It was a loaded Tuesday in Buckeye Nation.
For the second straight week, Ohio State was thought of the No. 2 team in the country by the College Football Playoff committee.
— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) November 9, 2022
A couple of hours after these rankings have been launched, The Ohio State University ladies’s basketball took down No. 5 Tennessee, 87-75, in the Buckeyes’ first regular-season sport of 2022-23.
FINAL | OSU 87, UT 75
— Ohio State WBB (@OhioStateWBB) November 9, 2022
Jacy Sheldon led the method for Ohio State with 14 factors, seven assists and eight steals. Meanwhile, Taylor Mikesell scored 25, Rebeka Mikulasikova added 17 and Cotie McMahon and Taylor Thierry every scored 10. As a crew, the Buckeyes pressured the Volunteers to commit 29 turnovers, and that made all the distinction as Ohio State claimed a top-five win to begin the 12 months.
Phew. What a Tuesday. But, we transfer on! Let’s have a good Wednesday, lets?
UNDER THE RADAR. In affiliation with ESPN, FiveThirtyEight is a web site that makes use of knowledge and analytics as the major useful resource of its writing. In truth, a lot of their work does not use quotes or outdoors sources. It’s good old school numbers defined by the medium of an internet article.
On Tuesday, FiveThirtyEight contributor Josh Planos requested readers, “Why is the college football world sleeping on Ohio State?”
Planos defined that the Buckeyes have been one of the most dominant teams in the nation this season, according to ESPN’s efficiency ratings, and are taking part in a few of the greatest soccer the program has seen since 2014. However, he believes Ohio State is not receiving correct consideration from faculty soccer consultants and followers.
At this level in the season, Planos argues, Ohio State has regarded this good solely as soon as, and it was in 2019. The Buckeyes are additionally seven factors of effectivity greater than the 2014 nationwide championship crew.
So, Ohio State is certainly one of 4 undefeated groups, certainly one of the most gifted and environment friendly groups in the FBS. Why aren’t the Buckeyes getting their due? Planos writes:
Without query, the defending nationwide champion Georgia Bulldogs have intermittently regarded the a part of a title favourite once more, with the season-opening blowout of Oregon and final weekend’s stellar defensive effort towards Tennessee protruding for voters. A 12 months after successful all of it, Georgia will possible retain the prime spot in each ballot transferring ahead until it loses. But this is additionally a crew that very almost suffered an upset to an unranked Missouri crew with a dropping document.
Ohio State doesn’t have the power of document that Georgia does, nor does it measure as properly in ESPN’s Football Power Index (or our Elo mannequin). But the Buckeyes even have by no means been in jeopardy of dropping and are the solely crew with a top-five offense and protection. They have produced extra factors per sport (45.78) on extra yards per play (7.3) than any crew in the nation — primarily doing it completely with out (Jaxon) Smith-Njigba, a receiver who final 12 months broke a 20-year-old convention receiving document and was favored to win the Biletnikoff Award. And but, they acquired a single first-place vote in the most up-to-date AP Poll.
“Disrespect” is subjective, relative and even perhaps a contact sturdy for what Ohio State has skilled in 2022. Perhaps “overlooked” is a higher method of placing it, or “taken for granted.” But the Buckeyes ought to be comfy being in that spot. Astonishingly, it’s been seven years since they have been final ranked first in the AP Poll. That’s proper: They weren’t even No. 1 after they earned two top-15 street wins by mid-October in 2016, nor after they gained two top-15 video games by the finish of September in 2018, nor after they bulldozed the regular-season slate by a playoff-best common margin of victory of 33.1 factors in 2019.
Will that change this season in Columbus? Maybe — offered the Buckeyes maintain successful sufficient to seize the consideration of voters and the playoff committee. But for now, certainly one of faculty soccer’s powerhouse applications has been flying surprisingly below the radar all season lengthy.
Now, I’ll admit that the premise of the No. 2 crew in the nation “flying under the radar” feels a little foolish, however maybe Planos is onto one thing. All season – actually up till the Northwestern sport – Ohio State felt like the most full crew in the nation. Then the Fighting Fitzgeralds performed the Buckeyes to a 14-point sport in inclement climate.
Perhaps recency bias triggered the faculty soccer world to overlook how gifted and environment friendly Ohio State actually is. At the finish of the day, I suppose we’ll discover out what this crew is product of over the subsequent three weeks, with the ultimate examination arising on Nov. 26 towards Michigan.
