Jason & Chris dive into the Buckeyes dominate 77-21 win over Toledo. Breaking down the offensive explosion and more from that game. Then they preview this Saturday's game against Wisconsin and their stout defense. Around CFB: Penn State hammers Auburn, Kansas is 3-0, and RIP to Bedlam. Buckshots: Herm Edwards is out at ASU & Drake Maye throws shots at NC State.
Ohio State's offense couldn't have been much more impressive in its win over Toledo.The Buckeyes dominated by both air and ground against the Rockets, scoring 77 points on 763 yards – the second-highest total in school history. In the process, Ohio State went from being ranked 40th in the country to total offense to leading the entire country in yards per game, while Toledo plummed from fourth to 80th in total defense.We begin this week's episode of Real Pod Wednesdays by discussing all the ways Ohio State's offense impressed us against Toledo. Later in the show, we talk about why we aren't overly concerned with how the Buckeyes performed on defense – even though Jim Knowles wasn't happy about it – before turning the page to Wisconsin, which we believe will present a similar matchup for the Buckeyes this week as Notre Dame did in the season opener (which could be a good thing).Finally, we talk about our takeaways from the weekend that was elsewhere in the Big Ten and break down what the commitment of Taison Chatman means for Ohio State men's basketball recruiting class of 2023.The full rundown of what we're talking about this week: 0:45: How Ohio State's offense made a statement against Toledo 2:24: There were no shortage of standouts among Ohio State's offensive players, and the coaches were in their bag 4:09: Ohio State's depth of receiving weapons was on full display, but don't discount the impact Jaxon Smith-Njigba's presence made 9:15: Dallan Hayden and TC Caffey turn Ohio State's running back depth from a concern into a strength 16:56: The offensive line was great too, especially Dawand Jones 18:25: Ohio State's defense struggled to contain Dequan Finn, but it wasn't awful 21:12: Will Graham Mertz be the best quarterback Ohio State has played? We'd take Finn 22:02: Lingering questions about Ohio State's passing defense, particularly at cornerback 26:48: Javontae Jean-Baptiste and other defensive standouts against Toledo 32:30: Similarities between this week's game against Wisconsin and the season opener vs. Notre Dame 34:20: Stopping Braelon Allen will be a challenge, but the Buckeyes have been dominant against running backs so far 37:52: Wisconsin's defense is good, but will injuries in the secondary doom the Badgers? 40:45: Ryan Day says injured players will return this week, but Ohio State fans are understandably skeptical 44:30: Why one of us thinks Ohio State will cover against Wisconsin, and one of us doesn't 46:58: Keon Keeley headlines another big recruiting weekend for Ohio State football 49:06: The Big Ten's most impressive (Penn State, Minnesota) and disappointing (Michigan State, Northwestern) teams from Week 3 56:21: What Taison Chatman will bring to the Buckeyes and how he compares to decommit George Washington III 59:00: Why Chatman, not Bronny James, will likely be the final high school recruit in Ohio State's 2023 class 1:00:54: Who we're looking forward to talking to at next week's Ohio State men's basketball media day 1:04:26: Come see us at the Eleven Dubgate on Saturday
Jason and Chris recap the Buckeyes 45-12 win over Arkansas State. Looking ahead to the matchup against Toledo this weekend. It was a wild week two in college football last weekend. Buckshots: Michigan is looking good (albeit against light competition) and Iowa's offense is struggling mightily.
