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    Breaking Down Ohio State's Defensive Problems And How To Fix Them

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 17:34

    Ohio State made some dramatic changes on defense after a week two loss to Oregon, and for a couple of months, it appeared the Buckeyes had solved their issues.But last Saturday in Ann Arbor, those issues reared their ugly heads again, as OSU got gashed on the ground, gave up some crucial plays through the air, and simply couldn't get off the field when they needed to.So what went wrong against the Wolverines, and more importantly, what is Ryan Day going to do about it?Buckeye Scoop's Xs and Os guru Ross Fulton joins host Tom Orr to break down the breakdown that Ohio State suffered at the worst possible time. Which potential bowl opponent might present the biggest challenge? And how big of an overhaul does the OSU defensive coaching staff need?

    How Did Michigan Slow Down The Ohio State Offense?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 14:56

    Ohio State's offense entered its regular-season finale at Michigan ranked as the best in the nation. But the Buckeyes got off to a slow start, fell into familiar traps, and ended up scoring fewer than 30 points for just the third time all season. So what went wrong, and how much of a concern is it moving forward? Buckeye Scoop's Xs and Os guru Ross Fulton joins host Tom Orr to break it all down.

    Can Ohio State Still Make The College Football Playoff? Plus Other Bowl Scenarios

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 17:58

    The next-to-last edition of the College Football Playoff rankings are out, and the Buckeyes are still potentially alive for a spot in the field of four.What needs to happen for Ohio State to sneak into the field? Buckeye Scoop's Tony Gerdeman joins host Tom Orr to run through the scenarios, from a boring Championship Weekend of chalk results, to a weekend of total chaos. And if the Buckeyes don't make the Playoff, what three other bowls are still in play, and who might they face in each of them?

    How Will A Major Coaching Change Impact Ohio State Recruiting?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 18:04

    Some shocking news broke Sunday evening when former Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley announced that he had accepted the USC job. The fallout was immediate for the Sooners, who saw multiple highly-ranked players decommit in a matter of hours. Can Ohio State take advantage of Oklahoma's loss and add even more talent to their 2022 and 2023 classes?Buckeye Scoop recruiting analyst Marc Givler joins host Tom Orr to break down what this could all mean for Ohio State.- Are elite 2023 offensive skill players Treyaun Webb and Brandon Inniss back in play for the Buckeyes?- How will this impact the recruitments of 2022 stars like Hero Kanu, Earnest Greene, and Zion Branch? Will USC suddenly become more of a threat?- What about 2022 QB Devyn Brown, who recently decommitted from the Trojans? Could he reconsider, or is Ohio State still one of the favorites to land him?

    After Losing To Michigan, Where Does The Ohio State Football Program Go From Here?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 13:59

    A 42-27 loss to arch-rival Michigan is enough to make people around the Ohio State program start asking some tough questions. But that's even more true when it's a game where the Buckeyes got soundly beaten in the trenches on both sides of the ball. So where does the program go from here? You'll hear Ryan Day and some of his players address that question and much more. - What was it like on the sidelines during the game?- Did the defense lose its composure?- What happened to the rush defense that looked like it was so much better?- Did the Buckeyes just beat themselves?

    What Went Wrong For Ohio State In Ann Arbor, And What Will They Do About It?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2021 13:51

    For the first time in a decade, the Ohio State football program will have to deal with the fallout from a loss to arch-rival Michigan. The game was decided in the same spot it is every year, the trenches. So how did the Buckeyes get whipped so badly along both the offensive and defensive lines? Buckeye Scoop's Kevin Noon joins host Tom Orr to discuss that and more. How will Ryan Day respond to his first loss in Big Ten play? Are staff changes coming, and if so, how many?

    Remembering 12 Epic Ohio State vs. Michigan Classics

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2021 36:43

    No. 2 Ohio State and No. 5 Michigan will face off Saturday in Ann Arbor for what promises to be the latest season-defining matchup in the greatest rivalry in all of sports. We've spent most of this week breaking down that game in every possible way, but haven't spent much time looking back at other memorable matchups between the Buckeyes and Wolverines. Tony Gerdeman and Tom Orr look back at a dozen classic Ohio State vs. Michigan games they've seen in person, and share their thoughts on big wins, shocking upsets, and season-crushing losses they'll never forget.

