The Sweep

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By Cory McCartney, SI.com 

No Chris "Beanie" Wells? That's only the start of Ohio State's problems.

The Buckeyes, the second-ranked Buckeyes, go into the lockerroom down 7-6 against Ohio.

Ohio State's offense looks inept without its injured Heisman contender. On seven offensive possessions, the Buckeyes registered just a pair of Ryan Pretorius field goals (and one miss),  totaling 118 yards and six first downs  -- against a MAC defense that was 74th in the nation last season, including 91st against the rush.

But most alarming is the defense, which was No. 1 in the nation last season. The Buckeyes didn't give up any points and allowed just 74 total yards in last Saturday's win over Youngstown State. Ohio State literally sleepwalked through the first two quarters in giving up 135 yards and seven first downs and allowing Ohio to convert on 5-of-8 third downs.

The Ohio offensive line is dominating the game, while the Buckeyes are having trouble trying to bottle up Bobcats quarterback Boo Jackson (41 yards rushing and 21 passing).

Could Ohio State get caught looking ahead to USC and lose to an in-state opponent for the first time since Oberlin in 1921? There's still two quarters to play, and at this point, you have to expect we're going to see more of Terrelle Pryor in the second half with the Buckeyes in need of some life on offense.

You just know Pete Carroll and the Trojans are watching this one with rapt attention.

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