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Coach Woody Hayes' Buckeyes don't have many tricks up their sleeves, but they don't need them. This is a forthright team, grinding and conservative, one that retains maddening ball control. Its powerful running game is its offense: of 3,126 total yards amassed in nine games, 2,681 of them were on the ground. Only two major teams in the nation ( Oklahoma and Colorado) rushed more frequently. State has only an average passing game, but due to its lopsided rushing offense, its infrequent passing has been effective and must be marked down as a strong surprise weapon when used; only one OSU pass was intercepted during the season. Defensively, the Buckeyes are rock-hard and sure of themselves. This all justifies the team's 1-2 ranking in the UP and AP postseason polls.
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