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Scarlet Sunrise: Which Big Ten team will challenge Ohio State most in 2019?

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Ryan Day will try to lead Ohio State to another conference title. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Which Big Ten team will challenge Ohio State most in 2019?

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Gauging Ohio State’s Big Ten path

Tuesday’s Ohio State question of the day was an interesting one: Which Big Ten team is the biggest threat to the Buckeyes’ conference title hopes?

Because I seem to love being wrong all the time, you can go ahead and put me down for Michigan. That’s not to say the Wolverines will end up winning the conference, but I think they’re the easiest non-Ohio State team to make a case for. The talent will be there, Jim Harbaugh might actually be letting a competent person control the offense and the Buckeyes have to play in Ann Arbor a week after facing Penn State.

My colleague Austin Ward, though, made an interesting argument for a team some might not be expecting — Nebraska. I will say I’ve often found that good head coaches have their teams make the leap in their second year at a new school, so we’ll see what he can do. Here’s part of what Austin had to say about it:

“Maybe it’s a bit premature to consider the Huskers all the way back as a contender. But with Scott Frost showing signs of leading the turnaround as his first year progressed, a game-changing quarterback leading the way for a dangerous offense and a defense that might finally be ready to at least slow some opponents down, Nebraska is probably going to be a handful. And the fact that it gets to host Ohio State in what will probably be a primetime matchup in front of a fanbase starved for success only adds to the challenge for Ryan Day in one of his first early tests in charge of the program.”

New Birminology with Kyle McCord

Following a record-setting sophomore season, Kyle McCord’s recruitment went from calm to crazy in a heartbeat. The country’s eighth-ranked 2021 pro-style quarterback added offers from almost 20 programs in a two-month stretch, but after his first visit to Ohio State in February, McCord knew where he would be heading. He officially picked the Buckeyes on May 2.

What happens now for McCord? Who are his top targets? How will handle two more years of high school before what he hopes will be a successful career in Columbus? Find out the answer to those questions and more in the latest episode of Birminology on Lettermen Row.

WATCH: Kyle McCord appears on latest Birminology episode

Tyler Baron building Ohio State relationship

About a month ago, Knoxville (Tenn.) Catholic defensive end Tyler Baron took a visit to Ohio State two days after the spring game, a one-day trip that came on the heels of a recruiting camp in Cincinnati. Baron called that trip to Columbus “great,” and it’s led to an improving relationship between the 4-star defensive end prospect and the coaching staff — namely Larry Johnson.

“I have been staying in touch, mostly with Coach Johnson,” the 6-foot-5, 255-pound Baron told Lettermen Row. “I feel that I’m developing a great relationship with Coach Johnson, and it has definitely been in my thoughts when thinking about Ohio State.

“Just him having his prestigious career, it was definitely something to take in. He feels that I can fill a gap next year at the 5-technique and maybe even the 3-technique as years go on. Their defensive line tradition and how they are making me a priority for the 2020 class has me interested.”

For more on Ohio State recruiting, check out the Tuesday edition of Dotting the ‘Eyes.

Matthew Baldwin transfers to TCU

Former Ohio State quarterback Matthew Baldwin is off to TCU according to 247 Sports.

“Just four or five years ago (TCU) was in the talk for the College Football Playoff,” Baldwin said. “They struggled last year, but they had a lot of injured guys. They can be a very winning program. The coaches were great. I knew Coach (Sonny) Cumbie a bit before I chose Ohio State. I like Coach (Gary Patterson) a lot. My teammates are good dudes with the same mindset as me: To play for each other and win games.”

Baldwin, who played high school football at Austin (Texas) Lake Travis, is going to petition for immediate eligibility after moving closer to home.

Jalin Marshall signs with Raiders

Jalin Marshall is getting another shot in the NFL. The former Buckeye, who most recently played for the Orlando Apollos in the AAF, was signed by the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday. Marshall played two years with the New York Jets after going undrafted, scoring two touchdowns during that span.

Counting down

  • Big Ten Media Days: 71 days
  • Ohio State vs. Florida Atlantic (season opener): 115 days
  • Ohio State at Michigan: 206 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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