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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes get October green light, wait for schedule

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Ohio State is back for an October start. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes get October green light, wait for schedule

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Buckeyes get October green light, wait for schedule

National-title chances for Ohio State appear to be back from the dead.

After weeks of cancelation, commitment to not revisit the cancelation, protests, petitions and cries for a college football season, the Big Ten presidents and chancellors issued a stunning reversal, approving a plan for a fall football season Wednesday morning.

The league will kick off the weekend of Oct. 23-24.

The conference faced plenty of heated criticism for its cancellation and the lack of transparency that produced its decision last month. Five weeks later, the league powers reversed course and reinstated the season and revived hopes of competing in the College Football Playoff later this season.

What changed dramatically since the Big Ten initially pulled the plug in mid-August? The availability of new, cheaper, faster, saliva-based tests for COVID-19 was at the forefront. It was was crucial in moving forward with a plan that is expected to feature games that are expected to start on the Oct. 24 weekend.

The schedule hasn’t been released yet. The Buckeyes aren’t sure who they are going to play yet — but they know when. And that’s a huge step in the right direction. Ohio State is likely to get its schedule later this week.

And the dreams of a national title are back from the dead for the Buckeyes.

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Gene Smith, Ryan Day speak about decision

Ohio State officials including President Kristina Johnson, Athletic Director Gene Smith and coach Ryan Day held a press conference after the Big Ten’s decision to start football in late October was announced.

Make sure to check out what the powers at Ohio State had to say.

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Wyatt Davis planning to return for Buckeyes

Now that the dream of a national title is alive again, Ohio State All-American guard Wyatt Davis is working to return to the Buckeyes.

Davis confirmed the intention of a reversal, which he hopes will lead to a return to the Buckeyes, in a post on Twitter.

“I was incredibly happy to learn today about the Big Ten’s decision to play football this fall. Thank you President Johnson, Mr. Smith, Dr. Borchers and to all who worked so hard for our safe return,” Davis wrote. “I want Buckeye Nation to know that I want to play this season for Ohio State and I’m working now to make that a reality.

“Thank you for the support. Go Buckeyes.”

Davis has a chance to become only the third two-time consensus All-American if he can continue his success from last year — if he can come back. That process is underway. Now that the season is back on, Davis wants another crack at a national title.

For more on Davis’ intentions to return, 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.