Is it just me or does 19 days feel like an eternity? How am I supposed to survive two more Big Ten-less college football Saturdays? Sigh. On the bright side, it seems as though teams have, for the most part I guess, been keeping coronavirus cases at bay. Considering the Big Ten has the strictest rules and safety precautions of the all the conferences, Ohio State should have similar success. Even still, Ryan Day and the Buckeyes are prepared for the worst-case scenario, which, as Day said, is the key to success this season.
“The team that deals with it the best is going to prevail. And that’s kind of the way we have to approach this. It’s not perfect, but we just have to handle it better than our opponent.”
Yet another thing a head coach to worry about on top of recruiting and, you know, leading a football team to a national championship. But if anyone can come out on top in all three aspects, it’s Ryan Day.
So, now that I’ve set the tone with some optimism, let’s see what else is happening around the beat.
From around Land-Grant Holy Land...
Charles Doss, LGHL
Like I said above, Day can do it all as he picked up his 20th 2021 commitment in three-star offensive tackle and former Louisville commit Zenuae “Zen” Michalski over the weekend.
Matt Tamanini, LGHL
In case you missed it, Matt will be writing a column a day for the remainder of Ohio State’s football season. They will vary in length and topic and are almost guaranteed to spark conversation. Sunday’s column is no exception, as he says what no one else wants to admit via an eloquent metaphor: Ohio State might not be a “finely oiled machine on Oct. 24,” rather they could be an “adequately oiled contraption.”
Matt Tamanini, LGHL
And we can’t forget about Saturday’s column explaining SB Nation Reacts — sign up here! — while also calling out those who voted that they were not (?) confident (?) in the direction Ryan Day is leading the program.
Gene Ross, LGHL
Next up in Gene’s 12-for-12 series: 2008 Ohio State vs. Northwestern. Come reminisce with us as we remember Terrelle Pryor, Brian Hartline, Beanie Wells, Brian Robiskie and a 45-10 win against the Wildcats.
From around the gridiron...
Ohio State remains at the No. 6 spot in the AP Poll behind Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Notre Dame for the second week in a row. The Buckeyes also received two first-place votes after receiving four first-place votes last week.
Other Big Ten teams ranked include Penn State (No. 9), Wisconsin (No. 16), Michigan (No. 20), and Minnesota who, despite having yet to play a football game, made its debut in the AP Poll this week at No. 25.
Ohio State also comes in at No. 6 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, behind the same five teams mentioned above. The Buckeyes received two first-place votes in the Coaches Poll.
AP POLL— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) October 4, 2020
Georgia jumps Florida for the No. 3 spot while Iowa State, Minnesota, Louisiana, SMU and Virginia Tech join the rankings! pic.twitter.com/068wGfi6oG
As David Regimbal of Eleven Warriors writes, successful backup plans in regards to coronavirus outbreaks will be absolutely crucial this season if the Buckeyes want in on the college football playoff. And some of those backup plans come in the form of freshmen.
We’re all well aware by now that the wide receiver room is stacked with five- and four-star youngsters (Re: Julian Fleming, Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Gee Scott Jr.) who will all more than likely contribute heavily this fall. But what about the other position groups? Regimbal lists other standout freshmen who could potentially make a big impact, and who should be ready to go at the drop of a hat.
Excluding the obvious candidates at wide receiver, quarterbacks CJ Stroud and Jack Miller lead a strong group of freshmen who could make an impact this fall. https://t.co/EyGF3a4aYL— Eleven Warriors (@11W) October 5, 2020
Ohio State took their practice to the stadium, and even allowed the members of the media inside to watch and, of course, document.
There’s something about seeing the scarlet and gray uniforms inside the ‘Shoe that makes me equal parts ecstatic for the season and terribly upset that we won’t get to be there to watch. Check out Eleven Warriors’ Colin Hass-Hill and Dan Hope’s long-awaited observations of the Buckeyes’ session here.
Plus, more black stripes were lost during Saturday’s ‘Shoe-practice. Offensive lineman Josh Fryar, safety Lathan Ransom and running back Miyan Williams became a few of the last members of the 2020 class to lose their black stripes.
Ohio State freshmen Josh Fryar, Lathan Ransom and Miyan Williams lost their black stripes today https://t.co/vs1BJ07b4i— Stephen Means (@Stephen_Means) October 3, 2020
Turns out, having too many talented veteran linebackers is the opposite of a problem. Who knew? But now the question is, how does one utilize all that talent?
Is there such a thing as having too many talented linebackers to choose from? Probably not, but Ohio State does have a unique challenge on its hands with the Silver Bullets this month.@TIM_MAYsports on how the Buckeyes are dealing with the depth. https://t.co/YiZvTwXkC1— Austin Ward (@AWardSports) October 5, 2020
Georgia fans: still not over it.
From everywhere else...
Ohio State fans: still not over it, except this one is warranted. RIP Big 12.
Here’s how the rest of college football panned out on Saturday. Again I ask, can we get the Big Ten’s start date pushed to this weekend? Pls.
The biggest takeaways from a busy Saturday? Auburn's offense couldn't do a thing against Georgia, and the Big 12 is in big trouble after both Texas and Oklahoma fall. https://t.co/HB2qV0QEez— Eleven Warriors (@11W) October 4, 2020
Wisconsin QB Jack Coan is out indefinitely with a foot injury. Sophomore Graham Mertz will be taking his place until they know more about the severity of Coan’s injury. I don’t know much about Mertz, however he was the No. 1 prospect in Kansas and No. 3 prostyle QB in his class, so I don’t think this is cause for too much panic if your a Badgers fan (especially without Ohio State on the schedule).
#Badgers coach Paul Chryst confirms starting QB Jack Coan injured his foot in Saturday's practice. Coan will see a specialist in the next few days. Chryst says Graham Mertz is taking the snaps with the first-team offense now.— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) October 5, 2020
We’ll have a montage of video highlights of Buckeyes in the NFL on Tuesday, but here’s how they did on Sunday per Dan Hope of Eleven Warriors. I think we can just accept that Terry McLaurin will be on every single one of these highlight recaps until the season ends.
Denzel Ward made a game-sealing interception, Dwayne Haskins had his first 300-yard game and ran for his first NFL touchdown, Terry McLaurin set a career-high in catches and Joe Burrow got his first win as an NFL quarterback on Sunday.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) October 5, 2020
Across The Shield: https://t.co/g8xG9ncgF1
Remember at the beginning of this when I said (most) teams seem to be keeping the virus at bay? Hahahahahaha