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Heavy rain forecast for Ohio State-Wisconsin, but Ryan Day, Justin Fields aren’t worried

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The Buckeyes plan on using the same game plan, despite the inclement weather.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 18 Illinois at Ohio State Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

If the game plan was determined based on weather, maybe Ohio State would plan to run the ball every down and hope to find the end zone a couple times. But it isn’t, and it won’t be Saturday, regardless of how much rain falls at Ohio Stadium.

-Spencer Holbrook, Lettermen Row

I mean, who would run the ball every single play thinking that’s how you win a—oh, sorry Wisconsin, didn’t see you there.

While the Badgers will likely try this approach (with or without bad weather), Ohio State has no intention on succumbing to the heavy rain coming their way on Saturday in the ‘Shoe.

“We have to make adjustments as individuals, guys who carry the ball, but other than that, we’re still going to have the same game plan regardless of the weather...unless it’s just completely brutal,” head coach Ryan Day said.

In fact, quarterback Justin Fields said they’ve been practicing with a wet football this week to prepare for the conditions.

“Every period, (senior quality control coach) Corey (Dennis) will go out there and squirt the ball with water,” Fields said. “We practice with it. The receivers are very comfortable with it, and I think that wouldn’t be a problem.”

Wide receiver K.J. Hill said, when you’ve been playing as long as he has, you just get used to it. To combat it, he plays without gloves.

Day said there’s certainly two types of rain— like the kind where you can barely snap the football— but that they’ll adjust accordingly.

If the leading receiver, quarterback, and head coach aren’t worried... you shouldn’t be either.

What Buckeye-Gamer said.

Former Ohio State basketball star D’Angelo Russell recorded 20 points and a team-high eight assists in 33 minutes during his Golden State Warriors debut on Thursday night.

The guard made a name for himself in the Golden State, scoring the team’s first 10 points before they ultimately lost 141-122 to the Clippers.

Russell played for one season as a Buckeye before declaring for the NBA draft. He averaged 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5 assists, leading Ohio State to the Sweet 16 in 2015

The Los Angeles Lakers selected Russell with the draft’s second pick. He stayed in LA for two seasons before getting traded to the Brooklyn Nets in 2017. Last season, he averaged 21.1 points and 7.0 assists with the Nets, earning him a spot in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.

In June, the 23-year-old signed with the Warriors for $117 million over four years. While he still has yet to prove himself defensively, his 20-point debut should make Warriors fans feel comfortable with their new point guard.

Next up, Russell and the Warriors head to Oklahoma City on Sunday to face the OKC Thunder at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Seven games into the season, the 2019 squad boasts the highest scoring total in program history as well as the best scoring differential, putting it on pace to set both records at the end of the season.

- Matt Gutridge, Eleven Warriors

Through seven games this season, Ohio State head coach Ryan Day and his Buckeyes have scored 348 points and allowed opponents just 56. Their point differential is +292, with an average score of 50-8.

If you take out the season opener against Florida Atlantic, when the Owls put up 21 points against the Buckeyes, not a single team has scored more than 10 points against the 2019 Ohio State defense.

Urban Meyer’s 2017 season is in second place with 331 points scored, 108 points allowed, and a +232 differential through seven games. This would probably still be the reigning season, if it wasn’t for the lowly 16 points the Buckeyes put up against the Oklahoma Sooners and then their 24-55 loss to Iowa.

In third is the 1969 season under Woody Hayes’ when the Buckeyes scored 329 points through their first seven games, allowing 55, and a point differential of +274.

Dwayne Haskins and the rest of the 2018 Buckeyes are fourth on the record books. Through their first seven games, Ohio State scored 324 points, allowed 134, and had a differential of +190. With Day in at head coach for the first three games, Ohio State put up 169 total points against Oregon State (77), Rutgers (52), and TCU (40).

A part from this year’s 34-10 victory against the Michigan State Spartans, Ohio State has scored 40 points or more in every game with Day as head coach.

If every game being a blow out is wrong, Ryan Day doesn’t want to be right.

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