COLUMBUS, Ohio -- There's a winning streak, but perhaps not momentum.
There's an offense capable of scoring points in bunches, but one that is also capable of disappearing for stretches of the game.
Greg Bartram/US PresswireUAB's Darrin Reaves eludes Ohio State linebacker Etienne Sabino on Saturday. Ohio State's defense had some trouble with UAB, but kept them out of the end zone in a 29-15 win.
The defense didn't allow a touchdown, but it missed tackles, gave up a pile of yards and is struggling to develop depth.
Even Ohio State's special teams have struggled to find consistency, selling punts downed deep in the opponent's territory with blocked kicks that produce touchdowns against them.
The Buckeyes have no complaints about their record as they close the door on a perfect run through the nonconference slate. But their ongoing balancing act between the positives and the negatives was again on display in a 29-15 win over UAB at Ohio Stadium on Saturday, a performance which left plenty of conflicting emotions about where they are and where they wanted to be with Big Ten play now waiting for them.