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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes fixing blocking issue on punt formation

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Ohio State punter Drue Chrisman had a punt blocked against Wisconsin. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes fixing blocking issue on punt formation

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Buckeyes fixing blocking issue on punt team

It’s hard to find something wrong in a 38-7 win, especially a big win over a ranked team. But the Buckeyes certainly had to fix one thing: the punt team.

Wisconsin blocked a Drue Chrisman punt in the third quarter, which set up the only Badgers score and cut Ohio State’s lead to 10-7. That moment could have changed the game, but Justin Fields and the offense took command and scored on the next drive to extend the lead. Still, the blocked punt is an issue Ohio State has to fix.

“It could have got us beat last Saturday,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. “Completely unacceptable. The whole thing was ridiculous. We’re getting it fixed. It’s going to be fixed. It was a block-spot issue, and several people were at fault. It’s not going to happen again.”

Day’s strong words about the punt issues show that despite the No. 1 ranking in the latest College Football Playoff poll, Ohio State is nowhere near satisfied with how it’s playing.

Can healthy Austin Mack have impact for Buckeyes?

Austin Mack has the capability of changing a game by taking over a drive. The proof of that happened just a few weeks ago, when he caught four passes and a touchdown on one drive in the Buckeyes blowout win over Northwestern.

But then Mack missed the Wisconsin game, giving him no chance to make an impact in the biggest game of the season to date. If the Buckeyes get Mack back in the lineup against Maryland, the offense will become more potent than usual.

What does Mack provide for the Buckeyes? Former Ohio State wide receiver Evan Spencer and Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward were in the film lab to check out the production from Mack in the latest episode of BuckIQ. Roll the tape!

The new BuckIQ about Austin Mack can be found here.

Ohio State schedules home-and-home series with Georgia

Ohio State and Georgia agreed to play a home-and-home football series beginning with the Buckeyes first ever trip to Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga. on Sept. 14, 2030. The Bulldogs will come to Columbus for the first time on Aug. 30, 2031. The deal was announced by Ohio State on Thursday.

Future Ohio State matchups with other Power Five schools include:

2020 – at Oregon

2021 – Oregon

2022 – Notre Dame

2023 – at Notre Dame

2024 – at Washington

2025 – at Texas, home against Washington

2026 – Texas and Boston College

2027 – at Boston College

2030 – at Georgia

2031 – Georgia

2020 running back target to visit Buckeyes this weekend

This weekend’s game against Maryland might not be the biggest recruiting weekend of the college football season for Ohio State, but it’s huge for the Buckeyes running back recruiting effort.

Dalton (Ga.) 4-star running back Jahmyr Gibbs will be in Columbus for the Buckeyes and the Terrapins game. Gibbs has been committed to Georgia Tech since May, but he recently visited LSU and Alabama. He still has two more planned trips to Alabama while the Crimson Tide search for a third running back in their class. But the Buckeyes have running back needs, too, and that’s why Gibbs will be in town for this game.

For the latest recruiting news, make sure to check out Thursday’s edition of Dotting The ‘Eyes.

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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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