Ohio State vs. Washington


Sunday, May 15, 2022

Ohio State Offense vs. Washington Defense
With QB Todd Boeckman making his first career road start and the Buckeyes turning the ball over five times last week, look for Ohio State to run early and often. The hope is that staying committed to the run will allow the Buckeyes to sustain long drives that effectively quiet the crowd and reduce the chances of turnovers. However, it will be tough sledding against a Washington run defense that is giving up an average of just 1.8 yards per carry. The Husky defensive line returns all four starters from a year ago and they have done a good job of controlling the line of scrimmage. In addition, OLBs E.J. Savannah and Dan Howell are reliable open-field tacklers who have been relentless in pursuit. Meanwhile, a talented Ohio State offensive line is not yet playing like a cohesive unit. It's struggling to consistently get into position and sustain blocks for RB Chris Wells, who has done little to help the big men up front. Though he has great speed for his size and he's broken some long runs, Wells has been impatient and inconsistent. If the Buckeyes are going to control the tempo of this game with its ground game, Wells will have to do a better job of setting his blocks up.

Ohio State vs. Washington
Ohio State vs. Washington

When: Sept. 15, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN, ESPN 360)
Where: Seattle, Wash.
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