I've been looking forward to this all weekend
I know saying “I love these write-ups” is as cliche as everyone saying the gif of the lone Buckeye fan standing and clapping in a sea of Fichigan blue “never gets old”, but I love these write-ups.
INJECT IT STRAIGHT INTO MY VEINS
Nicely done - thanks for this
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Outstanding job done by the staff and players. It was glorious!
“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt
and im sure more can be ran out of the mesh routes.
"To The House"
Exactly! Like using Berry as a FB that can feign blocker only to become a check-down option if the mesh isn’t available. Also love the pivot back to the outside instead of completing the cross, that is sheer genius. MGO even had Fichigan fans wondering why we didn’t just run these same plays every time as they admitted they had no ability to stop it.
The fake crossing routes were amazing play calls too. K.J. Hill sold that one great and that slot defender had no chance as he kept going across the middle.
Just posting and hoping my comment isn’t deleted.
Yeah, great sell by KJ. I think this play can only be called after a few successful mesh passes have been completed. The corners jump the route thinking they have taken away the route only to find out they've been had, bad.
What's round on the ends and high in the middle? Tell me if you know!
I hope Jim and Don stay …. forever
it's like there's 1/2 of a pumpkin pie left and it's so delicious you take the whole pan and eat it....
Life long fan of... The!
Here's the thing, scUM still lives with a belief that they can go mano-a-mano with OSU. As long as they try, they will lose. Our struggles have come against creativity and other teams picking our weaknesses and trying to exploit them. Trick plays, fakes, etc. scUM will never get to the point that they believe they have to do that to win. So they will lose. And I will love it.
Pain of Discipline
Pain of Regret
Take Your Pick
And as bruising as it is to their pride, I don’t believe they have the athleticism from skill players comparable to the teams that gave us fits like Wandale Robinson at Purdue and RB Anthony MacFarland at Maryland. Michigan seemed very slow.
Really interesting write up for this armchair hack!
So: I guess it is safe to assume that NW will play zone on Saturday night? If TTUN does not have the horses to run with us, then NW surely will not. But that doesn't mean they won't have an effective scheme to stop us. Heck, Minnesota did for long stretches of time. I suspect Coaches Fitz and Fleck will spend some time on the phone this week -- with Fleck getting an IOU from Fitz.
I think we will have a heavy, heavy dose of Dobbins this Saturday. NW will be putting everyone back to not let Haskins beat them.
I say this with zero knowledge of what NW does on defense, just an educated guess haha.
That's my guess as well. They'll be happy to have us drive the field and run the clock and need twelve or more plays to score. They'll then try to do the same. They'll be happy to shorten the game. Fitz will try to protect his defense by keeping our offense off the field and hopefully stay in reach and give themselves a chance to win in the fourth. I don't think they'll want to get in a track meet with us.
We'll have to stop them from running the ball and getting put to sleep and then dinked and dunked on. I'd look for them to try and mess with the tempo and cadence and try lots of hard counts and stuff. Huddle up and take the whole play clock on first and second downs and then run up and go fast for third. And they'll bring the cheese - every kind of mis-direction and trick and backyard silliness. They got nothing to lose and Coach Fitz seems like the sort of guy who is going to make sure his kids have fun - especially when they're in over their heads.
You've got to kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight.
This gameplan (and analysis):
Waiting for this as soon as the game ended. As sad as it is to think about, Ryan Day earned every single penny he's going to receive as a head coach at a very lucky school. He 100% out-schemed Michigan and it was amazing to watch. For once this year, it seemed like we had an answer for everything the other team tried to throw at us. This was simply a coaching clinic. And as Kyle noted, although the Freeze tempo wasn't as exciting as the full-throttle tempo, it seemed like that was a huge advantage for OSU.
In all this we're forgetting Wilson. He's been a master at game planning for the better part of 2 decades. The return of the wham blocking as an example feels more like an adjustment we'd see from him or Urban vs. a Day call.
Beautiful breakdown! Love it.
Maybe the first game in a long time where I felt we out-coached the other team
Yep...I love it when Michigan is the stupid team.
It hasn't been a long time. We outcoached MSU.
By punting inside the 5 a bunch of times? Not sure I would call that out scheming.
"Great moments are born from great opportunities." - Herb Brooks
Did you watch the game? Their offense could do nothing against our D. And while our offense was not hitting on all cylinders, we dominated the field position game.
Putting your punter in position to pin them deep when you know their offense is struggling is good coaching.
lol. That dynamic offense that scored 6 against Nebraska and 14 against Rutgers. Touché.