    5 Reasons Why No. 5 Michigan Could Beat No. 2 Ohio State

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 22:00

    The Ohio State Buckeyes have won 15 of their last 16 meetings against their arch-rivals from Michigan, and are favored to do it again this weekend. But there are reasons to think the No. 5 Wolverines might be able to crush the No. 2 Buckeyes' Big Ten championship and College Football Playoff hopes. Tony Gerdeman and Tom Orr examine a handful of things that could cost Ohio State the game this weekend, and hand Jim Harbaugh his biggest win yet as Michigan's head coach.

    How Will Michigan Challenge The Ohio State Defense?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 18:48

    Ohio State's offense got most of the hype in the wake of the 56-7 demolition of Michigan State, but the Buckeye defense had a great week as well, and there were both personnel and scheme changes that helped make it a successful day. Buckeye Scoop's Xs and Os guru Ross Fulton joins host Tom Orr to break down what Matt Barnes and his guys did differently, and why it worked. Plus, a look ahead at The Game, what the Buckeyes will try to do on defense, and what Michigan will likely do in response. Plus, a look at one thing that would make it clear early that the Buckeyes are about to have a very good... or very bad... day in Ann Arbor.

    Is Ryan Day Going To Try To Hang 100 On Michigan?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 23:52

    In this special bonus episode of the Morning Scoop podcast, Tony Gerdeman and Tom Orr answer questions from listeners about the upcoming showdown between Ohio State and Michigan.- Is Ryan Day carrying a grudge from last season, and will he try to take it out on the Wolverines and Jim Harbaugh?- Does it matter who wins the ground game this weekend if the Buckeyes can own the air?- How will young stars like CJ Stroud and TreVeyon Henderson handle the hostile atmosphere inside Michigan Stadium?

    Can Ohio State's Offense Continue Its Dominance Against Michigan?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 18:21

    The Ohio State offense just finished one of the most dominating performances in program history, racking up 49 points and 500 yards in just the first half of a win over Michigan State. How were the Buckeyes so successful, and... more importantly for OSU fans this week... can they put up numbers like that against Michigan?Buckeye Scoop's Xs and Os guru Ross Fulton joins host Tom Orr to answer those questions and more. - How similar is Michigan's defensive scheme to MSU's?- Can the Buckeyes use tempo to take advantage of the Wolverines?- How should they attack star edge rusher Aiden Hutchinson?- What should the Buckeyes try to do on offense?- What will Michigan be most focused on containing?

    The Greatest Top-5 Showdowns In Ohio State vs Michigan History

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 19:28

    Ohio State and Michigan are both likely to be in the top-5 of the College Football Playoff rankings when the latest version comes out Tuesday night. If so, it would be the 12th time that those two storied programs have played with both programs ranked in the top-5. Bill Bender of The Sporting News joins host Tom Orr to discuss some of the other greatest matchups between top-5 Buckeye and Wolverine teams. From the legendary No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown in 2006, to a game that started with one of the most heated moments in the history of the rivalry and ended with a controversial vote, and more. Plus, Bill shares his thoughts on this year's game and what needs to go right for Michigan to pull off the upset. Finally, a discussion of the incredible story behind LeBron James' final game as a high school football player.

    The 2 Things Ohio State Has To Do To Beat Michigan

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 16:54

    This weekend's matchup in Ann Arbor is going to be one of the biggest in the long and storied history of the Ohio State vs. Michigan rivalry. There is a lot on the line, from the Big Ten East championship and a spot in the conference title game, to a potential berth in the College Football Playoffs, and a shot at the national title. What does Ohio State have to do in order to ensure they'll beat Michigan for the 16th time in their last 17 tries?Buckeye Scoop's Bill Greene says it's fairly simple; there are two things that will put OSU in an almost certain position to win. Plus, a look at Ohio State's dominating defensive performance against Michigan State on Saturday. Where were the Buckeyes at their best, and can that carry over to this weekend's game against the Wolverines?

