Cal quarterback Jared Goff may be a freshman, but he’s not playing like one.
Through two weeks of action, the first-year signal-caller out of Greenbrae, Calif., leads the NCAA in passing yards by a wide margin. Goff is orchestrating an offense that runs more plays per game (97) than any other team in the country and Cal currently ranks No. 9 with 582.5 yards of offense per game.
This Saturday, Goff and the Golden Bears offense will test Ohio State’s young defense.
The Buckeyes will make the cross-country trip to Berkeley, Calif., with a defense that replaced seven starters from last year’s undefeated team.
The Buckeyes do, however, return two starting safeties in C.J. Barnett and Christian Bryant in addition to one of the country’s best cornerbacks in Bradley Roby.
That experience in the secondary will be huge for a young and talented front seven.
The Buckeyes registered three sacks and two quarterback hurries against San Diego State last Saturday. According to Rusty Miller of the Associated Press, Ohio State’s defense is up to the challenge of playing the country’s top passer.
“A true freshman can be really athletic and all that,” defensive tackle Michael Bennett said. “But it’s easier to get flustered and to get a little nervous — especially when you see a defensive line closing in.”
Defensive back Armani Reeves expanded on Bennett’s comments.
“Just get him second-guessing and when you do things like that, especially when it’s a…
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