Fulton Analysis: Barnes’ Scheme

The Ohio State defense turned in its best performance of the season in limiting Michigan State to a single second half touchdown in the Buckeyes’ 56-7 rout over the Spartans. Matt Barnes stuck with his now-familiar game plan in facing Michigan State and Kenneth Walker III—mix cover 3 and cover 3 pressures with cover 1 …

Fulton Analysis: Overwhelming

Ohio State turned in a complete performance in overwhelming Michigan State 56-7. Ryan Day and the Buckeye offense adeptly targeted the Spartans’ defensive scheme that mixes HOT pressures (3 deep, 2 under) and some cover 4 (particularly in the red zone) with base cover 3 weak (cover 6 in Nick Saban-speak), Ohio State was able …

By the Numbers: Michigan State

Sunday afternoon means a look at the numbers for the Buckeyes coming off their big win against Michigan State. Sure, it is easy to look at yards, points and the usual suspects. But what fun is that? We like to look at numbers that may not have been talked about coming out of the game, …

Big Me Kickoff: Will a Spartan effort be enough for MSU?

The Big Me Kickoff is back for a second edition this week as the Buckeyes get ready for a top-10 match-up with Michigan State on Saturday for senior day at Ohio Stadium. While only separated by a couple of spots in the College Football Playoff rankings, the Buckeyes are nearly a three-touchdown favorite against the …

Buckeyes up one in human polls; 18-point favorite vs. Michigan State

In this era of the College Football Playoff the human polls mean little as a formula of human/computer polls don’t determine who has the right to play for the national championship, a committee in Grapevine (Texas) does. That does not mean we ignore the two longtime human polls as the weekly Associated Press and USA …

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