“I think we’ll shut ‘em out, so we’ll see.”
-Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa via Tim May, The Columbus Dispatch
Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa has the utmost confidence in what the Buckeye defense will be able to do on Saturday against UNLV. After struggling during the first two weeks of the year, especially against the pass, Ohio State’s defense was able to gain some confidence last week when they shut down the Army triple-option attack.
UNLV’s offense has scored at least 40 points in their first two games this year, so calling for a shutout might be asking a little much. At least it’s likely we’ll see Ohio State’s defense enjoying themselves a little more this week, as Bosa said the triple-option isn’t fun to prep for or play against. UNLV’s spread offense will give Ohio State’s defenders a little more opportunity to showcase their speed and playmaking ability.
“I kind of knew I was going to be rotating in, but I didn’t know my role was going to be to that extent. I’m just thankful for the opportunity.”
-Ohio State linebacker Tuf Borland via Colin Hass-Hill, The Lantern
Even though Tuf Borland knew he was going to see some time against Army last week, I’m not sure even he thought he’d have quite the impact that he did. After Chris Worley injured his foot early in the game against the Black Knights, Borland’s number was called and the redshirt freshman didn’t disappoint, registering a team-high 12 tackles in the victory. The effort by the linebacker from Illinois earned him Ohio State’s defensive player of the game honors.
Not only did Borland have a standout performance in his first game with extended action, but he got to do so in front of his parents, who traveled in from Illinois to watch their son. The trips are nothing new for the Borland family though, as they did it all last year, even with Tuf being redshirted.
With their son Trevor still playing high school football in Illinois on Friday nights, the Borland family usually has to drive through the night to Columbus to make Tuf’s Buckeye games. Last week’s game was a little easier to get to because of the later start time, something they won’t have the luxury of with Saturday’s game against UNLV kicking off at noon. This trip could be even more exciting for the Borland family this week, as Chris Worley is questionable to play against the Rebels, which means Tuf could get his first start as a Buckeye.
“You’ve always got to be ready. You make one play and you may get the opportunity to get another and another. You’ve just got to be ready for your opportunities. You may get one. You may get seven. You never know.”
-Ohio State wide receiver Terry McLaurin via David Jablonski, Dayton Daily News
There isn’t a group on Ohio State’s football team that has gotten more criticism over the past year than the Buckeye wide receivers. After struggling mightily against Oklahoma, last week the receivers were able to gain some confidence with a solid performance against Army.
There hasn’t been a receiver who has been able to step up and distance themselves from the rest of the group, as evidenced by the depth chart listing six starters at either wide receiver or H-back. Both Parris Campbell and K.J. Hill are leading Ohio State through three games with 15 catches each, but the majority of those have been short passes.
Ohio State is still looking for more of a threat down the field though. The Buckeyes are trying to use the short passing game to try and open up the passing game for the deep ball, but Ohio State still hasn’t been able to put it all together quite yet. There are signs of progress though, and another solid performance against UNLV could help to further what the Buckeyes are trying to do in the passing game.
“Oklahoma State agrees not to use “OSU” in connection with scarlet and gray, Buckeyes, Brutus, or other Ohio State signifiers.”
-Carrie Ghose, Columbus Business First
On Wednesday, Ohio State and Oklahoma State came to an agreement in a recent trademark dispute they have had over “OSU”. Both schools use the abbreviation, but Oklahoma State objected to Ohio State filing an apparel trademark in July.
Both schools will get to keep using “OSU”, with both agreeing not to use it with any colors, likenesses, or signifiers from the other university. Ohio State can’t use “OSU” with orange and black, Cowboys, or the mascot Pistol Pete, while Oklahoma State can’t use “OSU” with scarlet and gray, Buckeyes, or Brutus.
The two schools had a previous agreement in 1976, which allowed for both schools to profit off their trademarks on the OSU abbrevation for use in education and entertainment services, within specific geographic boundaries. Numerous changes, including with the invention of the internet and change in conference boundaries have made this agreement a little more blurry lately, which the new agreement will clear up.
Oregon State could not be reached for comment on this matter.
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