It looks like there's good news for J.T. Barrett heading into Saturday's game
J.T. Barrett hasn’t thrown an interception in 175 passes. That’s the longest streak without a pick of his entire career.
That last interception came in the second half against Wisconsin. Right before Barrett took the snap, a downpour rained on Camp Randall Stadium and the Ohio State quarterback was forced to throw in wet conditions. Barrett didn’t say the weather had anything to do with that throw, but it was his worst of the day.
Then, of course, the rain held off and Barrett led Ohio State on a comeback.
There’s a belief that in less-than-ideal weather, Barrett tends to struggle. His passing numbers in cold, windy conditions vs. Michigan State were some of the worst of his career and OSU barely pulled out a win.
So will the weather be a factor on Saturday against Michigan? It appears not.
The early weather.com forecast shows that Barrett likely won’t have any significant wind or participation to deal with at game time in Columbus:
That’s obviously just one factor heading into Saturday, but in a game of inches, it could easily play a big part of that forecast changes.
Barrett’s weakness this season has been the deep ball. On passes of 20-plus yards in B1G play, Barrett has a completion percentage of just 33 percent (via CFB Film Room).
The question many have is weather or not OSU can stretch the field against Michigan’s vaunted secondary. Jourdan Lewis is in the midst of another All-American season leading a Wolverine pass defense that ranks first in the country at 137 yards per game.
Without any inclement weather in the forecast, that’ll remain Barrett’s biggest obstacle on Saturday.