"On the first team, the lone Buckeye to make the list was DE Joey Bosa, who earned those honors for the second year in a row. Bosa recorded 47 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 14 QB hits, 1 interception, 4 pass break-ups, and 1 forced fumble during his junior campaign."
Three members of the Ohio State football team made the USA TODAY All-American teams on Tuesday, including defensive end Joey Bosa, running back Ezekiel Elliott, and offensive tackle Taylor Decker. Bosa was named first-team USA TODAY All-American, while both Elliott and Decker were named to the second second team. As mentioned above, this is Bosa's second consecutive season making the first team. Elliott made second-team honors after rushing for 1,672 yards and 19 touchdowns. Decker was a leader on the offensive line for Ohio State, who finished with a strong outing against Michigan.
The Buckeyes' roster was filled with top talent across the depth chart, and it's no surprise that Bosa, Elliott, and Decker were listed alongside some of the best players in college football this season. Bosa and Elliott will likely be heading to the NFL, forgoing their senior seasons, while Decker wraps up his college career with a NFL future ahead of him as well. All three players are potential first or second round draft picks in the upcoming NFL Draft.
"No. 3: BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl - Notre Dame vs. Ohio State"
ESPN's Mark Schlabach took a look at all 40 of the college football bowls this season and came up with the best bowl games to watch, ranked from top to bottom. The BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl comes in as the third-best game to watch this bowl season, with a rematch of the 2005 Fiesta Bowl between Notre Dame and Ohio State. The game is bested only by the two College Football Playoff games with Alabama-Michigan State in the first spot and Clemson-Oklahoma in the second.
The Buckeyes had hoped for some chaos to happen during conference championship week so they could potentially sneak into the playoff, but most of the top teams were able to avoid any of the upsets. So Urban Meyer and his team will face off against a good Notre Dame team that nearly made the playoff as well. Led by quarterback DeShone Kizer, the Fighting Irish will look to take down the Ezekiel Elliott-led Buckeyes on Jan. 1 in what should be another classic game between the two historic programs.
"Among those missing out on a trip to New York was Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, LSU running back Leonard Fournette, who was the early season favorite, and Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds."
Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott started the year as one of the favorites to win the Heisman Memorial Trophy award and though he produced yet another outstanding season, the junior star was left off the list of Heisman finalists that are invited to New York for the award presentation. Elliott would finish the regular season with 1,672 yards and 19 touchdowns and also recently moved his rank to second on the school's all-time rushing list, behind only two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin. The finalists to get the invitation were Alabama running back Derrick Henry (thought to be the favorite as of late), Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey.
Henry has carried the load for Alabama this season, en route to setting an SEC record, rushing for 1,986 yards and a nation's best 23 touchdowns. Watson has done it all for Clemson, leading the Tigers to their first appearance in the College Football Playoff as the top team in the country. He's rushed for 887 yards, proving his dueal-threat capabilities and had 3,512 passing yards, accounting for 41 total touchdowns. He would also be Clemson's first Heisman winner. McCaffrey broke Barry Sanders' NCAA record for all-purpose yards in a season with 3,496. He has scored 13 touchdowns and thrown two TD passes as well.
"I think he's definitely more positive this year, just trying to make sure we're in the right state of mind. He's just a great coach. There's never a moment where I haven't not wanted to be in front of him and listen to him."
Ohio State finally righted the ship this past Saturday, when the Buckeyes notched a 89-62 win over VMI, breaking a four-game losing streak in somewhat impressive fashion. Four of Ohio State's players recorded double digits in scoring including Marc Loving, Jae'Sean Tate, Keita Bates-Diop, and Trevor Thompson. It was a much-needed win for the Buckeyes, who look to extend their winning Tuesday night against Air Force. While this team might not match the teams of head coach Thad Matta's previous seasons, Matta remains optimistic. This team doesn't seem likely to make the NCAA tournament, but all Matta is focused on right now is getting his team's mind right and making sure they're progressing consistently in their play.
The coaching staff is doing what it can to make sure that the players are learning from every game that they play. Matta mentioned that the film sessions make it easier to point out to the players what they can do better, even in a win over VMI:
"We seemed to have a little bit better of an understanding of what we were trying to do. We're still missing that gear where there's that flow. At times we get it, but we're just not quite there yet. Defensively, we did some things (wrong) and they'd look at the bench and say, ‘I wasn't supposed to do that.'"
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