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The #content mill has been turning today across the Ohio State interwebs. We’ve got everything from the traditional NFL Draft projections and profiles on OSU football players, to the ridiculous Twitter arguments that people get in when they bury their heads in the sand, to a story about Buckeye rowers who are just biding their times until the Olympics return.


From around Land-Grant Holy Land...

I certainly am not advocating for this shelter-in-place quarantine and the subsequent NCAA extended dead period to go on longer than it needs to in order to keep everybody safe, but if the Ohio State Buckeyes’ football team keeps up the recruiting rate that they are currently at, I guess I wouldn’t be too angry about it.

Without the real March Madness to occupy our time this month, our man Gene Ross has been expertly counting down the top Ohio State football plays of the past decade, and we are now down to the Final Four. In one semifinal, we have the “80 yards through the heart of the south” run from Ezekiel Elliott vs. Braxton Miller’s spin against VaTech.

On the other side of the bracket, we’ve got the Evan Spencer to Michael Thomas touchdown pass against Alabama in the first College Football Playoff vs. Joey Bosa’s double overtime, game-ending sack against the Nits.

Make sure to vote and ensure that your favorite makes the finals.

With Ohio State announcing that all classes will be moving online through the end of the summer term, our Brett Ludwiczak looks at whether or not college football will actually return in the fall, and if it does, what form it will take.

One of the things that underscores what Brett wrote about is that reportedly, many ADs are already forecasting 20 to 30 percent decreases in revenue, and that’s even before they know whether or not the college football season is going to go on as scheduled.


From around the gridiron...

  • Due to natural attrition and two players being immediately dismissed from the program following their arrests in connection to a reported sexual assault, the Ohio State secondary is a bit thinner than we anticipated at the end of the last season. But, Cameron Brown could step up and provide a big lift to Kerry Coombs’ #BIA unit.
  • For some reason, perhaps the cabin fever of nearly nationwide shelter-in-place orders, The Athletic’s Ari Wasserman had to take to Twitter on Thursday to yet again defend the most fundamental fact in college football.

Seriously, when are people going to finally comprehend this basic fact? Having better talent, means that you win more games. Does it mean that you are going to win every game? Of course not. Does it mean that development and coaching means nothing? Nobody believes that.

But, the single most (and it’s not even close) reason that Ohio State has dominated TTUN over the past two decades is that the Buckeye coaching staffs have been markedly better at getting top talent to Columbus than their counterparts up north have been in doing so to Ann Arbor. Case closed. Move on. There is no arguing this fact.

  • In the latest mock draft from CBS Sports, there are 10 Buckeyes projected to be selected in this month’s NFL Cyber Draft. Question for the room, is it a snake draft, and will it autodraft if someone steps out of the room to get more wings?
  • 2020 Big Ten Football Championship Game Projections. Bring it, Bucky!
  • Despite playing a thankless, rarely noticed position, DaVon Hamilton stood out as Ohio State’s nose guard last season.
  • All of the doubters thought that Ohio State signing two top-level quarterbacks to their 2020 recruiting class was a recipe for disaster; “If you have two quarterbacks you have none,” they said. But, Jack Miller and C.J. Stroud are proving that they can make it work.
  • I picked my answer. What’s yours?

“‘Actually, the spot was good.’ - Matt Brown” - Matt Tamanini


And now, here’s your moment of Zen...

Thanks, @OhioState. I needed that.


From around the hardwood...

Since former five-star freshman Kierstan “SheBron” Bell announced late last month that she was transferring from Ohio State, rising junior Janai Crooms is going to need to settle into a consistent role for the first time in her collegiate career.


From everywhere else...

  • For the love of all things that are good and holy (and in order to help us get sports back faster), stay the F inside, everybody!
  • While we are all lamenting the loss of sports for the foreseeable future, there is one set of Ohio State athletes that fortunately already know their sporting fate, even if they don’t exactly know when that fate will happen. A group of OSU rowers are amongst the small group of US athletes that have already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, now postponed until 2021.