LSU vs. Ohio State


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

LSU Offense vs. Ohio State Defense
A common perception of last year's national championship game is that Florida spread the Buckeye defense out and used superior speed to exploit the one-on-one matchups this created. But this perception is only partially true. Yes, the Gators used mostly four-and-five wide receiver sets. And yes, their third, fourth and fifth wide receivers were faster than Ohio State's sub-package defensive backs. However, the Buckeyes lined up in man-to-man coverage only twice in that contest. The rest of the time they dropped into variations of zone coverage, which is designed to prevent big plays and force opponents to sustain long drives in order to score. What gets lost in all the hype about the SEC's superior speed is the fact that Florida designed a perfect gameplan and then executed it nearly to perfection. There were, however, two potential downfalls to using mostly four-and-five receiver sets. The first is it put lots of pressure on Florida's offensive line to protect without help. Secondly, it put pressure on QB Chris Leak to make correct reads as well as accurate throws into the "soft spots" of the zone coverage. All of this is important to keep in mind when breaking down this year's Allstate BCS National Championship.

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