On this week's Real Pod Wednesdays, we give our overall assessment of Ohio State's 45-12 over the Red Wolves, which Buckeyes stood out in their second game of the season and why a wild second weekend of college football should serve as a reminder to appreciate what was ultimately a convincing win. We also look ahead to Saturday's game against Toledo, which we think might also be at least a slightly more competitive game than the point spread suggests.A rundown of some of the many topics we talk about this week: 1:45: Grading the win over Arkansas State 3:54: Ohio State's passing offense returns to form, showing how special it could be when Jaxon Smith-Njigba is healthy 7:25: Why it's dumb to be miserable after a 33-point win (even though there are some things to clean up) 11:14: The defense hasn't been fully tested yet, but it's been excellent so far, especially in the red zone 14:03: Mike Hall is a star, but don't discount the defensive ends' role in helping him make plays 17:17: Denzel Burke's slow start, what might be leading to that and why we think he will bounce back 21:27: Arkansas State might prove to be a better team than we thought 23:04: JK Johnson had a solid showing, but he still might be behind Jordan Hancock when healthy 25:15: Caden Curry, Dallan Hayden and Jyaire Brown among freshman standouts vs. Arkansas State 28:30: Cody Simon, Josh Proctor, Lathan Ransom, Gee Scott Jr., Mitch Rossi among under-the-radar standouts vs. Arkansas State 35:10: Why Toledo looks like a step up in competition from Arkansas State 43:50: Julian Fleming and Jaxon Smith-Njigba could both be back this week, but it's important for Fleming to be on the field 46:23: Ohio State vs. Toledo score predictions 48:40: Why TreVeyon Henderson and Miyan Williams will likely continue to split carries evenly 49:57: How Ohio State's season-opening win loses some luster with Notre Dame's loss to Marshall 53:45: Nebraska had no choice but to fire Scott Frost 55:46: It was a bad weekend all the way around for the Big Ten West 57:41: Michigan and Michigan State look like Ohio State's top competition in the Big Ten 59:20: How our preseason confidence rankings Ohio State will win each game would change now 1:01:36: Ohio State should be ranked ahead of Alabama after Crimson Tide barely beat Texas
Jason and Chris broke down the Ohio State win over #5 Notre Dame. Ohio State fell one spot in the AP poll. The guys picked three games in the second segment. Garrick Hodge came on to talk about OSU recruiting at 8:33. They did Buckshots at the end of the show with Jason sharing his interaction he had with Coach Tressel.
Although Ohio State's season opener against Notre Dame didn't go quite the way we expected, we came away with plenty of positive impressions from the Buckeyes' performance.Ohio State's defense exceeded our expectations while we expected more from the Buckeyes' offense against Notre Dame, but overall, we think there was more to like than dislike from Ohio State's season-opening 21-10 win over the Fighting Irish, who entered the season ranked fifth in the country.In nearly a full hour of discussion on the Buckeyes' first victory of the year, we talked about just about everything that resonated with us from Saturday night's season opener in the Shoe, including: 0:48: What stood out most to each us: The dominant debut of Jim Knowles' defense and Xavier Johnson's moment in the spotlight 7:49: Ohio State's defensive stars against Notre Dame: Mike Hall, Tommy Eichenberg and Lathan Ransom 14:02: How Ohio State's defensive rotations could change in future games 21:12: Ohio State's defense will face tougher tests as the season progresses – but maybe not for another month 25:42: Miyan Williams proves he needs to get consistent carries at running back 30:13: Jaxon Smith-Njigba's injury shows just how important he is to Ohio State's offense, and the Buckeyes shouldn't take any chances with him (or Luke Wypler) for the next two weeks 36:15: Ohio State's offense gets a reality check, but it's way too early to say Ryan Day should give up play calling 43:18: Barely any freshmen played against Notre Dame, but that's not a bad thing 46:18: A star-studded weekend at the Shoe was exactly what Ohio State needed to build recruiting momentum In the final 20 minutes of the show, we spend just a few minutes (starting at 49:43) talking about this week's game against Arkansas State before making our predictions on whether the Buckeyes will cover the 44-point spread. We also talk (beginning at 54:35) about how this weekend reaffirmed our belief that there‘s a gap between the top three teams in college football this year (Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State) and everyone else, and share our initial thoughts (59:59) on the College Football Playoff expanding to 12 teams, which Dan believes will be a net positive for the sport but Griffin is not so sure on.Finally (1:05:42), we talk about this week's developments in Ohio State basketball: the unfortunate but not shocking end of Seth Towns' career with the Buckeyes, the decommitment of George Washington III and the possibility that Taison Chatman and/or Bronny James could replace Washington in Ohio State's recruiting class of 2023.
Happy Reaction Monday! Buckeyes get the big win over ND, the defense stands tall in a big moment, Eleven Warriors' Dan Hope at 12:33pm, Party like a RothStar at 12:48pm, possible info on why Tom Brady took a leave of absence, The Leap Newsletter writer Jason B. Hirschhorn at 1:33pm, Jim Knowles on how they respond to allowing big plays, CFP expansion is coming, and PFN CFB Analyst Cam Mellor at 2:33pm!
