The Senior Bowl announced its participants today and three Buckeyes were among the chosen. Defensive tackle Michael Bennett, who had already been announced, will be joined by defensive back Doran Grant and tight end Jeff Heuerman.
The game itself will take place January 24 at 4:00 p.m. in Mobile, Alabama. The NFL network will broadcast the whole thing. The Senior Bowl will provide all three players the opportunity to play in front of NFL coaches and staff one more time before the combine process begins. For fans, it’s one last opportunity to see the three Buckeye stalwarts don the scarlet and grey helmet.
ESPN's Big Ten all-freshman team http://t.co/s3idFG8Opl— ESPN Big Ten (@ESPN_BigTen) December 15, 2014
ESPN released its Big Ten all-freshman team and Ohio State Buckeyes are all over the place. On offense, J.T. Barrett leads the way for a group of players that also includes running back Curtis Samuel, wide receiver Jalin Marshall, and guard Billy Price. On defense, it’s more of the same. linebacker Darron Lee, linebacker Raekwon McMillan, and cornerback Eli Apple. Overall, 7 of the 22 offensive and defensive players (nearly 1/3) are Buckeyes. That's almost as many as the entire Big Ten West.
These seven freshmen will all be expected to play major roles in the college football playoff and if this is any indication, they should be up to the task.
Ohio State holds steady at No. 12 in college basketball AP poll. Saturday's opponent North Carolina falls to No. 24— Daniel Rogers (@DRogOSU) December 15, 2014
The latest AP basketball poll is out and not much has changed for the Buckeyes. Perhaps unsurprisingly, wins over High Point and Morehead State were not enough to raise Ohio State’s ranking which sits firmly at 12.
That should change this week, though. After another yawner against North Carolina A&T, the Buckeyes will head to Chicago for a showdown with #24 North Carolina. That contest will be held December 20 at 1:00 p.m.
AP Top 25
|1||Kentucky Wildcats (65)||11-0||1,625||1|
|2||Duke Blue Devils||8-0||1,545||2|
|11||Wichita State Shockers||7-1||959||11|
|12||Ohio State Buckeyes||8-1||838||12|
|13||Iowa State Cyclones||8-1||772||14|
|19||San Diego State Aztecs||7-2||424||18|
|20||St. John's Red Storm||8-2||353||24|
|21||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||10-1||351||25|
|22||West Virginia Mountaineers||9-1||333||22|
|24||North Carolina Tar Heels||7-3||122||21|
|25||Michigan State Spartans||7-3||116||NR|
|Others receiving votes: Baylor 97, TCU 80, Colorado State 75, UNI 65, Georgetown 41, California 37, Arkansas 19, Seton Hall 14, VCU 6, Old Dominion 4, LSU 4, Oklahoma State 4, Penn State 3, Davidson 1.|
Officials for #CFBPlayoff semis: Rose: SEC, Sugar: Pac12. Champ Game: BigXII crew.— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) December 15, 2014
It’s important to know who you should be complaining about. Should the Buckeyes be the victims of a bad call or two in the College Football Playoff opener against Alabama, it’ll be Pac 12 officials who are to blame. That conference’s officials have been selected to call the Buckeye’s Sugar Bowl showdown. So remember, it’s "These terrible Pac 12 officials are letting Alabama get away with holding all night long." Accuracy is important.