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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes focused on Wisconsin, not playoff bid

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Ohio State isn't looking past Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes focused on Wisconsin, not playoff bid

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Buckeyes focused on Wisconsin, not playoff bid

Ohio State already had a spot in the Big Ten title game clinched after the dominant win over Penn State.

But the Buckeyes went ahead and throttled Michigan anyway. The Buckeyes could have probably lost to Michigan and still gotten a spot in the College Football Playoff, but that’s a moot point after the rivalry win. Now the undefeated Buckeyes will face Wisconsin, a team they destroyed in Columbus on Oct. 26.

The Buckeyes could probably lose to Wisconsin for their first loss and still find a spot in the playoff, but that’s not going to come into play for the nation’s top team.

“The focus had just been on this game and making sure that we were ready to go, now we’ll figure out what’s next,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. “That’s the way we’re going to do it, and that’s the way we’ve done it all year.”

Ohio State can wrap up the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff with a win in the Big Ten title game. It doesn’t seem like the Buckeyes will lose focus. They would rather stay focused and win a third straight Big Ten championship.

Jeff Hafley named finalist for Broyles Award

Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley was announced Monday as a finalist for the Broyles Award, given to the nation’s best assistant coach. Hafley is a big part of the defensive turnaround at Ohio State. The Buckeyes were statistically the worst defensive in school history last season, and they are one of the best in program history this year.

The finalists for the Broyles Award are:

  • Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley
  • LSU quarterbacks coach and pass game coordinator Joe Brady
  • Utah defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley
  • Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning
  • Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Snow

Lejond Cavazos joins latest Birminology

When Urban Meyer retired as Ohio State’s coach at the end of last season, Lejond Cavazos had a decision to make.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound cornerback decided to reopen his recruitment. He wanted to make sure he could have a relationship with Ryan Day the same way he had one with Meyer. Now a few months later, Cavazos is back in the Buckeyes 2020 class and expecting to sign on early signing day to enroll early as a Buckeye.

How does Ohio State feel about Cavazos and his development at cornerback? What value has there been in taking multiple trips to visit the Buckeyes this season? Where does Cavazos see the Ohio State program going from here? Find out the answers to those things and more in this week’s edition of Birminology on Lettermen Row.

Ohio State basketball climbs AP rankings

Ohio State has already added two impressive wins to its resume this season, and voters are taking notice.

The Buckeyes checked in at No. 6 in the latest AP poll, which was released Monday. That ranking is up from No. 10, where the Buckeyes were perched last week. They did leap North Carolina, who they will play on the road on Wednesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. While the Buckeyes saw some movement, so did their rival. Michigan is now the No. 4 team in America after not appearing in last weeks AP Poll.

No. 1 Louisville

No. 2 Kansas

No. 3 Maryland

No. 4 Michigan

No. 5 Virginia

No. 6 Ohio State

No. 7 North Carolina

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Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A recent graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his first 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.

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