After eight months of looking ahead to Ohio State's 2022 football season, it's finally game week in Columbus.Come next week's episode of Real Pod Wednesdays, we'll have an actual football game to recap and a much better feel of how good this year's Ohio State football team actually is and what it still needs to work on. This week, though, it's all about looking ahead to the first and one of the biggest games of the year as we break down how things could play out when the Buckeyes finally take the field against the Fighting Irish in Ohio Stadium on Saturday.The first half of this week's episode is all about previewing what will happen on the field in Saturday's big game. We break down what we expect to see from Jim Knowles' defense and what would constitute a good first game in terms of points and yards allowed and how much of a challenge Notre Dame's defense will present to Ohio State's offense, then make our score predictions (at the 33:30 mark) for how we think the game will ultimately play out.Later in the show (starting at 36:35), we talk about why this will also be a massive recruiting weekend for the Buckeyes – and not just in football – as Ohio State's top targets in both football and basketball will be on campus. Dan discusses why it's vital to Ohio State's 2023 defensive end recruiting for the Buckeyes to impress Keon Keeley, Matayo Uiagalelei and Damon Wilson this weekend, and Griffin discusses why he thinks Ohio State basketball has a genuine chance to land Bronny James.
Blake Biscardi and Dave Wertheim are joined by Dan Hope of Eleven Warriors to breakdown the Top-5 Matchup between Ohio State and Notre Dame. Then, Blake and Dave dive into Scott Frost and Nebraska as well as evaluate Jim Harbaugh's dual QB decision and which teams could surprise us this year. Finally, the guys preview the loaded Week 1 slate and give their picks ahead of the action.
Chappy, Wax, and Sully welcome the rest of College Football to Week One- Labor Day Weekend Football! They start with headlines and impressions from week zero before covering the Power 5 and G5 in Conference Calls. (18:00). From there, they are joined by Tim Prister of Irish Illustrated and Dan hope of Eleven Warriors for a Notre Dame/Ohio State edition of Cover 4 (35:50), where they breakdown the top-5 matchup between the Irish and the Buckeyes. Finally, they divulge their picks (51:40) on six of the top games this Labor Day Weekend- some interesting takes you'll wanna jump on! @ChappyCFB @cffmwachsman @CFI_Sully @timprister @Dan_Hope #NCAAPicks #CollegeFootball www.CFPcollegefootball.com
Serena wins her first round match at the Open and everybody who is somebody was there...Marcus Freeman previewed his Notre Dame game vs. Ohio State...it's cut-down day in the NFL...Dan Hope of Eleven Warriors talked Buckeyes with us...and Beau Bishop discussed the Browns.
Jason and Chris are getting amped us as we're 10 days away from kickoff. Taking a look at some of the Week Zero games, plus sorting through the end of fall camp storylines. Ranking the five hardest games on the schedule this year. Joshua Perry joined the guys to discuss Ohio State and the defense. Buckshots: Quinn Ewers will start for Texas & Florida State can't spell.
With just one week to go until the first game week, it's time to look ahead at the season as a whole and make some predictions about how Ohio State's 2022 season will play out.To start things off on this week's episode of Real Pod Wednesdays, Dan and Griffin each rank Ohio State's 12 regular-season games from the game we're most confident the Buckeyes will win to the game we believe is most likely to be an upset. While we agree on which five games we're most confident Ohio State will win, our lists diverge from there, as Dan is more confident than Griffin about wins over Michigan and Notre Dame while he sees Michigan State and Iowa as bigger threats than Griffin does.Beginning at the 29:42 mark, we make some additional predictions for Ohio State's 2022 season, including: What Ohio State's record for the season will be Whether C.J. Stroud will win the Heisman Trophy and if Jaxon Smith-Njigba will join him in New York Which Buckeyes will earn first-team All-American and first-team All-Big Ten honors Why we believe Marvin Harrison Jr. will be Ohio State's second-most productive receiver and Emeka Egbuka will be Ohio State's third-most productive receiver Why Tommy Eichenberg and Ronnie Hickman are our defensive MVP selections Who we think will lead the Buckeyes in tackles, sacks and interceptions Why we believe Ohio State will have the No. 1 offense in the country but won't have a top-five defense In the final segment of the show (49:16), we talk about our takeaways from Ryan Day and Jim Knowles' Monday press conference and what Gene Smith had to say after the Big Ten announced its new TV deal last week. We're not expecting to see Chip Trayanum play at running back unless necessitated by further injuries, but we do believe a divisionless Big Ten and College Football Playoff expansion could both happen within the next couple of years.
