The Nebraska defense must find a way to slow down an Ohio State offense that Husker defensive coordinator Bob Diaco credits Buckeye coach Urban Meyer for making famous. The ninth ranked Buckeyes are 5-1 and rank in the nation’s top 20 in rushing and passing.
“He was one of founding fathers of spread before it was called the spread offense”, said Diaco. “I referred to it In the write up to our players not as a spread offense, but the spread offense, and I did it purposefully. They have really talented offensive players, a veteran offensive line that is long and athletic. They have a senior quarterback who just runs their offense with great efficiency.”
Led by senior quarterback J.T. Barrett the Buckeyes have topped the 50-point mark in three straight games and freshman running back J.K. Dobbins has emerged as a major threat. Dobbins has rushed for 669 yards and averages 7.6 yards per attempt as a true freshman.
“He has elite start-stop speed,” added Diaco. “He is a jump-cut runner who can accelerate and get to full speed quickly. Some runner have building speed, some make people miss with quick cuts and some run people over. He can do that, but he has great start-stop speed and contact balance.”