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What is Ohio State ranked in football?

Unlike USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll where Ohio State is ranked No. 11, the Buckeyes are the ninth-ranked team in the country in the Associated Press top 25 poll released on Sunday afternoon. Ohio State was one of five ranked teams to lose on Saturday, joining Iowa State, USC, Texas and BYU. CalBearsMavenOhio State Ranked No. 9 In Associated Press Top 25 Poll Following Loss To Oregon

Has Oregon ever beat Ohio State?

No. 12 Oregon defeated No. 3 Ohio State, 35-28, at Ohio Stadium on Saturday. CJ Verdell had 20 carries for 161 yards and two touchdowns and three catches for 34 yards and a score to lead the Ducks to an upset win. oregonlive.comWhat they’re saying nationally, in Columbus after Oregon Ducks beat Ohio State

Is kayvon Thibodeaux playing against Ohio State?

Defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux and linebacker Justin Flowe will not play vs. Ohio State, according to a report from Sports Illustrated Buckeyes Now reporter Andrew Lind. Thibodeaux suffered an ankle sprain against Fresno State and Flowe will miss due to a broken foot. CalBearsMavenREPORT: Kayvon Thibodeaux and Justin Flowe Unavailable vs. Ohio State

Who is Ohio State's defensive coordinator?

On Saturday, Oregon offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead got the better of Ohio State defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs. The Columbus DispatchAnalysis: Buckeyes can rebound, but only if they fix their defense

Analyzing the Dominance we saw From Oregon's Offensive Line in Columbus

CalBearsMaven 14 September, 2021 - 07:00am

Let's start with what shows up in the stat sheet. Anthony Brown was not sacked. The Buckeyes had gone 23 straight home games with recording at least one sack - the last time they didn't have one in a home game was Sept. 16, 2017, against Army.

Brown didn't face much pressure, and neither did running backs CJ Verdell and Travis Dye. The Buckeyes only logged one tackle for loss while the Ducks picked up 269 rushing yards and 7.1 yards per carry. No one had rushed for that many yards against Ohio State since Maryland torched the Buckeyes for 339 yards (also 7.1 yards per carry) on Nov. 17, 2018.

No one has put up that many rushing yards in Columbus since Nov. 22, 2014, when Tevin Coleman and Indiana put up 281 yards on the ground.

What I'm saying is that what the Oregon Ducks offensive line did overall is special and unheard of. They did exactly what Ohio State does to its opponents - control the line of scrimmage, attack the defensive line with the run game, and protect the quarterback. And they did it as a massive underdog in a road game against the No. 3 team in the country while coming off of a game the previous weekend that had a lot of critics chirping about them.

Let's dive into just how impressive the performance from the boys up front was. The Ducks starting lineup up front consisted of George Moore, TJ Bass, Alex Forsyth, Ryan Walk, and Steven Jones. Ohio State owns one of the most fearsome defensive lines in the country with All-American Haskell Garrett, All-Big Ten selection Zach Harrison, and veterans Tyreke Smith and Taron Vincent.

From the first snap of the game, the Ducks offensive line was prepared to eliminate the Buckeyes' future NFL defensive linemen from controlling the line of scrimmage. Specifically on the first snap, Forsyth and Bass quickly double-teamed Garrett, who still manages to burst into the B-gap, but Bass affects his angle on Verdell just enough so that Garrett doesn't blow the play up for a loss. Forsyth clips Garrett and moves off of him to block linebacker Tommy Eichenberg and gets help from Cam McCormick for the key block on the 11-yard run.

If you noticed that on many of Oregon's touchdowns that the left side of the field was almost always open for business, this is a result of the successful execution of the offensive line, but a special shoutout is in order for Joe Moorhead's exceptional playcalling. The Ducks ran the ball up the middle at will against Fresno State, and the Buckeyes seemed ready for another serving of that playcalling on Saturday.

Instead, the Ducks ran outside the tackles a bunch, including on the first touchdown of the game. On that play, the Ducks lined up three receivers on the right and looked as if they would run the ball up the middle, to the right, or throw to the right side of the field. 

Not a single soul on the Buckeyes appeared to know that a run to the outside to the left was coming as all of the linebackers approached the middle of the field and were wiped out of the play by DJ Johnson, and it was easy pickings for Verdell to the left side. It was so easy that Ryan Walk was his lead blocker and had no one to block on the way to the endzone.

Oregon's wide receivers and tight ends deserve a lot of credit for the way they blocked as well. It wasn't just how effective the blocks were either; but also the effort and hustle. Take this example of Johnny Johnson III blocking down field for Verdell on a screen.

For the record, he didn't allow a sack, hurry, or pressure against Fresno State either. NFL scouts: wake up.

Forsyth provided one of the key blocks (there were many) in Verdell's game-breaking 77-yard touchdown to make it a two-score game early in the second half. He dominated his matchup against Garrett at the point of attack, putting him in a straight jacket and driving him to the opposite side of the field. 

You could highlight every lineman on this play and point out the incredible job they did on their respective assignments, but Garrett is the best run defender on the team, and he had no shot at getting the tackle.

The Ducks continued to rotate offensive linemen into the game, including Dawson Jaramillo and Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu at the tackle spots. Mirabal's group is showing that no matter who you put on the field, you're going to get excellent production.

This performance by the Ducks' offensive line proves that the unit is just that, a UNIT. It is a well-oiled machine that doesn't get talked about enough, and it's led by Alex Mirabal and Mario Cristobal, who are among best developers of offensive linemen in the nation.

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Ohio State vs. Tulsa football preview and prediction

Buckeyes Wire 14 September, 2021 - 03:00am

The Ohio State football team gave us a clunker of a performance this past Saturday against Oregon. Even though the Ducks were never blowing the Buckeyes out, OSU never really seemed to get their footing to pose much of a threat. It was disappointing, to say the least.

However, all is not lost Buckeye fans. Ohio State can still accomplish all of its goals for the season, although the margin for error is much smaller now. And to say something has to change with the defensive game plan is an understatement.

The Bucks welcome Tulsa to town this weekend. Not a marquee matchup by any means, but maybe just what the doctor ordered to work out some kinks and get Ohio State back on track.

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Preview and prediction for Ohio State vs. Minnesota

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Oregon gets statement win at Ohio State. That’s a bad sign for the ACC (how I voted)

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