theScore runs down the top storylines and developments from Saturday’s college football games, and what it all might mean moving forward.
Ohio State win brings about questions
First, let’s cover the good news from Saturday because there was a significant amount for Ohio State. The Buckeyes got their fourth win of the season and remain firmly set toward a College Football Playoff spot. Led by Master Teague, the rushing attack showed it can absolutely carry the offense if the passing game is struggling. Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave reminded everyone they might be the best receiver duo in the Big Ten. The rushing defense actually held Indiana to negative yards on the ground.
Now that we’ve appropriately praised the No. 3 team in the country, it’s time to raise some questions of a program with national title aspirations. The secondary has some serious explaining to do, as Michael Penix absolutely torched the Buckeyes for 491 passing yards and a whopping five touchdowns. Receiver Ty Fryfogle was responsible for 218 of those yards with a trio of touchdowns. While the Indiana passing attack is one of the best in the Big Ten, it pales in comparison to the likes of Alabama, Clemson, or Florida – three schools Ohio State would likely face in the College Football Playoff.
We’ve become so used to Justin Fields’ dominant showings that an off game from the star pivot really stands out. Fields threw as many interceptions Saturday as he had over the previous 476 pass attempts in his career. Despite that, the Hoosiers failed to score any points off those turnovers.
The worst game of the season for Fields still somehow resulted in 300 passing yards and two scores through the air, another nod to just how incredible he’s been this season. The rest of the Big Ten schedule won’t demand much from Fields, but the quarterback will need to get back to his top form as Ohio State gears up for the playoffs.
Trask keeps piling up TDs
Kyle Trask‘s push for the Heisman continues at warp speed, as the Florida quarterback put up gaudy numbers again Saturday at Vanderbilt. With three touchdowns against the Commodores, Trask now has 31 through the Gators’ first seven games of the season. That mark sets a new SEC record for most touchdowns at that point of the season, breaking the previous record of 29 held by Joe Burrow and Tim Couch.
The win also marked the ninth straight game the Gators have scored 35-plus points, a new school record. With Fields struggling Saturday versus Indiana, the Heisman race might mirror the SEC race – Florida and Trask versus Alabama and Mac Jones.