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Why is this news?: Doran Grant, Jeff Heuerman, Michael Bennett to the Senior Bowl, 7 Buckeyes make ESPN All-Freshman team

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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 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.

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

RANK SCHOOL RECORD Pts Prev
1 Kentucky Wildcats (65) 11-0 1,625 1
2 Duke Blue Devils 8-0 1,545 2
3 Arizona Wildcats 10-0 1,505 3
4 Louisville Cardinals 9-0 1,349 4
5 Wisconsin Badgers 10-1 1,331 5
6 Virginia Cavaliers 9-0 1,294 6
7 Villanova Wildcats 10-0 1,215 7
8 Gonzaga Bulldogs 10-1 1,175 9
9 Texas Longhorns 8-1 1,154 8
10 Kansas Jayhawks 8-1 1,102 10
11 Wichita State Shockers 7-1 959 11
12 Ohio State Buckeyes 8-1 838 12
13 Iowa State Cyclones 8-1 772 14
14 Utah Utes 7-2 670 13
15 Oklahoma Sooners 6-2 647 16
16 Washington Huskies 8-0 598 17
17 Maryland Terrapins 10-1 512 19
18 Miami-Florida Hurricanes 9-1 426 20
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
23 Butler Bulldogs 8-2 259 15
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.

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.

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