OSU IS WRU. If Ohio State is not already the Wide Receiver University of school soccer, will probably be quickly.
Michael Thomas, Terry McLaurin, Parris Campbell, Curtis Samuel, Noah Brown, Binjimen Victor, C.J. Saunders and rookies Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave are all former Buckeyes at present on NFL groups.
Not solely does Ohio State have a amount of gamers, however the high quality is additionally notable. From the “WOW!” performs like Samuel’s 49-yard catch in triple protection on Sunday to the silky easy route working and launch of Wilson and Olave, the Buckeyes bolster their resume with each numbers and expertise.
Heinicke throws into triple protection… CAUGHT by Curtis Samuel!
— NFL (@NFL) November 6, 2022
— NFL (@NFL) November 8, 2022
— NFL (@NFL) November 8, 2022
Of course, we should contemplate Alabama and LSU in the dialog for WRU. The Tide have Julio Jones, Amari Cooper, Calvin Ridley, Jerry Jeudy, DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle and Jameson Williams (who performed two years at Ohio State). At the similar time, the Tigers lay declare to Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham Jr., Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase.
While these colleges is likely to be forward now, Nick Saban and Brian Kelly do not have expertise at receiver like Ohio State this fall, outdoors of Kayshon Boutte at LSU.
The Buckeyes have Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Marvin Harrison Jr. as locks for the NFL – the former as a projected first-round decide and the latter making a stable case to be the first receiver taken in 2024. Additionally, Emeka Egbuka and Julian Fleming proceed maximizing each possess traits that can entice skilled groups in the draft course of.
You inform us.
Is Ohio State WRU? pic.twitter.com/hCm5WCi7ci
— Sunday Night Football on NBC (@SNFonNBC) November 5, 2022
And why cease there? With loads of depth behind them in Jayden Ballard, Kaleb Brown, Kyion Grayes, Caleb Burton and Kojo Antwi, and a loaded 2023 recruiting class of Brandon Inniss, Noah Rogers, Carnell Tate and Bryson Rogers coming to Columbus subsequent 12 months, the Ohio State receiver room will solely maintain producing prime expertise. Time to sit again and watch all of it unfold earlier than our eyes.
ONLY GETTING COLDER. Ohio State males’s basketball guard Isaac “Ice” Likekele’s hometown in Arlington, Texas, and he performed his first 4 years of school hoops in Stillwater, Oklahoma, for the Cowboys.
After solely a few months as a Buckeye, Likekele is likely to be reconsidering his resolution to switch to Ohio State – solely simply a little bit. Not due to something on the court docket, however as a result of it will get too darn chilly in Columbus.
Welcome to the midwest @_Issaaac
( through _issaaac13 on ig) pic.twitter.com/s2gztBAzhi
— Ohio State Hoops (@OhioStateHoops) November 8, 2022
I remorse to inform Mr. Ice that the temperatures in Central Ohio will solely proceed to drop in the coming weeks, so he’ll most likely want to maintain that winter jacket in the outfit rotation.
Those feverishly checking the climate after Ohio State’s efficiency towards Northwestern final weekend most likely already know this. Still, the climate in Columbus shall be in the 60s for the remainder of the week, peaking at 70 levels on Thursday. Sounds nice, proper?
But there’s extra…
When the soccer crew hosts Indiana on Saturday, the low shall be 30 levels, and the excessive shall be 42 levels with winds round 10-15 mph, so It seems to be like we’ll see how the Buckeyes do in colder climate sooner relatively than later.
MOCK DRAFT SZN. If you’re keen on mock drafts or all the time needed to see how expert you’d be as the basic supervisor of your favourite NFL franchise, Pro Football Focus has a instrument for you that might be fairly enjoyable.
This week, PFF up to date its Mock Draft Simulator for the 2023 NFL draft, which permits you to place gamers like Stroud, Smith-Njigba, Paris Johnson Jr., Dawand Jones, Cade Stover and different Buckeyes onto skilled groups.
C.J. Stroud Carolina Panthers?
Jalen Carter Philadelphia Eagles?
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— PFF (@PFF) November 8, 2022
I spent some prolonged time utilizing the characteristic on Tuesday and would suggest taking part in with it throughout some free time. And in the event you select to use it at work, be certain that to have a separate tab to click on away to in case your boss walks by. If your boss catches you, inform them it was my fault. I’ll take the warmth!
SONG OF THE DAY. “The Cave” by Mumford & Sons.
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