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OSU-Arizona: Watch the Battle Up Front

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Talking about the offensive line isn’t sexy.

But when Jody Oehler interviewed me yesterday on his drive-time sports radio show in Tucson, the Arizona offensive line was a big topic of conversation.

(You can listen to the entire segment below; it’s always interesting to hear what media from the other team’s market wants to discuss.)

The Wildcats have a brand new offensive line. They lost every last starter from the team a year ago, so they are breaking in a bunch of newbies to protect quarterback Nick Foles, who has shown he can throw for a bunch of yards.

But as Cowboy fans know well, the OSU defensive line is the most up-in-the-air area on this team. The Cowboys lost both of their starters on the interior, and both depth and talent are big questions.

The OSU front did well in the opener, and they did so without much blitzing or stunting. Cowboy defensive coordinator Bill Young said after the game that he went vanilla. Three- and four-man fronts. Limited blitzing. You have to think he’ll throw out some different things against Arizona.

You also have to think Arizona’s offensive line, albeit inexperienced, will be better than Louisiana-Lafayette’s.

The battle between Arizona’s offensive line and OSU’s defensive front is definitely worth watching tonight.


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Jenni Carlson

Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football... Read more ›