The best thing about being 1-0? Not having a worse record than Rutgers!
What a wild college football Saturday, eh?! We have a lot to cover from over the weekend, so let’s get into it!
From around Land-Grant Holy Land...
Matt Tamanini, LGHL
For the first time ever, you can now display up to six of your favorite Ohio State icons to spell out “O-H-I-O.” All six of the bobbleheads are available for order now and you can purchase them for $35 a piece. Plus, Matt included a fun fact about the O-H-I-O chant!
Meredith Hein, LGHL
And why officiating can’t be like the weather when it comes to targeting calls — either get on the same page, or change the penalty.
Gene Ross, LGHL
Something “huge” and “really big” is coming to the class of 2022, and Gene has a pretty good idea of who it’s going to be.
Matt Tamanini, LGHL
If you read nothing else today, read this. It’s the perfect reminder that whatever you’re complaining about on this fine Monday, is probably not all that bad.
Gene Ross and George Eisner, LGHL
Matt Tamanini, LGHL
I don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough of all the analyses, columns, recaps and coverage of Saturday’s game. We’ve waited months and months for this season to arrive, and I’m soaking in every bit of it while it’s here. That being said, we’ve published two new podcasts recapping Ohio State’s win over Nebraska— one from two of our best X’s and O’s writers, Gene and George, and the other from the players and coaches themselves.
From around the gridiron...
Near the end of his opening comments following Ohio State’s 52-17 win against Nebraska, Ryan Day issued an apology to Huskers head coach Scott Frost.
“I just want to say it publicly and I’m gonna text (Frost), at the end of the game, if I could do that again I would have taken a knee,” Day said after the game. “I feel bad about that at the end of the game. I had a younger quarterback in the game, and I didn’t feel like we had the personnel to take the knee, and I probably should have done that. So I just want to publicly apologize for that to Scott.
Look Ryan Day, it’s time to stop being such a good guy. This is Ohio State. We stuff our talent down the world’s throat and we do so unapologetically!
On Monday, Frost acknowledged Day’s apology with an A+ response.
Frost was asked about Ryan Day apologizing for that last touchdown late in the game, said he had no issue.— Derek Peterson (@DrPeteyHV) October 26, 2020
"If we want the score to be different we need to play better. That's the bottom line." #Huskers
Okay, now where’s Frost’s apology for his defense playing like they were out for blood?
Ohio State is now ranked No. 3 in the Absolutely Pointless Poll.
Big Ten football is back and so is this week's AP Poll ⤵️— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 25, 2020
3. Ohio State
4. Notre Dame
6. Oklahoma State
8. Texas A&M
The AP Poll is biased, has nothing to do with the CFP rankings and exists for no other reason than to get people fired up.
However its stupid-ness catapulted through the roof on Sunday when one of the Poll’s voters, Auburn beat writer Tom Green of Al.com, had Ohio State at No. 16.
This professional sports reporter put the football team that Justin Fields plays for behind the likes of Marshall, Liberty and his No. 4-ranked BYU (!)
Safe to say Nebraska fans are not taking this tweet well.
FOX just announced that Ohio State-Nebraska, a 52-17 game, got the highest overnight of any game yesterday.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) October 25, 2020
Ohio State is a TV ratings juggernaut.
After reading George’s film study on how the hell Fields completed 95% of his passes on Saturday, check out Eleven Warriors’ Kyle Jones’ film study on Ohio State’s run game. You’ll be glad you did... especially if you’re worried about it.
A small, yet vocal, subset of the fanbase is worried about the OSU running game following the win over Nebraska. Film Study is here to calm those fears. https://t.co/0Gxha5J1NT— Eleven Warriors (@11W) October 26, 2020
Speaking of it being too early to panic...first-game jitters are very much a real thing.
Just an FYI for the Buckeye fans who have monsters in their closets, here's how Bama and Clemson opened their respective seasons.— Tony Gerdeman (@TonyGerdeman) October 26, 2020
38-19 Bama over Missouri
37-13 Clemson over Wake
Ohio State named 16 players of the game, one special teams player of the week and four scout team players of the week. We’re going into Week 2 with positive momentum, baby!
#OhioState names 8 offensive champions, 8 defensive players of the game, 1 special teams player of the week and 4 scout team players of the week (FREE)https://t.co/bCEfrVNnmA pic.twitter.com/QXGWtNRYOo— Bucknuts (@Bucknuts247) October 26, 2020
Ohio State’s game against the *checks notes* undefeated Rutgers will be a *checks notes* primetime game on Nov 7. at 7:30 p.m. ET.
However Ohio State has one game between them and their toughest opponent of the season. The Buckeyes are headed east this weekend to face the good ole Nittany Lions, who are coming off a pretty devastating (and by devastating I mean glorious) loss against Indiana.
Penn State is 26-2 at home since the start of the 2016 season, has only started 0-2 once in the past 18 years and has dangerous playmakers on both sides of the ball, but was doomed by a litany of mistakes against Indiana, including special teams woes: https://t.co/GpXSSqRJZ0— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) October 26, 2020
Ohio State opens as a 10.5-point favorite over Penn State according to @betonline_ag.— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) October 25, 2020
What do you all think?
Considering Wisconsin QB Graham Mertz already tested positive for COVID-19, I’m on board with this. I don’t care if they have to move games to 7 a.m. ET on a school night.
The next two games are at night, likely leading to more gatherings, parties, etc. Mayor Ginther joined mayors of other Big Ten cities last week in co-signing a letter asking for fewer games in late afternoons/evening. "These start times are associated with increased activity."— Joey Kaufman (@joeyrkaufman) October 26, 2020
From around the hardwood...
Here we go again.
Due to concern about some of the testing requirements for early-season tournaments, College basketball tournaments and events in what was supposed to similar to the NBA bubble in Orlando have been canceled.
The Athletic reports that there were “ongoing differences” between ESPN and the participating schools over COVID-19 health and safety protocols required for participation,
From everywhere else...
This moment was *chef’s kiss*
What a nice guy. He tried to warn him... https://t.co/sT3O4tUCqW— Brian Hartline (@brianhartline) October 25, 2020
So was this one.
Kyler Murray saw DeAndre Hopkins in man coverage and laughed out loud. pic.twitter.com/CqE5iDH9Gn— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) October 26, 2020
In case you missed it, Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf defied the laws of physics on Sunday.
It’s the Super Bowl/Cowboys meme for me.