Despite a dominant performance against No. 17 TCU last week, Buckeye fans won’t be able to fully enjoy this one knowing star player Nick Bosa is going to be sidelined for the foreseeable future after sustaining an injury in the first half of Saturday’s game. The junior defensive end sustained an abdominal injury to one of the muscles in his core that required surgery this week, and although no timetable has been announced yet, abdominal injuries such as this typically require a four-six week recovery time after surgery so it is unlikely we will be seeing him in action for quite some time.
The pre-season All-American for this Buckeye team has already compiled 14 total tackles, 6 of which being for a loss, to go along with 4 sacks, a forced fumble, as well as a fumble recovered for a touchdown. OSU now faces the challenge of heading into their biggest game of the season against No. 10 Penn St. on Sept. 29 without one of their best defensive players. Bosa will also likely miss games against Indiana, Minnesota and potentially Purdue on Oct. 20 which means that newly returning head coach Urban Meyer is going to have some tightening up to do with his defense.
Luckily OSU is fairly deep at the defensive line position, but with that being said when you lose one of the best defensive players in the country, your team is going to suffer no matter how deep they are. We’ll see how Urban Meyer and Buckeyes bounce back as they take their unbeaten record to Tulane this weekend for a matchup with the Green Wave Saturday at 3:30.