So it’s kind of surprising that Ohio State beat the pants off erstwhile College Football Playoff contender Oklahoma last night, 45-24, in the Sooners’ own house after demolishing two decent mid-majors in Weeks 1 and 2.
It’s surprising that the least experienced team in the Power 5 did that to a reasonably veteran team whose Playoff dreams were on the line.
It set a single-game school yardage record in its opener, built up some more steam against Tulsa, and dropped a nonchalant 443 yards against what was last season the No. 16 defense by S&P+. Ohio State gained 6.5 yards per snap against the Sooners, the most anyone’s put on them since Kansas State’s 7.0 in October 2014.
Weird as it is to say such things about a program that’s already been so good, Ohio State’s best days are ahead of it.
Barrett, the former surprise freshman who’s now OSU’s veteran leader, was the best QB on the field in Norman, outdueling a previous Heisman contender and dropping an efficient 226 total yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.
Urban Meyer signed the No. 4 recruiting class in the country last February, No. 7 the year before that.
The scale of Ohio State’s Sooner obliteration was surprising.