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As much as it pains me, this picture above of Charles White about to receive the handoff in the 1980 Rose Bowl out of the Power I says it all. It was the beginning of the end for my beloved Undefeated Buckeyes and their National Championship hopes that season.
This was also the beginning of my long running hatred for USC and teams that always seemed to have the Buckeyes number – even unto the present time. It took me a long time to understand why this happened repeatedly to my Buckeyes. I was so excited for the 2008 revenge of the Buckeyes. The  debacle that followed fueled even more hatred towards USC, which I finally channeled productively into discovering what was wrong with OSU!?
For the first time as a football fan and former player, I had some understanding. Studying this game finally made me realize the part that Concepts, Ideas and Schemes play in the Game of Football as well as the Game of LIfe.  
It is appropriate that the Offensive mastermind of that ill fated Buckeye loss, Steve Sarkisian, was recently named the new Head Coach at USC. His schemes and game planning had more to do with my wake up call than any other coach out there.
Here’s my story…  

Ok, guys, change of plans. We are flying by the seat of our pants here. Because of the genius of Urban Meyer and Tom Herman’s offense I can’t do a thorough analysis of the Wisconsin game without writing a book! For those who have already followed along so far you have seen me take two sentences to describe Wisconsin’s first drive and about 8 paragraphs to describe OSU’s first drive. This is my first thorough breakdown of the OSU offense and I am completely amazed by the simple brilliance of the overall PS concept and specific schemes employed by Meyer/Herman. (more…)