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Scarlet Sunrise: Pac-12 follows Big Ten’s lead with conference-only schedule

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Ohio State won't be traveling to Oregon this season. (Greg Bartram/Imagn)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Pac-12 follows Big Ten’s lead with conference-only schedule

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Pac-12 follows Big Ten’s lead with conference-only schedule

The Big Ten announced it is canceling all nonconference fall sporting events Thursday, including Ohio State’s Sept. 12 trip to Oregon to face the Ducks.

The Pac-12 followed the Big Ten lead Friday by announcing it too will cancel all nonconference sporting events set to take place this fall, amid a spike in COVID-19 cases. The two are the only Power Five conferences to alter their schedules so far.

“The health and safety of our student-athletes and all those connected to Pac-12 sports continues to be our number one priority,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement Friday. “Our decisions have and will be guided by science and data, and based upon the trends and indicators over the past days, it has become clear that we need to provide ourselves with maximum flexibility to schedule, and to delay any movement to the next phase of return-to-play activities.”

Ohio State had plans to travel to Eugene for one of the biggest games of the college football season. That was canceled this week. And any PAC-12 nonconference game is now in the same category as the Big Ten’s nonconference games: canceled.

Tracy Sprinkle breaks down Antwuan Jackson

Antwuan Jackson had two chances to join the Ohio State football program. After choosing Auburn directly out of high school in a head-to-head recruiting battle, Jackson left for junior college, then finally came to Ohio State to learn under Larry Johnson.

Would his career have been different if he had started with the Buckeyes and worked with Johnson all along? Maybe, maybe not. Either way, though, Jackson has now had multiple seasons of tutelage under the legendary position coach, and he’s still got one more year to show why he was worth recruiting twice.

What can Antwuan Jackson become for Ohio State in his final season? How important is the defensive tackle’s emergence considering the losses the position suffered after last season? Where is the ceiling for a player who could play either nose tackle or three-technique for the Buckeyes? Former Ohio State defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle was back in the Lettermen Row film lab watching some clips and answering those questions in the latest episode of BuckIQ.

Roll the tape!

Bold predictions for loaded Buckeyes defensive line

With Chase Young, Jashon Cornell and DaVon Hamilton all off to the next level, the Buckeyes have a lot to replace on the defensive line. But the pipeline is still full, and Larry Johnson is still heading the group that is one of the most consistently dominant in the country. There shouldn’t be much of a drop off in production, even without Chase Young.

As Defensive Line Week at Lettermen Row winds down, our staff is ready to make Five Bold Predictions about what’s next for Johnson and the Rushmen.

Find that 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.