Jason & Chris talked about the latest with Ohio State at training camp. Evan Pryor suffered a season ending knee injury. The Buckeyes are favorites by double digits in all of their games this season. Jaxon Smith-Njigba has a chance to make the record books at Ohio State. Dan Hope from Eleven Warriors was on the show at 8:33. We did Buckshots at 8:50.
Two weeks into preseason camp, it's becoming more clear which Ohio State players could be trending toward breakout years and where the Buckeyes still have concerns as the season draws closer.Running back depth emerged as a concern this week when Evan Pryor suffered a season-ending knee injury in practice, and that's where we begin this week's show. Is there reason to worry about Ohio State having only three scholarship running backs, and do the Buckeyes need to move someone else to running back for additional depth?While Ohio State might still have the nation's best one-two punch at running back in TreVeyon Henderson and Miyan Williams, Pryor's injury increases the importance of Dallan Hayden's readiness, and we believe Kaleb Brown and Xavier Johnson – not Steele Chambers and Chip Trayanum – could be candidates to take snaps at running back if needed.About 14 minutes into the show, we shift the conversation to everything else we learned from watching a full practice last week and talking to Kevin Wilson, Larry Johnson and their tight ends and defensive linemen this week. Among the topics we covered: 15:10: Cornerback depth concerns and walk-on Lloyd McFarquhar taking advantage of his opportunity 18:18: Tommy Eichenberg standing out in practice and whether that will translate to three-down success 21:20: Julian Fleming and Emeka Egbuka both making their case as they battle for starting spot 26:00: Cade Stover's noticeable improvement as a pass-catcher 32:47: Defense making life more difficult for Ohio State's offense on the practice field 35:14: Whether Kevin Wilson's comments about the short-yardage run game are reason to worry 38:53: The depth of Ohio State's defensive line and why J.T. Tuimoloau could be the unidentified “alpha dog” 46:55: Why Mike Hall is a player to watch even though he's third on the nose tackle depth chart Finally (beginning at 48:04), we talk about the six players Ohio State chose to be captains – Kamryn Babb, C.J. Stroud, Cade Stover, Tommy Eichenberg, Tyler Friday and Kourt Williams – and which players each of us were surprised to not see on the captain list.
Happy Monday! Football is right around the corner. Bobby was at the Buckeye scrimmage in the Shoe this past weekend. John Keim came on at 6:33 to help us cover the Commanders, and some of our favorite Buckeyes in the league. During the re-rack we tried to predict who would win a UFC bout between Dan Campbell and Mike Vrabel. Charles Goldsmith from the Enquirer came on to talk Bengals at 7:33. Mark Stoops had some comments for John Calipari. Dan Hope from Eleven Warriors was on at 8:33.
Jason & Chris talk about the headlines from Buckeye football camp. A couple players have lost their black stripe. The cornerback room is thin. Chris and Jason praised Chris Holtmann for the success he has had recruiting the last week. Griffin Strom from Eleven Warrirors was on at 8:33. During Buckshots we talked about Scott Frost, and other coaches that may be on the hot seat.
Preseason camp is in full swing at Ohio State, and we've had plenty of access to the Buckeyes over the past week as a result.After watching a portion of the first two practices and attending four interview sessions at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center over the past week, we reconvene on this week's Real Pod Wednesdays to discuss the biggest things we learned from the first six days of camp.We start by talking about what we heard during Jim Knowles' interview session on Tuesday, when he made several eyebrow-raising comments. Should Ohio State fans be worried about the Buckeyes' cornerback depth? Knowles said only 25% of his defense has been installed so far; is that a cause for concern? And is Knowles setting expectations too high by saying the Buckeyes should have a top-five defense?Following about 25 minutes of conversation about the defense, we shift our attention to the offense and discuss what we heard during offensive line and running back interviews. We also highlight a few players who seem to be building momentum so far in camp – including Tyler Friday and Julian Fleming – and discuss our favorite “Dayisms” from Ryan Day's first press conferences of the preseason.Later in the show, we discuss the pros and cons of CBS and NBC replacing ESPN as Big Ten TV partners (41:00), our favorite outfits from hotel check-in (58:07) and what the past week of wins both on the recruiting trail and on the court mean for the present and future of Ohio State men's basketball (59:58).
