Enough already with obsessing over the Ohio State offense. It’s awesome. It’s shaky. It’s a work in progress. Blah, blah, blah. We’ve talked it to death.

Let’s switch gears to the Buckeyes defense, because, well, see above. But also because the defense, and particularly the down linemen, entered the season as the strength of the team. The loss to Oklahoma put a dent in that synopsis, but only a dent.

Yes, the secondary got caught looking — and flailing — as Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield torched them. Mayfield also ran the D-line in circles, but look past their effective passing game and Ohio State did a respectable job against the run, limiting the Sooners to 104 yards and a 2.8 per rush average.

Keep that in mind when Penn State and Saquon Barkley arrive on Oct. 28. More on that in a minute, but suffice to say the run defense will need to be on top of its game for the Nittany Lions.

The defense also is worth discussing because it’s exceedingly clear that the overlooked side of the ball — not the one we’re tired of talking about — is going to be what ends up bailing out the Buckeyes in the biggest games against the better teams.

Maryland is not one of those teams. The Terrapins are terrible, or at least they were on Saturday in Ohio State’s 62-14 romp in the Horseshoe. Still, the Picasso Helmets are not Rutgers. Close, perhaps, but I’m pretty sure Maryland could handle most high school teams.

What they could not handle was the Buckeyes defense, which nearly pitched its second consecutive shutout. The Terps’ only points came on a 100-yard kickoff return and late touchdown against the backups’ backups.

Otherwise, the final numbers were offensive, in a defensive kind of way. Maryland finished with 66 yards — 50 rushing, 16 passing — which are embarrassing enough statistics without holding them up against Ohio State’s total of 584 yards. And the 66 really is a stretch, because the Terrapins only had 15 total when the Buckeyes began substituting on defense late in the third quarter.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer wasn’t ready to declare his defense championship caliber, but 10 to 1 he was thinking it.

“The defense smothered them and stopped them,” Meyer said. “The line of scrimmage we just dominated. Coach (Larry) Johnson’s bunch — and the good thing is you see guys like Coop (defensive end Jonathon Cooper) and Chase Young getting in there. Great depth.”

Has the defensive line lived up to its billing? Probably not, because the hype was over the top in the first place. I winced when defensive coordinator Greg Schiano told the Big Ten Network during the summer that the OSU line was better than the two he had when coaching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012-13. The nice way to describe Schiano’s comment was honest hyperbole.

Still, the defensive front is very good. And it will need to be against Penn State in what is shaping up as the toughest game on the schedule. Barkley is not super human. The tailback has been mostly underwhelming since torching Iowa for 211 yards rushing on Sept. 23. The Heisman Trophy frontrunner managed only 75 yards on 16 carries against Northwestern on Saturday, but underestimate him at your own risk.

It doesn’t sound like Ohio State will be guilty of doing so.

“We have so much to improve on,” linebacker Jerome Baker said. “But we’re getting more locked in.”

And locked down. Keep talking about the Ohio State offense all you want, but remember which side of the ball is prepared to save the Buckeyes’ bacon.