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Buckeyes try to match defensive 'evolution'

09/12/2017, 6:00am EDT

Meyer says schemes have changed in his OSU tenure

Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett is sacked by Oklahoma defender Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (31) during the second quarter last Saturday in Columbus. BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH

COLUMBUS — While Ohio State is struggling on offense, the Buckeyes have found defenses — especially in the past few seasons — are playing differently than they did in the past.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was asked Monday if the Buckeyes needed to change some of their fundamental offensive philosophies following a 31-16 loss to Oklahoma, during which the Buckeyes couldn’t muster much through the air. Part of the issue, Meyer said, is that defenses have evolved quickly.

Many defenses are ‘multiple,’ meaning they are liable to try a variety of schemes at any time instead of a tried-and-true formation it plays on the majority of snaps,” Meyer said. “It’s much different than it was in 2012.”

Clemson is perhaps the best example. Meyer noted in the lead-up to the Fiesta Bowl that the Tigers were difficult to prepare for because they had almost no tendencies on defense, and their scheme left the Buckeyes completely lost in a 31-0 shutout.

Meyer said the constant changing of defenses has led Ohio State to “re-evaluate” its own approaches.

“I think the evolution of defenses, especially the ones that have given us trouble over the past couple of years, is constant because it’s the multiplicity of defenses that have given us and other offenses issues,” Meyer said. “We’re re-evaluating that. It’s constant change.”

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In last season's Fiesta Bowl, Clemson handed Ohio State its first shutout loss since 1993. AP

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