Happy Monday! I’m sorry to report that I am back to my “Mask Up” announcements because COVID-19 numbers are the highest they’ve ever been! More on that later, though. Here’s what’s happening in the sports world.
From around Land-Grant Holy Land...
We have lots of good stuff for you on the ole home page, but I’m going to plug our basketball content here because folks...the season begins in just nine days.
Connor Lemons, LGHL
Connor explains how an All-Ohio basketball tournament could work. We can dream, can’t we?
Connor Lemons, LGHL
It was then announced on Wednesday that Ohio State will open the season against Illinois State on Nov. 25 as part of a multi-team event, and Connor has all the deets.
Tired: Penn State Week
Wired: Indiana Week
Despite Ohio State being favorited by 21 points and having a win probability of 90 percent over 4-0 Indiana, you’d be remiss to believe the Hoosiers won’t be going down without a fight. We’re in for a long, suspenseful 60 minutes on Saturday, and Indiana head coach Tom Allen knows it.
During his media availability on Monday, Allen started off by praising Justin Fields, saying he’s “extremely poised” and he’s “definitely the hardest test we’ve faced this year”
Indiana coach Tom Allen on Ohio State: “Tremendous amount of respect for Coach Day ... Excellent football team. Arguably the best quarterback in the country. Justin Fields is a special, special player ... Elite players that are well-coached and extremely talented.” pic.twitter.com/C1wRIye8R4— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) November 16, 2020
Allen said he’s fully aware that Ohio State has held the standard for recruiting and winning games in the Big Ten for a long time, but that it’s “who’s going to play high-level football for 60 minutes” that will ultimately come out of Saturday’s game victorious.
On whether being a three-touchdown underdog will give Indiana extra motivation this week, Tom Allen responded, “You shouldn't need extra motivation to play the Ohio State Buckeyes.” He said, “We're used to being told we don't measure up,” but his team is already highly motivated.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) November 16, 2020
For more quotes from Allen, as well as Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. and coordinators Nick Sheridan and Kane Wommack, Eleven Warriors has you covered.
More updates from what Indiana's Tom Allen, Michael Penix Jr., Nick Sheridan and Kane Wommack had to say today about Ohio State and their approach entering this week's game against the Buckeyes: https://t.co/DzV5Mn3Gve— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) November 16, 2020
Week 6 schedule update...
Like I understand not featuring Michigan/Penn State on Big Noon, but that game is going to be so entertaining.
It's entirely possible that the game in the league that day that is the most both consequential and competitive is Indiana/Maryland. Which... hoooo boy.— Tom Orr (@TomOrr4) November 16, 2020
Hey, whatever helps you sleep at night!
Tom Herman said the Urban Meyer rumors hurt the Longhorns in recruiting because opposing schools just hit print and show it to recruits to use against Texas. He described how difficult it is to fight reports by unnamed sources— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) November 16, 2020
Meanwhile in Michigan...
In case you missed it, former Michigan QB1 Joe Milton threw an interception in each of Michigan’s first two drives. Along came backup quarterback Cade McNamara, who went 4-for-10 (but threw a touchdown at least!) in the Wolverine’s loss to Wisconsin. Now the question is...who will start against Penn State?
Jim Harbaugh opening up QB battle at Michigan https://t.co/VIrltpqVcR— Saturday Tradition (@Tradition) November 16, 2020
They’re playing bas...ket...ballllll
Lots of basketball news today! The biggest coming from the NCAA, who announced on Monday that they are relocating their early-round March Madness sites.
The NCAA is in “preliminary talks with the state of Indiana and the city of Indianapolis to potentially host the 68-team tournament around the metropolitan area during the coordinated dates in March and April.”
Some injury updates out of the Buckeyes’ locker room...
Ohio State's Musa Jallow (ankle) is expected to return to practice later this week and is questionable for the opener, per Chris Holtmann. Seth Towns (knee) is limited and still has no timetable for return.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) November 16, 2020
Yes, both of Pennsylvania’s are gas stations. Yes, Pennsylvania’s is the best. If you disagree, I can say with 100% certainty that you have never been inside a Sheetz or a Wawa.
Happy National Fast Food Day!— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) November 16, 2020
Which regional favorite in B1G Country is the best? pic.twitter.com/STYYY3Tubc
If Tua can do THAT, you can answer those last couple of emails in your inbox.
One year ago today, Tua Tagovailoa suffered his season-ending hip injury with Alabama.— ESPN (@espn) November 16, 2020
Sunday, he improved to 3-0 as a starter with the Miami Dolphins (5 TD, 0 INT).
What a journey back @Tua pic.twitter.com/kLgvwN74WP
Guys. I’m so tired. I’m so so tired of this. Please, for the love of all that is good, cancel your social engagements. I know it’s tough with it being the holidays, but I promise you we will get out of this sooner if you do. (Other countries have literally proved this to be true!)
Brunch will be there when this is all over.
#COVID19 numbers for Nov. 16 show that 7,268 cases were reported in the past 24 hours. To compare, five months ago on June 16, there were 434 new cases reported in 24 hours. The coronavirus spread we're seeing now is like nothing we've seen before. Please put your #MasksOnOhio. pic.twitter.com/H3krKgmllq— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) November 16, 2020