Is Purdue's Big Play Offense The Perfect Storm For The Ohio State Defense?

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Is Purdue's Big Play Offense The Perfect Storm For The Ohio State Defense?

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Is Purdue's Big Play Offense The Perfect Storm For The Ohio State Defense?


Ohio State has had its share of issues with allowing far too many big plays this year. It now travels to West Lafayette to take on a big play offense. Could it spell trouble?


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Ohio State’s offense has fired off more fireworks than a tricentennial 4th Of July Celebration so far this year. But the other side of the ball — the one designed to stop opposing offenses — hasn’t had an Ohio State type of year at all.

There’s been a slew of big plays given up by the silver bullets, and it’s no longer an enigma, but a troubling trend. Big plays were allowed in week one against Oregon State, week three vs. TCU in Arlington, and through last week against an offensively challenged Minnesota team.

The defensive line has been fantastic, towards the top of the nation with tackles for loss and sacks, but the back seven are still a work in progress. The linebackers aren’t getting off blocks and diagnosing plays, and by and large, the high risk/high reward press man-to-man secondary has given up big plays or committed a bushel of pass interference calls on the outside.

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