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Scarlet Sunrise: Big Ten moves to conference-only football schedule

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Scarlet Sunrise: Big Ten moves to conference-only football schedule

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Big Ten moves to conference-only football schedule

The Big Ten is beginning to make plans for a different kind of college football season.

The conference announced Thursday that it will be cancelling all nonconference games in fall sports and move to a conference-only schedule this fall. The announcement comes after a surge in COVID-19 cases around the country.

“We are facing uncertain and unprecedented times, and the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches, game officials, and others associated with our sports programs and campuses remain our number one priority,” the Big Ten said in a statement.

“To that end, the Big Ten Conference announced today that if the Conference is able to participate in fall sports (men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball) based on medical advice, it will move to Conference-only schedules in those sports. Details for these sports will be released at a later date, while decisions on sports not listed above will continue to be evaluated. By limiting competition to other Big Ten institutions, the Conference will have the greatest flexibility to adjust its own operations throughout the season and make quick decisions in real-time based on the most current evolving medical advice and the fluid nature of the pandemic.”

Lettermen Row’s Austin Ward has more on what it means for the Buckeyes — and the college football season moving forward. Find that here.

Tracy Sprinkle breaks down Haskell Garrett

Ohio State began to utilize Haskell Garrett the minute he stepped on campus. The Buckeyes didn’t redshirt him. They’ve continued to put him on the field in key situations throughout his three seasons with the program. The potential for him to be a key cog up front has never been in doubt, even if he hasn’t necessarily cracked the top of a crowded depth chart thus far. The Buckeyes have a lot of confidence in Garrett’s ability moving into his final Ohio State season.

What makes Haskell Garrett so important to the Ohio State defense this season? Is the senior poised to make a leap into a force on the inside for the Buckeyes? Where is the ceiling for Garrett heading into his final campaign with the program? Former Ohio State defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle was back in the Lettermen Row film lab breaking down the film and answering those questions in the latest episode of BuckIQ.

Roll the tape!

Tyreke Smith ready for greatness at Ohio State

When Tyreke Smith arrived at Ohio State as part of the class of 2018, he immediately had sky-high expectations. Entering his third season with the Buckeyes, he’s going to need to start living up to that billing. The former blue-chip recruit has been hampered by injuries during his first two seasons. But now in 2020, he could break out.

Lettermen Row has more:

Signs show Smith is doing just that and following the same blueprint of the superstars who came before him at Ohio State.

Smith is in a quite similar position Young was last offseason, looking to elevate his game from good to great. And he has already shown he has bought into what Johnson is preaching. Smith knows how he needs to improve.

For the full story, click here.

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Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his second year covering the Buckeyes. He was previously the sports editor at Ohio's student newspaper, The Post, where he covered Ohio University football and men's basketball.