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Buckeye Bits: Breaking down Ohio State’s DBs & RBs, busy day for the men’s basketball team

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

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Has non-football news been the focus of your attention this week? Did you forget that the Ohio State Buckeyes were playing a football game this weekend? Or, has the fact that the Bucks are playing Rutgers not exactly got you amped up?

Well, the @OhioStateFB social media and video team are doing their best to get you hyped up for the primetime matchup coming up this Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.


From around Land-Grant Holy Land...

BOOOOM! Four-star TE Benji Gosnell commits to Ohio State

Gene Ross, LGHL

The Buckeyes added a second four-star tight end to the 2022 class.

Column: Remembering legendary Ohio State coach Nancy Darsch

Matt Tamanini, LGHL

I do a brief look back at the career of the late, great Nancy Darsch, and remember how her 1992-93 team helped open the world of women’s basketball to an 11-year-old me.

Nation’s No. 1 offensive tackle includes Ohio State in top six

Caleb Houser, LGHL

More on Benji Gosnell’s commitment to Ohio State.

Stick to Sports podcast: Penn State needs a new fake crowd noise guy, Matt’s getting a tattoo of that Rutgers play, more

Tia Johnston (and me), LGHL

Tia and I have way too much fun recording these episodes, and, in this one, that fun might have gone a bit too far off the rails.

Clemson-Notre Dame and Florida-Georgia clash in Week 10 college football action

Brett Ludwiczak, LGHL

BLeez breaks down the lines for the biggest non-Big Ten games of the weekend.

Tommy Togiai and the Ohio State defensive line are embracing their time to shine

Brett Ludwiczak again, LGHL

The OSU d-line (especially the tackles) were considered a soft spot for the team this year, but Tommy Togiai, Haskell Garrett, et al. are changing that impression.

Players to Watch: Rutgers

Gene Ross, LGHL

Yes, believe it or not, there are players to watch on Rutgers’ team... I guess.

Rutgers Q&A with On The Banks

Also Gene Ross, LGHL

Get a look at the Scarlet Knights from behind enemy lines.


From around the gridiron...

As we head into this weekend’s game against Rutgers, I wanted to collect some articles focusing on two of the areas that are currently most concerning Ohio State fans, the defensive secondary and the offensive backfield.

So, we’ve got three items for each position group to give you an insight into what the players and coaches are thinking about what’s happened for them thus far in the season, and how they are planning to address the issues seen thus far.

The Secondary

Kerry Coombs dialing up aggressive, NFL-style system with Silver Bullets

Tim May, Lettermen Row

What Kerry Coombs has added to Ohio State’s defense: Film study (paywall)

Bill Landis, The Athletic

Ohio State Secondary Trudges on Following Win Over Penn State, Loss of Cameron Brown

Jack Emerson, The Lantern

The Running Game

Ohio State football’s Master Teague says he’s ‘still hungry’ to build off improved performance against Penn State

Stephen Means, cleveland.com

Ohio State football: Trey Sermon is primed for a big outing

Charles Post, Rivals


From around the hardwood...

It was a surprisingly busy day for the Ohio State men’s basketball team on Thursday. Head coach Chris Holtmann dropped a video informing fans that the team would not be opening up their season in South Dakota as previously planned.

The team has backed out of the Crossover Classic scheduled to begin on Nov. 25 due to the increased COVID-19 positivity levels in the Mount Rushmore State. While no replacement for the event has yet been announced, Holtmann said in the video, “We have been in talks about some exciting scheduling opportunities in place of that and hopefully in the next week and a half to 10 days we’ll be able to release our schedule in full.”

Such a tease, coach.

Ohio State basketball team will not play in South Dakota’s Crossover Classic

Adam Jardy, Columbus Dispatch

The second surprising update that Holtmann announced in his video is that after initially being denied immediate eligibility by the NCAA, Bucknell transfer guard Jimmy Sotos successfully appealed the decision and will be able to play for the Buckeyes this season.

Sotos averaged 11.5 points, 3.9 assists, and 3.5 rebounds in his final season for the Bison, and will be a big addition to a thin OSU front-court.

Also, look at Kaleb Wesson topping the three-point shooting drills at the NBA Combine. Big man trying to get that bag!


From everywhere else...

If B1G football programs were pro wrestlers...

Luke Glusco, Saturday Tradition

John Cena? Are you serious? With options like Mick Foley, Columbus native Randy Savage, Jimmy Superfly Snuka, Chief Jay Strongbow, and Johnny Polo Raven, the best you could come up with is the guy who started his wrestling career with a gimmick of being a white rapper and his signature move is waving his hand in his face?

You are clearly not smelling what the Bucks are cooking.

And please, NFL, don’t take our BFF away from us...


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!