Is it time for OSU to bench QB JT Barrett?
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Call a spade a spade. Ohio State did not play well in the second half to Oklahoma in a 31-16 defeat in Columbus on Saturday.
Senior quarterback J.T. Barrett struggled, in particular. He was 19-for-35 for just 183 yards and in interception while Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield completed his final 14 passes in crunch time.
Barrett entered the season as one of the Heisman Trophy favorites based on his body of work. He holds several school records. But, according to writer Tony Meale, a deeper look into numbers shows that his play dips against elite competition.
Meale suggests that it's time for head coach Urban Meyer to bench his leader and turn to one of his other highly-ranked quarterbacks.
Then, Barrett was a Heisman Trophy contender. Now, he’s a lost cause – or close to it. When Barrett drops back, nothing comes easy. Nothing. On Saturday, Baker Mayfield, who torched Ohio State for 386 yards and three touchdowns, was a video game; Barrett was a toddler trying his hand at Madden. Mayfield was wheeling and dealing all night. He oozed confidence. He was in the face of every unit before every possible game-changing play or series. His leadership was apparent, his focus singular, his execution flawless.
Barrett was a decrepit fifth-year trying to feel his way out of a phone booth. On the edge of a cliff. On a moonless night. He seems not only reluctant, but terrified, to throw downfield. When he actually musters the courage to do so, his receivers either drop would-be touchdowns or whiff completely.
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