    How Will Michigan Present More Of A Challenge Than Michigan State?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2021 14:45

    In this special bonus episode of The Morning Scoop, you'll hear from Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, quarterback CJ Stroud, wide receiver Chris Olave, and defensive linemen Haskell Garrett and Tyreke Smith in the wake of their dominating win over Michigan State. - Why is the offense firing on all cylinders all of a sudden?- How did the defense respond so well to the challenge posed.by Kenneth Walker, III?- Plus, how quickly can they shift their focus to Michigan?- Is there any concern about having so many young players about to play in their first Michigan game?

    What Ohio State's Dominating Win Over Michigan State Means For The Michigan Game

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2021 20:40

    Ohio State just put together one of the most dominating halves of football in memory, rolling up 49 points and 500 yards of offense before halftime against No. 7 Michigan State.Quarterback CJ Stroud threw for 432 yards and six touchdowns, Chris Olave set an Ohio State career record, and the Buckeye defense held MSU star Kenneth Walker, III to just 25 yards rushing. Where does this rank among the most impressive games in Ohio State history? And what does it mean for next weekend's massive showdown with arch-rival Michigan? Buckeye Scoop's Kevin Noon joins host Tom Orr to discuss that and much more.

    Does CJ Stroud Deserve To Be A Heisman Finalist?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2021 10:23

    Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud is now the betting favorite to win the 2021 Heisman Trophy. How strong is his case to be named the nation's most outstanding player?Plus, the Heisman... and the College Football Playoff... and a looming showdown with archrival Michigan... can all be potential distractions. How are the Buckeyes staying focused?You'll hear Ryan Day's answers to those questions and much more on this edition of the Morning Scoop.

    How Did Purdue Move The Ball So Well Against Ohio State's Defense?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 15:53

    The Ohio State defense didn't give up any runs longer than 11 yards or passes of more than 29 yards in a 59-31 win over Purdue. But the Boilermakers were still able to move the ball with a consistency that was a little concerning for Buckeye fans. At one point they had four consecutive scoring drives longer than 60 yards. So why was Purdue able to run the ball against Ohio State when they had struggled to do that the rest of the season? And how were they able to pick apart the Buckeyes' pass coverage for 40 completions and 390 yards? Buckeye Scoop's Xs and Os guru Ross Fulton joins host Tom Orr to break down all of that and discuss whether the OSU defense is likely to see more teams running similar schemes this season.

    How Did Ohio State Get Its Offense On Track? Will It Work Again Vs. Michigan State?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 13:11

    After two sluggish weeks against Penn State and Nebraska, the Ohio State offense was back to firing on all cylinders against Purdue. How did the Buckeyes get things fixed? Buckeye Scoop's Xs and Os guru Ross Fulton joins host Tom Orr to explain how some creativity in the passing game opened things up on the ground. Plus, how will Michigan State try to stop CJ Stroud and the Ohio State offense this week?

    Is Ohio State's Senior Day List A Tipoff About Changes For Next Year?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 17:25


    Ohio State released the list of players who will be going through the Senior Day ceremony this week and there were some surprising names on there. Nick Petit-Frere and Master Teague will both be taking part despite having another year of eligibility, while seniors Jerron Cage and Teradja Mitchell are not. How much can you take away from that? Ohio State head coach Ryan Day answered questions about that, and a number of other topics on Tuesday. - Are some highly-touted Buckeye freshmen going to sit out the remaining games and take a redshirt season? - Are TreVeyon Henderson and Miyan Williams complimentary backs?- Why is Matt Jones playing such a big role on the offensive line this year?- What was it like to miss last year's MSU game because of COVID?


