COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The third ranked Buckeyes get a week off before they travel to Northwestern next weekend in another Big Ten showdown.
Despite a slow start against Michigan State last Saturday at Ohio Stadium, the Buckeyes (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) were able to pull out a 34-10 win against the Spartans.
Ohio State sophomore quarterback Justin Fields threw two touchdown passes and plunged in for another score for the Buckeyes.
The Georgia transfer ran into a stout defense, got chased around, sacked and intercepted for the first time in his college career.
But he stayed cool and engineered enough explosive plays to help Ohio State bury the Spartans.
J.K. Dobbins rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown and is well on his way to the best season of his Ohio State career.
Buckeyes Coach Ryan Day says he’s taking using the bye week as a chance to evaluate his team.
“The big focus is on self-improvement this week. Each coach is giving each of the players tangible things for each of the players to work on. It may be something that is on the field. It might be something off the field. It might be something academically, something along those lines, but the idea is what have we done well and what do we need to improve on,” Day said during his weekly news conference, Tuesday.
Day says they’re also using this week to get healthy.
“That was a phsyical game that we played on Saturday night. Guys need to get healthy again. We’re a little battered but that’s what happens six weeks in and you play a game like that against Michigan State.”
Northwestern (1-4, 0-3 Big Ten) is coming off a 13-10 loss to Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska.
The Wildcats are also on a bye this week, giving them extra time to prepare for the Buckeyes.