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Comment 02 Sep 2019

We needed to do more of this....

Trying to run the basic ZRO against the Tite Front is waste of a down. Part of the stall was trying to run into the A/B gap against that front with basic zone blocking and minimal threat of QB run.

Almost ZERO chance it will be successful and then you are behind schedule and open the QB up to getting smacked.

Comment 11 Jan 2016

I could see Schiano bring in a C3 scheme similar to the Seahawks, where they press the corners... and leave a safety free to either attack the run or help cover the alley.

The best teams in the B10 are power run teams, and the C4 isn't the best scheme there.

The one thing I think you will see is an emphasis on physical toughness.

I think the Ash defenses were surgically efficient - which is GREAT - but not SUPER physical at the point of attack.

Comment 06 Dec 2015

Horrible premise to the article.... lets expand the field to 16... oh hell with it let's just ditch the regular season.

Pro sports have an expanded field AND LIMIT HOME over the air or "free" cable broadcasts b/c they have a much more limited live fan base. The media love the playoffs b/c the regular season is so boring.

We didn't play well enough outside of 2 games to be in the mix..... move on.

Comment 12 Oct 2015

The advanced stats have OSU offense at 42 in the country which is spot on to how they have played for most of the first half of the season

The terp game was a HUGE step forward and the competition on D hasn't really varied much since game 1.

Comment 23 Sep 2015

guys.. if you think Urban hasn't been micro-managing the offense....I think you're wrong.

We didn't decide to change the game plan from last year.... we ran the exact same plan against VaT.....with the same results.

Urban is deciding exactly how to use the QB's. It's been his call.

He's also deciding how he wants to use Zeke...

Comment 08 Jun 2015

Great write up Kyle... much needed in the off season!!!!

To the poster who asked......... Whisky - under Chryst in the past - ran a zone blocking scheme. I'd expect them to do the same.

The key to the power running game is to be able to pass effectively. If you can't pick up sure yards when you throw on running downs, you get behind schedule. If you can't pick up key yards when the run game gets stuffed on running's punt city.

THE REASON we were able to shut down Melvin Gordon in the B1GCG was that we sold out to stop the run, and brought the safety all the way down onto the LOS. That was the first time we had done that all season.

The other reason that a traditional run first power O struggles, is that they are competing with a high powered opponent who scores in the 30's or MORE, and scores in bunches. You can't simply go toe to toe and exchange punts until the other guy breaks. You have to move the chains AND SCORE.

I expect TTUN to be a MESS this season unless the kid from Iowa has a transformation of epic proportions and the OL emerges as the 5 blocks of granite.

Comment 27 May 2015

Ramzy that's about as good as it could possibly get for an off season blog! NICE EFFORT!

ABSOLUTELY agree that we DO NOT need anymore playoff games. Period. Debating and whining are as much a part of college football as the band and cheerleaders. Plus it opens the door to multiple teams from the same conference to get in, and I'd rather have one left out in most seasons.

The kickoff classic is a great idea, but why limit the fun. Why not have a wild time and let the top 4 teams play teams 5-8.

The bottom line is that the Chicken Shit Saturday games throughout the season need to go the way of chickenshit ... down the toilet. Whether the chickenshit is flushed in September or November it needs to be eliminated.

The Kids also shouldn't play 12 games against P5 conferences... My vote here would be to shorten the season by at least one game and eliminate all but one non-Power 5 and all D1AA games. So 10 games against Power 5 teams with 8 of those in conference and one tune up / opportunity game. Two Byes, and possibly 3 would be a good idea IMO.

That way the Bucks 2015 season would eliminate two of Hawaii, Northern Illinois, Western Mich... and add one P5 crossover game (this could be the KO classic) and one bye. That would make for 11 games + a CCG if you make it or a bowl/PO + NCG if you make it.

Frankly, I'd rather see OSU with a BYE than Hawaii, Nill or Western. Just an injury waiting to happen with no possible positive outcome. The PO committee won't really count any of those games = NOT ONE TEAM from a non P5 conference made it into the PO T 25 and those are the games they use to make their decision.

Comment 19 Feb 2015

A: I don't think they believe it will ever happen

B: It is an OUTSTANDING political ploy to shift the narrative from "the D1 big sports are evil money sucking minor leagues for the NBA and NFL that don't even pay their players" "D1 sports are really an outstanding mechanism to give kids the opportunity for a college education" ...As an aside, I think it's funny if you compare the relative financial well being to the actual minor leagues of Major League Baseball or Junior Hockey to the kids on schollie at big time schools.... boy those minor league dudes live high on the hog ... NOT.

The rationale up until the early 70's was to lighten the load for the incoming freshman, along with the belief that it gave them a year in the weight room/program to more fully mature physically and mentally before they faced actual competition. It's honestly hard to argue with either point for the average D1 student athlete. I mean look at the pictures of Josh Perry from the time he was a freshman through the start of his junior season.

BTW for all the posters having a negative reaction...most of the stars of OSU's NC team red shirted.....even though Urban proclaims to hate the idea.

Comment 15 Dec 2014

The Base D all season has done a good job of forcing 3rd and long, and generally contained the running game.... this has to be the foundation of stopping Bama.

Their O has been streaky, which is exactly what you'd expect when they focus on one player and are not consistent in the running game.

Comment 02 Sep 2014

Thanks Ross... great analysis as always. 

I do think the scheme was intended to stop the Dive and the QB, and let the SB's do what they could. If Burrows holds backside contain the strategy would have worked pretty much perfectly.

what game was Scarlet watching?? Not sold on Barrett? ... looked ok for a RFR? Seriously!!!

His passer rating was 237 for #3 in the NCAA to start the season. This is OUTSTANDING for any class level in any game... let alone their first game under a brand new center.  His YPA was 15 - and 10.2 if you factor out the 80 yard bomb.

The only caveat would be that it's only one game, but Navy D is middle of the road so I'm not sure what he was hoping for?

Comment 13 Aug 2014

I think you missed an obvious candidate in Donovan Munger. The DL will rotate a lot of players and he could emerge and the best 1 technique DT on the team.

Comment 31 Jul 2014

I'm late to this thread, but anyone who doesn't think that THE BAND is part of the FOOTBALL tradition/conversation at THE OHIO State University hasn't been paying any attention to what THE BAND means to FOOTBALL.

It's TBDITL. It's part of the core value of the program and sets US apart from the vast majority of the rest of the 120 other BCS schools. I've met multiple long time PAC12 fans who have gone to a game at the Shoe, and each and every one of this says the exact same thing in the first 30 secs when they find out I'm a big time Buckeye... it goes something like this... My friend told me we have to hurry to get into the stadium early and get to our seats BEFORE the band entrance. .. I said why? and bitched the whole time about leaving the tailgate early... and then ... THE DAMN band comes on the field.... never seen anything like it. That's what College Football is all about. Period.