Look, there’s no Ohio State football game this weekend, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t an incredibly important competition that you can follow. On today’s edition of our Stick to Sports podcast, the illustrious Tia Johnston and I released the finalists for the Tortilla Region in our 2020 Chip Championship Bracket.
Tia’s favorite, Tostitos with a Hint of Lime is (somehow) the No. 1 seed, and my favorite, Tostitos Cantina (Traditional Style) is No. 3. Only one will make it to the Chip Final Four, and it is all up to you. So, vote! And unlike in other recent votes, if you vote more than once, it isn’t a felony!
It’s finally here! It’s your chance to determine the champion of the Tortilla Region in our 2020 Chip Championship Bracket!— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) November 12, 2020
Votes open until 11am ET on Tuesday! The Potato Chip Region is up next week!
From around Land-Grant Holy Land...
Caleb Houser, LGHL
If Shawn Murphy does join Ohio State’s 2022 recruiting class, I look forward to seeing what he looks like after he sits behind Tuf Borland and Pete Werner for three years.
Tia Johnston (and me), LGHL
Despite the obvious importance of the 2020 Chip Championship, Tia and I discuss many other vital topics on the show this week like TikTok, HBO’s “The Undoing,” and the “Masked Singer.” We aren’t your normal Ohio State podcast, we’re a cool Ohio State podcast.
But, if you are wondering how we settled on our final two chips in the Tortilla Region, here is the full regional bracket that we argued down to two on the show.
Brett Ludwiczak, LGHL
Well, my weekend just freed up, so it looks like I am going to have a lot more time to watch non-Ohio State football this Saturday.
Also BLeez, LGHL
The transition from the slot to No. 1 outside corner hasn’t been as smooth as Shaun Wade and his coaching staff would have liked. But, I have full faith that if anyone can make adjustments to improve his game, it’s Wade.
From around the gridiron...
Despite there not being a game this weekend, Ohio State head football coach Ryan Day still held his weekly radio show and media availability on Thursday afternoon. He discussed his and his team’s disappointment with having Saturday’s game against Maryland canceled, but stressed that they would begin using the extra time to focus on No. 10 Indiana as early as Thursday’s practice. The rest of the week will be handled as normally as possible as they will transition into a bye week schedule, including a practice on Saturday.
Day also discussed IU and praised their passing attack and noted that OSU’s secondary was going to need to step up to the challenge. In terms of his own passing attack, Day said that both Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson “have great ball skills,” but added how important the tight ends have been to the passing game as well.
He noted that having the extra weapon of pass-catching tight ends puts additional stress on the defense. He added that while Jake Hausmann will miss the next couple of weeks, that he is expected to be back and a part of that rotation once healthy.
In addition to talking to the local media, Day spoke to Ohio native Dan Patrick on his show as well.
"I know it's not as easy as saying hey let's go schedule a game, there's a lot of implications and different things that go into play, but I would be in favor of trying to get it done. I also understand the complexity." @RyanDayTime on scheduling games outside the B1G pic.twitter.com/B8yNyqeUpB— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) November 12, 2020
If “ifs” and “buts” were candy and nuts, we’d all have a Merry Christmas, Coach. But I like where your head’s at.
Lettermen Row Staff, Lettermen Row (obvi)
This video is worth a watch if for nothing other than the fact that the one, the only; the myth, the man, the legend; the cowboy hate-wearing, Fruit Roll-up-distributing heart-throb Robert “Big Bob” Landers breaks down his former teammate Tommy Togiai.
The massive Utahan has been an absolute monster in the middle of the OSU defensive line this season and his development has substantially sured up one of the least experienced spots on the Buckeyes’ team this season.
Stephen Means, cleveland.com
Not gonna lie, Justin Fields’ life sounds pretty great. I mean, I’m deathly allergic to dogs, so I’d skip the hanging out with Uno part, but going to practice, coming back home, hiding from the world, and casually being the best player in college football seems like it would be a pretty good life to me. Where do I sign up?
I’m not gonna lie, I’d take this in a heartbeat.
How about this CFP scenario. ND sweeps Clemson. Bama loses in the SEC Championship Game to a 2-loss team. Indiana can't play next week and remains undefeated. Cincinnati stays undefeated as well. Midwest? How about MidBest!— Tony Gerdeman (@TonyGerdeman) November 12, 2020
1) Notre Dame; 2) Ohio State; 3) Cincinnati; 4) Indiana
Tim May, Lettermen Row
I understand what the great Tim May is saying here, and his points are valid that times have changed in college football since the days of Woody Hayes and that Day and Kevin Wilson are expert schemers and game-planners. But, until Justin Fields runs the ball at least a few times per quarter, this Buckeye team is never going to have a dynamic running game, imo.
I think that there are ways that the coaches can tinker around the edges by matching the right back with the right play and down-and-distance, but they don’t have a difference-making back on the roster this year, and the only way to make what they do have become an impactful part of the offense is to balance it with the threat of the uber-dynamic Fields in the run game.
Now, I don’t think that the Buckeyes will need to do this until they get to the playoffs, but I do hope that it is in the plans for later in the season. Maybe sprinkle it in a bit against TTUN to make Harbaugh’s head explode.
It feels like Jahan Dotson got all 10 of these against Shaun Wade a few weeks ago.
Most 15+ yard catches among Big Ten WRs— PFF College (@PFF_College) November 12, 2020
⚡️ Garrett Wilson, Ohio State - 10
⚡️ Jahan Dotson, Penn State - 10 pic.twitter.com/Du2Zy7Nv6I
From around the hardwood...
Colin Hass-Hill, Eleven Warriors
Not gonna lie, the news that both Musa Jallow and Seth Towns will be unavailable to start the Buckeyes’ season was a major bummer for me. With all of the turmoil that this roster went through in the offseason, I was looking forward to having those guys provide some depth and experience.
However, with the news that Meechie Johnson will reclassify and join the team in January, perhaps aiming to have the roster fully intact for the start of the new year is a better plan. I don’t expect that Johnson will contribute more than depth right away, but it’s a smart move for him, given the free year of eligibility.
Either way, when you start watching Buckeye basketball later this month, expect lots of changes over the course of the season.
The Ohio State video team is whether it is for football or basketball!
From everywhere else...
Former Buckeye talking about the first time that he went up against the former Buckeye that he will be going up against this weekend.
Terry McLaurin recalls first time going vs Jeffrey Okudah at Ohio State. Fun story. pic.twitter.com/h6EYDnOKAV— John Keim (@john_keim) November 12, 2020
And if you can’t get jazzed up for last night’s #MACTION ending, then you don’t deserve to call yourself a legitimate college football fan.
Western Michigan misses the PAT to take the lead then recovers the onside kick and then fakes the spike for a TD to win the game! pic.twitter.com/8dQ3j5ATzx— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) November 12, 2020
And now for something completely different...
And here is an explainer on the best pro sports mascot in the world.
I heard French people watching our elections were confused about who Gritty is, so I made this explainer for them. Bon appétit! pic.twitter.com/d9vJmrIKgq— Pjörk (@NicoleConlan) November 12, 2020
After some unexpected start and stops, I am back to posting a column every single day from preseason camp until whenever Ohio State’s football season ends. Some days they will be longer and in depth, some days they will be short and sweet. Let me know what you think of this one, and what you’d like to see me discuss in the comments or on Twitter. Go Bucks!