Smith, defense make Buckeyes the team to beat
Kirk Herbstreit explains why this weekend, with its seven matchups of ranked teams, will be the most important of the entire college football season.
Before looking ahead, we have to look back at the game between Ohio State and Texas. I left Austin, Texas, with the impression that the team to beat for the national title is Ohio State for two reasons:
1. The way the Buckeyes defense played on the road for such an anticipated matchup by breaking in nine new starters. The OSU D really flew around and played with a great deal of passion, especially considering that the defense has not played a lot as a group. These guys contained Texas' wide receivers and talented running backs; also, they rotated about two dozen players on defense in the game. This defense is playing with chip on its shoulder and is tired of hearing that it might be the weak link on this team.
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