"Bosa is a rare speciman and a potential No.1 pick next season, and asking somebody to fill that void would be a supremely tall order."
ESPN's Big Ten blog has been looking at the most indispensable players around the Big Ten, and earlier today they named the two players who would be the toughest to replace this coming season. With three top-flight quarterbacks on the roster, obviously any quarterback for the Buckeyes isn't going to make this list, but one who is has been a star since arriving on campus two years ago. With how often Urban Meyer has talked about how he is unhappy with the depth on the defensive line, losing Joey Bosa for any reason would put a huge dent in the Ohio State defense. Add in the Buckeyes losing Steve Miller and Michael Bennett to graduation last year, and it only makes the need for disruption from Bosa on the line that much bigger. What might be overlooked in terms of Bosa's impact on the rest of the defensive line is the ability to teach and be a leader for some of the talented younger players Ohio State has on the line.
Along with Bosa on this list is another difference maker on the other side of the line who also figures to go early in the 2016 NFL Draft. Last year with four new starters on the line, Taylor Decker was the only returning starter. While the offensive line had a bit of a rocky start to the season, they improved each week with Decker as the anchor of the line. With running back Ezekiel Elliott looking to pick up this season where he left off to end last year, as well as with increased expectations for talented running back Curtis Samuel, Decker is critical if the Buckeyes hope to establish the power running game that propelled them to a national championship last year.
"The Ohio State women's basketball team will head to South Bend, Ind., this winter to take on ACC power Notre Dame in the 2015 version of the Women's Big Ten/ACC Challenge."
It was announced a few weeks ago that the Ohio State men's basketball team would host Virginia in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on December 1st, but yesterday it was announced the women's team would travel to play Notre Dame the following evening. With a bright outlook for the Lady Buckeyes following advancing to the Round of 32 and nearly beating North Carolina behind freshman star Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State will look to set the tone for this season early by upsetting one of the powers of women's college basketball. Ohio State hasn't found much success in the Women's Big Ten/ACC Challenge, losing six of their eight appearances in the challenge.
December's matchup will be the fourth meeting between the two schools, with Ohio State winning the first meeting in Columbus in 1997, while Notre Dame has taken the last two matchups in 2004 and 2012. The Lady Buckeyes will have their work cut out for them when they hit the road for this matchup, as Notre Dame has appeared in four of the last five title games, losing to UConn in the last two. Not only will Ohio State be taking on one of the toughest teams in the country, but it will also see Kevin McGuff returning to South Bend to take on Muffet McGraw, who for six seasons he served as an assistant for. This will mark the third season for Ohio State head coach, who saw his team take tremendous steps forward last season, compiling a 24-11 record after posting only a 17-18 record in his first season in Columbus.
This weekend at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma in Gold River, CA., Ohio State's women's rowing team will try and complete a three-peat after winning the last two national championships. No women's rowing team has ever won three-straight national championships since the NCAA started sponsoring the sport in 1997. This marks the 16th straight appearance in the NCAA championships for the team. Along with the back-to-back team championships, Ohio State also has earned five individual national titles, which is the fourth-highest total in NCAA history.
Since the start of the 2014 season, the first varsity eight is 69-0, and their efforts this season marked the fourth straight year Ohio State has had at least one crew go undefeated in the regular season. The first eight varsity enters the championship as the No. 2 seed, and will open up competition on Friday in one of the four first round heats alongside AAC champion Central Florida, as well as fellow Big Ten members Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana. The second varsity eight comes in as the No.6 seed and will be paired with Brown, Wisconsin, Princeton, Northeastern, and Jacksonville in their first round heat on Friday. Following those two heats, the Buckeye first varsity four will be racing Washington State, Stanford, Wisconsin, Northeastern, and Jacksonville. Should Ohio State move on in any of those heats, the next rounds will come on Saturday, and the finals on Sunday.
"I then observed the above suspect throw a glass bottle into the street, breaking it across the roadway. On contact, he admitted to throwing it and advised it was a stupid thing to do."
Following two failed drug tests which shortened his Ohio State career, Noah Spence transferred to Eastern Kentucky in January to continue his education and football career. Before even playing in a game for the Colonels, Spence has found himself in trouble again after being arrested last Thursday morning in Richmond, KY. Spence and three others were observed being near a vehicle in downtown Richmond when Spence threw a bottle into the street. Spence was place under arrest for consumption of alcohol in a public place, as well as second-degree disorderly conduct. After being arrested, Spence was released later in the day. On Tuesday, Eastern Kentucky released a statement saying they will handle the matter internally, while respecting the legal and student judicial process.
Following coming to the Buckeyes as a five-star recruit from Harrisburg, PA., Spence broke out on the field in 2013, recording eight sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss, earning first-team All-Big Ten honors. Before the 2014 Orange Bowl, Spence was suspended for the game, as well as the first two games of the 2014 season following a positive drug test for ecstasy. A second positive drug test over the summer earned Spence an indefinite suspension, and later had his appeal for reinstatement denied. Before the incident last Thursday, Spence was eligible to play this season for the Colonels since he transferred to an FCS school, but now he'll have to wait to see if any punishment is handed down by the university.
STICK TO SPORTS:
- Just imagine all the hot dogs that'll be sold at Huntington Park on Monday night when the Columbus Clippers host a "Dime-A-Dog" doubleheader.
- Soon the Buckeye Donuts mobile kitchen will be open and equipped with a "donut robot".
- Amazon will soon be expanding into central Ohio.
- Maybe the Indians should look into signing this fan.
- There is still time left on National Burger Day to head to Thurman Cafe (or wherever your favorite spot for burgers is).