Here are 5 things we learned from Ohio State's 59-7 win over Akron

Brian White
The Columbus Dispatch

And you thought this would be a boring game.

Yes, Ohio State whipped an overmatched Akron team 59-7, but this one had some weirdness and drama. We got to witness an angry Buckeyes linebacker throw a tantrum, get kicked off the sideline, toss his gloves into the crowd and immediately tweet a profanity toward his university. All before halftime.

We also saw a lot of Buckeyes rack up good stats, even the defense. And we could feel the sweating in Las Vegas.

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But as for the football, it was Akron, so it's actually difficult to decide what lessons come from such a win.

Here are five things we learned from Saturday's game:

All is not well in the Ohio State locker room

Ohio State has always boasted about a tight-knit team and brotherhood. But now you have to wonder. It was strange enough that linebacker Dallas Gant entered the transfer portal a few days before the Akron game, but that was nothing compared to K'Vaughan Pope quitting during the Akron game. It appears that coach Ryan Day, who after the game called the Pope issue an "isolated" incident, has some work to do to keep things together.

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Jack Miller III (9) runs the ball during the fourth quarter of a NCAA Division I football game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Akron Zips on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

It's unclear who is the No. 2 QB

Day, of course, said he will have to look at the film before he gives a good assessment of how Kyle McCord and Jack Miller did at quarterback while starter C.J. Stroud sat out. But in two different postgame interviews, Day said McCord looked nervous — "He was playing at hyper-speed," Day said — but that he was impressed with Miller's poise. "Jack gave us some energy," he said.

The Minnesota loss brings doubts

Much of the talk about Ohio State's too-close-for-comfort win at Minnesota centered around that, hey, maybe the veteran-laden Gophers are a good team. Well, Minnesota's stunning loss Saturday to Bowling Green only brings more fuel to those who believe the Buckeyes are merely an average team.

Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer before the start of a NCAA Division I football game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Akron Zips on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

The fans returned

After the Tulsa game drew the smallest Ohio State crowd since 1971, Ohio Stadium seemed back to normal on Saturday, and Day said the crowd was noticeable. Last week's attendance was 76,540, compared to 95,178 for the Akron game. Still, it's only the third time since the expansion of the stadium in 2001 that the Buckeyes have not had a crowd of at least 100,000.

Vegas was sweating

There was high drama in such a lopsided game, for those who care about such things. Ohio State was favored by 49 points and led by 52 when Akron drove deep into OSU territory in the closing seconds. After one incompletion in the end zone, Akron QB Zach Gibson was sacked, and the Zips called timeout for one last try. Another sack wiped out the Zips' scoring chance and delighted all who bet on the Buckeyes.

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