The Ohio State Buckeyes are currently 6-0, and with their toughest games on paper against Wisconsin and Northwestern behind them, all they have to do now is pray for a few things to go their way so they may have a shot to play for a national championship over some teams viewed as having a tougher schedule.
But, that still doesn’t mean that they’re not prone to an upset somewhere down the road, especially if they can’t work on some tackling issues in the passing game.
In the games against the Badgers and Wildcats, the Buckeyes were scorned by some big plays in the passing game., and a lot of that had to do with not being able to break down and make the initial stop from their three-deep zone coverage.
Co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers addressed the issue on Wednesday:
“We have got to shore up ‘trigger and tackle,’” said co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers, who coaches the OSU safeties.
“The coverages are what they are,” Withers said. “When you’re playing three-deep (zone), the out-cuts a lot of times are going to be there, and now you have to tackle them.”
While, overall, there really aren’t many teams left on their schedule with the complete talent on paper to beat them, there are some teams that, with a good passing outing, may be able to get one up on the top team in the Big Ten.