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Scarlet Sunrise: Urban Meyer talks Ohio State lineup for Michigan State

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Jeff Okudah should be back in action for Ohio State this week. (Nick Clarkson/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Urban Meyer talks Ohio State lineup for Michigan State

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Changes coming?

Urban Meyer spoke with the media on Wednesday, and much of what he addressed had to do with which players will or won’t be in the starting lineup (or available at all) vs. Michigan State.

  • Meyer said he defers to the defensive coaches when it comes to why Keandre Jones hasn’t seen more playing time at linebacker.
  • Although Brady Taylor and Branden Bowen are back, neither has yet done enough to get into the starting lineup.
  • Jeffrey Okudah will be back at cornerback after missing the Nebraska game
  • A decision on whether Shaun Wade or Brendon White will start at safety alongside Jordan Fuller will be made Thursday morning.

WATCH: Urban Meyer previews Michigan State game

Big win for Ohio State basketball

Ohio State basketball beefed up its nonconference schedule this year, including a road game at Cincinnati in its season opener. With a young and depleted roster, the Buckeyes didn’t enter the season with the weight of expectations but Wednesday night’s performance showed Ohio State might present a bigger threat than anticipated. Entering as 5.5-point underdogs, Chris Holtmann’s squad walked out of the Queen City with a 64-56 win over the Bearcats.

Lettermen Row contributor John Brice offered some postgame observations in his Three Points post.

Muhsin Muhammad talks Ohio State

The country’s No. 26-ranked receiver in the class of 2020, Mushin Muhammad III believes an offer from the Buckeyes still could come his way. He said Brian Hartline is trying to get his personal recruiting board in order.

“I think Hartline wants to get organized first,” Muhammad said. “There are offers out there that he didn’t throw out, and there have been a few recruits that tried to commit that they’ve had to say no to.

“Hopefully it should roll in by the spring.”

Muhammad’s father played at Michigan State before spending more than a decade in the NFL. Both of his parents were impressed by what Ohio State presented their son.

“They were sold,” the 6-foot, 180-pound junior said. “Pops had to leave early on Sunday morning, but Urban Meyer, Brian Hartline, Kevin Wilson and Keenan Bailey all made my mom feel at home.”

Cade Stover story time

Ohio State commit Cade Stover’s weekly journal entry is another good one. (What else is new?) Stover’s Lexington squad picked up a big win in the playoffs, and Stover got to thinking about his favorite superstitions. Here’s one of them he wrote about:

For me, though, my most important superstition or routine is that every Thursday night, I go over to my defensive coordinator, Coach Shied’s house. I have not missed a Thursday night meal in all four years I have been in high school, and that’s a lot of meals. Coach Shied is one of the very few people I can say has been there with me from Day One. Coming into high school and competing for a varsity starting job was not easy on a 14-year-old’s mind, but no matter who or what was being said about me, he has always stood up for me.

From freshmen year on, our relationship has grown — and not just from the player-coach standpoint, but as friends. We have both gained the utmost respect for each other. From the late night texts of game planning for the next week, or just flat out giving me a hard time for missing a tackle, I can honestly say that I trust him and what positions he will put me in.

For the record, I don’t miss many tackles.

You can read Cade’s full post here.

Boom Herron on Buckeyes’ rushing

How did Ohio State improve its ground game coming out of the off date? Was there any difference in the way J.K. Dobbins was running against Nebraska? Former Ohio State and NFL tailback Boom Herron returned to the Lettermen Row film lab for his latest BuckIQ episode, breaking down the signs of improvement on the ground as the Buckeyes gear up for a huge test against the best rush defense in the Big Ten on Saturday at Michigan State.

WATCH: Boom Herron analyzes Ohio State’s improved rushing

Beanie and The Boom

This week on the Beanie and The Boom Podcast, it’s a crowded backfield with four former Ohio State running backs on the show. Jonathan Wells and Antonio Pittman join hosts Beanie Wells and Boom Herron to discuss a wide range of topics. Here’s what the guys spoke about:

  • Hue Jackson: Did the Browns coach deserve to get fired?
  • What is holding back this Ohio State football team? Scheme or players?
  • How should the coaches handle/play two talented running backs in J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber
  • Do you like the college football playoff format? What would you change?
  • What made Jonathan Wells choose Ohio State and become the first player from Louisiana to play for the Buckeyes?
  • Wells describes the first time he saw Eddie George and the influence he had on his life
  • Wells and Pittman tell a few stories about the day they were drafted into the NFL and how it didn’t go the way they expected
  • Life after football including starting a record label

Counting down

  • Ohio State at Michigan State: 2 days
  • The Game: 16 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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