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The Buckeyes have given up far too many big plays this season.
The Buckeyes have really struggled with this one recently.
Though the Ohio State defense is surrendering only 18 points a game, they've given up a ton of big plays.
The Buckeyes have allowed 13 plays of 20 yards or more this season, which is an astonishing total for such a talented defense.
When asked about the big plays they've given up, head coach Urban Meyer told the Associated Press (per ESPN):
“That is the most alarming thing. I've watched Ohio State's defense for a long time, and I can't remember a defense I've been around that's given up this many (big plays). We've got to stop or we'll lose a game.”
UAB's offense hasn't been sensational by any means, but they're fairly dangerous through the air. They rank 30th in the nation in passing yards per game.
If quarterback Jonathan Perry is able to throw the ball for a couple of big gains, the Blazers might be able to give Ohio State some competition.
The Buckeyes need to flex their muscles this weekend and find a way to prevent the big plays. It will be crucial both in this game, and games further on down the road.