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Buckeye Bits: Is Indiana Week the new Penn State Week?

All of the latest Ohio State news from around the beat and beyond.

NCAA Football: Penn State at Indiana Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

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.

The case for an All-Ohio basketball tournament to begin the season

Connor Lemons, LGHL

Connor explains how an All-Ohio basketball tournament could work. We can dream, can’t we?

Ohio State to open season against Illinois State on Nov. 25

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”

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.

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.

Week 6 schedule update...

Like I understand not featuring Michigan/Penn State on Big Noon, but that game is going to be so entertaining.

Hey, whatever helps you sleep at night!

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?

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...


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.

Monday Inspo...

If Tua can do THAT, you can answer those last couple of emails in your inbox.

Stay home

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.