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...
Gene Ross, LGHL
The Buckeyes added a second four-star tight end to the 2022 class.
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.
Caleb Houser, LGHL
More on Benji Gosnell’s commitment to Ohio State.
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.
Brett Ludwiczak, LGHL
BLeez breaks down the lines for the biggest non-Big Ten games of the weekend.
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.
Gene Ross, LGHL
Yes, believe it or not, there are players to watch on Rutgers’ team... I guess.
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.
Tim May, Lettermen Row
Bill Landis, The Athletic
Jack Emerson, The Lantern
The Running Game
Tony Alford said he was extremely frustrated with Ohio State’s struggles in the running game during season-opener against Nebraska.— Eleven Warriors (@11W) November 5, 2020
"I wanted to run my head through the windshield of my car."
Stephen Means, cleveland.com
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.
A few scheduling and program updates. pic.twitter.com/qavdKOzr8M— Chris Holtmann (@ChrisHoltmann) November 5, 2020
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!
Top 3-Point Star Drill Percentage at NBA Combine (20 attempts, spot-up off movement)— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) November 5, 2020
Kaleb Wesson (80%)
Immanuel Quickley (75%)
Grant Riller (75%)
Xavier Tillman (75%)
Cassius Winston (70%)
Markus Howard (65%)
Robert Woodard (65%)
Killian Tillie "
Naji Marshall "
Lamar Stevens "
From everywhere else...
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...
RUMORS : There is a growing sense among NFL front offices that former NFL HC Jim Harbaugh would be open to leaving his job at Michigan to return back to the NFL level, per Pete Thamel.— JPA (@jpafootball) November 5, 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!