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2019 tOSU Defense (Official Thread)

Discussion in '2019 Football Season Capsule' started by bukIpower, Dec 2, 2018.

  1. RB07OSU

    RB07OSU #7 aka Vick the human joystick Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    I want to stay cautiously optimistic, but it's obvious how much the defense has improved with a better scheme. That Cincy offense would have put up some points and big plays on us last year. It's nice to be excited to watch our defense come out on the field instead of holding your breath and hoping for the best. Really hoping the Silver Bullets are back and here to stay.
    MGMT, bukIpower, RugbyBuck and 2 others like this.
  2. ShowMeBuck

    ShowMeBuck You know what? Chicken butt.

    Agreed. It’s just way more fun to watch a suffocating D, and is obviously a key to winning championships.

    The D is absolutely loaded with talent and would therefore be unsurprising to see this team move to elite status by the end of the year if everything continues to gel. Early signs are very promising.
  3. ShowMeBuck

    ShowMeBuck You know what? Chicken butt.

    A key to seeing the D become elite is a few of our younger D Line guys take a big step forward.

    If a few of Smith, Tommy, Friday, JJB, Garrett, etc really elevate their game by November then look out.
  4. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    I can't recall laughing during a game because of our defense. Like they were so good the first 2 weeks, so stingy, and hit so hard I was literally giddy.

    This very well could be the best offense we play until Maryland so I'm excited to see where we stand.
  5. Systems_id

    Systems_id Senior

    Statistically worse offenses than Cincy last year absolutely gashed our defense last year (Hello Maryland, Northwestern, Oregon State). While I'm trying to pump the brakes myself on calling this a Top 10 defense, it's clear the defense is at least not a total dumpster fire.
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  6. ShowMeBuck

    ShowMeBuck You know what? Chicken butt.

    The thing is, you have to walk before you can run. And last year they couldn’t even walk, the crawled and stumbled. Now that this group of guys knows they can pitch a shut out it’s easier to get some swag about your game and start to run.
  7. Taosman

    Taosman Buzzed

    It was a hot mess last year. This year it may take us to the stars!
    bukIpower likes this.
  8. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  9. Ryan36_1

    Ryan36_1 Senior

    Looking over boxscores from this year and last:

    2018 - held opponents to under 23 points only 4 times in 14 games. Held opponents under 392(!) yards only 3 times.

    2019 - 21 points, 0 points, 10 points. All three opponents held to under 300 yards.
  10. Systems_id

    Systems_id Senior

    I'm a believer

    This is a Top 10 D easily

    Possibly Top 5
  11. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    Best... we have given up a lot of yards in garbage time.

    We have it all everyone. Size? Check. Speed? Check. Discipline? Check.
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  12. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    I've been around long enough to see more than one OSU team look unbeatable for large stretches, especially early, in a season only to have a fatal flaw finally exploited by a team good enough to do it late in the year.

    Both FAU and IU had some success in the middle of the field with the short passing game.

    Just keep in mind any team that can protect an accurate passer reasonably well and has some TE/big WR talent can be a threat to this defense. May not be many, or any, of those out there and it's hard to keep up with an offense like OSU's while dinking and dunking over the middle all day but just keep it in mind.
  13. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    That's just it... who's got the offense to challenge?

    I suppose Nebraska, PED, and Maryland have the best odds. The thing is can any of these teams consistently do it too?
  14. AuTX Buckeye

    AuTX Buckeye Beam me up, Mr. Speaker. Yahoo Pickem Champ Former Game Champion

    I agree, however i keep reminding myself we’ve switched to primarily zone D which makes them more vulnerable to those dink and dunk. I dont love it but i’m learning to accept it for now. Tougher test are coming and we’ll just have to wait and hope until then
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  15. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    It's a good blend I think... a little confusing with their decisions on 3rd and long situations though.

    Right before the half we had them 3rd and very long and we played man. They looped the ball up and IU got the first down. A play or two later they score on their trick play.

    I would've figured a zone in that situation would've been smarter?

    We still play a ton of man though.

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