Kirk Herbstreit was asked about Ohio State’s quarterback situation this week.
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett didn’t play particularly well against Oklahoma this past Saturday, which has led to some Buckeyes fans calling for head coach Urban Meyer to make a change at the position. Is Kirk Herbstreit one of them?
In short, no.
Herbstreit was asked this week about Ohio State’s quarterback situation. He acknowledged the team’s struggles passing the ball, but also placed blame on the team’s defense.
Here’s what Herbstreit had to say when asked if Ohio State should be considering a change at the position:
“No, not at all. In my opinion, I think you stick with J.T. Barrett – a guy that’s been there, has experience, even though it’s been a tough stretch of games here. It’s not just been this game and the first half of Indiana – you have to go back to last year. The reason there was a change at offensive coordinator, as Joey’s talking about, is Michigan State, Michigan, Clemson – they couldn’t throw the football. So the entire offseason was built around improving this offense.
We’re talking a lot about what’s missing with Ohio State. I just want to put to the side one thing. Oklahoma was what was wrong with Ohio State. That had a lot to do with Mike Stoops’ defense and Lincoln Riley putting together a really good plan and Baker Mayfield and his group executing that plan. So I just want to make sure we’re giving Oklahoma all the credit.
Now with that, you have to say where does Ohio State go? Joey’s all over it. This is not just J.T. Barrett. The Ohio State defense has got to be so happy that J.T. Barrett is taking the brunt of all this because if you really watch them, they’re as guilty if not more guilty of being a product of this loss as J.T. Barrett – in fact maybe even worse because of how out of position they were. And it’s not just the corners – it’s not just well, they lost three first rounders. The linebackers were in disarray, they’re coming up in run support, there’s play action, they’re throwing over their heads. Their eyes were not disciplined, and therefore, against a really good quarterback and scheme, they got embarrassed. So, they have Army, they have UNLV and they’ve got Rutgers. You’re going to see them go back to running the football, being physical and probably reestablishing some confidence that they’ve lost after these three games before the schedule gets much tougher in about a month.”
Ohio State will likely need to win out to be in the College Football Playoff discussion. To do that, they’re going to need to figure out how to fix their passing attack pronto.