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Buckeye Bits: 2020 draft class tops $111 million in rookie contracts, Lattimore and Heyward among NFL’s top 100, more

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Congratulations! You’ve made it through another Monday in quarantine. Hopefully by now, you’ve shut down your work laptop, poured yourself a drink, takeout is on the way and Netflix is streaming. Speaking of Netflix, I have finally finished The Last Dance (ESPN aired it way past my bedtime), and...just a few things:

  1. I think about Scottie Pippen’s teeth once a day. Like...are we just not going to talk about how immaculate they are?
  2. The Bulls’ warmup gray sweatsuits. Where can I find them in a size XS?
  3. Michael LeBron is better, but wow.

But now that I’m done with that documentary, I’m in the market for a new Netflix series. I hate violence, gore (I’m talking even a spec of blood), horror, drama (couldn’t make it past the first episode of Outer Banks), suspense and sci-fi— all of which, I have realized, is what everyone else loves. The Game of Thrones era was a lonely one for me. Anyway, leave your recommendations in the comments below!

Now, on to today’s headlines!

From around Land-Grant Holy Land...

Column: Ohio State’s most intriguing out-of-conference matchups

Meredith Hein, LGHL

Going with the theme of potential matchups for Ohio State, Meredith chose a team from each conference who, she believes, would be the most intriguing matchup for the Buckeyes, including non-Power-5 and Independents.

Leaders of the Room: Will there be a go-to guy at running back for Ohio State this year?

Matt Tamanini, LGHL

The Ohio State running back room is young, injured and relatively inexperienced. Although there’s talk of former Oklahoma RB Trey Sermon taking most of the snaps this season, Matt believes it’ll be more of a group effort.

Ohio State among early leaders for Florida safety

Charles Doss, LGHL

Good news and bad news. The 11th ranked safety in the 2022 class has Ohio State in his top 11, and Alabama is now on Ohio State’s heels in the 2021 class rankings after they earned the commitment of Michigan’s No. 1 prospect on Sunday.

From around the gridiron...

Ohio State’s 2020 draft class signs more than $100 million in rookie contracts, Chase Young and Jeff Okudah already among NFL’s highest-paid players at their positions

Dan Hope, Eleven Warriors

Ohio State’s 2020 draft pick contracts equal $111,601,871 in total contract value, which just barely passed the infamous 2016 NFL draft class (Joey Bosa, Ezekiel Elliott, Eli Apple, Taylor Decker, Darron Lee, Michael Thomas, Vonn Bell, Adolphus Washington, Braxton Miller, Nick Vannett, Joshua Perry and Cardale Jones) for the highest-paid draft class in school history.

Why even have a recruiting staff at this point?

Ex-Buckeyes Lattimore, Heyward among NFL’s top 100 players

Steve Helwagen, Bucknuts

The NFL Network began its countdown of the league’s top 100 players on Sunday night, and New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore and Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Cameron Heyward ranked No. 76 and No. 84, respectively.

You can expect to see more Buckeyes added to the list when the countdown continues tonight at 8 p.m. on their network and via Twitter (@NFLNetwork).

Patrick Murphy, Bucknuts

Five Questions as Buckeyes look to press advantage on special teams

Austin Ward, Lettermen Row

It’s Specialists Week over at Lettermen Row, and today, Austin looked at the five biggest questions surrounding the position group, including the likelihood of more punt/kickoff returns this season and what we can expect from the main guys.

If you told me the pictures on the left were the video game, I’d believe you.

You can literally be Chase Young when Madden 21 releases for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on August 25.

Breaking: Ohio State is set up for success this season.

Also, remember when we didn’t have a returning coach or a returning quarterback? Good times.

From everywhere else...

Across Ohio, college football for the fall is being canceled

Doug Lesmerises,

Mount Union, John Carroll, Oberlin, Baldwin Wallace, Case Western and Kenyon are among several Ohio schools who are postponing or cancelling college football for the fall.

Meanwhile, the state’s Division I schools such as Ohio State, Kent State, Akron, Toledo and Bowling Green are still up in the air, as the NCAA has pushed back its decision for another few weeks.

Columbus City Council to vote on 10 p.m. closing time for bars, restaurants to slow Covid-19 spread

Carrie Ghose, Columbus Business First

Columbus bars and restaurants are expected to have 10 p.m. closing times starting Tuesday to slow the spread of coronavirus. While people can still order takeout past 10 p.m., the goal is to eliminate the rowdiness that usually occurs at these establishments in the late hours of the evening.

Rutgers quarantines football team after six more positive tests for coronavirus


The Scarlet Knights have stopped all in-person team activities and are quarantining the entire football program after six more people tested positive for COVID-19. Since returning to campus on June 15, the program has had 10 total positive tests.

This comes after Michigan State announced on Friday that it would also be quarantining its entire team after a second staff member and one athlete tested positive.

Speaking COVID-19 outbreaks...

We need to figure out how to put college football in a bubble. It’s the only way. Luckily, our own George Eisner has the solution!