To stop their offense you’ve got to stop the run, then limit their explosive plays in the passing game. [Quarterback] J.T. Barrett took a beating [as a junior]. If he gets back to where he was two years ago he could win the Heisman Trophy. He’s that talented.
Their scheme is a bit of a mystery: Are they going to run packages that they’ve run before, or are they going to go all-in on [new coordinator] Kevin Wilson’s offense? The [5' 10", 214-pound sophomore] running back Mike Weber is really a good player. No disrespect to the guys that matriculated out, but Ohio State’s going to be fine. I’m not going to have a sympathy card sent to Urban [Meyer].
It’s coordinator Greg Schiano’s defense: They do a great job taking the ball away. They’re going to play man coverage with a free safety and plus-one you in the box. He was a little more multiple coverage-wise last year than I thought he would be, because he had the cats to play just man if he wanted to. Defensive end Sam Hubbard [a 6' 5", 265-pound junior] is a high-motor, high-energy guy. He’s got a great first step and really uses his hands well.
The third phase is their secret sauce—they play really hard in the kicking game. I don’t think they get enough credit for that.