We’ve made it to yet another Friday, which means it is less than 24 hours until Ohio State’s biggest game of the season thus far. On Saturday, a Top-10 Indiana team will be coming to town, and although the good people who make the Vegas lines don't think the matchup will be particularly close (the Buckeyes are -20.5 as of the time this is being written), it will still be the first real test for Ryan Day’s squad as we pass the midway point of the campaign.
There is lots to talk about, including a jam-packed day of LGHL content, so let’s just jump right into today’s headlines.
From around Land-Grant Holy Land...
Five-star QB Quinn Ewers commits to Ohio State
(Gene Ross, LGHL)
In case you somehow missed the massive news on Thursday night, Ohio State hauled in the best junior quarterback prospect since * checks notes * Trevor Lawrence.
Buckeyes land nation’s top QB in 2022
(Caleb Houser, LGHL)
What does the massive commitment mean for the rest of the Buckeyes 2022 class?
Podcast: Uncut audio from Fields, Hartline, Mattison, Harrison
(Matt Tamanini, LGHL)
Hear what the Buckeyes have to say about the Indiana game and the season as a whole.
Ohio State vs. Indiana: 2020 game preview and prediction
(Brett Ludwiczak, LGHL)
These two teams have met 92 times in program history, with Ohio State holding a 75-12-5 record in the matchup including wins in the last 24-straight meetings. This one feels just a tad bit different than usual.
Ohio State basketball: New guys in town
(Gene Ross, LGHL)
Not yet acquainted with all of the fresh faces on this year’s hoops roster? We’ve got you covered!
Identifying three potential suitors for Kaleb Wesson in free agency
(Connor Lemons, LGHL)
The former Ohio State forward was not selected in this week’s NBA Draft. What’s next?
Bedlam highlights Week 12’s national college football schedule
(Brett Ludwiczak, LGHL)
As always, Brett has you covered with all the gambling info you need heading into another weekend of college football. Bet responsibly!
From around the gridiron...
We begin with the biggest news every Friday during the season: the availability report. There has been a significant update this time around, as both RB Marcus Crowley and DB Lejond Cavazos are available for the first time this season, as is DT Jaden McKenzie.
Crowley looked good in mop up duty for Ohio State last year as a freshman, finishing with 25 carries for 237 yards and two total TDs before suffering an ACL injury that has only just now healed. It will be interesting to see if he garners many snaps in his return behind a pair of running backs that have underperformed thus far. The same could be said about Cavazos, as the freshman could earn some time in the slot in an underperforming secondary.
Kicker Blake Haubeil is still out with a groin injury, so freshman Jake Seibert will remain the team’s starter. Siebert was 7-for-7 kicking extra points in his debut against Rutgers.
Ohio State’s availability report for Saturday’s game against Indiana.— Bill Landis (@BillLandis25) November 20, 2020
K Blake Haubeil is out.
Of note: Marcus Crowley, Lejond Cavazos and Jaden McKenzie are no longer listed as unavailable pic.twitter.com/e9luTSbBVE
Just how important is Cavazos’ return? It seems just about weekly Ryan Day has been anxiously awaiting the freshman defensive back to get back to full health. A four-star prospect in the 2020 class, Day says Cavazos was making a serious push for playing time in practice before his injury this year. Against a good passing team in Indiana, and with Cam Brown out for the year and Tyreke Johnson underperforming, this could be a huge opportunity for the first-year DB.
Lejond Cavazos cleared for first action with Buckeyes https://t.co/q20D8LsRhY pic.twitter.com/eU1yNgk4bW— Lettermen Row (@LettermenRow) November 20, 2020
Ohio State 2022 corner commit Jyaire Brown has earned a spot in the Under Armour All-America Game. Brown, a native of West Chester, Ohio, is the No. 13 CB and No. 125 player overall in the junior cycle.
BLESSED to be invited to play in the 2022 Under Armour game #godsent @DemetricDWarren @HamiltonESPN @craigaubert pic.twitter.com/kd9WBpVpMG— Jyaire “Hollywood” Brown (@jyairebrown13) November 20, 2020
Despite featuring quarterbacks of nearly every play style, Ohio State QBs have not had much of any success once they transition to the NFL. Senior NFL Draft analyst Jordan Reid breaks down all the Buckeye signal callers in recent history, and takes a deep dive into what separates Justin Fields from the rest of the pack in terms of his incredibly bright NFL future.
Why haven’t Ohio State QBs been able to find success in the NFL?— Jordan Reid (@JReidNFL) November 20, 2020
It’s a recurring trend that’s impossible to ignore.
I went back to 2003 through the present to explain why Justin Fields is a classic case of why it's important to scout the player and not the helmet logo.
I’ve said this across multiple platforms this week, but it’s worth mentioning one more time: Justin Fields has thrown 437 passes at Ohio State and has been picked off just three times — with two of those coming against Clemson when he was playing on one healthy knee.
Mistake-free football is the best kind of football— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) November 20, 2020
Which of these QBs do you think will throw an INT first? pic.twitter.com/BsmgV4j1PY
Who ya got? I’m a Denzel Ward guy myself, but gun to my head if I had to choose one former Ohio State defensive back in the Urban Meyer era, I'm taking Malik Hooker and it isn’t even a discussion.
__________ was the best ⬇️ CB of the @CoachUrbanMeyer era?— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) November 20, 2020
We asked the man himself for his top 3. pic.twitter.com/BChMHlT0G9
Bill’s NCAA 14 simulation says the Hoosiers cover the spread.
Take the points pic.twitter.com/e05slE8ll2— Bill Landis (@BillLandis25) November 20, 2020
Ohio State’s newest QB commit can casually throw a football 85 yards. As a junior in HS.
Quinn Ewers, the top QB in the class of 2022, announced his commitment to Ohio State. He also has a HUGE arm @OhioStateFB— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) November 20, 2020
(via @QuinnEwers) pic.twitter.com/TajnaJqbVv
From everywhere else...
Ohio State men’s ice hockey returns next week, and they now have official start times for the first 10 games of the season! The first puck drop of 2020 will be Monday, Nov. 23 at 8:30 p.m. ET as the Buckeyes travel to St. Paul to take on Minnesota. The matchup will be broadcast on Big Ten Network.
⏰ times announced for games below!— Ohio State Men's Hockey (@OhioStateMHKY) November 20, 2020
⚫️⬇️ https://t.co/biA0Rqw08w #GoBuckeyes pic.twitter.com/17VHWz21xB
In times where everything is bad, America could really use this matchup in our lives.
Was looking through a few teams' schedules after the recent wave of postponements and noticed a neat new development. pic.twitter.com/TJO4t0SNFZ— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) November 20, 2020
For the record, we here at LGHL are very much on the #ExtendHarbaugh train.
It’s time. pic.twitter.com/qg1RF9oYyb— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) November 19, 2020
Big Ten COVID-19 protocols continue to be very confusing. Maryland reported eight positive tests last week and is now missing two-straight games, but Minnesota is missing 20 guys tonight and their game against Purdue is still on? Get it together @ Kevin Warren.
Source: Minnesota football will be without 20 players tonight against Purdue, as it continues to deal with COVID-19 and injuries. They will also be without multiple staff members, including OL coach Brian Callahan.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) November 20, 2020