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Buckeye Defense Getting Back To Its Roots Despite Offensive Struggles

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By Spencer Davies
@SpinDavies

It’s been an uphill battle so far for Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Finishing last year ranked fifth in the nation, the Buckeye offense currently ranks 52nd in the country.

A quarterback situation that was a “pick your poison” of sorts for opponents entering the year has proven to be self-inflicted venom for the Buckeyes, as Ohio State sits 105th in passing yards per game thus far.

Cardale Jones can’t get on the same page as his wide receivers and has more interceptions in than he did last season three games into the year. J.T. Barrett played his worst game as a Buckeye since going into Happy Valley in a night game last year as a freshman.

And neither Jones nor Barrett is getting a chance to make something happen due to the poor play of the offensive line.

Now, luckily, Ezekiel Elliot hasn’t lost a step and Michael Thomas has been an excellent security blanket for both quarterbacks—and that’s how the sinking ship has managed to stay afloat.

But aside from the negativity and controversy, there has been a constant for Ohio State—the defense.

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A graduate of the University of Akron, Spencer Davies has amassed multiple years of experience as a freelance journalist, as well as sports talk radio. Currently, he contributes to the Akron Beacon Journal and Ohio.com as a part-time beat reporter for the Akron RubberDucks, a Cleveland Indians minor league affiliate. He also writes for Indians Baseball Insider on SCOUT.com, and his works have been published on FOXSportsOhio.com and FanSided.

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