After ten long months, we finally returned.
No, I don’t mean the analysis of real Ohio football games live. I mean the panic that occurs in the fan base after a 35-point victory over the opponent of the conference.
While Justin Fields’ near-perfect day made national headlines, many Buckeye believers chose instead to perfect the moments when the local team looked just deadly. Fixing such defects is part of the business of supporting a contender for a national championship in the bizarrely wonderful sport, which is college football, but we here at Film study encourage everyone to pause, take a deep breath, and move away from the ledge.
Playing with Bucky will work well.
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Since Bucky came on the field for the first time in 2020, Justin Fields has spent much of his original possession, showing his powers to Heisman, making three passes for 52 yards and effectively moving the ball down. On the same drive, however, Master Teague III carried the ball five times while lifting only six yards.
Once in the red zone, this inefficiency was most obvious as Teague was crammed into Middle middle zone a game that was a hallmark of OSU’s game last year.
Upon further inspection, however, it became clear that Nebraska had been sold to stop the run. Not only did the Cornhuskers line up with eight defenders in the penalty area – giving them an advantage over the six Ohio and QB blockers – but the inside linebacks also shone in early falls.
Without the noise inside the stadium, it was much easier for these extra accelerators to determine the number of shots, like # 3 Will Honas in the example above, beating Wyatt Davis and plugging the A-slit. This devastating game down from Nebraska’s inner linebacks continued into the first half, even when it didn’t send pressure.
On the other Middle zone run with Teague, center Josh Myers is unable to work until Collin Miller’s number 31 after cutting off his nose, allowing the backback to quickly fill the A-gap and leave Teague where to go.
As Joel Clatt noted on the show, the Huskers did a good job of forcing the Fields to keep a number of early options, even though they were only a handful. Given the importance of avoiding Fields injury, Ryan Day and his staff began performing designed handfuffs, with QB simulating reading.
Still, the visitors remained under attack. On the 3rd and 1st in the red zone, Bucky hurried to the line, hoping to surprise the defense. But Fields gave the ball to Trey Sermon from inside Power escaped behind a towing guard, outside back Jojo Doman (# 13) threw himself into the back of the blitz, filling the game with no win.
If Fields were reading a player, it wouldn’t be Doman, it would be the defensive end (# 44 Gareth Nelson), which was blocked by the tight end, Luke Farrell. Bucky just didn’t expect Doman to disappear from the edge.
“I think it happens sometimes when you’re used to walking against a certain front for months and seeing the same look and the same fronts,” Day said after the game. “Nebraska brings a lot of different things. It was a little different. I thought we got along well there. ”
However, not every failed run is due to the Nebraska game plan.
Fields decided to keep the ball at a Bash Game (Back-Away Sweep) game during the initial possession. Although there were numbers on the left, QB chose to throw himself up through the right side, taking a few unnecessary hits along the way.
While the unblocked defender rushed up, giving Fields a groove read, it was a defensive device that would hardly catch the runner back on a flat, fast path to the edge. Much has been done about Fields’ involvement in the running game, although these fears may be exaggerated.
According to our count, Fields held the ball in only three options and pushed forward with two passes to QB. The other ten drives he registered against the Huscars came into conflict as he chose to go home and run instead of throwing. These decisions led to a number of major plays, including his third-quarter run, but all three sacks surrendered.
Fields was not the only Buckeye who was imperfect in the game. On very early occasions, the inner trio of Myers, Harry Miller and Wyatt Davis struggled to handle combined blocks on zone tracks, leaving defenders unblocked and in a position to play.
Similarly, Teague and Sermon made some dubious decisions with the ball in their hands.
As we can see in the example above, Myers does a great job of going through the face of the nose as Davis stands next to the linebacker, creating a huge hole in the front A-gap. Yet, instead of bumping through this fold, the Sermon decides to turn into a much narrower lane and is crammed rather from the first down.
“I really believe that once we start rolling, our running game will come back even better than it was last year,” Davis told reporters during a post-game video conference. “I just think we just need to get rid of the rust so we don’t play against another team and just really focus this week on the movie and what we did wrong and how we can improve. We’re really focusing on the little things.”
Adjustments during the game
While Bucky’s all-American guard is right in saying that his team will improve after watching the film, the process began in the second quarter.
With only five minutes left in the half, Bucky found a seam in Huskers’ plan. By arranging each eligible player on one side, the defense was overcome in the opposite direction, allowing the sermon to take a solid arsenal of Middle middle zone play through the B-gap.
After halftime, Day and his staff returned to this concept several times, allowing Sermon to break a handful of solid tracks, including this 18-yard run that goes in the opposite direction, the longest of all Buckeye backs throughout the day.
Teague also took advantage of this concept, turning 3rd and 4th with seven yards in the fourth quarter.
After several obvious shirt pulling incidents, O-line’s Buckeye got himself booked. The manager of Teague was not happy. Myers sealed the slanted defensive gear (# 99) from the inside while Miller completely discarded the rest of the game, giving Teague a clear strip to the end zone.
“I thought the offensive line was still playing very well,” Day said. “I thought they took the people off the ball. And there were still some good tracks there. But we will get better and we will get better from that.
With Husker’s defense so focused on stopping running all afternoon, Fields was happy to move the ball in the air. Bucky used different fields down and bootleg to transmit the game, they seem to find open receivers at will.
In addition, Dan began marking inside tracks with quick attachments to the outside, giving QB a chance to pull the ball and throw instead. With eight players keeping their eyes on the back, the corners played a very soft cushion on the outside of Chris Olave and Gareth Wilson, giving Fields easy goals.
Although there were no big, breakable home games on the ground, OSU’s current game was far more effective in the second half, averaging 5.5 yards per carry. Questions will remain about Teague’s or sermon’s ability to interrupt long circulations, but this may not be their role in this system.
As seen on Saturday, this violation will create explosive plays in the air thanks to a gifted corps of wide receivers and the most talented passerby in the school’s history. The game played will certainly be important, but it will not be seen as an engine, as it often was during[[[[insert any previous Ohio coach]era.
This fundamental change is likely to feel uncomfortable for most Ohio residents. But the team only needs good ground game when available exceptional air attack in your arsenal.
Thanks to the effort, but a phenomenal effort that from this passing game, Nebraska’s aggressive plan to slow down Buckeye’s quick attack proved futile. The home team still scored nearly 500 yards of offense and came away with a victory in the conference.
If we can predict the future exactly, we are here Film study will be in another line of work. But something tells us that future opponents may be a little more worried about the movement of Justin Fields’ hand, which will make the legs of Master Teague III and Trey Sermon look much more effective on the road.