    Ohio State Lands 5-Star Commit, Who Else Will They Add In The Next Month?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 15:34

    The Ohio State football program just added yet another elite prospect in 2023 defensive standout Sonny Styles. What does he bring to the Buckeyes, and where does he project to play at the college level? Buckeye Scoop recruiting analyst Marc Givler has been all over Styles' recruitment for years, and joins host Tom Orr to break it all down.Plus, Early Signing Day for the class of 2022 is now less than a month away. How is Ohio State going to close its class? You'll get a full breakdown by position, as well as some of the best bets to take those last few spots.

    What Are Ryan Day's Biggest Concerns After The Purdue Game?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 13:01

    Ohio State now stands just five wins away from a national championship, but they're far from a lock to win any of those remaining games. Even after a decisive win over No. 19 Purdue, there are still some things about this Buckeye team that have head coach Ryan Day somewhat concerned. In this episode of the Morning Scoop, you'll hear directly from Day about those concerns, as well as a few things he was feeling pretty good about after the win. Plus, Garrett Wilson on his huge return to the field, CJ Stroud on the offensive line's play, and Jaxon Smith-Njigba on the importance of bouncing back.

    Has Ohio State Fixed Its Offense Again? Are OId Concerns About The Defense Back?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2021 18:01

    Ohio State jumped out to a 35-7 lead in the second quarter and was never seriously threatened in a 59-31 win over No. 19 Purdue. But while there was a lot for Buckeye fans to like, there were also some concerning signs that the OSU defense might still have some vulnerabilities. Buckeye Scoop's Kevin Noon joins host Tom Orr to break down the game and what it could mean for Ohio State's chances at a Big Ten championship and national title. - Is the running game now back on track and set up to dominate in future games?- Does that mean good things for the Buckeyes in the red zone as well?- Just how big of a concern was Purdue's 390-yard, four-touchdown passing performance?- What did we learn about Denzel Burke and the Buckeyes' ability to control an elite receiver?

    Is Purdue A Trap Game For Ohio State?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2021 10:43

    The Purdue Boilermakers have a long and storied history of ruining top-5 teams' seasons. They will get another chance on Saturday when they visit No. 4 Ohio State. With the Buckeyes just six wins away from a national championship and with a pair of top-10 opponents on deck, could OSU be in danger of overlooking the Boilermakers? You'll hear Ryan Day's thoughts on that, plus a number of other subjects, including:- Is Steele Chambers about to take a starting job away from one of this year's captains?- What is the Buckeyes' plan to block all-world edge rusher George Karlafits?- Plus health updates on the status of three key contributors who have been limited recently.

    What's Wrong With Ohio State's Red Zone Offense And How Can They Fix It?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 16:07

    Ohio State's offense has struggled the run the ball in back-to-back games, and as a result, has not consistently turned trips into the red zone into touchdowns. What are the issues causing those problems, and can the Buckeyes solve them in time to keep their national title hopes alive?Buckeye Scoop's Xs and Os guru Ross Fulton joins host Tom Orr to answer those questions and more.

    Is There Cause For Concern With The Ohio State Offensive Line?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 19:48


    Earlier in the year, the Ohio State offense was running the ball at an incredible clip. TreVeyon Henderson was averaging eight or nine yards per carry most weeks, and it looked like nothing was going to slow down the Buckeye ground game.But recently, things have bogged down quite a bit for the Buckeye offense on the ground. How big of a concern is that, particularly with an offensive line that is talented, but features an unorthodox mixture of four tackles and a center? Ohio State head coach and offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson met with the media this week to discuss that and much more. - How valuable is it to recruit multi-sport athletes?- Why did some unusual play calls fail to work for the Buckeyes in Nebraska?


    Does CJ Stroud Need To Run The Ball More For Ohio State?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 13:19

    The Ohio State offense has bogged down at times this season, especially in the red zone. There are plenty of theories on why, including issues with the offensive line, playcalling, and whether running quarterback CJ Stroud more in those crucial situations might end up making a big difference. Ohio State head coach Ryan Day met with the media on Tuesday to recap his team's win over Nebraska, and take stock of the offense. You'll hear directly from Day on those subjects and more. - What's the latest on suspended QB Jack Miller?- Is QB Quinn Ewers getting closer to being ready to play?- Why does Day feel it's important to be more involved in recruiting than a lot of other head coaches?

