Ohio State makes biggest statement yet dismantling Iowa defense

Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Emeka Egbuka. (Barbara J. Perenic/Columbus Dispatch)
Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Emeka Egbuka. (Barbara J. Perenic/Columbus Dispatch) /

The Ohio State Buckeyes made their case for the No. 1 ranking in the land after testing their firepower against Iowa’s stout defense.

Usually, it takes an impressive ranked victory for a team to really have an argument to jump ahead in the college football rankings. Ohio State’s victory over Iowa doesn’t check that box, but it was still one of the most impressive wins of the weekend.

The Hawkeyes are not a good team. Their offense is historically inept. Their defense is an entirely different story though. Iowa ranked third nationally in scoring defense coming into Saturday. They held Michigan to 27 points, a season low for the Wolverines. They lost while holding Illinois to nine.

So Ohio State may have expected to beat Iowa, but this was going to be their chance to prove their offense is truly as unstoppable as it has looked this season.

Mission accomplished.

Ohio State should command more No. 1 votes after victory over Iowa

The Buckeyes chipped away at the Iowa defense to the tune of 54 points. While one of their touchdowns came on the defensive end, they still dropped more points on the Hawkeyes than anyone since 1995.

It took the offense time to get going, settling for early field goals. They were still very much in control and broke through for touchdown after touchdown in the end.

Teams just don’t do that to Kirk Ferentz-coached Iowa teams.

It goes to show how dangerous this year’s Ohio State offense is. They got Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Miyan Williams back on Saturday and that wasn’t even what propelled the offense to so many points. C.J. Stroud threw four touchdowns. Julian Fleming, Emeka Egbuka and Marvin Harrison Jr. each found the endzone.

There is truly an embarrassment of riches in Columbus. If Iowa couldn’t stop them, it’s tough to think of the defense that can.

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