No matter what sport, every player has his own role; a role that they can succeed in and help the team, whether they are the star or the last player on the bench. Joey Lane’s role isn’t to fill up the stat sheet, the former walk-on knows that he isn’t on the team to provide something that people will see in the box score or in see in a game recap. To the average fan, a player like Lane may seem pointless in terms of the team’s success. But that’s far from true for the junior guard.
The Ohio State Buckeyes have shocked the college basketball world so far this season and forward Keita Bates-Diop has been one of the main reasons the Buckeyes have played so well. Although he leads the Big Ten in scoring, Bates-Diop was left off the midseason Wooden Award Top 25 watch list on Monday.
The college football season just ended, but it’s never too early to talk about next fall. In the earliest way-too-early rankings, media members don’t seem to care that the Ohio State Buckeyes will have a brand new starting quarterback and have to retool at a number of both skill positions and along the line. They even seem to think that the scarlet and gray will be one of the best teams in the country heading into 2018.
Projected by many to be one of the worst teams in the Big Ten this season, the Ohio State Buckeyes have already turned plenty of heads through 17 games this season. Despite their perfect 4-0 Big Ten record, the scarlet and gray weren’t ranked on the latest AP Top 25 following their upset over previously No. 1 Michigan State.
A native of Grove City, Ohio and three-time national champion as a player at Mount Union, Alex Grinch returns home and will join the Ohio State coaching staff as the team’s 10th assistant. One of the most respected young, up-and-coming defensive minds in college football will presumably become the co-defensive coordinator.
With Ohio State’s stunning upset over No. 1 Michigan State, the Buckeyes not only seem to be back on the map, but Keita Bates-Diop seems to be the real deal, too. So far this season, the forward is leading the scarlet and gray to a 4-0 record in the Big Ten (13-4 overall) and has made plenty of people ask if the Buckeyes have a shot at not only a berth in the NCAA Tournament, but a shot at the conference title as well.
Seven months into the Chris Holtmann era, the Ohio State Buckeyes secured their first signature win of the season, upsetting No. 1-ranked Michigan State, 80-64, Sunday afternoon in Columbus. Now 4-0 in the Big Ten, the Buckeyes may have put college basketball and the rest of the conference on notice following their stunning win over the top-ranked team in the country.
When the Ohio State Buckeyes beat the USC Trojans in the Cotton Bowl last Friday night, the scarlet and gray were without Denzel Ward. Ohio State’s top cornerback decided to sit out the game in order to guarantee his health and get ready to make millions of dollars in April. Expected to be a first-round pick, it’s Ok that Ward decided to watch his final collegiate game fro the sidelines.
With just one game last week due to the holidays, the Ohio State Buckeyes took down Miami (Ohio), 72-59, to close out their non-conference schedule. Now, Big Ten season lies ahead.
In one of the most anticipated non-Playoff games of the bowl season, the Ohio State Buckeyes defense dominated, leading the scarlet and gray to a 24-7 win over the USC Trojans. The low-scoring game included a scoreless second half.
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Somehow, it’s only been three-and-a-half weeks since the Ohio State Buckeyes last took the field. Although they didn’t make the Playoff, the scarlet and gray still have plenty to prove and play for in the Cotton Bowl against USC.
In Chris Holtmann’s first year, the season will be filled with plenty of ups and downs. This past week was a perfect example.
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?
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.
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.
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.