    4 Reasons Why Georgia Is More Vulnerable Than Most People Think

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 16:53

    In a college football season without many sure things, the Georgia Bulldogs are one team virtually everyone can agree on. They're a unanimous No. 1 in the polls right now, and pretty much the only team that most people are sure will make the College Football Playoff. But are the Dawgs really a heavy favorite to win their first national title since 1980, or is their dominating season largely a product of a dreadful group of opponents in the SEC East?Buckeye Scoop's Bill Greene joins host Tom Orr to break down several spots where Georgia might be far more vulnerable than people think. - What part of their defense really hasn't been tested yet?- What hasn't their offense had to do yet this season?- Why a recent blowout win was really anything but lopsided- Which top teams are best positioned to give the Dawgs the toughest challenge?

    Will Every Top-10 College Football Team Lose This Month?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 31:04

    The 2021 college football season has already been one of the craziest in history in terms of upsets. Now that teams are headed into the home stretch, things could be on the verge of getting even crazier.Each of the top-10 teams in the country have losable games left on their schedule, and the race for the four spots in the College Football Playoff could be the most unpredictable yet. Buckeye Scoop's Marc Givler joins host Tom Orr to break down each team's remaining schedule and handicap which is most likely to run the table and earn a spot in the field. Is this the year that one or more teams with multiple losses sneak into the field?Plus, a look at how Ohio State's offense and defense have seemingly switched places over the last month, and what it could mean for the Buckeyes' run for a championship.

    3 Good and 3 Bad Takeaways From Ohio State's Win At Nebraska

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2021 22:16

    Ohio State just went on the road and handed its opponent its most lopsided loss of any of its four matchups with top-10 teams this season.Ohio State just struggled to put away a team with a 3-6 record, and was fortunate to escape with a win. Both of those seemingly-contradictory statements are mostly true, following Ohio State's 26-17 win at Nebraska. So what should Buckeye fans take away from that game, and what it could mean as OSU heads into a brutal finishing stretch to the season?Buckeye Scoop's Tony Gerdeman joins host Tom Orr to provide 3 pieces of good news, and 3 pieces of bad news for Ohio State and its fans. From a record-setting day, to the return of familiar struggles, a dramatically improved defense, an up-and-down day for an offensive star, and much more.

    Is Ohio State's Defense Good Enough To Win A National Championship?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2021 13:26

    In the wake of Ohio State's victory over Penn State, head coach Ryan Day may have raised a few eyebrows when he said the Buckeyes' defense won the game for them.After a game where they gave up 361 passing yards to a team that struggled against Illinois a week earlier, is that really true?Buckeye Scoop's Xs and Os guru Ross Fulton joins host Tom Orr to explain what he saw from the OSU defense in the Penn State game.- Why the game plan against the Nittany Lions might be more or less what you can expect moving forward.- Were they blitzing more? And if so, is that something you'll continue to see?- Why were RPOs so effective against them when the PSU rushing attack was a non-factor?- How will they make up for the loss of LB Steele Chambers for the first half against Nebraska?- Is this defense good enough to win the national championship?

    How Big Of A Concern Are Ohio State's Red Zone Struggles?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 17:04

    Ohio State's 33-24 win over Penn State gave the Buckeyes a win over a solid opponent, but it also raised some familiar questions about the team's offense, especially in the red zone. What caused those struggles in the run game and close to the goal line, and how big of a concern are they moving forward for the Buckeyes?BuckeyeScoop's Xs and Os guru Ross Fulton joins host Tom Orr to discuss that and much more.

    Why Is Ohio State's Receiver Rotation So Different This Year?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 20:11

    Ohio State wide receivers coach Brian Hartline is considered not only one of the best position group coaches, but also one of the best recruiters in the nation. This week, he spoke to the media to address a number of questions about his talented room, including why the rotation of playing time was so different this year than in previous seasons. You'll also hear his thoughts on elite true freshman Marvin Harrison, Jr., the frustration felt by Julian Fleming as he works his way back from injuries, how he goes about building a wide receiver class, and whether he was interested in leaving for a bigger opportunity or a promotion somewhere else.

