Another Bob Stoops' statement (also, this might be record thread bump too...
“I’ll tell you the fan base that should be the most worried is Ohio State,” Stoops said. “They’ve already lost at home to Oregon. Their defense continues to struggle. The Big Ten Conference this year is really loaded. This may be the year they’re not going to win it.”
Legendary USC running back Reggie Bush agreed with Stoops’ assessment. Bush went down the list of Big Ten teams that could challenge Ohio State for the conference championship. There are several worthy foes, and most of them happen to be in the Buckeyes’ division.
“I agree with you, coach. In the Big Ten this year, we may see a new champ. You think about the teams in the Big Ten that are playing good football right now. Michigan is playing good football right now. Michigan State is playing good football right now. Penn State. Iowa might have the best defense in college football. The one common denominator among all these teams is that they don’t beat themselves. They’re playing mistake-free football. Think about Sean Clifford. Last year, he turned the football over a lot. This year, he’s not turning it over, and that’s why they’re playing so well.”
"Of all these teams, you know (which one) I'm buying? I'm buying Ohio State," Kanell said. "I can get them the cheapest as far as odds to win the national championship, and I think they have the least amount of concern or easiest fix for what ails them. You did notice, (coordinator) Kerry Coombs is no longer calling the defensive plays on the defensive side of the ball for the Buckeyes. They're trying new things, so you would expect them to struggle somewhat — to have some guys out of position, to maybe have some missed assignments. The longer the season goes on, they can iron those out.
"They still have all that talent on the offensive side of the ball. C.J. Stroud has been pretty good. A couple of opportunities he has missed on or made a couple less-than-stellar throws, but the offense can still carry this defense, much like they've done, until they get things figured out. And by the way, they play Penn State, who looks like a much better opponent at home. They do have to go to Indiana, but that doesn't look like an insurmountable task now. They do have to go to Nebraska, win that one. Michigan State at home. And then the last game of the year in Ann Arbor — as good as Michigan has looked, I hope it's a great game, I'd still say right now give me Ohio State. So of all these issues that you could fix and which ones are the easiest and fixable, I would say it's the Buckeyes for sure."