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Buckeye Bits: Young, Joey Bosa claim B1G All-Decade end spots, TBT Final Four picks, more

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How did I not know about this? Better yet, how have I not written about this? The answer to the first question is, “I have no earthly idea.” The answer to the second question is, “I don’t know this either, but I’m going to be remedying it over the weekend.”

Gotta love SB Nation’s Rivalry Week!


From around Land-Grant Holy Land...

Ohio State quarterback commit Kyle McCord misses out on Elite 11 MVP

Tia Johnston, LGHL

The 2018 Elite 11 MVP was Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields.

The 2019 Elite 11 MVP was Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud.

Unfortunately future Ohio State quarterback Kyle McCord couldn’t complete the trifecta, but it wasn’t for lack of trying as he was named the Pro Day MVP. Only about 25 percent of the grading actually comes from the camp itself. Either way, it’s not a bad next step in Ryan Day’s quest to make Ohio State QBU.

Rivalry Week: Ohio State and Penn State have taken it to the next level

Brett Ludwiczak, LGHL

Nearly two years ago, I wrote on this very website that I “sports-hated” the Penn State Nittany Lions more than I did the Michigan Wolverines. I thought that take was going to be far more divisive than it ended up being, and I am glad to see Brett go in-depth into the rivalry here.


From around the gridiron...

Ohio State lands both defensive end selections for BTN’s All-Decade Team

Look, these Big Ten Network All-Decade teams have been absolutely atrocious, as we have openly discussed on Twitter. But, if they screwed this one up and put anyone other than Joey Bosa and Chase Young in the two defensive end spots, they might as well call off the entire thing and cancel the entire network and everyone involved in this traveshamockery.

Fortunately, they finally got one of the position groups right. What’s interesting is that Chase Young was apparently the only unanimous selection to the All-Decade Team, so obviously the elder Bosa didn’t receive a vote from each and every panelist; but I would be surprised if those missing votes went to anyone other than his little brother, Nick Bosa. There’s really no argument for the third-place finisher, is there?

The 25 most dominant college football programs of the past 50 years (paywall)

Matt Brown (no, not our Matt Brown), The Athletic

The Athletic’s Matt Brown is one of the smartest folks in college football media, and he expertly broke down this top-25 list by using a fairly stringent criteria. His methodology included: winning percentage, seasons with a .900 winning percentage, losing seasons, average point differential, major bowl history, AP rankings, and a whole host of other analytics.

Since The Athletic is a pay-site, I won’t reveal his order, but I will say that, unsurprisingly, Ohio State is pretty high up on the list, but what is a bit surprising is that — given their last two decades of mediocrity — is the team exactly one spot behind the Buckeyes.

Kyle McCord evaluates Elite 11 showing, gets Justin Fields tutelage

Jeremy Birmingham, Lettermen Row

Following up on Tia’s article that I referenced above, Birm talked to Kyle McCord about his experience at Elite 11 and his experiences working out with Justin Fields. It’s worth checking out what the future OSU QB has to say.


From around the hardwood...

The Basketball Tournament expert picks — Two teams are on everyone’s list

ESPN staff

All five of the TBT experts that ESPN assembled picked Carmen’s Crew to make The Basketball Tournament’s Final Four. However, the analysts weren’t required to pick an eventual champion, and only three did; all selecting the four-time TBT champions Overseas Elite to take home one for the thumb.

With the additions of Joe Johnson and Pooh Jeter, they should be loaded for their quest to avenge their only loss in tournament history to the OSU alums last year. However, with William Buford, Aaron Craft, David Lighty, Deshaun Thomas, Jon Diebler, and more, don’t sleep on the home-town team.

Speaking of which, as is TBT custom, if you register as a fan of the eventual champion, you get real, actual cash. Not a bad deal, but I think you’ll need the Zelle app.


From everywhere else...

Please don’t ruin this for everybody.

I know people want to argue about this, but listen to Ryan Day, Chris Holtmann, Gene Smith, Brutus, and more; wear a mask. We aren’t going to have Ohio State sports this year if Ohio’s COVID-19 numbers don’t decrease — and quickly — so do your part, please. Thanks for coming to my TED Talk.

Hmmmmmm, I hadn’t thought about this complication yet.

This is something that could become very interesting and problematic if the college football season progresses as planned, and schools have to make the decision as to whether or not to put their players and staffs at risk when a team can’t afford testing to prove that a coronavirus outbreak hasn’t hit their team.

Obviously if we went to a conference-only schedule this would not be nearly as much of an issue, which might be why some are advocating for that.


And now for something completely different...

Don’t be “that guy,” watch this thing this weekend so you know what all the hype has been about.