We're officially one month away from Ohio State's first football game of the 2022 season and one day away from the start of preseason camp.We'll have the chance to watch the Buckeyes practice – well, at least a little bit of practice – on both Thursday and Friday as Ohio State holds its first two practices of preseason camp, and we're excited to see them up close, in person and on the field again. What will we be watching and listening for as camp begins? We start this week's episode of Real Pod Wednesdays by talking about which players and position battles we'll have our eyes on.As much excitement as there is surrounding the upcoming Ohio State football season as the Buckeyes' preparation for the games ahead ramps up, many Buckeye fans are also feeling angst about the recent misses and decommitments Ohio State has suffered on the recruiting trail. In the second segment of this week's podcast (beginning at the 21-minute mark), Eleven Warriors recruiting analyst Garrick Hodge joins us to discuss what's going on with Ohio State recruiting, what needs to happen for the Buckeyes to overcome those losses and where he believes this year's class will ultimately stack up in the final rankings. (Note: This segment of the podcast was recorded before Ty Lockwood officially announced his flip to Alabama on Tuesday.)It's also a big week for Ohio State men's basketball, which is headed to the Bahamas on Thursday for a five-day trip in which it will play a pair of exhibition games against national teams from Puerto Rico and Egypt. In the final segment of this week's RPW (beginning at the 45-minute mark), we share our takeaways from watching the Buckeyes practice and talking to Chris Holtmann on Monday, and Griffin explains why he believes this could be a great week for Ohio State recruiting as four-star small forwards Devin Royal and Scotty Middleton are set to announce their commitments.
Jason & Chris discuss all the happenings with the Buckeyes at Big Ten media days. Also at B1G media days, Jim Harbaugh continues saying a bunch of stuff and Kevin Warren & Gene Smith mention playoff expansion. Mike Doss joined the guys to look back on the '02 season and more. Buckshots: On USC & UCLA joining the Big Ten and random CFB facts.
This week's episode of Real Pod Wednesdays is coming to you one day later than usual, but we hope it will be worth the wait.We recorded this week's episode from Indianapolis, where we spent the past two days covering Big Ten Media Days. And we were joined by a special guest while we were there.Dan talked to Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith on Tuesday about a wide variety of topics including Big Ten expansion, College Football Playoff expansion, NIL, Ryan Day and Chris Holtmann's contract extensions, how Ohio State is making up for the deficit it incurred in 2020 and more. You can hear the entirety of their conversation in the first half of this week's episode.Griffin joins the show at the 24:10 mark for a conversation on everything we learned in Indianapolis including the likelihood of more expansion for the Big Ten, who is and isn't available for Ohio State going into the start of preseason camp and Day's confidence that the Buckeyes can have a top-10 defense this year. We also discuss what we heard from Michigan players about last year's rivalry game and the weirdest moments of Jim Harbaugh's media sessions on Tuesday.
Jason & Chris discuss the names that are traveling to the Big Ten media days fiasco. In the second segment they take a deeper dive into Ohio State's defense and how they expect the buckeyes to perform on that side of the ball this year. Kyle Jones studies film for Eleven Warriors and he came on to talk more about Ohio State's defense. Buckshots in the last segment was about Dabo Swinney.
Ohio State's first official media availability of the preseason will be held one week from today when Ryan Day, C.J. Stroud, Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Ronnie Hickman will meet with reporters at Big Ten Media Days.With that in mind, we start today's episode of Real Pod Wednesdays – after Dan gloats for a bit about winning last week's draft – by looking ahead to next week's Big Ten Media Days in Indianapolis, where representatives from all 14 Big Ten teams will meet with the media between Tuesday and Wednesday.We discuss why Stroud, Smith-Njigba and Hickman are the right choices to represent Ohio State at media days (though we would have also loved to see Dawand Jones back in his hometown) and what we could hear from each of them and Day. Expansion will undoubtedly be the dominant storyline next week, particularly during Kevin Warren's press conference on Tuesday, but we're also expecting plenty of Ohio State/Michigan talk – with the near-certainty that both fan bases will get riled up over something a representative from the other team says.(Programming note: Since Ohio State's day at Big Ten Media Days will be on Wednesday, next week's episode of Real Pod Wednesdays – despite the name – will be published on Thursday, allowing us to talk about everything we learned in Indianapolis.)Around the halfway mark of the show (29:13), we shift our attention to the latest developments in Ohio State's recruiting for the 2023 class. Even though the Buckeyes still have the No. 1-ranked class in the country, some fans have expressed concerns after a few notable misses for Ohio State in recent days. Is there really anything to be concerned about with a class that still leads the nation? We take stock of what the Buckeyes have done well in the class and where they still have work to do.With last week's news that Ohio State will hold both a black-out and a scarlet-out this season, we also spend some time sharing our thoughts on Ohio State's alternate uniforms. Should the Buckeyes try some more creative uniform concepts, or should they simply stick with tradition? Should Ohio State bring back the gray sleeves permanently, or wear them for College Football Playoff games only? We discuss all of that (starting at 44:38).In the final 15 minutes of the show (beginning at 51:55), we turn our attention to basketball and get Griffin's thoughts on which current and former Ohio State players have stood out in the Kingdom League, what the Buckeyes could get out of their upcoming trip to the Bahamas and where the Buckeyes stand with top targets Scotty Middleton and Devin Royal.Finally, we show our youth with our answers to a fun listener question: Which Ohio State football and basketball players that you didn't get to watch live do you most wish you could have?
