Ohio State turned the page on the ugly loss to Oklahoma with a 38-7 victory over Army on Saturday, and the Buckeyes remain in a stretch of games in which they will be prohibitive favorites.
Ohio State is almost a 40-point favorite over UNLV on Saturday. The next big test for the Buckeyes isn’t until Penn State on Oct. 28.
But Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said Monday that his team remains flawed enough that he and his staff can’t afford to look that far ahead.
“There’s been times in my mind and maybe in a couple of key members of the staff when maybe we’d have some of those conversations,” Meyer said. “We are not there yet. We have so many areas to fix that were exposed early in the season. We’re trying to get better and better and win games. We’re not at that point.”
Meyer said the biggest issues are pass defense and “continued growth on offense.” He also mentioned the lack of a punt return game and the Buckeyes’ struggles when kicking off.
“Kickoff coverage is a mess right now,” Meyer said. “We don’t have a kicker that can kick the ball. If you notice, one almost went in the seats. There are a lot of issues we have to clean up. Our focus is on that.”
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Meyer said middle linebacker Chris Worley, injured on a cut block against Army, is questionable for this week. His replacement, Tuf Borland, was Ohio State’s defensive player of the game.
“His personality matches his name,” Meyer said.
Meyer praised quarterback J.T. Barrett and said he was pleased with the debut of redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins Jr., who completed all four of his passes.
“I thought he played very well,” Meyer said. “Joe (Burrow) is about ready to come back so we have to make some decisions about who’s the first one in there (as a backup).”
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