CFB Week 2 Collection

This is the 2015 CFB Week 2 collection of all content from Inside the Pylon.  Please also visit our Glossary, Podcast and NFL pages.

Ohio State vs. Virginia Tech

In Part 1, Mark Schofield previews Virginia Tech’s Man Coverage Schemes Against the Option, breaking down the film of last season’s game where the Hokies used a 3-3-5 defense and Cover 0 to slow down Ohio State’s rushing attack.

In Part 2, Mark Schofield looks at Ohio State Passing on Cover 0. Virginia Tech’s man coverage exposed its secondary in the passing game and the Buckeyes took advantage.

Shawn Spencer says Exploiting Kendall Fuller’s Aggressiveness is a key for Ohio State wide receiver Michael Thomas, who will likely use double moves to attack the aggressive defensive back.

Oregon at Eastern Washington

Mark Schofield saw many similarities when reviewing film on new Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams; Part 1 examines the similarities between the system Adams ran at Eastern Washington, and the Oregon offense.

In Part 2, Mark Schofield conducted a trait-based examination of both Adams and former Oregon QB Marcus Mariota to display how the quarterbacks are similar in playing styles, and how that will benefit Adams as he transitions to a new offense.

TCU at Minnesota

Mark Schofield took at look at some of the concepts the TCU Horned Frogs use offensively to stretch a defense vertically and horizontally, including play-action passing plays out of the pistol formation, and packaged plays with a built-in tunnel screen option.

Shawn Spencer breaks down how TCU used a no huddle attack to get Josh Doctson favorable matchups last time ‒ and how avoiding both Briean Boddy-Calhoun  and Eric Murray isn’t likely this time around.

Playoff Implications

The marquee matchup of the holiday weekend is Alabama vs. Wisconsin, who play Saturday night under the bright lights of the House that Jerrah built. Both teams are ranked in the top 20 to start the season, with Nick Saban’s squad checking in at #3 while the Badgers are #20 in The Associated Press preseason poll. Given the tough SEC schedule that awaits them, the Crimson Tide can ill-afford to start the season with a nonconference loss.

Heisman Implications

With the FBS schedule kicking off this week, Heisman voters will get their initial looks at some of the best players this season. Voters will have their eyes on the TCU offense and quarterback Trevone Boykin, as well as the matchup in Blacksburg where running back Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott takes the field with – someone – handing him the football. But some other games and names to watch include the Louisville-Auburn game, with new Tigers quarterback Jeremy Johnson taking over Gus Malzahn’s offense, and the Louisiana-Monroe vs. Georgia game, with running back Nick Chubb taking over as the bellcow back for the Bulldogs. As the season gets underway the writers at ITP will unveil their in-season Heisman ballots each week, so watch for those as the year rolls on.

Film Reviews

Mark Schofield reviews the debut of UCLA true freshman Josh Rosen.

Mark Schofield breaks down Alabama‘s two-headed monster at running back, Utah‘s RB Devontae Booker in the passing game, and Baylor‘s new quarterback Seth Russell.


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