It's draft week on Real Pod Wednesdays.As we've done every year since we started this podcast, we held an Ohio State football team draft this week, selecting 44 total players from the current roster – 11 on offense and 11 on defense each – to build lineups for a hypothetical matchup of Buckeyes vs. Buckeyes if they were to play each other this fall.Through this exercise, we made our picks for who Ohio State's most valuable players will be this year, based not only on their individual talent but also on the depth at their respective positions, which influenced how highly each player got drafted.You can hear all of our picks on this week's podcast, and you can visit Eleven Warriors (https://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-football/2022/07/131674/2022-ohio-state-football-team-draft-how-we-picked-head-to-head-lineups-for-a-matchup-of-buckeyes-vs-buckeyes) to read a full list of our selections, see the lineups side-by-side and cast your vote for whose team would win.
Jason and Chris break down the major news of USC & UCLA joining the Big Ten. Debating what's next for conference realignment and who we would want to join to the Big Ten next. Garrick Hodge joined us to talk the latest on the recruiting front for the Buckeyes. Buckshots: Brice Sensabaugh goes off and a man disappears with a bunch of money.
Landmark news broke in the world of college sports this past week.USC and UCLA are coming to the Big Ten in 2024, and the move will have ripple effects for years to come. With Dan Hope on vacation this week, Garrick Hodge joined Griffin Strom to break down how the Big Ten's latest expansion efforts will impact Ohio State and college athletics as a whole.We started by stating our initial reactions (2:35) to the news before assessing the pros and cons from several perspectives, and also dug into the potential recruiting impact the addition of USC and UCLA might have on the Buckeye program (8:10).With Griffin and Garrick both present at this past Friday's joint press conference between Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith and president Kristina Johnson, we stated our biggest takeaways from the presser (21:45) and look ahead to what might come next as far as conference realignment.Aside from the biggest news of the week, there was still plenty to discuss in the world of recruiting (30:30), and Garrick had plenty to say about the recent commitments of four-star cornerbacks Kayin Lee, Calvin Simpson-Hunt and Jermaine Mathews. We then discussed the state of Ohio State's secondary in the 2023 cycle and assessed how Tim Walton and company have done on the recruiting trail since coming aboard the Buckeye staff.We wrapped up the show by talking about Griffin's experience at Kingdom League over the week weekend, where he saw past, present and potentially future Buckeyes put it work on the hardwood at Ohio Dominican University. Of note, current Buckeyes Zed Key, Kalen Etzler, Brice Sensabaugh, Bruce Thornton and Felix Okpara all played on Sunday, and Griffin let us in on a slice of what he saw from each (42:53).
Jason and Chris react to Brian Hartline's absurd week of recruiting. The Ohio State 2022 Hall of Fame class has been announced. Ranking OSU's worst losses since 2002. Kyle Jones joined the guys to give Hartline more praise and hit on a couple more things. Buckshots: OSU is doing well with NIL & a cartel monkey lost his life.
