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Kirk Herbstreit Has 1 Main Concern With Ohio State's Offense

ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN's College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

It's hard to criticize Ohio State after it dismantled Nebraska in its season opener. However, ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit is concerned about one aspect of Ryan Day's offense.

Justin Fields was sensational for the Buckeyes, finishing with 276 passing yards, 54 rushing yards and three total touchdowns. The junior quarterback had to carry his offense since the running game was nonexistent for most of the afternoon.

Although it's somewhat unfair to critique a team off one game, Herbstreit is worried about Ohio State's ability to run the football.

During this Monday's edition of the 'CFB Podcast With Herbie, Pollack & Negandhi,' Herbstreit compared the Buckeyes' backfield this year to what they had over the past couple of seasons.

“Five of the last six years they’ve either had Ezekiel Elliott or J.K. Dobbins running the ball at Ohio State. You’re talking about game-changer NFL players in Dobbins and Elliott," Herbstreit said. "I know it’s one game, and I’m not saying they don’t have it, but what I saw from Master Teague and Trey Sermon made me say ‘Hmm.’ The offensive line wasn’t dominant at the line of scrimmage, so give Nebraska credit for their plan. But Justin Fields can’t carry this team throwing the ball and running the ball every week."

Sermon had 48 rushing yards on 11 carries, whereas Teague had 41 yards on 12 attempts. It was Fields who ended up leading the team in rushing this past Saturday.

Like Herbstreit said in his podcast, Nebraska did a great job controlling the line of scrimmage at times. The problem is the college football world expects more from an Ohio State rushing attack that has sent a plethora of tailbacks to the NFL.

Ohio State will need more production out of Sermon and Teague if it wants to defeat Penn State this weekend.

[CFB Podcast With Herbie, Pollack & Negandhi]