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It’s starting to feel more and more real as we now only have ONE Saturday between us and Ohio State football. Time to dust off your Buckeye necklaces, people!
In the meantime, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about the Big Ten’s schedule updates, Ohio State’s camp and position analyses, and more. Let’s dive in.
From around Land-Grant Holy Land...
Meredith Hein, LGHL
It makes me genuinely tired to think about the 2021 sports seasons. Luckily, we have Meredith, who took a look at what next year’s sports situation might look like for her column this week. It’s certainly not going to be back to normal, however, leagues now have more information and lessons learned regarding what it takes to have a successful season (Re: the NBA bubble), so at the very least, it should at least be a smooth(er) ride in 2021.
Jim Baird, LGHL
And with that, Jim’s 24 Club series has come to an end, as does his time with LGHL. Jim is departing LGHL to pursue other opportunities, and we could not be more thankful to have had him on our team and we wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors! Check out some of his outstanding work he’s done for us here.
Matt Tamanini, LGHL
Sure, we’re all excited to see the return of Justin Fields, Chris Olave, Shaun Wade, etc. But what about the guys who don’t as readily come to mind...yet? Matt has the list of your soon-to-be favorite Buckeyes, and you can vote for your favorite one at the bottom of his column!
Matt Tamanini, LGHL
In February, the NCAA announced that football teams would be allowed to use the number 0 on jerseys, which sparked a new tradition at Ohio State. Each year, Ryan Day and his staff will select one player to wear their new Block “0” jersey, in honor of the legendary defensive tackle Bill Willis. And the first player to wear it will be none other than Jonothon Cooper. Check out Matt’s column to read more on the meaning behind the jersey and why Cooper is the perfect first recipient.
From around the gridiron...
Ohio State is No. 6 yet again in this week’s AP Top 25, and LSU has dropped out completely after losing to a previously winless Missouri.
The B1G announced its start times and TV plans for Week 1, as well as some of its biggest matchups. Ohio State’s season opener against Nebraska will be at noon on FOX, while The Game will hold onto at least one tradition as its set for a noon kickoff on Dec. 12.
As expected, @OhioStateFB opener vs @HuskerFBNation is set for noon Oct.24 on FOX, which includes FOX Big Noon Kickoff show, featuring former Ohio State coach @CoachUrbanMeyer at 10 a.m. live from Ohio Stadium. As confirmed before, OSU-Michigan on Dec.12 also a noon kick on FOX— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) October 12, 2020
Additionally, there will be multiple B1G Friday night games, one of which will kick off the season with Illinois vs. Wisconsin on Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. ET. Other Friday night games this season include:
- Oct. 30: Minnesota vs. Maryland — 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
- Nov. 13: Iowa vs. Minnesota — 7 p.m. (FS1)
- Nov. 20: Purdue vs. Minnesota — TBD (BTN)
- Nov. 27: Nebraska vs. Iowa — TBD (FOX/FS1)
And here’s the rest of the schedule updates. Go Bucks. Go Golden Gophers.
Start times and television designations for games during the first week of the 2020 Big Ten football season were announced this morning, along with other select games later in the season. pic.twitter.com/Ho2eaVylXy— Big Ten Football (@B1Gfootball) October 12, 2020
As Spencer Holbrook of Lettermen Row points out, junior defensive lineman Tyler Friday has been overshadowed by Taron Vincent, Tyreke Smith, Tommy Togiai and others early in his college career. And now as we approach the first game of the 2020 season, Zach Harrison seems to be getting most of the hype and making most of the headlines. But Holbrook believes Friday could be an integral part of Ohio State’s defense this season due to his ability to play both the three-technique spot as well as defensive end.
How Tyler Friday could emerge as versatile secret weapon for Buckeyes https://t.co/SlpUpJJVLt— Lettermen Row (@LettermenRow) October 12, 2020
Kyle Jones of Eleven Warriors checked the film to figure out why the heck Ryan Day’s offense is so dang good. In a nutshell, it’s all about keeping it simple while perfecting every. last. detail.
“Yes, there is five-star talent all over the field, but without paying attention to the smallest details, they could very well look like some of the programs which struggle to move the ball despite having an offensive ‘guru’ calling plays.”
He didn't invent any new plays or a gimmicky system, so what is it about Ryan Day's offense that has been so successful? Film Study shows why as our season preview continues: https://t.co/EMdj4dQkDk— Eleven Warriors (@11W) October 12, 2020
Good thing Justin Fields has already been to NYC.
Chris Fowler just said the Heisman will be presented virtually this season at a date TBD. Not surprising, but hadn't heard that yet.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) October 11, 2020
From everywhere else...
Cardale Jones was in attendance for the Mike Pence, Trump 2020 campaign stop in Columbus this morning, and while I understand his frustration at people being too quick to judge, he had to of seen it coming, right?
And this is my I declined interviews there. I was there to support a local business who hosted the event. No political or social attachment. Just support for the business!! ♂️ https://t.co/7xPAx6IsTF— Cardale Jones (@CJ1two) October 12, 2020
The former Ohio State quarterback has made it clear that he is not endorsing Trump, nor is he endorsing Biden.
As I continue to EDUCATE myself on both candidates and policies, then I’ll vote for who I THINK is best fit to lead our country.— Cardale Jones (@CJ1two) October 12, 2020
Speaking of former Ohio State QBs, J.T. Barrett will be participating in The Spring League’s 2020 fall season, which will begin in San Antonio later this month. Barrett has been selected to be the Alpha’s quarterback, who’s season’s opening game is set to kick off on Oct. 27 at noon against the Blues. As for Blue’s quarterback? Former Michigan QB Shea Patterson.
The league is made up of six teams, and will be conducted over four weeks in a bubble at the Alamodome.
J.T. Barrett looks to keep his professional football career alive in The Spring League, where his team will face Shea Patterson's team in the first game of the season. https://t.co/VBe4W1kWRq— Eleven Warriors (@11W) October 12, 2020
About time for the Big Ten to show them how it’s done, no?
I see two schools that claim DBU. https://t.co/Sf5isBq9rz— Spencer Holbrook (@SpencerHolbrook) October 12, 2020
Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan passed away on Sunday at the age of 77. Morgan was a key member of the Cincinnati Reds’ famous Big Red Machine.
Morgan was a two-time National League MVP, a 10-time All-Star and a five-time Gold Glove Award winner. He is considered one of the best second basemen in baseball history, with the majority of his career spent with the Reds and the Houston Astros. Morgan helped the Reds win back-to-back World Series championships in 1975 and 1976.
He then followed his 22-year playing career up with 25-plus years as a broadcaster.
A successful season and an even better ending. Adam Silver continues to be the best but also, why is this not the norm among all league commissioners?
Adam Silver has informed league employees that they are all receiving a $1,000 bonus and four Fridays off beginning Oct. 30 as well as Thanksgiving week as a "thank you" for their work this season, per @ShamsCharania. pic.twitter.com/0zequKCAxG— Front Office Sports (@frntofficesport) October 12, 2020
Ending Buckeye Bits to let you all know that we’re. still. in. a. pandemic.