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Ohio State’s 2018 football schedule is finally taking shape

Plus, OSU women’s hockey names four captains, and men’s lacrosse returns almost all of their top-scorers in 2019.

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“The Big Ten Conference, along with the Big Ten Network, FOX and ESPN, has released start times and television carriers for the first three weeks of the Big Ten season and also for some additional select games this year.”

-Ohio State Athletics

As schools end for the summer and temperatures creep higher than we had begged for in January, football season is just around the corner. The past couple of weeks have seen a lot of changes and additions to future schedules for the Buckeyes — like no more Texas home-and-home series, and Toledo being added to 2022 — but, even though we already knew the dates and opponents, the 2018 schedule is finally starting to take a more well-defined shape.

Here’s what we know so far:

  • The season and home opener for Ohio State on Sept. 1 will feature Oregon State — in what I will forever call “The Battle of OSUs” — and kickoff will be at noon and televised on ABC.
  • The Buckeyes will take on Rutgers the next week, Sept. 8, and will be aired on the Big Ten Network, with kickoff set for 3:30 p.m.
  • Ohio State’s first primetime game of the year will be against TCU on the road at the neutral-site AT&T Stadium. ABC will televise the event, which will get underway at 8 p.m.
  • The Indiana game on Oct. 6 is set to be the Homecoming matchup and will either kickoff at 3:30 or 4 p.m. that day in Columbus (TV channel TBA).
  • Finally, the season finale and annual edition of “The Game” will be televised on FOX and will have the standard noon kickoff time. (It’s harder to burn couches and climb lightpoles in the middle of the afternoon... I said harder, not impossible.)

There are still some chances for the Buckeyes to claim more primetime games in the months leading up to the season — most notably against Penn State and/or Michigan State — but the NCAA is required to give teams at least a 12-day notice.

“While Sullinger is not officially on the roster yet, there is one addition that Penn confirmed to Jackson and McCoy. Former Penn State guard Talor Battle will be a member of Team Scarlet and Gray this summer.”

-Patrick Murphy, Bucknuts 247 Sports

Today was the day for the finalized rosters for The Basketball Tournament, and Team Scarlet and Gray may end up making a late addition depending on how things pan out. Jared Sullinger was notably absent from this year’s roster, after being a big contributor for the team during last year’s tournament.

Team GM Scoonie Penn spoke to 105.7 The Zone this week and said there’s still a chance the Buckeye big man makes an appearance for Team Scarlet and Gray. Sullinger is getting married this summer which apparently is throwing a wrench in the plan.

“There’s a good chance. There is,” Penn told 105.7 The Zone’s Stan Jackson and Matt McCoy this week.

”Jared’s getting married this summer, so that kind of messes things up a little bit. We know Jared. And it’s going to be here in the city and he’s probably gonna be alright. You’ll probably see him out there. Most likely.”

Even if the team is without Sullinger, they did bring in a Penn State alum to round out the roster. Initially Penn — as most Buckeye fans would be — was hesitant to bring in someone who didn’t play for Ohio State, but Talor Battle has close ties to this group of Buckeyes and has trained with them during the offseason on more than one occasion.

Team Scarlet and Gray earned an automatic bid to compete in the 2018 TBT thanks to last year’s effort as the Midwest region champions. This year’s Midwest regional will get underway on July 20, and there’s a chance Thad Matta’s Buckeyes will face off against some of Chris Holtmann’s Buckeyes competing on the Big Ten team “Big X.”

“I’m incredibly humbled by the opportunity to wear the ‘C’ and to work alongside my fellow co-captains,” Dunne said. “I think we have a really special group of young women who are all hungry to continue building off of last year’s success.”

-Jincy Dunne via Ohio State Athletics

Ohio State women’s hockey had an impressive 2017-18 season, and is hoping to carry that momentum into next season. The first step in their preseason planning is setting the team’s captains and assistant captains.

The Buckeyes promoted Jincy Dunne to full captain after she ultimately took over the responsibilities last season as an assistant midseason. She was a driving force in leading the team, and will step up even further, alongside her co-captain Erin Langermeier.

“It all comes back to Jincy taking over as an assistant captain halfway through last season and getting to watch her grow and become an elite leader both on and off the ice,” OSU Head Coach Nadine Muzerall said. “We needed to compliment her and surround her with fellow leaders that can keep up the high standards set by Julianna Iafallo and Lauren Spring last season.”

Dunne is coming off of a career-best season with 26 points and 24 assists (to tie for the team high), along with earning a slew of postseason honors; including AHCA All-American Second Team, All-USCHO Third Team, and All-WCHA First Team. Heading into her redshirt-junior year, she’s also notched several academic awards, including WCHA All-Academic Team, Academic All-Big Ten and a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.

Her co-captain, senior Erin Langermeier, started all 39 games last season for Ohio State, and has been a vocal leader in the locker room. Muzerall lauded the new captain saying, “She acts almost like a mom on the team. She’s the one that the ladies can bring their problems to and know they’ll be heard and helped.”

Dunne and Langermeier’s assistant captains are senior Madison Field and junior Olivia Soares.

Field has played in every game since joining the team in 2015, claiming the most appearances (112) of any player on the team. She recorded a career-high 19 goals last season, and nabbed her second-consecutive 30-point season. She was also named the NCAA No. 2 Star of the Week thanks to her five-goal weekend in the opening round of the WCHA Tournament.

Heading into her third season as a Buckeye, Soares has solid experience having played in all 37 games as a freshman, and in 32 games last season. She takes her studies just as seriously as her hockey training, and has earned WCHA Scholar-Athlete status, as well as being named to the WCHA All-Academic Team, the Academic All-Big Ten team, and as an OSU Scholar-Athlete both years.

The women have a few months before they officially take the ice for the 2018-19 season, but they are building a great foundation, and these four captains and assistants should be a big boost to the team as they prepare.

“The 2019 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team will return a large percent of its production on both ends of the field thanks to underclassmen that continue to produce when opportunities arise.”

-Ohio State Athletics

Seven of the top nine scorers for the Buckeyes last season will return for the 2019 season, setting up a lot to be excited about through the offseason.

At the top of the scoring list were then-sophomore Tre Leclaire (37 points), freshman Jackson Reid (28), and junior Jack Jasinski (28). The underclassman performed so well in 2018, that 54 percent (110 of the 204) of the total points scored for OSU were claimed by either a freshman or sophomore. Leclaire, along with Ryan Terefenko, has already earned more than one USILA All-America honor.

Rounding out the impressive young talent were freshman Justin Inacio — who finished the 2018 season ranked No. 1 among freshman nationwide with a .613 winning percentage — and redshirt freshman goalie Josh Kirson.

It might be awhile until we get to see the Buckeyes back on the field and in action, but it’s nice knowing that the 2019 season should be a good one for Ohio State men’s lacrosse.