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Upon Further Review: Buckeye Ground Game

Ohio State's ground game nearly always has been the heart of its offense. That's just as true in 2008, with about 60% of the Buckeyes' yardage coming from the run in Big Ten play, contrasted to the national average of closer to only 40%. Beanie Wells is far and away the main attraction for Jim Tressel's crew, so how potent is this ground attack when viewed under the microscope?

In revisiting games like Penn State, Northwestern, and Michigan in closer detail, even when the final box score figures impress the casual viewer (against the latter two teams cited), the story's intricate details reveal a lot more offensive struggles than expected. We often read how Penn State crowded the line of scrimmage with eight in the box, focusing solely on taking Beanie out of the...

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