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  C.J. Stroud, who didn't throw a pass in a college football game until five weeks ago, says he's getting better at relaxing amid the chaos. With his sore shoulder feeling better and some early wobbles behind him, Stroud is beginning to look less like an inexperienced freshman and more like Justin Fields, his unflappable predecessor at quarterback who led Ohio State to the College Football Playoff in both years as a starter. "I'm just being more comfortable," Stroud said after throwing five touchdowns in the No. 7 Buckeyes' 66-17 pounding of Maryland on Saturday. "I mean, being myself. I'm really just relaxing back there, and I think my teammates have really helped me. And I feel like we're starting to roll, get momentum." Coach Ryan Day sees it, too. "I think his preparation has been excellent," Day said. "I think he sees the field well. He's got some good players around him, but he's also making really good throws. His timing is right, he's seeing the field, making good decisions. And so that is allowing us to run the offense and to be very efficient." Ohio State scored on nine straight possessions and piled up 598 yards of offense as the Buckeyes (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten) had their way with the Terps (4-2, 1-2). Stroud threw for 406 yards, including two touchdown passes each to star wideouts Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson against a depleted Maryland secondary. "Last week and this week, we were damn near perfect," Olave said. - Ohio State/AP College Football

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