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Ohio State releases future schedules
Ohio State added a trio of games that will complete its 2022 and 2023 schedules. The Buckeyes will face Arkansas State in 2022 and San Jose State and Western Kentucky in 2023. Ohio State already had a home-and-home against Notre Dame scheduled for both years along with a home game against Toledo in 2022.
The full schedules for both years can be seen below.
Sept. 3 – Notre Dame
Sept. 10 – Arkansas State
Sept. 17 – Toledo
Sept. 24 – at Michigan State
Oct. 1 – at Penn State
Oct. 8 – Rutgers
Oct. 15 – Iowa
Oct. 22 – Off
Oct. 29 – Indiana
Nov. 5 – at Northwestern
Nov. 12 – Wisconsin
Nov. 19 – at Maryland
Nov. 26 – Michigan
Dec. 3 – Big Ten Championship Game
Sept. 2 – at Indiana
Sept. 9 – San Jose State
Sept. 16 – Western Kentucky
Sept. 23 – at Notre Dame
Sept. 30 – Off
Oct. 7 – Maryland
Oct. 14 – at Purdue
Oct. 21 – Penn State
Oct. 28 – at Wisconsin
Nov. 4 – at Rutgers
Nov. 11 – Michigan State
Nov. 18 – Minnesota
Nov. 25 – at Michigan
Dec. 2 – Big Ten Championship Game
Tony Alford confident about Ohio State RB recruiting
We’ve been beating the drum about the 2020 running back situation for much of the last month. And on multiple occasions, Lettermen Row recommended patience as Ohio State tries to recover from the shock it received when Bijan Robinson and Jaylan Knighton changed their minds and committed elsewhere at the end of July.
Though the Buckeyes aren’t allowed to speak on specific recruits, coaches are often asked about recruiting in roundabout ways during media availabilities, and that was the case on Wednesday night. Ohio State running backs coach Tony Alford was asked about his position group and what the forecast is come signing day.
“We’ll be fine,” Alford told the media gathered at his table. “Put it that way. We’re going to get the guys that want to be here.”
Yes, Robinson and Knighton pulled back on their privately-offered commitments, and in doing so threw Ohio State for a loop. But if the issues that caused their change of hearts didn’t cause the flip in July, there’s a pretty good chance they would have persisted and caused a similar problem in November or December. If these kids had family working to keep them away from Ohio State this early in the process, those protestations would have only increased as time drew nearer to their expected departure dates.
It would have then been much harder for the Buckeyes to readjust and really be “fine” in 2020.
What we learned about WRs
The trick for Brian Hartline now is matching that last year’s intensity again in Year Two with a retooled group of wideouts that is replacing three seniors. So far, that doesn’t appear to be a problem based on the way he’s attacked training camp.
“Talking about the difference, you know, I would say that maybe a year ago I was still playing catchup,” Hartline said. “I always feel like I’m playing catchup and I never know enough or am doing enough. But I think last year might have been — I don’t want to say I’ve lost an edge, because there is no edge lost. But definitely on pins and needles probably a little more when it’s your first time more than anything else.
That same motivation exists with a handful of Buckeyes looking to take the next step in their careers on the field. And after the wideouts and Hartline talked with the media this week, be sure to check out what Lettermen Row learned about Zone 6 as the season opener creeps ever closer.
Beanie and The Boom
This week on Beanie and the Boom, the guys had Chimdi Chekwa on to discuss the Ohio State season outlook and preview. The guys also brought up some old memories of past seasons. Chimdi and the guys talked about the various storylines around the close of NFL preseason play as the regular season nears.
- Ohio State vs. Florida Atlantic (season opener): 8 days
- Ohio State at Michigan: 99 days
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