Just because other teams also outcoached MSU doesn't lessen my point. Unless you're trying to make the point that despite the beatdown, Sparty still outcoached OSU.
Great offensive game plan. A ton of Credit to everyone, Day and Wilson, Dwayne’s calling of protections is vastly overlooked.. he was calling out the protections all day and did not make one single mistake.. and massive shout out to the OLine on executing. The WRs for getting open. Excellent game.
The defense had a lot of positives.. still the DBs have to find the football and stop committing penalties (I know some were questionable but still).
I fully expect a ton of zone defense with 2 high safeties from NW, with some exotic blitzes and stunts mixed in. Dwayne has the arm to beat cover 2 which might be employed to limit the crossers.
Great stuff as always, Kyle! Was really looking forward to the autopsy of this massacre!
We dominated both lines of scrimmage letting our skill guys do what they do!
I was in 26C watching this unfold and I was telling my fellow Buckeyes how in the 1H we basically showed 3 formations (by my count) and pretty much basic Mesh concepts. Felt very confident going into 2H given we hadn't showed TTUN many new wrinkles at all. Makes you think what part of the gameplan we didn't even have to use!
1 on 1 in space. See if you can stop it. Loved it!!
Teams must blitz us and it MUST GET HOME! If these two things do not happen it has not been shown as capable of stopping our offense this year! The running game bringing some true balance to the attack is also back breaking for a game plan, Haskins running the ball 6-8 times a game changes the oppositions confidence as a few second and shorts are deadly with our WR core!
I would rather be on hand with 10 men then elsewhere with 10,000 - Timur Lenk
Ya know, as crazy as it is to think about, and it wasn't even a 'true' play, could it be argued that Haskins run against MSU where he shouldered the defender was the turning point? Yes, defensively, we struggled against Maryland, but the offense has been a whole different level (granted it's only been 2 games). But it seems like we have been seeing a whole different Haskins from the one who slid with no defender within 5 yards of him against Nebraska. It's almost as if he realized he can take/deliver a hit.
These little 5-6 yard rumbles he has a few times a game have been massive.
I said the same thing to a buddy, and in a comment on here. Haskins running occasionally on that read option is huge. If he's making the right read when he keeps it, Dwayne's good for 5 yards every time. That's basically like having JT Barrett (even though JT was a far better runner) but with a deadly passing threat as well.
For sure. Haskins is now running like 2014 Cardale. Before he was running like 2015 Cardale which is basically not running at all.
I will admit I was one of the NEVER have Haskins run!!! Group as it seemed like a foolish idea - yet from the perspective of fellow players at a run first program I admit that your perception of his run vs MSU was huge! These young men have only seen QB's who lay it all on the line and now that it appears Haskins is willing to do that, then having 2nd and 5 four to eight times a game from Haskins running might be the most deadly thing defenses cannot deal with as no one is going to commit resources to stop HASKINS from running!! Which means two to four times a half we will just be gifted a very manageable down and distance!
I need these articles to humble myself. Just when I think I knew what was happening, you remind me that I have no idea what's going on out there. Thank you.
Pray for potatoes with a hoe in your hand.
The schemes and attack was great. TTUN was defeated all day, and now all year. What a great gift that keeps on giving!
Ohio State should always be attacking the opposition. Fitzgerald and NW will have some surprise to throw at the Buckeyes and Ohio State just needs to attack full out.
Saturday send 3 guys deep. At least twice. O line can give you time.
My face when I got to this sentence:
Brown was forced to switch to a single-high pattern-match scheme he calls Raider, which is nearly identical to the Rip/Liz concept developed and made famous by Nick Saban.
Yes, if we make it to the playoffs it will be to face this monster, yet if we go I would rather face them head on! All of our issues and failings - which I loved that Meyer pointed out "2nd - I know we have been bad at this or that yet 2nd in offense just put that up against first in defense!"
This summed up beautifully his aggravation with all the snide comments from so many! I hope they are together smiling and saying "How you like me now?"
Great article. The explanations with the videos really let me understand what happened strategically on the field. I've been watching football over 60 years and that's the first time I can really say that. Thanks Kyle.
I thought the play that set the tone for the entire game was our very first play where Haskins kept the ball on the read option and he gashed the defense for 7-8 yards. They weren't expecting that just like they weren't expecting many of our plays that killed them.
Ohio State's offensive attack was execution...in every sense of the word.
Just saw Rashan Gary is bolting for the NFL. Glad we never got bit by losing that recruiting battle.
