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Is Ohio State Finding Success Because J.T. Barrett Has Improved Or Because They're Facing Weaker Defenses?

Ohio State is on a roll, but how for real are the Buckeyes?

In the past five games, Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett has thrown for 1,351 yards and 18 touchdowns against zero interceptions. The Buckeyes, in that span, are 5-0, outscoring opponents by an average of 42 points.

But some Buckeyes supporters would be quick to point out that the level of competition the past five weeks hasn't been stellar. Ohio State's wins have come over Army, UNLV, Rutgers, Maryland and Nebraska - and none of those programs have elite defenses.

Which begs the question - have J.T. Barrett and Ohio State's offense improved greatly since the Oklahoma loss, or have they just played inferior competition?

Here's the smartest take we've seen, which came during a back-and-forth with SI college football writer Andy Staples. The gist? J.T. Barrett is dominating weaker opponents, but it's still fair to be concerned for when Ohio State plays top competition again.

Regardless, Ohio State fans will get their answer in the coming weeks. The Buckeyes have No. 2 Penn State next Saturday, have to head to Iowa the week after, and finish with Michigan State and Michigan as two of their final three opponents. And obviously, if they win the Big Ten East, they'll get a team like Wisconsin out of the Big Ten West in the title game.