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College Football Analyst Names Ohio State's Biggest "Worry"

Ohio State players try too bring down Michigan State wide receiver Jalen Nailor.

EAST LANSING, MI - DECEMBER 05: Michigan State Spartans wide receiver Jalen Nailor (8) is hit after making a reception during the Michigan State Spartans vs Ohio State Buckeyes game on Saturday December 5, 2020 at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, MI (Photo by Steven King/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

On Monday, 247Sports' Brad Crawford laid out the 11 biggest worries for teams expected to be playoff contenders.

One of which was the Ohio State Buckeyes, who are looking to bounce back in a big way after losing to the Michigan Wolverines in "The Game."

The Buckeyes return some explosive players on offense. But, according to Crawford, they're going to need fast results from their new-look defense.


We know the Buckeyes are fine offensively and may have the most explosive unit on that side of the ball in all of college football, but that wasn't the focal point this spring. Jim Knowles' arrival as Ohio State's new defensive coordinator is what everyone is talking about and how the Buckeyes will fare with an improved 4-2-5 look with seven starters back and hungry to repair last season's bruised ego. Let's face it — Ohio State wasn't tough enough at the line of scrimmage and its pass defense was horrid at times, especially in red zone opportunities for the opposition.

Ohio State was pushed all over the field in its 42-27 blowout loss to UM.

Jim Harbaugh's squad dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Which allowed Aidan Hutchinson to roam free and running back Hassan Haskins 169 yards and five touchdowns.