    Are The Buckeyes Overlooking Nebraska?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 13:16

    While the Ohio State Buckeyes are in the thick of the College Football Playoff race, the Nebraska Cornhuskers are on the verge of being eliminated from bowl contention. But the Huskers could still provide a big threat to Ohio State if the Buckeyes lose focus before their game in Lincoln. So how does Ryan Day plan to keep his team focused?You'll hear directly from Day on that and a number of other topics in this edition of the Morning Scoop. - How big of a concern was the offensive line's play against Penn State?- Why did only one player on offense grade out as a champion against the Nittany Lions?- With Steele Chambers out for the first half for a targeting penalty, is this Palaie Gaoteote's chance to earn a bigger role?

    Is A Big Ohio State Recruiting Weekend About To Lead To Commitments?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 15:46

    The Penn State game was a big one for the Buckeyes on the field, and it was also a big one for the future of the Ohio State football program as well.Buckeye Scoop recruiting analyst Mick Walker joins host Tom Orr to discuss some of Ohio State's top targets, and where their recruitments stand after those visits.Plus, which player's recruitment may have changed the most over the weekend, and who might be the next player to commit to Ohio State?

    5 Burning Questions In The Big Ten Football Championship Race

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 18:30

    A weekend that was billed as a "Separation Saturday" in the Big Ten, instead may have left the race for the conference championship even more confusing than before. Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio State, and Penn State all faced top opponents, and while some may have answered the doubters, others may have left with more questions than answers. Buckeye Scoop's Tony Gerdeman joins host Tom Orr to break down a big weekend of action in the conference. - Is Wisconsin back to being a title contender?- Was Michigan's dominating run game just another September mirage?- Can Michigan State make a run at the College Football Playoff?- Did Ohio State's offensive line go from "sure thing" to question mark?- Did Penn State show that they're about to ruin another contender's season?

    Four Areas Of Concern In Ohio State's 33-24 Win Over Penn State

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 18:46

    The Ohio State Buckeyes knocked off Penn State in front of a raucous crowd inside Ohio Stadium, but the win raised a few concerns for Ryan Day's program.Buckeye Scoop's Kevin Noon joins host Tom Orr to break down what they learned on Saturday night, as well as what it could mean for Ohio State's chances at a Big Ten Championship and a berth in the College Football Playoff.

    Why This Weekend Could Define The Big Ten Season

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2021 19:06

    The Big Ten currently holds five of the top nine spots in the AP top 25. But this weekend, all five of those teams are facing opponents who could hand them a crushing loss that completely changes the course of the season. Buckeye Scoop's Tony Gerdeman joins host Tom Orr to preview what promises to be an awesome weekend of football across the midwest. Which of the talented, but not necessarily complete teams from the state of Michigan will win the Paul Bunyan Trophy and ensure they'll be in the Big Ten title race for the full season? Is Iowa about to suffer its second loss, and if so, what the heck is that going to mean for the race for the Big Ten West title?And how will the race for the Big Ten East title shake up?

    Get To Know 3 Elite Ohio State Football Freshmen

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 18:08

    Ohio State's season has gone from wobbly to world-beating over the span of the last month, thanks in large part to a number of truly elite freshmen. On today's edition of the Morning Scoop, you'll get to know three of them a little better, including CB Denzel Burke, RB TreVeyon Henderson, and WR Marvin Harrison, Jr. Plus, Ohio State head coach Ryan Day shares an update on the status of Master Teague, how his players are balancing some high-profile NIL events with game prep this week, why this weekend's recruiting visits are a crucial next step for a number of prospects, and much more.

    Where Does The Ohio State Defense Still Need To Improve?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 17:33

    There is no question that Ohio State is a substantially better team now than it was during the first few weeks of the season. However, while the offense is currently by far and away the best in the nation by a lot of advanced metrics, the defense still has some room for improvement. So what has gone so well for the offense and what could be better on defense? Buckeye Scoop's Xs and Os guru Ross Fulton joins host Tom Orr to answer those questions and more. - What would Ross like to see the team do at linebacker?- How could they improve the situation at safety?- And why did the defense's opening drive against Indiana look so familiar in all the wrong ways?

