College GameDay’s Desmond Howard on Ohio State: “If They Play a Team With a Pulse, They Struggle”

Desmond Howard is at it again.

On Saturday’s broadcast of College GameDay on ESPN, the former Michigan wide receiver and current college football analyst took a shot at the second-ranked Buckeyes.

“They’re blowing out inferior opponents,” Howard said. “If they play a team with a pulse, they struggle.”

The other analysts at the desk pushed back on Howard’s comments. Still, they acknowledged that Ohio State’s toughness is under the microscope after the team looked shaky in performances against Iowa, Penn State and Northwestern. The Buckeyes failed to cover the point spreads in their matchups with the Nittany Lions and Wildcats.

Kirk Herbstreit said he would be focused on how Ohio State plays against Indiana this afternoon as 40-point favorites over the Hoosiers. The former OSU quarterback believes the Buckeyes can silence their doubters by playing within themselves and letting the game come to them on Saturday.

“It’s an early kick. Ohio State has not looked up to their capabilities over the last three weeks,” Herbstreit said. “They press. Let the game come to you rather than try to make plays to make the committee and your fans happy.”

Herbstreit continued, saying that the Buckeyes should also focus on building momentum toward their final regular-season game against Michigan.

“To me, it’s more about building to the Michigan game,” he said. “It’s about trying to get their train back on the track because the last three weeks haven’t been there.”

Ohio State’s first opportunity to realign itself will come against the 3-6 Hoosiers on Saturday, and the next will be in a matchup with Maryland on the road next weekend. The Buckeyes will host Michigan in the Horshoe on Nov. 26 for the programs’ first meeting in Columbus since 2018 – a game Ohio State won 62-39.

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