Ohio State-Tulane | Rob Oller’s second thoughts

Staff Writer
Buckeye Xtra
Ohio State receiver Austin Mack celebrates a second-quarter touchdown against Tulane. [Brooke LaValley]

• Comparing Ohio State teams from different eras is futile, given how the game has changed. But it’s fun to try. Where do the 2018 Buckeyes stack up so far? Offensively, Dwayne Haskins Jr. puts the offense in the discussion for best ever, but it’s hard to pick this bunch No. 1 based on one player. No disrespect to tailbacks Mike Weber and J.K. Dobbins, but they’re not yet in the class of Eddie George, Ezekiel Elliott or Archie Griffin. These wide receivers are good, but Haskins makes them look great. Defensively, losing Nick Bosa ends the discussion. This “D” is not top five. But a top-10 offense and defense takes you a long way.

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Turning point

• The Buckeyes are about to visit the best environment in the Big Ten. Wisconsin gets much love and respect for the atmosphere inside Camp Randall Stadium, but Penn State wins the prize — at least for night White Out games. It will be Ohio State’s toughest game of the regular season, and more difficult than the Big Ten championship game, should OSU qualify. It’s not easy shutting up the mountain lion that roars over the Beaver Stadium speakers after every big play made by the Nittany Lions. Quiet the lion, win the game.

• I wondered how the OSU offense would look different with Urban Meyer back on the sideline after his three-game suspension. Meyer made it clear all week that he would be more of a game manager than play-caller, and it sure looked that way against the Green Wave. Maybe deep down Meyer wants his starting quarterback to run more, but if so, he did not demand it. All three of Haskins’ carries came off scrambles. This offense legitimately belongs to Ryan Day and Kevin Wilson … until it doesn’t.

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