Fulton Analysis: Couldn’t Keep Pace

An Ohio State offense that needed to keep pace with Alabama largely lost any chance to do so with Trey Sermon’s opening play injury in the Buckeyes’ national championship loss. Ryan Day’s offensive system is predicated upon the wide zone stretch play. Although the aim point of the play is the inside leg of the …

Fulton Analysis: Death By A Thousand RPO Cuts

A short-handed Ohio State ran into a buzz saw in its 52-24 national championship loss to Alabama. The Buckeyes’ defensive scheme was a poor matchup—schematically and personnel-wise—for the Crimson Tide’s RPO-heavy offense. As previously discussed, Ryan Day utilizes a variant of Pete Carroll’s NFL scheme. The defense generally plays a coverage where the safety is …

10 Observations: Bama runs past Buckeyes for National Championship

Ohio State’s dream season came crashing to an end on Monday night, falling to Alabama and the Crimson Tide’s explosive offense 52-24 in the National Championship game. My 10 Instant Observations from a tough night for the Buckeyes in Miami. 1.Credit to Alabama. The Crimson Tide were the better team the whole way. That was …

Scoop Staff Picks: Will the Buckeyes add another championship?

Another CFP showdown with Alabama, but this time for all of the marbles. Ohio State has overcome injuries, COVID absences, and schedule disruptions to make it to Miami and a chance for another National Championship. Can the Buckeyes, who come into the game as eight-point underdogs, pull off another upset after dominating Clemson last week? …

Fulton Analysis: Breaking down the Alabama offense

Despite operating the number one SP+ offense (an advanced statistical measure of efficiency—Ohio State is number two), Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian does not utilize a bevy of plays. Instead, he operates a few schemes that build off of, and are centered on, one core concept—the run-pass option. With an RPO, the quarterback reads a …

Fulton Analysis: Targeting the Alabama defense

It is unlikely that there is a defensive scheme that Nick Saban, at some point in his career, has not used. Traditionally known as a 3-4 coach, Saban and his Alabama defensive staff had adapted to the spread era.   Against Ohio State’s spread set, Alabama will likely primarily play a 4-2-5, with the nickel (what …

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