Oklahoma thrives on it, and does it as well as any team in the country.
Ohio State football showed off the LeBron Soldier XI cleats that the Buckeyes will be wearing when they play against Oklahoma on Saturday. "We consider him a receiver". "We have to be smart and take what the defense gives you. The big games like this, you see how physical you are". He's 6-foot-5, 254 pounds with great hands, vision and precise route running. He looked like real difference-maker against UTEP on September 2, and if he can do the same against the Buckeyes, he might be the missing piece to the Sooners' passing game. He is three touchdowns away from surpassing Drew Brees for the most total touchdowns of any quarterback in Big Ten history.
"They got us previous year, " Mayfield said. In doing so, he became the closest thing to a governor on the racecar of an enhanced offense that Urban Meyer & Co. are hoping to import from southern IN along with new offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson. Fourteen players caught at least one pass.
Quarterbacks play against defenses, not each other.
Mayfield remains miffed that Buckeyes fans basically took over Oklahoma's home field last season. His score in that game was a picture of what make him most risky: He's hard to cover in small spaces inside the red zone.
In the end, if the Buckeyes were to lose to the Sooners but go on to win the rest of their games, finishing their conference schedule undefeated and winning the Big Ten Championship, Ohio State would nearly certainly make their return to the College Football Playoff. The memory of last season still lingers, when he was under siege and couldn't get much going through the air.
"We go as fast as I go", Price said while catching his breath after a morning practice last month.
Ohio State has had some decent success against tight ends like Andrews.
Look at Penn State's loss to Pittsburgh last season.
FSU tumbled all the way to No. 10 with the loss to 'Bama, while USC, with a closer-than-expected win over Western Michigan at home, fell two spots to No. 6. "It's going to be very challenging not only up front but also for the secondary". By the end of last season, Conley (the No. 24 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft) was covering slot receivers.
The Cornhuskers are scheduled to play at Oregon on Saturday afternoon while the Golden Gophers have a night at game at Oregon State.
This game will be an even bigger test for Ohio State's inexperienced secondary, which let IN quarterback Richard Lagow throw for 410 yards and three touchdowns on Thursday. He's a huge physical presence, with power that is tough to disengage from once contact is established, but some are concerned about keeping with explosive speed off the edge and is fairly low energy in his play.
Price is at the same time a solver of and a solution to problems for Ohio State offensive line coach Greg Studrawa.
"There are times when we push it down the field, " said Barrett, who must be tired from constantly having to defend his performance (he's 27-4 as an Ohio State starter). "That's the thing when you see guys like that that bothers you".