“My point: Sure, the result angered the Buckeyes. But it also had to damage their confidence. And that could be valuable for an NU program needing every mental edge it can get.”
– Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune
With the Northwestern Wildcats heading into The Shoe on Saturday, the Pat Fitzgerald coached squad could very well be heading into the real lions den, as the Ohio State Buckeyes are chomping at the bit to get back on the path to the Big Ten Championship – and, most importantly, the College Football Playoff.
The Buckeyes are an angry team right now. Teddy Greenstein talked to one of OSU captains, Pat Elflein, on the phone, and Elflein’s sentiment was that there was now a chip on the shoulder and the “feeling of something to prove”.
All of this should lead to the Buckeyes handedly winning against the Wildcats, right? Not so fast, wrote Greenstein for the Chicago Tribune.
Greenstein wasn’t quick to buy stock in the angry Buckeye narrative heading into the contest with NU. The reasoning: Ohio State has been shown vulnerable on the offensive line. Since the Indiana contest a few games back, the Buckeye passing attack has been inconsistent. Then in the loss at Penn State, the offensive line struggles really came to light as Barrett was consistently facing pressure all night long.
Going more in-depth, Greenstein talked to former NU head coach Gary Barnett. Barnett said that facing a veteran team off a loss was something he didn’t look forward to, however, Barnett said that a younger team may not have the kind of “locker room” strength.
Barnett said that how a team responds boils down to leadership.
We’ll see how the Elflein, J.T. Barrett and the Bucks respond to Northwestern on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
"It's a good feeling, to be able to go home and for my family to be able to drive and see the game," said Marshall, who's lined up about a dozen tickets for family and friends. "You always want to share your accomplishments with the people that helped you get to where you're at."
– Randy Lange, newyorkjets.com
Transitioning to Buckeyes in the NFL, it’s a homecoming of sorts for Jalin Marshall. The New York Jet comes back to the Buckeye State as the Jets take on the Browns this Sunday at 1 p.m.
Even though Marshall went to college at OSU, he didn’t grow up cheering for either of the two NFL teams in the state. Marshall said that he grew up rooting for the Minnesota Vikings because of Cris Carter, according to Randy Lange of newyorkjets.com.
It makes sense why Marshall liked the Vikings. Carter is from the same area (Middletown, Ohio) that Marshall was from. Maybe the Buckeye seeds were planted early for Marshall to eventually go to Ohio State, as Carter was a star wide receiver for the Buckeyes in the late 1980s.
However, Marshall isn’t the only former Ohio Stater coming back home, though. Teammates Nick Mangold and Darron Lee also have the chance to come back to the state where they played college football. However, an ankle injury has left Lee ruled out of the game; Mangold also has an ankle injury, and that leaves his chances to play at Cleveland up in the air.
“(Jent) is making sure that, when a play doesn’t work or breaks down, that we don’t have that stagnant standing, that we go into automatic actions. That’s what we’ve been working on, just being basketball players and not robots.”
– Adam Jardy, Columbus Dispatch
Ohio State basketball is getting ready to hit the hardwood again – and are looking to avenge last season’s disappointing exit in the NIT.
With the offseason hire of Chris Jent as an assistant coach, the Buckeyes are looking to improve on the offensive side of the ball. According to KenPom.com, a statistical analysis site for college basketball, the Buckeyes ended the year with an adjusted offensive efficiency (AdjO) score of 105.9, good enough for 138th in the country. The AdjO score comes from points scored per 100 possessions.
By having Jent, a pair of fresh eyes can observe what the offense needs to do better, and how they go about doing it. Especially with the exodus that occurred at the end of last season, this will be a new look Buckeye squad that will bring about some new ways of attacking the basket.
Jae’Sean Tate said that the Buckeyes will try to “run more this season” and utilize the skills of the team to create space on the floor.
Already, we’ve seen a mentality and planning change with the addition of Jent. While there is still plenty of work to be done, we’ll see what the Buckeyes have in store as the season kicks off in a couple weeks.
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