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Game Thread Minnesota @ Ohio State - 10/13/18, 12:00PM (FS1)

Discussion in '2018 Football Season Capsule' started by Dryden, Aug 16, 2018.

  1. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    WATCH: Urban Meyer Reviews Minnesota Win, Previews Purdue

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    Two-Minute Drill: Urban Meyer Monday Updates 10.15.18


    Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer spoke with reporters on Monday to provide updates on his Buckeye football team. He talked about injuries and other personnel injuries, and answered plenty of other questions as well. He also recapped the win over Minnesota a bit and looked ahead to Saturday’s game against Purdue. Here are the highlights.

    + Meyer started out by mentioning the Champions on defense and offense.

    + Sean Nuernberger strained his groin or quad in warmups. “Blake came in and he really hammered the ball.”

    + Purdue is scoring a lot of points and the Ohio State defense needs to get healthy.

    + Nick Bosa gets a checkup tomorrow. Meyer is hoping to have him back this season.

    + A lot of OSU’s passes are RPO. Dwayne Haskins is reading someone and around 10-12 called runs are ending up as passes. Haskins is reading things well.

    + Thayer Munford is sore. He is probable for the game Saturday.

    + They constantly evaluate how they are doing defensively and formationally what they should be doing. The slants need to be snuffed out, but they held Minnesota to 14 points and forced turnovers.

    + OSU defensive staff said Purdue offense is very good.

    + Justin Hilliard is “one of my favorite players from one of my favorite families.” He played “pretty good” last week getting his first start. This is really his second year of football because he has been injured so often in his career. He can still reach his ceiling. You saw that with Marshon Lattimore.

    + There are a lot of defensive looks from opponents where the opponents want OSU to throw rather than run it.

    + In short-yardage situations they are loading the boxes against OSU.

    + The kicker job is “open for conversation.”

    + The quick passing on the RPOs is considered part of the running game when the coaches look the numbers.

    + Turnovers are part of the game and the Buckeyes are aggressive on defense to force them. They rely on forcing turnovers to help them win games.

    + Isaiah Pryor played okay. Didn’t look great at times. Shaun Wade did some good things. That position is not finalized.

    + The tight ends is a very healthy position right now. Jake Hausmann is finally healthy as well. Luke Farrell and Rashod Berry have been playing well.

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  2. RB07OSU

    RB07OSU Senior Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    Glad I'm not taking crazy pills because that's exactly what I was saying the whole game, but hadn't had the opportunity to go back and watch it again. I have no idea how this isn't getting fixed at this point.
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  3. Steve19

    Steve19 Watching. Always watching. Staff Member

    My reading from that...forget about seeing Bosa.
  4. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.



    “They had a good game plan, and they used it pretty well.” - Linebacker Pete Werner following Ohio State's 30-14 victory over Minnesota.

    Very often, what a powerhouse program like Ohio State sees on a future opponent's game tape ends up being far different than what shows up on game day.

    “We’re going to see teams’ best, and we’re going to see maybe a little bit of different flavor some weeks,” co-coordinator Alex Grinch said last Saturday. “A week ago, our opponent (Indiana) I think went empty (formation with no running backs) seven times the entire season (before playing Ohio State) and then in our game alone, they ran it 18 times. And so there’s a little bit of that adjustment.”

    Such was the case in the Buckeyes less-than-dominant win over the Gophers, as though the home team held their opponent scoreless in the second half, few fans left the Horseshoe feeling great about the performance of their defense. While many theories emerged in real-time, it appears in hindsight as though the opposing offense simply came into the contest with a strong game plan that OSU wasn't expecting, and they were able to execute in the first half.

    Though it was quite effective, the plan set forth by P.J. Fleck and his staff was also quite simple, attacking the alley by placing Ohio State's outside linebackers in conflict with the use of run/pass options (RPOs) that often left the slot receiver in a one-on-one battle with embattled field safety Isaiah Pryor.

    On the very first play of the game, Minnesota QB Zack Annexstad pulled the ball back as he watched Werner crash down quickly to stop a split-zone run, standing tall in the pocket and hitting wide open receiver Tyler Johnson on a speed-out route.


    But anyone that assumes this was the same, old problem we've seen from time to time with the pass defense this season is sorely mistaken. After much commotion and hand-wringing following a 322-yard performance from the Indiana passing game the week before, Greg Schiano's secondary changed their shape against the Gophers.

    Instead of relying heavily on the press-man, bump-&-run coverage with which Buckeye cornerbacks have been so successful under Schiano's guidance, Kendall Sheffield, Damon Arnette, and Jeffrey Okudah instead played a press-bail technique outside against the Minnesota receivers.

    Watch former Stanford cornerback Alex Carter explain the difference between the two:

    While the former, press-man technique is most effective at disrupting the receiver at the line of scrimmage and throwing off short timing patterns, it leaves the defender vulnerable to deep passes over the top. Additionally, the defender's back is often turned to the ball, making it nearly impossible to make stops in the run game.

    In a bail technique, the cornerback can stay on top of any deep routes and keep an eye on the backfield at the same time. It's also the same technique used to play a Cover-3 zone, which allowed Schiano to mix and match between man and zone coverages without giving the quarterback many clues. Watch below as Sheffield perfectly executes the bail technique, resulting in an early interception:


    But such a technique can't be played by slot defenders like Pryor. Beginning at a depth of ten yards, Pryor instead was forced to play a catch-man technique when a zone defense wasn't called, keeping his shoulders square to the line and mirroring the movements of the receiver.


    Yet Pryor struggled to read the movements of the receiver and was often caught flat-footed by the receiver as he made his break inside before the safety could disrupt the route.

    “They had an RPO concept that brought me in as a linebacker and then used the one-on-one slant concept and kind of dialed back there," Werner said. "It’s a hard route to defend from my standpoint. I got to try to get my hand on the ball for that. But yeah, that’s a tough one to defend, especially with our defense.”


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  5. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  6. CFPBuckeye

    CFPBuckeye Turned down a Harbaugh sleepover '17 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    This worked perfectly for me last week. Got anything for games today? I’m just looking for a site that I can go to, click a game and watch. No sign ins or hoops. I bookmarked that page last week but now it doesn’t seem like it has anything.
  7. buckeyboy

    buckeyboy Taller than most...

    I usually check out reddit college football streaming site It hasn't really let me down yet. A few streams are choppy but overall decent quality.
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