Ohio State vs. Alabama: A giant film study

Kerry Coombs, Ohio State’s first-year defensive coordinator, laid out the challenge clear as day. “It is a complete offense,” he said of the looming test against Alabama in Monday’s national championship game. “There are five All-Americans on the offensive side of the ball, a Heisman Trophy winner and the runner-up. They have great players, but […]

How Trey Sermon helps Ohio State, and how Ohio State helps Trey Sermon

Before Baker Mayfield tried to plant a flag in the center of the Block O, Trey Sermon stared off into the north stands of Ohio Stadium, soaking in the magnitude of his first college touchdown. Ohio State, struggling to find points all night in that 2017 game, was within a score of Oklahoma as things […]

The Athletic’s 2019 college football All-America teams

With conference championships decided but bowl season still to come, college football is in the awards stage of the calendar. It’s time for The Athletic to reveal its two All-America teams, honoring the best performers of the 2019 season at every position. The All-America teams were selected by a panel of editors based on nominations […]

The evolution of Ohio State’s offense before another showdown at Michigan

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Branden Bowen and Thayer Munford, Ohio State’s starting offensive tackles, have these conversations before games. “They’re gonna call it for me in this game,” one will say. It’s quickly countered by: “Oh, no, I’m getting on ‘SportsCenter’ this week. That’s my block this game.” This is a new reality for the Buckeyes offensive linemen […]

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