As Ohio State prepares for a looming top 15 matchup for the No. 14 Oklahoma Sooners, their method of preparation will be a little different that usual.
Instead of diving into tape of Baker Mayfield and the Sooners strategies Monday, they’ll instead watch a replay of their national championship win against Oregon.
“We need to play like that Saturday if we want to win,” senior captain and center Pat Elflein said according to a Monday article from elevenwarriors.com’s Eric Seger.
However, there’s more than just sentimental value to rewatching the Buckeyes stop then-Heisman winner Marcus Mariota and the No. 2 Oregon Ducks, as Elflein said Oklahoma runs a defense similar to Oregon’s.
Ohio State won the national title game 42-28, but not before defeating Alabama 42-35 in the first ever College Football Playoff.
This is just one of the few ways the week’s preparation has been different for the Buckeyes in advance of their biggest game of the season, as they watched film after Sunday’s practice, something they do not usually do.
“We had practice then watched 30 minutes worth of film,” cornerback Marshon Lattimore said. “It’s really our first big game. The two games we had already were big, but this is the big game.”
The No. 3 Buckeyes and No. 14 Sooners clash at 6:30 p.m. Saturday on FOX.