Those who thought that Ohio State Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer spent the week going back and forth over who he should start at quarterback today before ultimately opting to stick with Cardale Jones were wrong. Apparently, as Meyer told ESPN’s Olivia Harlan, he decided to start Jones against Western Michigan right after last week’s ugly win against Northern Illinois.
— Olivia Harlan Dekker (@OliviaDekker) September 26, 2015
While it’s admirable that Meyer has so much confidence in Jones, the young man who led the Buckeyes to a national championship last season after J.T. Barrett went down with a broken ankle, it is still a head-scratcher as to why his decision was so. Jones has been benched each of the past two games and over that stretch has completed 16 of 27 passes for just 147 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.
Barrett, on the other hand, has completed 20 of 35 throws for 193 yards and two touchdowns as a substitute. He also has more starter’s experience despite not being on the field for Ohio State’s title run last year, and is considered to be the better leader between the two quarterbacks.
Hopefully, Jones will right the ship against the Broncos today and this ongoing debate can finally be put to rest.
Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
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