Monday, February 20, 2017
Ohio State Offense vs. USC Defense
The early word out of Columbus was that star Ohio State RB Chris "Beanie" Wells would be at or near 100 percent for Saturday night's showdown with USC, but word came down on Thursday that Wells is now doubtful for the game and it seems unlikely he'll be able to shoulder a heavy load even if he does play. This is a substantial blow to the Buckeyes because their best chance to win this game is to get Wells 20-plus carries. Why? First, Wells is the team's most explosive offensive weapon and getting him the ball as often as possible is a priority. Second, Wells' punishing running style could potentially wear down USC's exceptionally fast defensive front given enough carries. Third, the more the Trojans are forced to concentrate on stopping Wells the less they can focus on attacking Ohio State's vulnerable offensive line in pass protection.
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