Domination is stunning.
In Ryan Day's first full season as head coach, Ohio State wins every game with at least 24 points. Yes, only one of the opponents of the team – No. 18 Cincinnati – is currently in the Top 25 Associated Press poll. And yes, the pure, unadulterated victories of opponents – even those within the conference – are nothing new to the Buckeyes, who had a 54-4 record in the Big Ten in the Urban Meyer era and a 66-14 conference record under Jim Tresell ,
But this level of consistency with the teams that have been defeated? Not uncommon even in Columbus.
To put it in perspective, Mayer went 83-9 as head coach at Ohio State and never won more than five games in a row with 24 points or more. He had only one season ̵
So, though Day didn't face the most fierce competition in his first full season as a head coach, he deserves credit for leading Bookies to a 7-0 record after seven winning holes.
This merit comes from the warning that, as impressive as it may seem in the state of Ohio in the first half of the season, it has not yet proven itself against the best of the best. There are no top 10 wins yet. Even winning the top 15. That argument had to end this weekend with a six-match match against Wisconsin.
"I already talked about this with Coach Mick (Marothy) on the sideline (c) for the third quarter," Chase Young said after Ohio State beat Northwest on Friday night. "Our focus is definitely shifting to Wisconsin."
"We definitely had that mark in our schedule," said Jonathan Cooper, standing just a few feet from Young under Ryan Field's stands.
Young and Cooper have to thank Illinois for putting a damper in Saturday's game, which lost a bit of a pizzeria when the badgers unexpectedly lost to Ilini less than 24 hours after defensive ends indicated their upcoming match.
"I know they are a difficult team. They are made of strength just like us. We'll put that ball in the dirt and play football. ” – Damon Arnett playing against Wisconsin
Having lost to Illinois, winning just four of their 30 conference games in the Lovie Smith era before Saturday, the Badgers dropped from No. 6 to No. 13 in the Associated Press Top-25 poll and no longer hold a pole position in the Big Ten West Division. Undoubtedly, the bright lights of national attention that would be on Saturday in Ohio-Wisconsin have dimmed.
Even with that in mind, this weekend's game still serves as the highest-ranked and most talented team the Buckeyes have faced so far. For a team that has passed every test thrown in it so far, this is a proven game against the Badgers, arguably the best team in its division. Possibility for the best win of the Ohio State season so far.
"We know what we have in the store, so it's going to be a really tough week and a tough preparation, a tough game," Day said after winning Northwestern. "But I know the kids will be excited to play it."
"We'll do the same thing every week and go out there and fight," Damon Arnett said Saturday. "I know they are a difficult team. They are made of strength just like us. We'll put that ball in the dirt and play football. "
On the other side of the ball, Ohio State will have to find some way to move the ball against the most productive defense in the nation through seven games.
No player has yet passed for 220 yards against Wisconsin and no player has rushed for 100 rushing yards against Jim Leonhard's defense. Justin Fields and J.K. The Minions have plans to change that. Together, they reinforce the top-ranked SP + rush offense and face second-ranked SP + protection this weekend.
Thanks to Illini, this is not the top six matchup in Ohio certainly hoped to have this weekend. But one way or another, the nation will learn a lot about the Bouquets this weekend.