Joey Galloway addressed Ohio State’s Week 1 win over Notre Dame late Saturday, and his key takeaways come from the defensive side of the ball.

While Galloway admitted the Ohio State offense did not look as expected, the defense should be ready to go moving forward. Ryan Day still needs to fine-tune the offense and get some younger receivers up to speed, but that unit should be fine long term.

“The offense didn’t look like the well-oiled machine we expected it to look like,” Galloway said on ESPN’s College Football Final. “CJ Stroud a little off, young receivers, Jaxon Smith-Njigba goes out, they didn’t look great.

“But everyone wanted to see how the defense would look… In this game, they held Notre Dame to 250 total yards and shut them out in the second half. This defense looked way more aggressive, way more disruptive up front. They may have found a star in Mike Hall… You walk away feeling like your defense is ready to go.”

As for the overall nature of the game, Matt Barrie pointed out the 17-point spread might have just been a miss for oddsmakers.

“Maybe it’s clear Vegas just missed on this one,” said Barrie.

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