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  • Aug 5, 2021
    Ohio State turned in another uneven performance in its 41-20 win over Tulsa. The Buckeyes’ offense on Saturday featured a downhill, 12 personnel rushing attack that relied upon greater run game diversity against the Golden Hurricanes’ 3-3-5 that mixed cover 1 on early downs with cover 4 on passing downs.


    Specifically, in predicted run situations, Tulsa frequently brought their cover 1 free safety down in run support as an inside free hitter, often playing what effectively functioned as cover 0.

    Perhaps in response—or perhaps reflecting a commitment to running the football after being repeatedly outnumbered in the box by Oregon—Ohio State frequently used 12 personnel (1 RB, 2 WRs, 2 TEs) with either two tight ends or an offset fullback, with the quarterback under center or in the pistol. The Buckeyes had their principal success with three downhill rushing plays—duo, wide zone with a tight...

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