    Bonus Episode: James Franklin on Ohio State, Job Rumors, Sean Clifford's Status

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 19:03

    In this special bonus episode of the Morning Scoop podcast, you'll hear directly from Penn State head coach James Franklin as his team prepares for its prime time showdown with the No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus. How are the Nittany Lions rebounding after a 9-overtime loss to Illinois... and what the heck happened there, anyway?Plus, Franklin's thoughts on the Buckeyes, how their defense has changed since the switch from Kerry Coombs to Matt Barnes, the rumors linking him to the open positions at USC and LSU, just how healthy starting quarterback Sean Clifford actually is, and much more.

    How One Inch Helped CJ Stroud Make A Remarkable Pass Play

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 19:25

    Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud has been one of the most pleasant surprises the Buckeyes have had this fall. In the span of a month, he's gone from a guy who looked like a shoulder injury might be a big issue to one of the best players in the entire nation. Saturday against Indiana, he made what might have been his best throw of the season on a huge pass to Jaxon Smith-Njigba. What did he have to do to prepare him for that type of "one-inch throw?" Buckeye Scoop's Kevin Noon joins host Tom Orr to discuss that and much more. - What about the Penn State defense has Ryan Day most concerned?- How will the Buckeyes deal with PSU's elite wide receiver Jahan Dotson- An injury update on three Buckeye running backs

    Where Can Penn State Challenge Ohio State The Most?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 15:21

    Ohio State has put together one of the most dominating months of football we've seen in years, but the Buckeyes are about to take another step up in competition this weekend against Penn State.Yes, the Lions just lost a hilariously bad game against Illinois, but there could be at least one area where PSU presents the Buckeyes with their toughest challenge yet this season. Buckeye Scoop's Bill Greene joins host Tom Orr to discuss that and much more. - How much has the ceiling for this OSU team grown in recent weeks?- Can the Ohio State offensive line stand up to Playoff-caliber defenses?- Which OSU defender could be on the verge of a major breakout?- What will the College Football Playoff committee do if Ohio State and Oregon both run the table?

    How Has Ohio State Turned Their Season Around So Quickly?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 11:26

    The Ohio State football team got off to a rocky start this season, but things have done a 180 in the last month or so, as the Buckeyes have gone from one of the most mercurial teams in the nation to one of the most dominating. So what changed? That's just one of the questions you'll hear Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, quarterback CJ Stroud, and tight end Jeremy Ruckert answer in this edition of the Morning Scoop. - One of the craziest stats you'll hear about a quarterback, and why Day doesn't seem to think it's a big deal- An update on the status of star running back TreVeyon Henderson- Who helped Stroud get his season back on track

    Can Any Big Ten Team Challenge Ohio State This Season?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 17:53

    For the third game in a row, Ohio State utterly demolished a conference opponent for the full 60 minutes. This time the Indiana Hoosiers were the ones on the receiving end of the beating. The Buckeyes piled up 30 points in a quarter and 44 points in a half en route to a 54-7 blowout win. Buckeye Scoop's Kevin Noon joins host Tom Orr to break down the game. - Another dominant week for TreVeyon Henderson- Another explosive day for CJ Stroud- Another dominant performance from the defense- Is there anyone in the Big Ten who can challenge this team for four quarters?

    5 Storylines To Watch In For Ohio State Football At Indiana

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 13:51

    The No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes return to the field for the first time in two weeks when they take on Indiana on Saturday night in Bloomington. Buckeye Scoop beat reporter Tony Gerdeman joins host Tom Orr to discuss the matchup between OSU and the Hoosiers. - Will the weather be an issue with rain in the forecast?- Will Indiana's unique defense and blitz packages present a new challenge for CJ Stroud?- If the Hoosiers are without their top corners, how can they contain the Buckeyes?- Where, if anywhere, does IU have a potential advantage on offense?

