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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 this year. Last year Bowen wasn’t even playing, still making a comeback from a broken leg that cut his 2017 season short. Munford was out there, but much of his work was centered on his kick step, the depth of his drop and the timing of his punch. Pass protection. He wasn’t trading pregame barbs about possibly getting caught on camera blocking downfield on an explosive run play because that wasn’t Ohio State’s offense.

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