four days. That’s it. This is the introduction.
Before we dive into the good stuff, check out these cleats:
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) August 29, 2022
Whenever Nike uses gray in the Ohio State uniform concept, I think it’s a huge win. In recent years, you’ve come to believe that black is one of the primary colors in how much they use it, so it’s nice to see them go back to their roots.
Anyway, let’s have a nice Tuesday, right?
Bulletin board material. There’s an old saying, “Good teams win. Great teams cover.” That means Ohio State would need to be 18 points better than Notre Dame on September 3 to be considered great, because of the Buckeyes’ favor. The odds are set at 17.5 points.
Now I’ll offer some pushback to that adage. The Buckeyes don’t have to beat the Irish by 18 points to be called one of the best teams in college football. Simply adding a number to the win column should be enough. It’s a top-five matchup in the season opener at Ohio Stadium – the first of its kind for the Buckeyes.
However, there has been a lot of noise all off-season regarding this matchup, which would make a big win at Notre Dame even more important for Ohio State.
Marcus Freeman asserted in The Players’ Tribune that he chose the wrong school when he played college ball for Ohio State, regarding his critical comments about the academic standards of his alma mater (which he later wrote about the school). claimed that this one was false), Bucky fans will love to see his team cover the spread.
As more fuel for an Ohio State supporter’s fire, Freeman added another story at a press conference on Monday, when a reporter told him that multiple odds spread the point in favor of the Buckeyes in the matchup. Freeman’s response?
“I didn’t know that,” he said. “I’m going to write it down. You said 17.5 points, right? We’ll be using this in a team meeting today. That’s good to know.”
After learning the spread point for Saturday’s game, Marcus Freeman thinks he has bulletin board material for Monday’s practice. pic.twitter.com/NUMatGGfwW
— XI Warriors (@11W) August 29, 2022
Freeman’s words indicated that he had no intention of losing to his team by more than two touchdowns and a field goal. Still, John Ewing of BetMGM claims that it’s more common for favorites to cover the spread in Week 1’s top 25 matchups.
Over the past 10 years, the top 25 teams in Week 1 matchups have had 18-11 (62%) ATS per . Is @Bet_Labs,
No. 3 Georgia – 17.5 vs. No. 11 Oregon
No. 2 Ohio State – 15.5 vs. No. 5 Notre Dame
No. 19 Arkansas -6.5 vs. No. 23 Cincinnati
— John Ewing (@johnewing) August 29, 2022
Ohio State is the 15.5-point favorite at Ewing’s odds, but the message still applies. With all the intensity building up for the game, Bucky fans will undoubtedly win however they can get it, but I have a feeling they’d really love a beatdown as well.
Eddie is a Bucky for life. Eddie George’s Ohio State roots still run deep, and so does his hatred for Michigan. The Heisman Trophy winner and current Tennessee State head coach reminded Bucks fans of that fact over the weekend as he discussed his son Eric’s future in college football.
Eric is a defensive lineman in the Class of 2023 from Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville. He has offers from the state of Tennessee, Eastern Kentucky, Marshall and UT Martin, among others. He is likely to receive more of the high school ball during and after his senior season.
— Eric George (@er1q_0) 13 August 2022
However, Eddie stated that he did not want Eric to play for two schools at the next level. He wouldn’t want Tennessee State’s rival Jackson State to show interest, and—as you can imagine—he wouldn’t let his son accept any of Wolverine’s calls if they knock.
“He can’t go to Jackson State,” Eddie told the Mississippi Clarion Ledger after his son’s game in Nashville. “He’s not going to go north there or to that team. But I tell him to look at what’s out there and ultimately trust your intuition, trust your gut.”
— (@krieger) November 20, 2021
Eddie understands that his recruiting pitches to his son should always be part Bucky, part coach and most importantly, part dad.
“It’s his deal, his process, his career,” said Eddie George. “He knows what I’m doing (at Tennessee State). He’s around me every day, and he knows how he’s going to train (if he picks up TSU). I tell him there Go see what’s there. Go where your heart desires.”
Still, it’s hard to imagine that Eddie George is excited about his son in Ann Arbor wearing corn and blue with the winged helmet. It will make Thanksgiving and the days after that a little awkward.
O captain! my captain! There will come a time when Ohio State will run out of these types of videos for their captains to post. By my calculations, the Twitter account has covered Cade Stover, CJ Stroud, Court Williams and now Tyler Friday, leaving Tommy Eichenberg and Kam Babb as the final Buckeye captain without video.
As has become custom for skull sessions, when those videos are posted, you’ll know where to find them, and that’s where it is.
In Friday’s video, fifth-year defensive lineman and his post coach Larry Johnson told Friday’s Parents that he had been named captain of the team for the 2022 season. As was the case with the parents in the previous clip, Friday’s parents were overwhelmed with enthusiasm for their son.
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) August 29, 2022
Johnson said during the preseason camp that Friday has been a brilliant leader in the program since arriving on campus in 2018. Johnson also said he was on his way to becoming captain last year before suffering an ACL tear at the end of the season in a summer workout on Friday.
“We thought Tyler had great leadership skills before he got injured. I mean, he was really emerging as a leader. I think when he got injured he turned the tables and was where he was.” How hard he worked in rehab to get back there. Johnson said on Aug. 16. “If you see him every morning, every day grinds to get himself back. It was impressive to a lot of kids. It set the bar for who he was as a young man. I think that’s why his teammates chose him as the captain.
Olympic Village. Former Ohio State men’s tennis star JJ Wolf scored his first upset of the 2022 US Open in New York City when he defeated No. 16 Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets (6-4, 6-4, 6-4) to advance. For the second round of the event.
— Ohio State M Tennis (@OhioStateMTEN) August 29, 2022
Wolf collected 14 aces during the match and used his powerful serve to gain momentum against a Spanish national Agut with 11 ATP Tour titles and a career win over 21-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic.
After Wolf’s win, the former Bucky jumped up and threw his fist in the air to celebrate—something he made a tradition during his playing days in Columbus.
Show vertical, JJ Wolf!
so much to celebrate for pic.twitter.com/wEKV9W27Y4
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 29, 2022
At Ohio State, Wolf was a three-time First Team All-Big Ten honoree. He capped his Buck career with a Big Ten Player of the Year award and All-American recognition with a 35-2 singles record and 11-0 points in conference play in his junior season. Wolf turned professional after that season.
As of August 29, Wolf was the No. 87 player on the ATP Tour in 2022 with a 7-7 record, and his career record of 9-13 has earned him $678,060 in prize money from singles and doubles tournaments in the professional ranks. ,
Today’s song “Free” by Zac Brown Band.
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