Big Ten coaches dish on preparing for 'video game' offense of Ohio State
Big Ten coaches have no shortage of opinions on teams within the conference. Getting those coaches to share their thoughts is another story.
Though most coaches will not go on record with their thoughts for their rivals and opponents, Athlon Sports has been compiling anonymous analyses from B1G coaches ahead of 2022. When it comes to Ohio State, one coach talked about the nightmare task of preparing for a “video game” employed by the Buckeyes.
Here is what one coach said about Ryan Day’s offense:
“Most coaches in the country would do anything to have a season that’s considered a bad year for Ohio State. Their bad year is a great year for anyone else. When we broke down their roster last season, it was like editing your NCAA video game on dynasty mode and you put everyone at 99. Essentially they could do whatever they wanted to on offense for most of the season. Throw [Garrett] Wilson a bubble screen, he’d go 80 yards. First-round receivers, first-round QB, first-round back, hell, the tight end was an unsung hero who couldn’t shine because he couldn’t get touches, but he’s one of the best in the country. This was one of the best college offenses possible, and even losing NFL receivers, they’re still deep at that position. It’s insane.”
Another analysis pointed out the one hindrance Ohio State dealt with last season – the defense – has been fixed for 2022.
“The sole issue that kept them out of the playoff has been fixed. It’s all about how fast [DC Jim] Knowles gets them fit for what he wants. If you’re looking for a criticism here, they’re short superstars on this side lately. They’re solid in every phase on defense, but for instance, their linebackers were… fine? The reality is that no one, not even this team, is built to always win by outscoring the other team, and it finally bit them. You’re gonna find out right away with Notre Dame, and that will set the tone for how fast you can expect them to be back as a national title contender. Even if they lose that opener, they can still run through this conference. They’re that good.”
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