Pay attention and learn, Ohio State. Army likes to shove its running game down your throat. The Buckeyes, meanwhile, stubbornly are trying to do the same thing with their passing game.

It’s not working. As if to prove that its supposedly enhanced offense is what it claims to be, Ohio State has gotten away from its bread and butter — a power running game that also takes advantage of the speed of its playmakers by employing jet sweeps and misdirection out of the spread option.

It is similar to what Army does with its triple-option offense, which is the point. The Black Knights play to their strength. The Buckeyes should, too. Put the ball in the hands of running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber, get the ball to hybrid back Parris Campbell and mix in quarterback J.T. Barrett, who is an above-average runner.

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Ohio State absolutely will need an effective passing game to compete for a national title. You don’t beat Penn State and Michigan, much less Alabama and Clemson, without softening the top defenses by completing the occasional deep throw.

I’m not talking about abandoning the passing game as much as making it a complementary piece to what through the first two games has resembled a jumbled play-calling puzzle.

Ohio State offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson fell on his sword Tuesday by taking the blame for designing a game plan that was less than stellar in the 31-16 loss to Oklahoma.

“I was awful on Saturday,” Wilson said, adding that he needs to adapt the offense to the strengths and weaknesses of the players. “What do you want to be and where are you hanging your hat so you can be assertive and play aggressive football?”

Like Army is and does. The soldiers probably will not prevail Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The cadets’ biggest weakness, besides an inability to attract four and five-star talent — which is fine by me; I don’t necessarily need those tasked with defending our country to have a 35-inch vertical jump — is that they live out the Army stereotype by keeping things almost exclusively on the ground. Leave air support to the Air Force. The Black Knights rank last in the nation in passing yards with — get this — 17. They have attempted just 10 passes, completing two.

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But Army walks — marches? — out its identity. The Black Knights won’t pass for as many yards the entire season as the Buckeyes have allowed in their first two games (806), but they don’t care. They do what they do, which is run the ball with precision.

What is Ohio State’s identity? We know coach Urban Meyer likes his spread offense to have a run threat, but the tailback is not necessarily featured. Ezekiel Elliott gave the OSU offense flow in 2014, but he is more the exception to Meyer’s rule.

At Florida, Meyer’s offenses were predicated on getting the ball to playmakers in space, running quarterback Tim Tebow — which constituted the power element of the spread — and hitting the deep ball just enough to keep safeties from creeping forward to stop the run.

Interesting that the offenses Wilson oversaw at Northwestern, Oklahoma and Indiana also contained a power run element, but for whatever reason the Buckeyes mostly bailed on their tailbacks against the Sooners.

Wilson made it sound like it was his doing — the tailbacks combined for just 16 carries — but something tells me Meyer wants to make good on his guarantee after a 31-0 loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl that the Buckeyes’ passing game no longer would be permitted to participate in college football’s witness protection program.

He was going to drag it out of hiding, even if it meant giving the heave-ho to offensive coordinator Ed Warinner and quarterbacks coach Tim Beck.

Through two games, it isn’t performing as advertised, which raises the question of whether Meyer might finally get the “we will prove it to you” part of the passing game equation out of his system and return to what works: using the run to set up the pass.

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Meyer mostly wants his offense to resemble something akin to 2014, when Elliott kept defenses honest with his ability to break the big one. To my eye, Dobbins is a lesser version of Zeke, and Weber is a lesser version of Dobbins, but both are dangerous enough to keep defensive coordinators from positioning their safeties so far back as to resemble a prevent defense, a strategy that will continue if the run game is not prioritized.

The Buckeyes averaged 46 rushing attempts in 2014. Entering week three they’re averaging 42.5, not a huge difference and one that suggests part of the problem is a lack of creativity in play-calling. But I’m not ready to throw Wilson under the bus just yet. The talent is there. Just run with it.