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Headed to Nebraska for the second time ever, streaking Ohio State has a lot to clean up — penalties, disqualifications, not-so-special teams — despite obliterating Maryland.

In the polls
The Buckeyes rose one spot to No. 8 in the coaches' poll and moved up to No. 9 in the Associated Press media poll. A couple of losers fell out of the top 10: Oklahoma (from No. 3 to No. 12 in the AP) and Michigan (from No. 7 to No. 17 in the AP).

What went right? 
In a 48-point win a lot of things went right, but the most impressive was the defense, led by the front, limiting the Terps to 66 yards total offense and six first downs. Nick Bosa caused a fumble that Jerome Baker scooped up and took to the house — the first defensive score of the season — to put the exclamation point on the dominant performance. J.T. Barrett led the offensive charge (three TD passes) as OSU racked up a balanced 584 yards. Eight different players scored a TD.

Back to the drawing board
It’s hard to believe a team could commit so many blunders on special teams in one game and still win, much less win by 48. Of course, it would have been by 55 had not the kickoff team given up a 100-yard return. To hear the Buckeyes and their coaches tell it, no one stresses special teams like they do, but kickers Sean Nuernberger and Blake Haubeil have been unable to place the ball consistently on kickoffs to Urban Meyer’s liking. Then came the botched point-after attempt, the blocked field-goal attempt, the shanked punt by Drue Chrisman and the penalty on Amir Riep that wiped out a long punt return by K.J. Hill.

Say it in numbers
3: OSU defensive backs disqualified the past two games for targeting, including starting cornerbacks Denzel Ward and Damon Arnette against Maryland. Arnette must sit out the first half at Nebraska.
4th: Where the Buckeyes stand nationally in total offense (568.0-yard average) and scoring (45.8).
14th: Where they stand in total defense (290.7).
13th: Where they stand among most penalized teams (78.0-yard avg.).
10th: Where J.T. Barrett stands in passing efficiency (166.0, buoyed by 16 TD passes and just one interception).

Dinged up
Right guard Branden Bowen underwent surgery Saturday night to set his broken left leg suffered against Maryland. Defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones (leg contusion) is expected to return this week after missing the past two games.

Up next
Nebraska, which in the third year under Mike Riley has been inconsistent (3-3) but still sits 2-1 in the Big Ten West. The Huskers were shoved aside in the second half of a 38-17 loss Saturday night to Wisconsin, which saw Jonathan Taylor rush for 249 yards and two touchdowns. Nebraska is 85th nationally in total offense (384.3) and 43rd in total defense (355.8).

This week's challenge
Nebraska put up a fight at home for three quarters against unbeaten Wisconsin. Ohio State can expect the same from the Huskers, and an even more desperate effort. The Buckeyes’ challenge is to keep the ball rolling and don’t forget: Last year, they beat Nebraska and Maryland 62-3 on back-to-back Saturdays. The 62-14 win over Maryland this year is already in the books.