It seems like ages ago where the entire country, including myself was talking about how J.T. Barrett was holding The Ohio State Buckeyes offense back from reaching their full potential after the loss to The Oklahoma Sooners in Columbus. Don’t look now, but its going heavily under the radar that the signal caller for the scarlet and gray is lighting up the stat sheet. He is starting to get the ball to his play makers such as Paris Campbell, Johnnie Dixon, and Benjamin Victor for big plays that have defenses in a bind on figuring out how to defend the Buckeye offense with the two headed running back monster of Mike Weber and freshman phenom, JK Dobbins paired with OSU’s new found air attack. Throughout his 2017 senior campaign, Barrett has posted 1838 yards through the air with a 66 percent completion rate, as well as a 21 passing touchdowns to only 1 interception. That coupled along with his 359 yards rushing on the ground while scampering for 5 more touchdowns with his legs. With over 2000 all purpose yards with 26 total touch downs and only 1 turnover this entire season, that begs the question, why isn’t he in the conversation for the most prestigious honor in all of college football, The Heisman Trophy?
Granted, players such as Penn State’s Saquan Barkely, Stanford’s Bryce Love, and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield are all having outstanding seasons and deserve to be in the conversation as well as the prohibited favorites for the award, but that still doesn’t mean Barrett’s name shouldn’t even be in the conversation. Barrett has seemed to have gotten the hang of Kevin Wilson’s offense and Wilson has adjusted his play calling to fit Barrett’s strengths which is why the offense for Ohio State has looked upper class against the weaker competition they’ve gone against since facing Oklahoma.
These games have allowed Barrett to get right for the big showdown against Penn State this coming weekend. He has piled the stat sheets (sometimes while only playing one half) and really seems to have a grasp on this new offense going into Ohio States most important stretch of their season. With big games against Penn State in Columbus, a dangerous Iowa environment on the road, a well Coached Mark D’Antonio team that always plays a great game against the Bucks in Michigan State, a date in Ann Arbor, Michigan to play the Maze and Blue that is reeling yet hungry The Michigan Wolverines to end the season, and possibly a match up against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship with a shot of getting back to the College Football Playoff, Barrett has a chance to punch his ticket to New York and at least be a finalist for the award every college football player wants if he is the reason Ohio State runs the table and gets back to the CFP. It all starts on Saturday afternoon against #2 Penn State in the horseshoe. If Barrett shows the nation that these past view games against weaker competition were no fluke and piles up the stat sheet against a great team like Penn State, lips will start to chatter of Barrett’s argument for the Heisman trophy.