Ohio State’s offense did something the last three games of the year it hadn’t done well all season: It played like a unit. The coaching staff has put the reins on Terrelle Pryor while letting their running game hit full stride.
The Buckeyes were able to have success moving the ball on some of the Big Ten’s best defenses in Iowa and Penn State. Can they do the same to Oregon?
While Oregon’s offense colliding with Ohio State’s defense is getting all the attention, it could be the Buckeye offense against the Ducks’ defense that will be the deciding factor in the game. Oregon doesn’t have a defense that will amaze anyone, but they are athletic and quick.
An interesting matchup will be Oregon’s front seven against Ohio State’s offensive line. Oregon’s front seven is undersized, but they make up for it with quickness. This will once again match speed against power.
The Buckeyes offense will have to open up the play calling. Oregon will stack the box and dare Ohio State to throw the ball. While the Buckeyes should have some success on the ground, they will need to rely on the passing game more. The Buckeyes have big play receivers, and if they can get the ball in space, they will make plays. If Pryor can connect on a few big plays early, he can build confidence and have a breakout game.
Oregon will score some points. They’re going to make some plays. If the Buckeyes have many three and outs, they could fall behind big. Aggressive play calling can keep Oregon on its toes and produce big plays for the Buckeyes.
If Ohio State can score 27 and 24 against Iowa and Penn State, it should be able to put up numbers against Oregon. Expect the running game to open up passing lanes. Pryor can have a big day if he makes the right reads and the coaching staff allows him to throw. This game could be Pryor’s big breakout game.
Expect the offense to be more aggressive with their play calling. In fact, they’ll have to be in order to win.