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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.

Ohio State football Shaun Wade
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Multi-Talented Shaun Wade Keeps Ohio State Defense Aggressive

For most defenses, having a third cornerback good enough to start is a luxury. For the Ohio State Buckeyes this year, however, it’s a necessity. Over the past few years, the Ohio State defense has rotated three cornerbacks. When secondary coach Jeff Hafley arrived, however, he did away with the rotation. He then effectively cut out the middle man and decided instead to put…

Damon Arnette, Shaun Wade Ohio State Buckeyes
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Buckeye Coaches Fine With Cornerbacks Talking Trash…To a Point

There are a handful of understood tenets in football.

Like games are won upfront, or quarterbacks have to be leaders, or wide receivers are divas, or all cornerbacks talk trash. The Ohio State Buckeyes are proving the first of those principles true this year. Justin Fields is growing into the second. Zone 6 has disproven the third, but the Buckeye corners are living up to the fourth.

Kevin Wilson Ohio State Offensive Coordinator
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Tuesday Updates from Greg Mattison and Kevin Wilson, Oct. 8

COLUMBUS — Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison and co-offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson spoke with reporters on Tuesday. Mattison talked a bit about freshman defensive end Zach Harrison and his growth so far, as well as many other topics. Wilson spoke about the toughness of this offensive line and how well the running game is going, and several other topics as well.

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Buckeye Defense Can Still Get Better Per Jeff Hafley, Greg Mattison

Ohio State’s first-team defense held Nebraska to just 91 total yards on Saturday. They did that to a Husker offense that was averaging 556 yards of total offense in its previous three games. When the Buckeye backups came into the game in the fourth quarter, Nebraska went on drives of 75 and 65 yards. Before that, their longest drive was 49 yards, and five of…

Tony Alford Ohio State Buckeyes Running Backs Coach
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Live Updates from Greg Mattison, Tony Alford, Justin Fields, More

COLUMBUS — Ohio State assistant coaches Greg Mattison and Tony Alford will speak with reporters on Tuesday. They are expected to talk about last week’s game and the test ahead this week. They will also answer questions about their respective position groups. Following that, quarterback Justin Fields, Pete Werner, Brendon White, and KJ Hill will speak with reporters.