It's been a huge week for Ohio State in recruiting – specifically, for wide receiver recruiting.Ohio State landed commitments from five-star wide receivers on back-to-back days when Carnell Tate and Brandon Inniss committed to the Buckeyes on Monday and Tuesday. To help us put it all into context and explain how the Buckeyes pulled it off, Eleven Warriors recruiting analyst Garrick Hodge joins us on this week's episode of Real Pod Wednesdays.We break down how Ohio State's success recruiting wide receivers over the past five years is unprecedented and how Brian Hartline made OSU into the place top receiver prospects want to go, and Garrick shares his intel on how OSU ultimately won the battle for Tate after a push from Tennessee.In other recruiting storylines, this week brought us our first opportunity to see Dylan Raiola in person as he participated in Ohio State's final camp of the summer on Tuesday, and we share what impressed us (beginning 13 minutes in) while watching his throwing session and talking to him afterward.Another quarterback also stole the show on Tuesday as Colin Hurley earned an offer from the Buckeyes, and we discuss (starting around 18:40) how that could set up a fascinating race to be Ohio State's 2025 quarterback between Hurley and Ryan Montgomery.To wrap up camp season, all three of us make our picks (26:05) for who impressed us the most across Ohio State's seven camps. And Garrick predicts (31:00) which four players in the 2023 class will be the next players to commit to Ohio State. (Note: This episode was recorded before Jermaine Mathews, one of those four players, announced his July 1 commitment date.)In the final 22 minutes of the show (beginning at 36:15), Griffin and Dan preview this week's NBA draft and guesstimate where Malaki Branham and E.J. Liddell will be selected while sharing our thoughts on what kind of players we think each of them will be at the next level.
Jason & Chris sort through Marcus Freeman's comment's and then taking them back, Ohio State is selling the old turf, JSN's brother gets the call-up from the Pirates, Big Ten Media Days are set, Branham invited to the NBA Draft Green Room, Texas A&M complains about Nick Saban, Eleven Warriors recruiting reporter Garrick Hodge joins at 8:33pm to discuss recruiting, and Radio Buckshots to end the show!
Jason & Chris sort through some of the top week 1 games this season before reacting to CJ Stroud's new ride. The turf is being replaced as we speak in Ohio Stadium. Dan Hope joined the guys to discuss Stroud's new car, Day saying he needs $13 million in NIL money, and more. Buckshots: Michigan made charms for their win against OSU, an Idaho St assistant coach gets in trouble, and one man loves cocaine.
More than 1,000 high school football players have made their way through the Woody Hayes Athletic Center over the past week for Ohio State's first three high school football camps of the year, and we've been there to watch all the action unfold.For the first half of this week's episode of Real Pod Wednesdays, we share what we've learned from attending those three camps, including a list of the most impressive prospects we've seen on the field so far, the most interesting things we've heard from talking to recruits and our observations from watching new Ohio State coaches Justin Frye, Jim Knowles and Tim Walton in action.In the second half of the show, we discuss some of the other headlines of the past week and address some questions from listeners, including: 30:30: Why Ryan Day said Ohio State needs $13 million in NIL money and whether that's a realistic target 36:40: How Ohio State is getting more involved in helping its athletes land NIL deals 41:56: What we make of Michigan's charms for winning The Game and Penn State choosing not to White Out Ohio State 46:00: Who we think will be surprise contributors in Ohio State's season opener vs. Notre Dame 51:10: Why we're disappointed Carmen's Crew isn't playing in The Basketball Tournament 55:32: Why Ohio State would benefit from an eight-team College Football Playoff with no automatic bids (Programming note: Griffin will be on vacation next week, so our next episode of Real Pod Wednesdays will be published on June 22.)
Jason & Chris mention a couple schedule notes before diving into Ohio sports betting starting next year. Ohio State's O has to be better in the red zone. Camp season is upon us for OSU football. Ramzy Nasrallah joined the guys to discuss some of his favorite OSU football memories and more. Buckshots: USC's social media team messed up & a woman in England loves one specific meal.
We were broadcasting live from Muirfield Village for the first round of the Memorial. Legalized sports gambling is coming to Ohio on January 1st...Dan Hope of Eleven Warriors talked about the high school recruits who worked out at Ohio State yesterday...and Albert Breer of the MMQB updated us on the Deshaun Watson situation.
Ohio State's biggest recruiting month of the summer has begun.The first of seven camps for high school football players is taking place on Wednesday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Over the next 21 days, Ohio State will host thousands of high school football prospects hoping to earn an offer from the Buckeyes or at minimum, get some valuable coaching from members of OSU's coaching staff.Ohio State is set to also host more than 30 official visitors over the next four weeks, and those visits will be important to the Buckeyes' chances of landing commitments from some of their top targets in the 2023 recruiting class.To preview the entire month to come, Eleven Warriors recruiting analyst Garrick Hodge joins us for the first half of this week's episode of Real Pod Wednesdays. In more than 30 minutes of recruiting talk, we discuss who we'll be watching at the camps and his choices for the five most important official visitors of the month. And if you like #BOOMs, you'll want to hear Garrick's prediction for how many commitments Ohio State will land between now and Fourth of July weekend.Later in the show, Dan and Griffin talk about what Ohio State men's basketball needs to accomplish on the recruiting trail this summer. We also share our thoughts on what we heard on the radio last week from Chris Holtmann and Ryan Day and on Ohio State playing a second home night game in September against Toledo.
