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Comment 16 Jan 2015

Was there an official depth chart listed for the game against Oregon?

Comment 16 Jan 2015

I voted Mike Thomas. He has the look and skill set of a good possession receiver in the NFL. Think Decker will be a good NFL tackle too.

Comment 14 Jan 2015

I actually do think the general public had a better opinion of the ACC than the B1G. The ranking of the conferences seemed to go something like...

  1. SEC
  2. PAC 12
  3. Big 12
  4. ACC
  5. B1G

The ACC wasn't considered on par with the SEC or PAC 12, but there wasn't a narrative about how bad the conference was because their top team (FSU) was the reigning champ.

Comment 09 Jan 2015

I don't underestimate the importance of leadership by the seniors on any team but it seams like at the end of every season we hear "it's going to be hard to replace the leadership skills of this group of seniors." Mike Bennett has been a great leader for this team, but I believe someone can successfully fill that leadership role next season.

We have a lot of depth at WR returning next season and I'm sure the passing game and offense in general will be fine, but I don't know that we have anyone who can get behind a defense and track the deep pass like Devin can.

Comment 08 Jan 2015

One more thing...I want to see more of Bennett and Bosa and co jumping up to BAT DOWN passes...Mariota gets it out quickly so I am not sure the pass rush will have enough time to get to the QB

This is a good point I hadn't thought of. Bosa has obviously been great all season but has been caught out of position a few times. Against Mariota and this Oregon offense, keeping contain and getting your hands up in passing lanes will be huge for the D-line.

Comment 07 Jan 2015

I think the key to slowing down their offense is slowing down the run game without committing safeties. Your safeties stay back to keep you from getting beat deep on playaction. The best way to slow the run game, in my opinion, is to contain the backside forcing Mariota to give the ball to the HB on the zone-read and then your DL has to be able to win against their OL.

Using this strategy and counting on Miller, Washington, Bennett and Bosa to defeat the zone- blocking can lead to containing their offense.

Comment 07 Jan 2015

I've wondered the same thing and assumed it was because we don't practice an under-the-center snap and don't want to risk a fumbled exchange. It could also be because we don't want to telegraph the play that is coming if that is our only under-center play.

Comment 06 Jan 2015

Do you think the Buckeye D will have an adjustment drawn up to try to take the boundary run away, since it is expected to be a part of Oregon's gameplan, or will we continue to concede this in favor of taking away other areas?

Comment 06 Jan 2015

I've seen quite a few people say they expect Tebow to eventually end up on Urban's coaching staff at some point. I'm thinking it is more likely he takes Herbstreits TV role. As much as I got annoyed by all the Tebow love by the media, I agree that Tebow has been good in the analyst booth.

Comment 05 Jan 2015

The outside zone play is explained well here: Scouting Indiana

At the snap, all five linemen take a lateral step in the direction the play is going, gaining ground horizontally before moving upfield at all. Coleman's aiming point is supposed to be the spot where the right tackle lines up, but in reality he's looking for a cutback lane to open before turning upfield.

The offensive line zone blocks to the playside while a backside defender is left unblocked. In a traditional offense this backside defender is held by the threat of the QB bootleg, and is the player that the QB reads in the spread-option offense.

The inverted veer play is explained here: Power Read

In a traditional offense the offensive line blocks back 1 gap, leaving the playside DE unblocked. A TE or FB typically kicks out the unblocked DE with the backside guard pulling and leading the RB through the hole. The inverted veer (aka Power Read) uses the same blocking, except that the playside DE is now read by the QB instead of being blocked.

Comment 02 Jan 2015

It wasn't Jim Delaney's fault when the conference was struggling on the field, and he had nothing to do with them having success on the field this year. The main goal of the conference commissioner is to provide the most exposure and resources (read $) as possible to the universities in his conference. Delaney has been successful at accomplishing that goal for a long time now.

Comment 02 Jan 2015

Not arguing at all about some of the playcalling. I was questioning the same things you are during the game. Can't argue with the final results though.

I really wonder if fan bases of the other top offenses in the country have similar complaints.

Comment 02 Jan 2015

I wonder if other fan bases pick apart their teams play calling like I see here. I totally agree with you that there were some play calls that didn't make sense, but the offense just put up 35 points and 537 yards (7 more from the defense) when Alabama averaged giving up 18 points and 312 yards per game.

It would be interesting to see an Oregon fan site to see if there are comments on their offensive play-calling.

Comment 04 Dec 2014

Rooting interests for Buckeye fans seems pretty straight forward this weekend. In order of likelihood as I see it: 

Kansas St over Baylor

Georgia Tech over Florida St

Arizona over Oregon

Missouri over Bama

Iowa St over TCU