I don’t know about you, but after a weekend filled with football and fall weather, I have a little more pep in my step on this fine Monday. It also doesn’t hurt that (credible) sources are “CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC” that the Big Ten will reinstate its football season on Oct. 17. While I’m trying not to get my hopes up, I can’t help but feel like its actually happening this time (she says, as if she hasn’t said this 15 times already this month alone).
We have quite a bit to unpack in today’s Bits, so let’s get into it!
From around Land-Grant Holy Land...
Gene Ross, LGHL
In case ya missed it, the best cornerback in college football has opted out of his senior season to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Thank you Buckeye Nation!— Shaun Wade (@shaunwade24) September 14, 2020
Forever a Buckeye! pic.twitter.com/VFjKukLpLV
As Buckeye fans, we selfishly hate this news. Wade would have arguably been the best player on Ohio State’s roster this season, but we have to remember that we’re lucky he even considered playing this year at all. He’s sitting pretty on just about every NFL Mock Draft, and while it hurts for me to admit, this decision is in his best interest.
As Gene points out in the link above, Ohio State is not exactly known for being short of elite cornerbacks. With guys like Sevyn Banks, Cam Brown, Marcus Williamson and Tyreke Johnson on the depth chart and Kerry Coombs at the helm, DBU will be just fine.
With all of that reality out of the way, it’s time to get our hopes up on the highly unlikely, alternative scenario! Apparently, Wade hasn’t ruled out returning if the Big Ten does in fact vote on an Oct. 17 start-date (which would mean Ohio State can still play for the national title).
I’m so tired.
My fragile heart can't withstand any more ups and downs. I'm going to sleep. Wake me up when we know what the hell is going on. https://t.co/peMC43LR36— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) September 14, 2020
Meredith Hein, LGHL
Right on cue, Meredith brings us all back down to earth. Because friends, we are still in the middle of a global pandemic, and it’s a little more complicated than just letting the boys play.
Tia Johnston and Meredith Hein, LGHL
Fifteen or so minutes of Meredith and I rambling about the greatness that is Doris Burke and Serena Williams. Enjoy.
From around the gridiron...
Alright, here’s the latest on the Big Ten chaos.
It was announced (by reputable reporters!) that the Big Ten presidents and chancellors were meeting over the weekend to discuss new medical findings and are expected to vote for football to return Oct. 17, thus allowing the B1G to still be in the running for the CFP. The key words from sources over the last couple days have been “cautious optimism,” as if to say “We think it’s going to happen, but please don’t be mad at me if it doesn’t.”
The proposed start date for the Big Ten, when its voted on, is expected to be weekend of Oct. 17. There's flexibility built in for that to be pushed back, if needed. https://t.co/M6tr4BcFd8— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) September 13, 2020
While just about every report said that the Big Ten would not only be holding the return-to-play vote on Sunday but also announcing their decision, alas, they did not do either of those things.
The Big Ten's presidents and chancellors reportedly did not take a vote of when football will return to competition during a meeting on Sunday with discussions set to continue. https://t.co/iHh04D9NMg— Eleven Warriors (@11W) September 13, 2020
There’s also the question of whether or not the schools who vote against an Oct. 17 start date will still play if the B1G’s season goes ahead. Some are saying only the “yes” schools will play, while others are saying all schools will play.
Conflicting sources? In this economy?!
This is counter to what @Brett_McMurphy reported last night: "If Big Ten presidents/chancellors vote to play football in the fall, then all B1G schools will play, sources told @Stadium. ... " https://t.co/2oty3ePzuj— Tom Dienhart (@TomDienhart1) September 14, 2020
Bobby said it, not me.
Rutgers doesn't want to play... so don't force the issue.— Bobby Carpenter (@Bcarp3) September 13, 2020
Let them have their portion of the TV deal, but either send it to them in rolls of pennies or in a Salvation Army red kettle bell (just so they know its charity) @bigten https://t.co/WIvrbnYjaV
From around the hardwood...
The Big Ten Preseason Power Rankings for men’s basketball are out. Ohio State is ranked above Michigan and that is all you need to know.
I am confused by so much in these rankings. Granted, I'm not disagreeing with them, but just to see Rutgers at 5 and Purdue at 9 is bizarre.— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) September 14, 2020
Iowa at No. 1 and MSU at 4 is also odd. But, as long as OSU is above IU and TTUN, I can learn to adjust! https://t.co/cng45DP8x6
Turns out not waiting until two weeks prior to plan something as big as, oh I don’t know, an entire college sports season, pays off! If all goes to plan and the basketball sources don’t fail us like the football one’s have, we will have a college basketball season.
Division I Council set to vote Wednesday on moving the start of the college hoops season to Nov. 21. Source also said there will be recommendation of playing a minimum of 4 non-conference games and potential to start 8 hours/week to work with players - target date is Sept. 21.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) September 14, 2020
Hey Siri, what is the opposite of the Bahamas?
Sources: The 2020 Battle 4 Atlantis will be played at the Sanford Pentagon in South Dakota. Dates are TBD.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) September 14, 2020
Field includes Duke, West Virginia, Memphis, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Utah, Creighton, and Wichita State.
From around the League...
Every time I opened my Twitter app on Sunday, a new former Buckeye was getting praise for doing something good in his NFL game. Every single game was just one gigantic Ohio State football ad. Do they even need Mark Pantoni at this point?
I’ll list a few of the highlights of the day, but this doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface. Don’t worry, we’ll have the entire NFL Buckeye rundown for you on Tuesday.
First up, Chase Young’s gonna Chase Young.
Dwayne Haskins had himself a day.
So Dwayne Haskins after starting off 3-of-12 for 32 yards & trailing 17-0 went 14-of-19 for 146 yards & TD, had no turnovers, gave inspirational halftime speech, spoke up to teammates on sideline (as seen on TV) & led @WashingtonNFL to its biggest comeback win since 2015 TB game.— Al Galdi (@AlGaldi) September 13, 2020
Just checking in on the GMs who let J.K. Dobbins fall to the 55th overall pic!
Just checking in on the o̶n̶e̶, t̶w̶o̶, t̶h̶r̶e̶e̶, FOUR Rams players who were personally victimized by Ezekiel Elliott.
Last but not least, Jordan Fuller made a MAJOR play in his NFL debut, causing more GMs to kick themselves.
Game 1️⃣.— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) September 14, 2020
CAPTAIN FULLER with the BIG stop on 4th down https://t.co/s8zFwsQ21M
From everywhere else...
Under 0.5%—per our Matt Tamanini’s math. Not bad. Not bad at all.