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Scarlet Sunrise: Which Buckeyes graded as champions in season-opening blowout?

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Tuf Borland was a champion against Nebraska. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Which Buckeyes graded as champions in season-opening blowout?

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Which Buckeyes graded as champions in season-opening blowout?

Ohio State routed Nebraska 52-17 on Saturday in the Buckeyes first game of the pandemic-shortened season. Before the Buckeyes can fully turn their attention to the road test at Penn State this weekend, they made sure to announce the players who graded out as champions in the huge opening-weekend win.

The defensive champions for the Buckeyes were defensive tackle Tommy Togiai, defensive end Jonathon Cooper, cornerback Shaun Wade, safety Marcus Hooker, cornerback Marcus Williamson, linebacker Baron Browning and linebacker Tuf Borland. Defensive tackle Haskell Garrett was the defensive player of the game.

The offensive champions were tight end Luke Farrell, tight end Jeremey Ruckert, wide receiver Garrett Wilson, center Josh Myers, guard Wyatt Davis, tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere and tackle Thayer Munford. Justin Fields was the player of the game on offense.

Chris Booker was named special teams player of the game, while Robert Cope, Jack Jamieson, Mitchell Melton and Cade Kacherski were scout team players of the week.

Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters

One week into the Big Ten slate, Ohio State appears to be ready for another run at the College Football Playoff, and Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters is back to break down every angle.

Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward is joined by former Buckeyes Anthony Schlegel, Doug Worthington, Evan Spencer and Justin Zwick for a discussion about the Buckeyes emphatic win over Nebraska. The guys break down their biggest takeaways, what the Buckeyes need to improve on and more. The panel also breaks down the massive road matchup with Penn State that will happen Saturday in primetime, what to watch for and what the final score might end up being.

Nicole Cox from Roosters also joined the show to give an update about how to safely watch the Buckeyes while enjoying Roosters this fall and give a game pick of her own.

Don’t miss this edition of Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters on Olentangy River Road in Columbus.

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Buckeyes to host Rutgers in primetime

Ohio State is set for another primetime game as the Big Ten announced its Week Three schedule on Monday afternoon.

The Buckeyes will welcome former defensive coordinator Greg Schiano and Rutgers for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff on Nov. 7.

After dominating the Scarlet Knights by a combined score of 222-24 in the last four meetings between them, Ohio State could see an improved Rutgers program coming to Columbus. Schiano’s revamped program has been bolstered by a number of high-profile transfers —  including former Buckeyes Rose Bowl MVP Brendon White — and had no problem with Michigan State in East Lansing. Rutgers opened the season by knocking off the Spartans 38-27 thanks to a ball-hawking defense that forced seven Michigan State turnovers.

The prime time game between the Buckeyes and Scarlet Knights will air on the Big Ten Network.

Weekend Kickoff presented by Bryant Heating and Cooling Systems

Lettermen Row Weekend Kickoff presented by Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems: The Whatever It Takes Pregame Show will be back at Urban Meyer’s Pint House this Thursday to preview the weekend full of college football games, including the Buckeyes massive road showdown at Penn State.

The next edition of the show will be Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m., and there will be plenty of Ohio State guests on hand to break down the latest developments and preview the weekend of football ahead. Come out to see Bobby Carpenter, Zach Boren, Anthony Schlegel, Michael Bennett and other former Buckeyes greats give their insight about the upcoming games and how they think the Buckeyes will fare against the Nittany Lions.

Get set with the panel of former Buckeyes with analysis, stories, delicious food from Urban Meyer’s Pint House in Dublin and some cold Coors Light. Don’t miss the next show this Thursday at 7 p.m.

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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.