The return of Luke Fickell to Ohio Stadium with his Cincinnati Bearcats made for a nice story.
It just didn't make for much of a game.
Relying on the wide-ranging talents of transfer quarterback Justin Fields, the fifth-ranked Buckeyes showed the separation between themselves and the Bearcats, no matter how much inside knowledge of OSU's personnel Fickell retained from his job as defensive coordinator two years ago.
Fickell's troops were outmatched against Fields' rushing and throwing on a day where he went 20-of-25 for 224 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another pair of scores in a 42-0 win.
Cincinnati probably sensed it was in trouble early, when Fields scrambled for a first down on third-and-8 and then scored easily on a 7-yard run.
J.K. Dobbins got in on the act with a pair of touchdown runs in the first half, including one from 60 yards, to feed a 141-yard performance.
All around, it was a dominant performance by the Buckeyes, who continue to impress former All-American and current Fox NFL analyst Chris Spielman.
Ohio State's day almost got even better, with Michigan struggling in overtime before escaping against Army.
Still, Ryan Day got off a good shot at the Wolverines.