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Scarlet Sunrise: Can Chris Holtmann work more magic in Year 2 at Ohio State?

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Chris Holtmann begins his second season at Ohio State on Wednesday. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Can Chris Holtmann work more magic in Year 2 at Ohio State?

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BasketBucks back in action

Ohio State basketball will open its season on the road Wednesday night, traveling down I-71 to face Cincinnati as the Bearcats break in their renovated arena. The Buckeyes are 5.5-point underdogs after losing a slew of upperclassmen and Big Ten Player of the Year Keita Bates-Diop.

If the expectations remain reasonable, though, this could be another fun season of Ohio State basketball. Although Bates-Diop helped mask just how bad the roster problems were, Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann showed last year he can flat-out coach. The Buckeyes have a younger, less experienced team this year and seem likely to take a step back in overall record and postseason chances. Even so, I think it will be a great opportunity to watch the younger players on this team grow, develop and figure things out as they go along.

Ohio State was always going to have to pay for the end of the Thad Matta era. Seven of the eight high school signees from the 2015 and 2016 classes left within two seasons. They’d be third- and f0urth-year players now, and you don’t suffer that kind of attrition without some dropoff down the line. But Bates-Diop’s star turn bought Holtmann an extra year of roster turnover and recruits and also gave his first class a year to develop. This season, the underclassmen can start setting the table for what’s to come. The future of Ohio State basketball is bright, even if there will be some lumps along the way this year.

Ohio State 10th in College Football Playoff ranks

With three games left in the regular season, Ohio State checked in at No. 10 in the College Football Playoff rankings. Don’t panic just yet, though, as Ohio State will have either two or three chances at adding good wins to its resume and other teams are destined to fall by the wayside given how many top 10 teams still have to play each other.

Buckeyes offer Iowa commit

Ohio State has offered another in-state linebacker in the Class of 2019. Iowa commit Jestin Jacobs (6-3, 210 pounds) is a special athlete from Clayton Northmont, the home of former Ohio State safeties Kurt Coleman and C.J. Barnett. Jacobs is the country’s No. 18-ranked outside linebacker prospect in the Class of 2019 and the No. 12 player in Ohio according to the composite rankings.

Jacobs committed to Iowa back in May, a decision that no doubt affected how his relationship with the Buckeyes was built. But now he’s got the same opportunity as any other player with an Ohio State offer. The question is whether or not he’ll take it.

Boren breaks down Brendon White

In the wake of safety Brendon White’s breakout performance against Nebraska, former Ohio State linebacker Zach Boren put White’s game under the microscope in his latest episode of BuckIQ. There is obviously plenty to like, and Boren also provides some assessments of the defense as a whole heading into a huge matchup on the road against Michigan State.

WATCH: Zach Boren analyzes Brendon White’s impact at safety

Mr. Gonzalez goes to Washington

Former Ohio State wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez is headed to Congress. The 34-year-old Gonzalez won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday night, winning Ohio’s 16th congressional district with 56.8 percent of the vote.

Counting down

  • Ohio State at Michigan State: 3 days
  • The Game: 17 days

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Ryan Ginn

Ryan Ginn has covered Ohio State football and recruiting since 2013, having done so previously for Buckeye Sports Bulletin and He is currently a student at Tulane Law School and resides in New Orleans, La.

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