This is good stuff...thanks for the breakdown. Ohio State is going to run the ball often.
You may be correct...just my observations.
If Dobbins carries the ball 35 times for 200 yards, that is 5.7 yards a carry. I think that is realistic and necessary for the Buckeyes to win.
Rushing for 200 yards still won’t mean Clemson is not in the game....just my opinion though.
The Clemson offensive line is good. They just are not good enough to run the ball more than pass the ball against Ohio State’s defense and win.
Conversely, Ohio State’s offensive line is good enough to run more than pass to win the game against Clemson.
I really don’t know if this Clemson offensive line is the best they’ve ever had.
Thoroughly enjoyed reading all of your stories.
For what it is worth, I played in high school and college. I also coached at various levels for 25 years.
I believe if you played on any level, then you have experienced the best part of football. And what is the best part of football? Moving another person from point A to point B against their will. No better feeling when you do it to someone else and no worse feeling when someone does it to you.
You may be correct about Duo, difficult to know for certain. However, I thought both plays were the same mid-zone concept where the back’s aiming point is the playside tackle’s inside leg.
I believe in the first clip the DLine slanted which causes the center to work to the Mike. In the second clip, the DLine doesn’t slant and the center was able to reach the one technique so the guard works to the Mike.
But again...it is impossible to know the call for sure.
I believe you and I went to the similar football classes during the same decades...
It is really difficult to know how the LBs are being taught to handle gap integrity. It seems to me that #39 Harrison is trying to beat the tackle across his face in order to maintain B-gap responsibility. It does not appear he does a good job, but I have no idea what he is taught.
I think the real issue with the play is that #53 Hamilton has A-gap responsibility which he fails to maintain. He gets reached by the left guard pretty easily on this play and the play eventually goes through the A-gap.
If you watch the last clip, at the snap, the left guard reaches #53 quickly. Hamilton, realizing he is beat, disengages a bit and throws his outside shoulder across the face of the guard. This allows him to turn his body and run down the line of scrimmage in order to fight across the face of the guard. I believe this is a technique taught to recover/fight against zone blocking schemes. However, the guard is able to cut/hold him and take him down just as the back is going through the hole.
It would be nice to win every battle...but now and again the other guy wins a few.
I remember him from his recruitment in 2015...I believe he was also offered by Ohio State. It is definitely possible he is a good player but he did not stand out as a player during the game against Nebraska.
Watched the game vs Nebraska on Saturday. The good news: Minnesota plays hard and gives tremendous effort. However, I do not think there is a player on their roster that would start for Ohio State, Penn State or Wisconsin.
They were up 34-0 on the Huskers at the end of the third. They have about as much overall talent as Nebraska. (Side note: Nebraska also has a talent void)
Nebraska started a backup QB (Vedral) who is not a star. Also, their best player, Wandale Robinson left with an ankle injury in the 2nd quarter. Consequently, Nebraska could not consistently move the ball.
Minnesota ran the ball for almost 200 yards in the first half and 300+ yards for the game . They converted a few 3rd and longs by running the ball. This will not happen versus a good team.
Expect Minnesota to lose to Penn State, Iowa and Wisconsin in the coming weeks.
You are correct. My misleading statement above. Most RPO's do read a LB/Safety in coverage. Thanks!
I have no idea what the Buckeyes do for calls...they don’t let me go to practice. But in most cases, the QB makes the call. Although sometimes the protection is signaled in from the sideline.
The play call dictates how many will protect as in 5 or 6, etc.
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