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Ohio State hasn’t forgotten last season’s Maryland debacle
As the Buckeyes enter their matchup with Maryland carrying a new No. 1 ranking with them, they can’t help but find some fuel in a game most on the outside believe will be a blowout.
But don’t tell Ohio State that it’ll be a blowout. This team knows as well as any what Maryland can do, and last year’s 52-51 scary win over the Terrapins is proof that any game can be a close one.
“That was one of the most stressful games for us as a defense. We definitely want to make up for that,” safety and team captain Jordan Fuller said. “Still approaching it just like every other game. But they have really talented players. We learned that last year.”
Fuller had a front-row seat to Anthony McFarland Jr.’s 298 yards rushing against the Buckeyes. Maryland had a lot of success against Ohio State last season. And now a year later, the Buckeyes are using that game from last season as motivation to beat the Terrapins at home.
Buckeyes basketball takes down Cincinnati
Ohio State basketball opened the third year of the Chris Holtmann era with a tough, physical game against Cincinnati. The first half was a hard watch, and neither team could do anything offensively.
Eventually, the Buckeyes used a huge game from junior Kyle Young — 14 points and 13 rebounds — and a stout defensive effort from Andre Wesson on Cincinnati’s Jarron Cumberland to outlast the Bearcats 64-56 inside Value City Arena.
Lettermen Row was on site to watch the Buckeyes and Bearcats, and we have the Three Points from the game.
Pair of BuckIQs now available
On the football side of things, the Buckeyes are No. 1 in the country, according to the latest College Football Playoff rankings. The Justin Fields and Chris Olave connection has been a huge part of the season-long success of the offense. The Buckeyes are sixth in America in total offense, and Olave has eight touchdown catches. Former Ohio State wide receiver and national champion Evan Spencer was back in the Lettermen Row film lab breaking it all down on the latest episode of BuckIQ.
The latest BuckIQ about Chris Olave can be found here.
Ohio State basketball is going to rely on inexperienced guards to lead the Buckeyes in the backcourt. Freshman DJ Carton will be a huge part of that, and although it was just an exhibition game against Cedarville last week, Carton provided a glimpse of what is to come for the No. 18 Buckeyes this season. Former Ohio State guard Joey Lane was in the Lettermen Row film lab breaking it all down in the latest episode of BuckIQ.
The latest BuckIQ about DJ Carton can be found here.
New Birminology with Kourt Williams
Before he enrolls in classes at Ohio State, Kourt Williams has already watching Ohio State intently and learning things about the Buckeyes. He loves what he sees from the new-look defense under Jeff Hafley and Greg Mattison. But how has Williams changed since his previous appearance on Birminology? Do the Buckeyes still see him as the right fit in their new Bullet position? Find out those answers and a lot more in this week’s edition of Birminology on Lettermen Row.
The latest episode of Birminology can be found here.
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