Real Pod Wednesdays: How Ohio State's Offense Will Look with C.J. Stroud at Quarterback and How the Defense Could Look Different This Season

By Dan Hope and Kyle Jones on August 18, 2021 at 10:10 am
C.J. Stroud

If you want to spend an hour hearing about what Ohio State's offensive and defensive schemes could look like this season, you've come to the right place.

Eleven Warriors scheme analyst Kyle Jones guest hosts this week's episode of Real Pod Wednesdays. As we look ahead to the start of the 2021 season in just a couple weeks' time, we discuss a wide variety of topics related to what we could see from the Buckeyes on both sides of the ball, including:

  • 2:20: How the spring game foretold C.J. Stroud likely becoming Ohio State's starting quarterback
  • 8:35: Why Ohio State's offense should look similar with Stroud as it did with Justin Fields
  • 13:13: How aggressive Ryan Day will be calling plays for Stroud
  • 15:45: How Ohio State could manage playing time for the rest of Ohio State's quarterbacks, including Kyle McCord and Quinn Ewers
  • 25:30: Whether Ohio State could change its run-blocking scheme to fit this year's running backs
  • 29:55: Why Ohio State's offensive line changes are more about pass protection than run blocking
  • 37:50: What the bullet position could look like in Ohio State's defense
  • 45:11: Why Ohio State could mix and match its defensive personnel more this year than past seasons
  • 48:33: How the nose tackle position is different at Ohio State than many other defenses
  • 51:52: How Ohio State will defend against Minnesota in the season opener
  • 56:40: How Ohio State could use the 3-3-5 and other exotic looks in pass-rushing situations
  • 1:00:46: Whether Ohio State's defense will ever place less emphasis on stopping the run to prioritize stopping the pass
  • 1:04:03: Why Ohio State's defense should have done something differently against Alabama, but maybe couldn't

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Coming next week: The first episode of Real Pod Wednesdays with our new full-time co-host.

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