    Which Ohio State Freshman Could Be The Next To Play A Big Role This Season?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 10:20

    Ohio State is about a three-touchdown favorite this weekend when they play at Indiana, but the Buckeyes know their last meeting with the Hoosiers ended up being a lot closer than that. What did OSU learn from that game where they nearly blew a massive lead? You'll hear directly from Ohio State head coach Ryan Day about that and much more. - How the Buckeye defense used their week off to work on things they had to change on the fly earlier this fall- How Day has seen changes in the linebacker unit since the start of the year- Which veteran could be back on the Buckeye defense this weekend?- Which true freshmen could be the next to make a big impact this season?

    After 2 New Commitments, What's Next For Ohio State Recruiting?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 12:46

    After three months without a commitment, Ohio State has added two members to its 2022 recruiting class in just the last two days. What do Kenyatta Jackson, Jr. and Avery Henry bring to the Buckeyes? How will Ohio State's classes finish on both sides of the ball? And which possible visitors would be the biggest news at the Penn State game next week?Buckeye Scoop recruiting analyst Bill Greene joins host Tom Orr to answer those questions and more.

    The 6 Most Interesting Things We Learned About The Buckeyes This Week

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 23:37

    After a week off, Ohio State is back to work in the leadup to this weekend's game at Indiana.Buckeye Scoop's Kevin Noon joins host Tom Orr to discuss some of the most interesting things they learned after talking to OSU head coach Ryan Day, linebackers coach Al Washington, and offensive line coach Greg Studrawa. How did the Buckeyes spend their week off? What is the biggest key to CJ Stroud's continued development? Is Quinn Ewers getting closer to playing this season? What's the latest on a pair of injured Buckeyes? What was the biggest hurdle Dawand Jones had to clear before becoming a big contributor to this year's team?How have things changed in the linebacker room since the back-to-back departures of Dallas Gant and K'Vaughan Pope?

    Would Ohio State Be In The Top 4 Of The Playoff Rankings Today?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 28:12

    Two weeks from tonight, the College Football Playoff committee will release its first rankings of the year. That night unofficially kicks off the home stretch of the college football season and begins to frame what is always a fiery debate over which teams deserve a shot to play for the title. Buckeye Scoop's Tony Gerdeman joins host Tom Orr to break down where things likely stand right now in the committee's minds. - Can anyone unseat Georgia at the top of the rankings?- Could Cincinnati be as high as No. 2 right now?- How much has the emergence of Caleb Williams changed the conversation around Oklahoma?- Would Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, Oregon, Michigan State, or someone else be in fourth right now?

    While Florida Schools Struggle, Is Ohio State About To Raid The Sunshine State?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 26:08


    This week for the first time since November 2011, there are no schools from the state of Florida in the AP Top 25. And while the Gators, Seminoles, and Hurricanes are struggling, Ohio State could be about to swoop in and steal an elite recruit from under their noses.BuckeyeScoop's Florida insider Dominique Smith joins host Tom Orr to discuss what the heck is happening to the once-powerful trio of Power 5 schools in the state, and what it means for the Buckeyes.With elite defensive lineman Kenyatta Jackson, Jr. about to announce his commitment, are the Buckeyes going to get good news on Tuesday?And will top-50 defensive lineman Derrick LeBlanc be still another Florida native to head north to play for Larry Johnson?


    How Emeka Egbuka Is Changing The Game As Ohio State's Kick Returner

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 17:13

    It has been more than a decade since an Ohio State player returned a kickoff for a touchdown, but after watching freshman phenom Emeka Egbuka there for the last few games, it seems like just a matter of time before that streak ends. Why did the Buckeyes choose to trust the freshman with that important role? and why is he so good at it? In this episode of the Morning Scoop, you'll hear directly from OSU head coach Ryan Day and wide receiver Chris Olave on Egbuka's emergence, and several other topics. - What is the status of running back Miyan Williams?- Will cornerback Cam Brown be back for the Indiana game?- Are the Buckeyes adding in new looks to overwhelm upcoming opponents?

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