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Ohio State Friday Night Lights Camp - July 24th, 2015
Top 2016 Uncommitted Targets:
  • 2016 Cedar Creek (NJ) WR Ahmir Mitchell (4*, #6 ATH, #78 nationally composite) checks in at 6' 3", 206 lbs. Mitchell was offered by the Buckeyes in December of 2014, and he has visited campus several times since then. Ahmir now looks to show off his skills in front of the Buckeye staff. Michigan currently leads the Crystal Ball Predictions.
  • 2016 Detroit (MI) Martin Luther King WR Donnie Corley (4*, #18 WR) was also offered by the Buckeyes in December of 2014. Previously thought to be a Buckeye lean, many now believe the Michigan State Spartans hold the lead for his services. Donnie is listed at 6' 2.5" and 182 lbs, and he has excellent speed.
  • 2016 Perry (OH) TE Luke Farrell (4*, #5 TE, #145 nationally). As the Buckeyes look to add another TE to their class, there's no doubt that Farrell sits at the top of their wish list. Finishing his junior year with 43 receptions for 730 yards and 6 TD's, many compare Luke to current Buckeye tight end Nick Vannett, while Buckeye commit Jake Hausmann compares more favorably to 2014 graduate Jeff Heuerman. Farrell checks in at 6' 6" and 240 lbs and is believed to be a Buckeye...
On November 18, 2006, #1 Ohio State and #2 Michigan played in the most-hyped edition of The Game in its long and storied history. The Buckeyes entered the contest with a scoring average of 36 points, while the Wolverines, with the nation's #1 rushing defense, allowed only 12 points per game. Something had to give.

During that game, Ohio State exploited a fundamental issue with the Michigan defense, namely a lot of big slow linebackers and defensive backs with questionable coverage skills. Lloyd Carr and his defensive staff had assembled a group that was very adept at stuffing the inside running game, but was susceptible to misdirection, edge pressure, and a dynamic passing attack. The Buckeyes were successful in exposing Michigan's defense to the tune of 42 points and 503 yards of total offense.

On the other hand, Ohio State showed in that game that their own defense was trying to evolve into the kind that could stop a high-powered offense, but subsequent events soon proved that the Buckeyes weren't anywhere near ready for a good challenge.

After beating Michigan to complete a perfect regular season, Ohio State earned a berth in the 2006 National Championship Game against the Florida Gators. In that game, Ohio State's, and consequently the Big Ten's, reputation was destroyed by Urban Meyer’s spread offense. The 41-14 ass-kicking gave ESPN a chance to drive clicks with their "SEC Speed" marketing campaign.

Now nearly a decade later the narrative has changed, from "SEC Speed" to "SEC Big Boy football". Led by conference stalwarts Alabama, LSU, and Georgia, the ground-and-pound offenses of the current SEC are very similar to the slow, plodding offenses that the B1G used to specialize in. In other words, the kind of offenses that gave the B1G the reputation as a substandard, un-athletic, behind-the-times football conference.

As a result of the paradigm shift in the SEC, the kings of Big Boy Football (Alabama) are highly specialized in stopping it. The Crimson...