- May 28, 2020
Ohio State opened with a successful—if uneven—opening game win against an
improved Nebraska team. Schematically, the Ohio State offense was a
continuation of last season. But it was powered by the passing game in the
opening contest of this season, led by Justin Fields, Chris Olave, and
now-slot wide receiver Garrett Wilson.
The Buckeye run game, by contrast, experienced some early hiccups—particularly
in short-yardage. Ohio State repeatedly ran tight zone in those situations.
But Nebraska sought to outnumber Ohio State with 7 or 8 defenders in the box,
overload the backside of the Buckeye formation (tight zone aims to hit the
backside A-gap), and pair those fronts with linebacker run blitzes. The
backside defensive end then squeezed down with his shoulders square to the
line of scrimmage to feint accounting for the QB...