Skull Session: Ohio State Can’t Look Past Maryland, Tommy Eichenberg Should Be An All-American and the Buckeyes Need to Replicate a Play From the 2014 B1G Title Game

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If it does finally die, I’ll take my Ohio State protection, together with stay protection of video games, over to Facebook. After all, I used to do this after I was 12 years previous.

Whatever occurs to the Ol’ Blue Bird, I’ll nonetheless write 5 am Skull Sessions, breaking information and all that jazz for Eleven Warriors Dot Com. I hope you stick round.

Let’s have a good Friday, lets?

(That goes for everybody besides GINNandjuice. I am unable to inform them what to do.)

URBAN ANALYSIS. As Ohio State approaches its closing day earlier than enjoying Maryland, it is arduous not to deal with what lies forward with The Game on Nov. 26. However, the Buckeyes should deal with enterprise towards the Terrapins earlier than they will repair their eyes on the Wolverines.

On an episode of Urban Analysis on the Big Ten Network, Urban Meyer – who was a excellent 7-0 towards Michigan throughout his tenure as Ohio State’s head coach – spoke to how Ryan Day and his employees should stability their gameplan of defeating Maryland whereas additionally making ready themselves for a top-three showdown with Michigan subsequent weekend.

The most essential phrases Meyer gives in the clip are these:

“The coaches should not telling you the fact if they don’t seem to be not less than conscious of that sport … But you have got an obligation to these gamers to get them prepared for this sport arising.”

This week, I consider Ryan Day has saved Maryland at the entrance of his thoughts as Ohio State approaches its matchup with the Terrapins on Saturday. He understands that Taulia Tagovailoa, even whereas battling by harm, is one among the most proficient quarterbacks in the Big Ten in an offense stuffed with weapons, so the Buckeyes will want to be prepared for something.

Until time runs out in the Maryland sport on Saturday, Ohio State’s major aim must be to beat the Terps. Once the clock hits triple zeroes, it is formally Hate Week, and the Buckeyes are coming for blood towards the Wolverines.

A BIG TEN LINEBACKER. On his weekly radio present with 97.1 The Fan, Day was very complimentary of Tommy Eichenberg’s play this season, claiming that every one of Eichenberg’s traits make him the excellent match for Ohio State’s protection.

“I assume you could possibly say he is the prototypical Big Ten linebacker. He’s sturdy, highly effective, productive, powerful and can course of excessive ranges of knowledge.”

It’s wonderful, actually. For most of final yr, Eichenberg was one among the most talked about gamers – if not the most talked about participant – on that facet of the ball for Ohio State. And for a lot of not-so-great causes. However, what the Cleveland native displayed in a 17-tackle efficiency towards Utah in the Rose Bowl and has since proven in 10 video games this season has made him a fan favourite in Buckeye Nation.

Not solely is Eichenberg Ohio State good, or Big Ten good. He is NCAA good. In 2022, Eichenberg has been one among the finest linebackers in the nation statistically, with 92 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, one interception, two go breakups and a defensive landing. The superior metrics of Pro Football Focus additionally make the identical declare:

Call it the Jim Knowles’ impact as a result of no matter serum the Mad Scientist concocted has labored. Knowles nudged Eichenberg in the proper path, and it led to great outcomes. As a product of these outcomes, Eichenberg – not less than in my e-book – is on tempo for an All-American season for the Buckeyes. Who would have thought?

BUTT’S BREAKDOWN. Well, would you have a look at this? An Ohio State run play out of the pistol… besides it was eight years in the past… in the 2014 Big Ten Championship towards Wisconsin – a sport the Buckeyes received 59-0, by the method, however I do know you all know that .

Break it down, Jake Butt.

Maybe Day, Justin Frye and Kevin Wilson ought to put this play on repeat in the movie room as the offensive line and operating backs proceed to get the run sport proper earlier than Nov. 26.

With as we speak’s workforce, it could be Cade Stover as an alternative of Jeff Heuerman and Luke Wypler as an alternative of Jacoby Boren making the crucial blocks. Both gamers are completely able to making them. As for the others, the tackles and guards would transfer down the line and win their assignments, and the operating again would explode by the center.

It’s a lot simpler mentioned than accomplished, and a play like that one in the B1G title does not occur usually in school soccer. However, I believe Ohio State might run one thing like this successfully, particularly since most of the pistol performs they’ve proven have been stretch runs exterior the tackles. Could you think about the identical blocking motion up entrance with TreVeyon Henderson, Miyan Williams, Dallan Hayden or Xavier Johnson operating it proper up the intestine?

If it ever occurs, hopefully, it really works in addition to it did eight years in the past, and Ohio State scores on an 81-yard home name, placing six factors on the board in the course of.

OLYMPIC VILLAGE. Fourteen (!) Ohio State groups are ranked in the prime 25 of their respective sports activities this week, with girls’s ice hockey as the highest-ranked program at No. 1 and males’s golf as the lowest-ranked program at No. 24.

However, I will not be speaking about both of these applications in as we speak’s Skull Session. Instead, my consideration goes to the No. 16-ranked males’s soccer workforce and the No. 8-ranked girls’s basketball workforce.

On Thursday, males’s soccer made its eleventh general look in the NCAA Tournament and first since 2015 in a battle with Wake Forest in the opening spherical. It was the first time the groups had confronted one another since the Demon Deacons defeated the Buckeyes, 2-1, in the College Cup Final in 2007.

This time, nonetheless, Ohio State got here away with a victory, defeating Wake Forest, 3-0, behind targets from Anthony Samways (2′), Xavier Green (16′) and Thomas Gilej (53′) to advance to the second spherical of the event, the place they may face UNC Greensboro on Sunday at 6 pm

The girls’s basketball workforce averaged 32.5 compelled turnovers per sport after two contests with then-ranked No. 5 Tennessee and Boston College. I formally set that quantity as the over/below for the Buckeyes’ matchup with Ohio University on Thursday. The over hit, as Ohio State compelled the Bobcats into 33 turnovers at the Convocation Center in Athens en route to an 86-56 win.

For those that don’t need to do the math, Ohio State has compelled 98 turnovers by three video games – a median of 32.67 turnovers per contest.

That is insane.

What Kevin McGuff is doing schematically with the full-court press, and what the gamers are doing to maximize it, has been improbable in 120 minutes of motion. Props to them for being an immovable object for 3 straight video games. I am unable to wait to see how lengthy they will maintain this up. With matchups towards McNeese State, Wright State and North Alabama on faucet, it may be a whereas till it regresses to the imply.

Or… possibly 32.67 compelled turnovers a sport is the imply?!

We’re wanting into all of the prospects. I’ll report again later to let everybody know.

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