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2021 tOSU Defense

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by ScriptOhio, Jan 16, 2021.

  1. DaddyBigBucks

    DaddyBigBucks Moderator Staff Member Bookie

    I agree with your point completely

    The defense appears to be a work in progress
    The defense appears to be making strides
    Most importantly, the defense has yet to face an opponent that will really tell us what we want to know

    There are, however, encouraging data points. They don’t prove anything, but they’re worth noting

    Data point 1 (imho):

    yards per play for the Terps:

    vs Iowa: 5.02
    Vs OSU: 4.47

    It doesn’t prove anything by itself, but as the Buckeyes had been struggling regardless of opponent, it’s encouraging
  2. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    They thump a fully healthy PSU they way I think they can and I'll go from moderately confident to confident. Set all the stats aside, that is the only team in the B1G that is even close to the talent level of OSU (and it's not that close).
  3. OhioState002

    OhioState002 Junior

    I got killed for saying that yesterday
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  4. buchtelgrad04

    buchtelgrad04 Pain is an opinion.

    What are those numbers?

    Maryland, even after the last two weeks, is 33rd in total offense. 16th in passing offense. 28th in passing efficiency.
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  5. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    National rank of points per play. It was in the original post.
  6. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    I go based off of total ypg but to each of their own. Maryland wasn't terrible on offense and we did well.
  7. buchtelgrad04

    buchtelgrad04 Pain is an opinion.

    Thanks. I didn’t see the original post.

    It says Penn State is #68 and Maryland is #87. Maryland scores more points per game. I get the value of points per play, but that definitely doesn’t tell the whole story. Penn State has run 416 offensive plays, scoring 170 points. They average 28ppg. Maryland has run 429 plays, scoring 180 points. They average 30ppg.

    Maryland averages more points, yards per play, total yards, and has scored two more offensive TDs than Penn State.
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  8. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    no stat tells the whole story. They are data points. There is a lot of material out there to read about advanced football metrics then use them how you will.
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  9. Powair7s

    Powair7s Junior

    My takeaway is the team we saw at the beginning of the year would have been gashed by Akron, Rutgers and Maryland similar to Minny and Tulsa, so I see progress. Similarly ranked offenses have been slowed down which is improvement....we just don't know what that looks like against a team with a pulse.
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  10. Systems_id

    Systems_id Senior

    They aren’t elite by any means, and most likely won’t be, but I think we can safely say the defense is at least competent if not good. They’re basically doing what they’re supposed to do against bad offenses. Rutgers and Maryland would’ve moved the ball at will three weeks ago. Biggest thing now is missed tackles imo. If we didn’t miss so many tackles the numbers would look even worse for the aforementioned teams. Coaches are putting players in a position to succeed which absolutely wasn’t happening several weeks ago.
  11. Steve19

    Steve19 Watching. Always watching. Staff Member

    Little by little, day by day.
    buckeyeintn, MaxBuck, zbuck and 2 others like this.
  12. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    Which is awesome to think where we can be in a few weeks.

    IU without Penix is in big trouble. Especially for making it a game last year.

    What offense is out there that's a problem for us? Maybe Nebraska or ttun? I think it's Sparty but even then they have 1 WR we can take away then it's about stopping the run.

    Even when I think of the college playoffs... IMO the only teams that truly scare me are Alabama or Oklahoma offensively (UGA defensively is a problem tho).
  13. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ


    That's been my belief and source of surprise/hope since Akron. Schemes are multiple and players are in position to execute those schemes. It has little to do with being physically superior or those offenses sucking.

    Now, what those stats do point to, and all eyes have seen, is that better offenses are coming and they will be able to make OSU pay for mistakes that the last three have not. OSU's defense continues to improve and those opportunities will , hopefully, be more and more limited.
  14. Systems_id

    Systems_id Senior

    Even with the injuries I thought Maryland would stress the defense a lot more than they did. I was nervous Rakim Jarret would be doing what did towards the end all game.
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  15. DaddyBigBucks

    DaddyBigBucks Moderator Staff Member Bookie

    Oh is that all?

    I think there’s a very good chance the Buckeyes will have to win a shootout against Sparty

    I just typed those words and wasn’t being sarcastic…. smh

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