In Chris Holtmann’s first year, the season will be filled with plenty of ups and downs. This past week was a perfect example.
There have been plenty of questions surrounding the way head coach Hue Jackson has called the Cleveland Browns’ offense so far this season (and last), but for what seems to be the first time, players are starting to question and get angry about it too. Isaiah Crowell is the first to do so.
It will always be hard to forget about fan-favorite Carlos Santana, but on the same day that the former Indians first baseman was formerly introduced as the newest member of the Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland has found their new first baseman. His name is Yonder Alonso and he’s coming off a career-best 28 home runs and was named an All-Star in 2017.
The Ohio State Buckeyes have been quite successful on the football field ever since Urban Meyer become the head coach, and that success seems to have continued into the NFL as well. With five selections in the 2018 Pro Bowl, the Buckeyes lead the way, with Alabama and Georgia (four each) right behind them.
Student-athletes are actually students after all, too. Due to Finals week, the Ohio State Buckeyes didn’t have a game during the week, which therefore meant that they only had one game last week. The Buckeyes took down Appalachian State, 80-67, Saturday night in their lone game this past week.
In his 13 years at Ohio State, head coach Thad Matta proved to be the best (and winningest) coach in program history. While he turned the Buckeyes into a legitimate title contender during the early part of his time in Columbus, health and the fact that he ran a clean program were his biggest downfalls during the final years at Ohio State.
Whether it’s on offense or defense, there is plenty of talent all over the field for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Following the conclusion of the regular season, a number of outlets released their All American lists. Of the five that the NCAA recognizes, three Ohio State players were named All-Americans. Not bad, huh?
We saw it coming, didn’t we? Less than a week after being released by the Cleveland Browns, wide receiver Kenny Britt has signed a two-year deal with the New England Patriots. Kenny Britt, Super Bowl MVP has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
After an incredible 20-point comeback to beat Michigan and start Big Ten play 2-0, the Ohio State Buckeyes carried that momentum into the rest of the week to go a perfect 2-0 on the hardwood this past week. Their dominate win over William and Mary allowed head coach Chris Holtmann to clear his bench.
When Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam fired Sashi Brown, he said that head coach Hue Jackson was safe and would keep his job for the 2018 season, too. It seems as though new general manager John Dorsey may have different plans. Let the fun begin!
In only his second game back, Josh Gordon has yet again proven how much of a threat he can be at wide receiver. His 18-yard reception in the first half was his first since December 15, 2013.
For the second-consecutive season, Ohio State has the best center in college football. In 2016 it was Pat Elflein, this year, it’s first-year center Billy Price. The two-time captain has led the way for one of the most dominant offenses in college football.
The most experienced general manager candidate that was on the market, the Browns hired John Dorsey to be their new general manager following the firing of Sashi Brown. The former Kansas City GM will have final say over the roster and salary cap and brings tremendous talent evaluation to Cleveland. Now, he must prove how good of a talent acquisition guy, both in the NFL Draft and via trades, that he truly is.
For Power 5 teams, strength of schedule and record used to be the two most common factors in determining your postseason fate. If this year’s College Football Playoff committee proved anything, it’s that they set a new precedent: As long as you’re a Power 5 program, strength of schedule no longer matters.
Much like this past week, Ohio State’s season will be filled with plenty of ups and downs. For the Buckeyes, it was most apparent after they blew yet another double-digit second-half Wisconsin and then followed that up by dominating Wisconsin just three days later.
Missing out on the Final Four is disappointing, but going up against USC isn’t a bad consolation prize. Ohio State will take on the Trojans in the Cotton Bowl at Jerry World on December 29, with kickoff set for 8:30 p.m. ET. The game will give both teams an opportunity to prove that maybe one of them *should* have been in the Playoff instead of Alabama.
It was ugly at times, but the Ohio State Buckeyes won their second Big Ten title in four years after beating Wisconsin, 27-21. If it weren’t for J.T. Barrett and the Buckeyes shooting themselves in the foot at times, the scarlet and gray would have blown out the Badgers.
WFNY’s Josh Poloha caught up with Cleveland native Danny Cunningham, who now covers the Badgers for The Zone in Madison, Wisconsin. Cunningham answered plenty of questions about the Badgers in order for Ohio State Buckeyes fans to get to know their opponent ahead of Saturday night’s showdown.
Outside of a bad loss at Iowa, the Ohio State Buckeyes plowed their way through the Big Ten in the regular season. With all the talent on the Buckeyes, 24 players were named All-Big Ten honorees, whether it’s first team, second team, third team, or as honorable mentions.
While the Ohio State Buckeyes may no longer control their own destiny in terms of making the Playoff, they still have plenty to play for in Indianapolis Saturday night. With a win, they will have won the Big Ten title for just the second time in the Urban Meyer Era. If that’s not enough motivation, watching this hype trailer will pump you up.