the offense wasn’t its usual explosive self, hardcore fans naturally went into panic mode.
Enter Buckeyes star edge rusher Joey Bosa, who took to Twitter to let fans know that it was still early in the season and that, perhaps, the best was yet to come.
He certainly has a point. As devastating as Ohio State losing to Northern Illinois may have been from a rankings standpoint, the team certainly would not have eliminated itself from the College Football Playoff picture if that was the end result. Sure, being the No. 1 seed is all fine and dandy, but let’s not forget that Bosa and his teammates entered the playoff last season as the No. 4 seed, taking out No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Oregon en route to winning a national championship.
More importantly, not every win is going to be a pretty one. Even if a team goes undefeated, there is sure to be at least one game on the schedule that was a nail-biter and not appealing from a statistical standpoint.
Ohio State will have to shake off the rough performance quickly, however, as another MAC opponent in the Western Michigan Broncos pay a visit to Columbus next Saturday.
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