The Ohio State Buckeyes put up three touchdowns in the first eight minutes and put the game on cruise control thereafter in a 52-34 win in Berkeley over the Cal Golden Bears.
Kenny Guiton fired four touchdowns in his start for the hobbled Braxton Miller with two them being long scores to Devon Smith,who finished the day with 149 yards receiving.
Jordan Hall continued his excellent running with a 168 yards on the ground with three touchdowns.
The now 3-0 Buckeyes return home Saturday against 1-AA Florida A&M.
1) Kenny Guiton was great as he threw a 90 yard scoring toss to Devin Smith on the Buckeyes second offensive play along with three other touchdown passes.
If Guiton played for almost any other team,he might be a Heisman contender.
2) That said,when Braxton Miller returns-it's his team.
Miller may pass as accurately as Guiton,but when Miller is in the game,you cannot take your eyes off him.
Braxton Miller brings things to the table that no one else in the game does and any experiment of sharing time at quarterback is doomed to fail-no matter how good Kenny Guiton would be.
3) Jordan Hall continues to prove that he is the best back that Ohio State has,when he is healthy and that includes Carlos Hyde.
Hall's only issue has been his vulnerability to injury and Mr.Hyde might have a scary time getting his starting job back when he returns from suspension.
4) Hall might be the best back,but the most exciting might be freshman Dontre Wilson.
Every time that Wilson touches the ball,there is a chance that he gets the ball in open space.
Wilson (as my friend Ian said) is the fastest and most exciting Buckeye since Ted Ginn Jr.
5) Cal still scored more than they should and many of those came as a result of poor tackling.
This was a problem last season and it is not totally resolved this campaign.
6) Cal's stadium showed more Red than any other color as the Buckeyes showed that they are a true national program.
There is only maybe ten of those programs and the Ohio State brand is powerful enough nationally that they should continue to play a game far away from Columbus every year to continue that exposure to help recruiting and booster donations.
Photo Credit;Marvin Fong-Cleveland Plain Dealer