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So… what’s next for Ohio State?
The Monday question of the day explored that topic, with Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward weighing in on Ohio State’s top priorities during the bye week. Obviously, that starts with getting the run game sorted out to a level where its at least not terrible. Here’s part of what Austin had to say:
So much for Ohio State being able to survive without a rushing attack, right? After a couple weeks of rationalizing the approach the Buckeyes have taken by leaning so heavily on the pass while continuing to rack up points and yardage, that game plan blew up in their faces on Saturday night at Purdue. That really leaves no doubt about what will be on top of Urban Meyer’s to-do list during the off date, because it’s clear that there are far too many issues on the ground for the program to win a Big Ten championship the way it’s currently playing.
Fixing the problems with the rushing attack also directly correlate to the red-zone woes, which makes it even more important for the Buckeyes before they’re back on the field on Nov. 3 against Nebraska.
Noah Cain sets official visit
It’s been talked about for a while, but 4-star running back Noah Cain has made it official: He will take a visit to Ohio State.
“Yes, sir,” Cain told Lettermen Row on Sunday night when asked if his visit was set for The Game against Michigan on Nov. 24.
Ohio State has long been in contact with Cain. He took four different visits to the school in 2017, but he has not returned to campus since September of that year. When the Buckeyes landed a commitment from 4-star Sampson James and then from 4-star athlete Steele Chambers, it seemed the chances of landing Cain plummeted to almost zero.
When James decommitted in early October, Cain immediately became a top contender to replace him thanks in part to that longstanding relationship with the Buckeyes, especially running backs coach Tony Alford. However, the last year allowed a number of big-time programs with personal ties for Cain to step up and take root in his recruitment, with LSU and Texas both digging in their heels.
Nebraska game time announced
It’s going to be an early start for Ohio State and Nebraska on Nov. 3. It was announced Monday that the Buckeyes and Cornhuskers will face off at 12 p.m. ET on FOX. That should give fans plenty of time to get home and watch No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 LSU.
Haskins Heisman odds drop
Following the loss to Purdue, Dwayne Haskins’ Heisman Trophy odds fell to 12-1, putting him in a tie for third with Shea Patterson. The Big Ten duo trails overwhelming favorite Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama as well as Kyler Murray of Oklahoma.
Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama: 4/11
Kyler Murray, Oklahoma: 7/2
Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State: 12/1
Shea Patterson, Michigan: 12/1
Trace McSorley, Penn State: 14/1
McKenzie Milton, UCF: 20/1
Will Grier, West Virginia: 20/1
- Ohio State vs. Nebraska: 11 days
- The Game: 32 days
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