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Podcast: Will injuries keep Ohio State’s defense from preventing big plays?

Two Buckeyes are out with concussions, leaving things in the hands of some young players.

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In the latest “Why is this News?” edition of the “Hangout in the Holy Land” podcast, co-hosts Matt Tamanini and Alexis Chassen catch up on all of the biggest Buckeye stories from the past week. The pair discusses whether the fact that both linebacker Malik Harrison and defensive end Jonathon Cooper are in the concussion protocol will impact how Ohio State is able to fix the defensive issues that have allowed opponents to rack up big play after big play against the Buckeyes this year.

They also chat about Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck’s decision to start true-freshman offensive lineman Daniel Faalele, and whether the 6-foot-9, 400-pound Australian has a future following in the footsteps of another Golden Gopher athlete, Brock Lesner, and heading to either the WWE or UFC.

In addition, Alexis breaks down the past week for former Buckeyes in the NFL, while Matt talks about some of the biggest takeaways from this week’s Big Ten Men’s Basketball Media Days.