In many ways the game against UNLV is what everyone expected for the Buckeyes. Urban Meyer's team got out to a big lead and this game was never really contested. Ohio State in fact opened up a 37-0 lead and took at 37-point margin into the halftime locker room before taking the foot off the gas more or less in the second half en route to a 54-21 win over the Rebels.
With 54 points scored, you have to imagine that there were some great performances on offense, and there were. And for a team that racked up 13 tackles for loss and saw the first team defense stymie the opponent, that there would be some solid defensive efforts as well. Which there were.
Another thing that happens in a case like this is that your specialists generally fall off of the list as more players step up, and that happened. Drue Chrisman did not see much work punting the ball so he ultimately falls off of the list as we welcome a new offensive threat to the list. This is nothing against what Chrisman did in the game but more of a result of position players starting to step up and into the highly visible list.
We also wanted to give special mention to walk-on receiver C.J. Saunders who had a huge game in a back-up role for the Buckeyes. His odds would be long to make this list, or better phrased, something would have to be going on for Saunders to vault up the list over a talented crew of offensive players. So, while he may never see his name on the Hot 11 (well, never say never) we wanted to make sure he was mentioned in this piece for a great performance against an overmanned UNLV team.
We update our Hot 11 list, some players moving up, some moving down and some either debuting or returning to our 'stock report' of the top-11 players on the team based upon what we have seen.
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The Hot 11: Post UNLV
Four tackles, three TFLs, a sack and a pass breakup for all in a short day of work for Bosa. Just imagine what the numbers would have been if Larry Johnson would have left Nick in for more time. Nick just continues to show why he is one of the most talented players on the Ohio State team and moves up to the top spot after being close most of the year. Last Week: 4
Like with most of the starters, it was not a long day for Price on the hot field of Ohio Stadium on Saturday. While he was in the Ohio State offense moved with relative ease up and down the field. As overwhelmed as UNLV was in this game, the interior offensive line did not get much of a reprieve going against two massive defensive tackles. Price more than passed the test and remains solid at his spot in the list. Last Week: 2
Lewis did nothing to warrant sliding down the list, he was just passed up by a couple of players in a game where Lewis did not see a lot of action due to the circumstance. Lewis did record half a sack in the game, a game where the Buckeyes had five sacks and honestly could have had several more. It would be hard to believe that there would be a Hot 11 this season that did not have Tyquan on it. Look for him to be a mainstay of the list. Last Week: 1
In a game where the Buckeyes were throw-heavy it was easy to miss what J.K. Dobbins did on Saturday. He was held out of the end zone but still rushed for 95 yards on 14 carries for an average clip of 6.8 yards. It was obvious that UNLV was not going to let the run game beat them. It did not, the passing game did. But Dobbins still looks like one of the most talented runners to come through Columbus in a very long time. Last Week: 3
J.T Barrett continues to move up in the Ohio State record books and while nobody is going to confuse the UNLV pass defense with one from Alabama or Clemson, it was still an impressive game for the senior QB. 12-17 for 209 yards and five touchdowns in less than a half of work. Barrett distributed the five touchdowns to five different receivers and even had 22 yards on the ground to boot. Last Week: 5
Dre'mont had a sack and knocked down an UNLV pass at the line in his limited reps on Saturday. The play of Jones has minimized the questions of when Michael Hill will return from suspension. It is a scary thought to think about the two lining up next to one another when he does come back. Jones has solidified his status as one of the biggest movers on the team on future draft boards. Last Week: 7
Offensive linemen on the Hot 11 are always a challenge to write about since their contributions are often missed in the stat books but so important to the grand scheme of things with how the offense plays in the game. Jones has been a steady force at his left tackle position and is one of Ohio State's most consistent performers, regardless of position. Last Week: 6
Campbell is finding more and more confidence and more and more success for the Buckeyes. He was the recipient of the first touchdown pass of the game on Ohio State's 2nd offensive snap of the game. He also took a kickoff 82-yards and oh-so-close to a touchdown as well on special teams. Campbell ended the game with 187 all-purpose yards and is becoming an electric playmaker. Last Week: 9
Hubbard does not even show up in the final defensive book in terms of recording any statistics but that is just an anomaly of a deep rotation and an early game for many of the Ohio State defensive starters. We certainly do not expect to see him without and recorded stats this week at Rutgers as he continues to be a solid performer at defensive end. Last Week: 8
Hill is becoming a favorite target in the Ohio State offense and was rewarded with a touchdown against UNLV. Hill now has 18 receptions on the year which has doubled his career catches with the Buckeyes so far. It is hard to imagine that he won't become one of the go-to targets as the Ohio State season moves into October and the schedule turns into league play. Last Week: NR
Ward had a pair of pass break-ups against UNLV as well as a tackle for loss of his own. UNLV was held to 88 yards passing on the day and Ohio State's corners did a good job of denying the pass for the Rebels as they looked to find anything to work against the Buckeyes. Last Week: 11