“It is difficult to overstate the impact Bosa has made in 2016 or, perhaps even a greater challenge, his career trajectory if he continues at this rate.”
Josa Bosa, like his former Ohio State teammate Ezekiel Elliott, is having one heck of a rookie season. Bosa’s debut was delayed thanks to a contract dispute and a hamstring injury, but he was worth the wait, and his teammates agree. “He’s a monster,” nose tackle Damion Square told Gehlken. “He’s one of the guys that flash all the time, and it won’t stop. He’ll be this way for a decade or more. The Chargers really got a good one.”
Bosa has gotten the hang of the NFL game, and has also learned more about his body than he expected. “There’s running full speed, and then there’s running-down-the-quarterback speed, which is every inch of your body straining to run,” Bosa said. “I think in the past, I’ve thought that before. I think I’m getting a hang of (the NFL), and then I learn something new, and I just get better and better. You’re never going to fully get a hang of this game. There’s always going to be something you can improve and work at.” Bosa’s got everything he needs to be successful, and so far he’s lived up to expectations.
“A decade and a day ago the Buckeyes took part in a high-powered shootout in the 2006 version of the [ACC-Big Ten Challenge].”
The 2006-07 Ohio State men’s basketball season was one that nobody will ever forget. Early in that season, the team faced the No. 7 North Carolina Tar Heels in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. In recollection of the game, former Ohio State guard Ron Lewis told Jardy, “I think everybody was really excited just to be able to play this type of game and show that we can play and that we are capable of doing big things this year, even when Greg (Oden) was out.” Oden said that he would have gone and played if he had to, but Matta said, “I wanted to get him healthy, and we wanted nothing to happen in terms of his health. I remember it wasn’t even an issue like he was going to play.”
As far as the game went, Ron Lewis took over. “Man, I just felt the moment and I felt that I had to start it off,” Lewis said. “As they were freshmen, they were going to look for somebody to lead them in that game and they hadn’t been in that type of scenario before and didn’t know how to take it. I just took it upon myself to start the charge.” And he did, with 30 points on 11-of-16 shooting. The Buckeyes ultimately lost by nine points, but there were much bigger games that they would go on to play, as we all know. The rest of the oral history nicely captures the first one they faced.
“Not to put too fine a point on it, but Wednesday's game at No. 6 Virginia is about as big as it gets for November basketball.”
Wednesday night’s game against No. 6 Virginia will give us a good idea of just how good this year’s Ohio State basketball team is. Now, it’s not going to be the only indicator, but for the Buckeyes to compete with the Cavaliers will be big. It’s still early in the season to have a definitive idea of what Thad Matta is working with. It’s not a must-win game but the promise that would come from it if they at least compete would be great.
Matta is optimistic about what tonight’s game will tell him about his team. "We're playing not a very good basketball team, we're playing a great basketball team," Matta said, via Landis. "I'm excited to play, the game ends and we've got a good gauge of where we are. We're making strides. I don't think we're where we're going to be in the end." The team sounds prepared for the game as well. Marc Loving told Landis that the pace and screens that the Bucks use will help them get open shots. "Swing the ball from one side of the floor to the other, minimize the amount of bad shots we take,” Loving said. That sounds like a good recipe for success.
“With every passing week it's becoming more clear that Ohio State is likely going to find itself in the top four of the final College Football Playoff rankings.”
Ohio State was still ranked No. 2 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings last night after knocking off Michigan this past Saturday in the ‘Shoe. What we saw in the rest of the rankings made it seem pretty evident that there’s almost no scenario in which Ohio State isn’t included somewhere in the committee’s final top four after conference championship games have concluded. "Nothing has changed since last week," College Football Playoff committee chair Kirby Hocutt said when comparing Ohio State and Penn State. "I am saying that they are not close in the eyes of the selection committee."
When it comes down to it, the committee wants the better team in, and they believe that to be Ohio State, despite their head-to-head loss to Penn State. "We're obviously as a selection committee aware of (Penn State's win over Ohio State)," Hocutt said. "I have talked on this call the past couple of weeks about the quality win that Penn State does have over Ohio State. But it is not the distinguishing metric in the evaluation of these two teams.” Ohio State’s body of work has clearly been enough to get them over the hump, and while nothing is certain, it doesn’t seem worth worrying over for the Buckeyes.
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