By Jim Baird | AM Football Briefing | Tuesday, December 13
The Mystery of Noah Brown and Ohio State’s Passing Game: Which Noah Brown will show up for the College Football Playoff? Will it be the Brown that lit up Oklahoma for four touchdowns — or the Brown who vanished at times during the season, with a single or no catches in four games. Brown’s 30 receptions, 385 yards and 7 touchdowns made him the second leading receiving option this season behind Curtis Samuel (65 catches, 822 yards, and 7 touchdowns).
The hot and cold passing game isn’t all on Brown. JT Barrett told Tim May there are things that he can do better, “I would probably say myself, just helping the receivers out — when you get in these tight ballgames, going against great DBs, they’re going to be open, but it’s going to be not by much.”
Anything in the air won’t be easy. All four playoff teams have top 25 passing defenses — Clemson’s is ranked No. 19 allowing, 188 yards per game. If the Buckeyes are able to move the ball in the air against Clemson’s stingy secondary, Noah Brown and the second option threats behind Curtis Samuel must step up.
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