Good lord, what Larry Johnson and Mickey Marotti could have done with him.
Michigan and "TTUN" ??!!??
Glad we never got bit by losing that recruiting battle.
Peoples-Jones is next. That kid has looked crazy good. Nothing against the kid. But I hope he becomes the next Blue Chip recruit to never beat OSU.
Yeah, I watched him play regretfully. Gary never made me cringe as much as that guy did.
The gameplan ignited the crowd which was already amped up - a la 2009 game v USC.
huge plays like Parris’ 78 yd TD and longer passes to Olave and Dixon HAD to impress recruits considering both schools. Add in a blocked punt TD ?
hard to imagine a kid with a choice saying, “nah I’ll go up north”.
"Just remember one thing. I can do your job, but you can't do mine." - Woody Hayes to an OSU professor
Note that in the TE Wham example, it's actually the center and tackle that go up to the second level while the guard kicks out to take the defensive end.
I am sure he will take credit for it at every opportunity...but Marcus Ray nailed it. Said the matchup to watch was OSU slot receivers vs ttun DBs. May have a personal bone to pick...but has also been openly critical of Brown.
Justice delayed is justice denied....#FTP
I was hoping they’d exploit them with the shallow crossers, and boy did they. And everything else, too.
Thanks, as always for the terrific analysis, Kyle.
Such articles remind us of the beauty of the world's greatest sport. Strength, speed, toughness, teamwork, and big dose of intelligence.
What a joy that we get to watch again this weekend!
Well stated. I’m surrounded by foks who love the NBA and don’t care much for football. To me, basketball is much too basic. You go up and down the floor scoring nearly every time. With only five players there’s very little complexity and strategy required compared to football. Football is played on an open field, eleven strong, so much skill, strategy, planning, playcalling are required to be successful. There’s way more facets. I think of those who like basketball but not football like those who like checkers but not chess. Anyway, rambling over.
Obviously there are still games/stretches during games here and there where the offense looks predictable and/or not in rhythm. Every team deals with that every so often. But this is just beautiful to see. The amount of deception and creativity that Wilson and Day have brought to the offense is incredible, especially with how predictable and out-of-sync our offense often looked during the Beck-Warriner days in 2015-2016. It says a lot about those two that they out-coached Don Brown from start to finish in this game and clearly outdid him during the week leading up to it.
I think Wilson and Day make the perfect team. They both have the same overall philosophy, but they each have their own personal wrinkles and schematic ideas that they bring to the table as well and they work very well together
Nothing would have worked for us unless the OL did their job. TTUN figured they could apply enough pressure to disrupt our passing game. That didn't work and it spelled the end for TTUN. The OL won the game.
Mahalo for the analysis, Kyle. I've been saying all week that the OSU offense could run wild against Don Browns one-over defense by running slants and crossers.
But you added another dimension. I noticed on Sat. that KJ Hill cut back out for a big gain, but didn't realize that it was an adjustment from the OSU success of the crossers.
Great analysis. Great read. Mahalo.
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AWESOME breakdown, loved every word. Great job.
Can we do one for the defense as well? Trying to understand if we fundamentally have turned a corner or we just happened to "match up" better against MSU/TTUN style of traditional offense schemes.
Honestly, the only difference between this defense and any other Urban Meyer defense we've had is the number of big plays given up, and the magnitude. We get "stops" at the same rate we always have, but when we didn't get stops, watch out. It's hard to look good when giving up 70+ yard runs, but that largely comes down to safety play. In this game, our safeties did a good job of not letting 15 yard runs become 75 yard runs. There was one play where Michigan's safety took a poor angle on the Parris Campbell jet sweep and it became a 78 yard run.
And to think if those 3 drives inside the 5 didn't stall out we could have laid almost 80 on them.....
Kyle - you are a treasure. Your analysis throughout the season has been one of the few threads from me going overboard on this team and to see your diagnoses/analyses this year have been incorporated by the coaching staff on almost a nostradomamic level. Shout-out to you for being so great at this
"I don't apologize for anything. When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes
Mr Jones, thank you! These are my favorite articles on this site. You definitely do your part to set 11W apart from the rest.
Kyle, you make the plays so fun to watch. But then again, you've been given great material!
I cannot stop reading about his game. Also having a hard time kicking the urge to watch all the espn people eat crow in youtube clips. GO BUCKS
Please feel free to share so we may all indulge :)
First play, first video: isn't that offensive PI? (the left-most receiver in tripps who runs downfield and blocks his man out of the play)