Nick Bosa, one of the best players in college football, has donned the Scarlet and Gray for the last time in his career. After suffering a core muscle injury against TCU and having surgery for it, Bosa has decided to withdraw from Ohio State and focus on the 2019 NFL Draft, a draft in which he could very well be the number one overall pick. Bosa’s decision obviously shakes things up for Ohio State. Let’s look at how it affects the Buckeyes for the rest of the season.
Ever since Bosa’s injury, Ohio State’s defense has been sticking out like a sore thumb. Trace McSorley gashed the Buckeyes for over 460 yards of total offense, Indiana scored 26 points on them, and Mohamed Ibrahim of Minnesota ran for 157 yards against them. Ohio State’s defense has been suspect all year, but Nick Bosa served as a sort of security blanket that was always a threat to make big plays. Without this threat, Ohio State’s defense will continue to struggle. Not to mention, Ohio State has some big games coming up on the schedule including a primetime clash at Purdue this Saturday, a trip to East Lansing in November, and, of course, the huge game against Michigan on November 24th. Judging by Michigan’s performance against Wisconsin, it could be a long afternoon in Columbus for the Buckeyes without Nick Bosa.
Bosa’s bombshell does not necessarily spell the end for Ohio State. After all, Ohio State has won four straight games without Bosa, including a win at Penn State while facing a whiteout. Also, the Buckeyes still have one of the best defensive lines in the country with stars like Chase Young and Dre’Mont Jones. However, it is clear that the defense has greatly struggled without Bosa and will now continue to do so.
Dwayne Haskins and Ohio State’s offense are ultimately what get the Buckeyes through the regular season and to the Playoff unscathed. Haskins is playing so well that he will be able to lead his team to victories over Michigan State, Michigan, and probably Wisconsion or Iowa in the Big Ten Championship. However, when Ohio State plays a team like Alabama or Clemson in the Playoff, Haskins’ talent will not be enough. Nick Bosa’s absence and the mediocrity of the defense will be too much for the Buckeyes to overcome, especially when playing against players like Tua Tagovailoa and Trevor Lawrence, which will result in a disappointing finish to the season.