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As Simple as ‘Stop Jonathan Taylor, Win the Game?’

Wisconsin’s No. 1 defense is one problem for Ohio State, but another big challenge for the Buckeyes lies on the other side of the ball.

On Saturday, the Ohio State defense will face its biggest threat of the season in Badgers’ junior running back Jonathan Taylor. Taylor, a Heisman Candidate running back, essentially runs Wisconsin’s offense. The Buckeye defense has the task of attempting to limit a back who is just one of three players to ever reach the 5,000 career rushing mark before his senior season.

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Tackling and Scheme Helping Buckeye Defense Limit Chunk Plays

Last season, it was a common occurrence to witness an Ohio State defense allowing big plays time after time from opponent after opponent. It frustrated fans, players, and coaches alike. Just how bad was it? The Buckeyes were 13th in the Big Ten in allowing plays of 30 yards or more in 2018, and ranked 114th in that category in the country. Only two teams in the nation…

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Master Teague Making Impact as Buckeyes’ Backup Running Back

One of the most-pressing concerns for Ohio State head coach Ryan Day heading into this season was finding a running back who could help carry the load with junior starter JK Dobbins. Battling through injuries in fall camp and therefore lacking practice reps, redshirt freshman running back Master Teague was on the outside looking in for that job — at least until the games got underway.