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Comment 10 Oct 2014

Is it wrong that contestants mispronouncing puzzles that they already have solved is one of my favorite things on TV? 

Comment 08 Oct 2014

Thanks Ross. Most of Xs & Os knowledge previously came from EA Sports. I love learning from these articles and seeing how things are really done.

Comment 07 Oct 2014

Upon seeing Maryland line up in the bear the first series Saturday, Ohio State immediately checked to a tackle power play. The front side blocked down the interior three defensive linemen, the tight end fanned blocked the outside linebacker and the tackle led through the playside C gap -- taking advantage of the Bear's natural bubble.

 On this play is Barrett reading anyone? It looks to me in the video that he might be reading the backside LB. In NCAA 14 there is a play they call "Dart Read Option" that looks like it has a similar blocking scheme. 

Comment 06 Oct 2014

Really exciting to see the maturation and improvement of this defense. There's still room to improve, but it's great to see this system start to take shape with new coverages installed with a purpose instead of the mess of separate coverages we used last season. 

Comment 02 Oct 2014

Loving these breakdowns! I see this game going similarly to last week with Maryland getting some passing yards on us and scoring a few points but not able to keep up with our offense. 

Comment 01 Oct 2014

Thanks for the response Ross. Love reading about the X & O's of the game. Should we expect to see this more often in response to defenses focusing on the inside run game? 

Comment 30 Sep 2014


Thought I saw more outside running plays from the Buckeye offense with pulling o-lineman. Maybe a buck-sweep type play? Were these used as another answer to the bear front, or just expanding the playbook? 

Comment 18 Jun 2013

According to ESPNs UFMs National Champ Florida team in 2008 averaged 39 carries and 23.5 pass attempts per game. OSU in 2012 averaged 46.5 carries and 23.2 pass attempts per game. Hyde averaged 18.5 carries in each of the 10 games he played. Braxton averaged 19 carries with the remaining 9 carries per game split between Smith, Dunn, etc. 

With the continued use of the no-huddle (which I don't think Florida used in 2008) let's assume they average 25 pass attempts and 45 carries a game. 

I'd like to see the carries split something like this:

  • Hyde - 16-20
  • Braxton - 8-12
  • H-Back Hall/Wilson/Marshal - 7-10
  • #2 RB Smith/Dunn/etc - 7-10

I think this would keep all of the mouths fed, keep bodies fresh for the length of the season, and limit the hits on Braxton.