Why Washington Will Win The Rose Bowl
– Start running on Ohio State and keep doing it. This is a talented Buckeye defensive front, it gives up close to five yards per carry, allowed 24 touchdowns on the year, and got hit for 150 yards or more nine times. By comparison, last year’s D line allowed fewer than three yards per carry, gave up 13 touchdown runs, and only gave up more than 150 yards in three games, and one of those was against Army.
The Washington combination of Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed have to find something that works right away. This is a fantastic O line that can pound away and get physical enough to take control of the game from the start. Don’t get caught up in the Pac-12 stereotype – this is as physical as any team the Buckeyes have played.
– If Washington can keep this tight, the mistakes should matter. The Huskies don’t beat themselves with dumb flags – they were the least penalized team in the Pac-12, sinning just 63 times for 573 yards in 13 games. By comparison, the naughty Buckeyes play like the rules and regulations of a normal society don’t apply to them, getting hit with a whopping 107 penalties for 1,002 yards.
– Yeah, the Washington defense is just that good. The Huskies finished 12th in the nation and first in the Pac-12 in total defense with a great pass rush, a secondary that doesn’t miss tackles, and a group of linebackers the flies all over the field.
There’s not much to the Ohio State running game on a consistent basis despite the NFL talent of JK Dobbins and Mike Weber. It’s all on the OSU passing game, and the Huskies are terrific and keeping the lads after the catch to a minimum.