Film Study: Cincy vs Notre Dame

Cincy got rave reviews in '20 for their unique take on the 3-High Safety system, but '21 is seeing them grow the scheme even more hybrid. That's scary for opponents.

Under Head Coach Luke Fickel and former Defensive Coordinator Marcus Freeman (now at Notre Dame), Cincinnati made waves last year with their unique take on the 3-Safety structure permeating college football. Cincy used a hybrid or “flex” front to change the math in the box by mugging linebackers and using single-dog inserts to create four-down fronts, s…

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