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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes among early preseason title favorites

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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes among early preseason title favorites

Good morning, Ohio State fans, and welcome to the Scarlet Sunrise. Football will always be our focus, but every day we’ll cover news, notes and analysis from across Buckeyes sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Ohio State football, recruiting, basketball and more.

Buckeyes among early preseason title favorites

Ohio State should be loaded with talent this season. A superstar quarterback leads the charge, but the Buckeyes have talent and depth at every position, and they should be poised to make another College Football Playoff run this season.

The folks at Athlon Sports, who release one of the premier college football preview magazines, seem to agree. But they aren’t as high on the Buckeyes as other preseason polls are. Many polls have Ohio State at No. 2, but Athlon has the Buckeyes at No. 3 to start the season behind Clemson and Alabama.

The publication picked Ohio State to win the Big Ten with an undefeated record and return to the College Football Playoff in Ryan Day’s second season. But it has Clemson and Alabama just ahead of the Buckeyes. Fellow Big Ten powerhouse Penn State checked in at No. 5, and the Buckeyes will have to beat the Nittany Lions on the road this season.

The top five (according to Athlon):

  1. Clemson
  2. Alabama
  3. Ohio State
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Penn State

Evan Spencer helping hospital patients impacted by Covid-19

Former Ohio State wide receiver Evan Spencer has always been willing to lend a helping hand. Now is no different.

Spencer is teaming up with, a website that allows fans to upload pictures to be signed by athletes and celebrities, and to raise money for patients who are in the hospital battling COVID-19. When the patients are admitted to the hospital with the virus, they often don’t have their phone charger with them. In quarantine, they can’t have a family member bring a phone charger to them. That’s where Spencer is teaming up with ChargePower to provide phone chargers for those who need one in the hospital.

To donate to and help Evan Spencer raise money for the non-profit, click here.

Spencer will be hosting an event on Wednesday evening. He has more information on his Instagram page regarding the virtual event, signing and charity work. Make sure to check that out and donate.

John Cooper, Patrick Chun join Tim May Podcast

The latest Tim May Podcast has two guests with deep Ohio State ties.

Former Ohio State coach John Cooper joined the show to talk about his best Buckeyes memories, what he remembers most about his tenure, his record against Michigan and more.

Then, Tim is joined by Washington State athletic director Patrick Chun, an Ohio State graduate and former assistant to Gene Smith, to break down how a college football season could happen, which protocols will have to be implemented and Chun’s career trajectory from Ohio State to Florida Atlantic and onto Washington State.

Don’t miss this loaded episode.

Ohio State expecting big things from Tommy Togiai

Ohio State has to replace three key pieces at defensive tackle for next season, which won’t be an easy task. But Tommy Togiai should help make the transition a little easier. The massive defensive tackle will be huge for the Buckeyes interior of the defensive line in 2020.

Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward has more:

Togiai doesn’t have to shoulder that load all by himself, though his rock-solid frame and broad shoulders can surely handle as much pressure as the Buckeyes want to heap on him. The Buckeyes have other seasoned veterans in Haskell Garrett and Antwuan Jackson who will play key roles, and Taron Vincent looks poised to finally show his five-star potential after missing all of last season with a shoulder injury. But when it comes to matching the game-wrecking dominance of Hamilton a year ago, Togiai is the one who should be filling those shoes.

For the full story, 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.