Happy Friday! Jensen Lewis fills in for Matty Ice. Tiger unknown for the Memorial Tournament, Kaepernick gets good reviews from his workout, Eleven Warriors' Dan Hope joins at 12;33pm, Overs & Unders at 12:48pm, Joe Burrow looking to avoid a historical trend, Under Pressure at 1:20pm, PFF's Brad Spielberger joins at 1:33pm, Ryan Day wins a Father of The Year honor, Memorial Tournament Director Dan Sullivan joins at 2:02pm, and Chin Music to end the week at 2:33pm!
Jason & Chris breakdown the hilarious back-and-forth between Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher plus they react to Ryan Day's comments about NIL on Morning Juice. OSU parted ways with baseball coach Greg Beals. How realistic is it for a Midwest team to succeed in college baseball? Kyle Jones joined the guys to talk Saban vs Fisher and more. Buckshots: Nebraska ends a tradition & a snake bit a man using the toilet.
Day is now one of the five highest-paid coaches in college football after receiving a two-year contract extension through the 2028 season that upped his compensation to $9.5 million per year. Holtmann received a pay bump to $3.5 million while his contract was extended through the 2027-28 season.Why was now the time to give both of them extensions, considering Ohio State football did not achieve its goals last year and men's basketball once again fell short of the Sweet 16? We analyze the timing and the impact of their contract extensions on this week's Real Pod Wednesdays.Holtmann's contract extension undoubtedly came with more scrutiny from Ohio State fans, yet it makes clear his job is safe for now – though we‘re not sure it guarantees anything beyond the next couple of seasons. We discuss why he deserves more time to continue building the Ohio State basketball program and what he will need to accomplish over the next couple of years to continue to be the right man for the job.As for Day's contract extension, we discuss how his new deal – and the money Ohio State spent on its assistant coaches this offseason – demonstrates that OSU is fully committed to doing what it needs to do to compete for national championships (12:20). Plus, we consider how Day's first three years as Ohio State's head coach stack up with his predecessors Urban Meyer and Jim Tressel.While we generally keep our focus on Ohio State sports on Real Pod Wednesdays, we couldn't not talk about the Nick Saban vs. Jimbo Fisher drama (23:02) this week. We personally want to see more public beefs between college football coaches, and we discuss why the SEC and college football as a whole should lean into the fun rather than trying to back away from it.We also talk about some of the other changes coming to college football, including: 33:05: The pros and cons for Ohio State of the likely death of divisions in the Big Ten 41:41: Whether eliminating the 25-man limit per signing class will make a real impact on recruiting 44:25: Why an FBS football split from the NCAA could solve some problems, but probably not all problems Finally, we share what we learned about Malaki Branham and E.J. Liddell from the NBA Draft Combine (53:45) and make our picks for who will be Ohio State football's top competition in the Big Ten this year (57:00).
Jason and Chris open the show discussing the announcement that the Notre Dame game will be a 7:30 pm kickoff, plus some other schedule notes for the Buckeyes & CFB. Ryan Day and Chris Holtmann were given contract extensions today. Dan Hope joined the guys to discuss the ND game, the Day 7 Holtmann contract extensions, and more. Buckshots: Clay Helton is the ultimate job creator and eBay executives are outta control.
We now know exactly when Ohio State's 2022 season will kick off, and it's hard not to start getting excited.Ohio State's Sept. 3 season opener against Notre Dame is still more than three months away, but the buildup to the Buckeyes' first game of the year received a big jolt of energy Tuesday when ESPN announced that the highly anticipated non-conference clash at Ohio Stadium will be played under the lights, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. on ABC.So we begin this week's episode of Real Pod Wednesdays by starting to look ahead to the first game of the year, as we discuss some of the many reasons Ohio State vs. Notre Dame will be the Buckeyes' most exciting season opener in some time and share our thoughts on the early 13.5-point spread.In that same spirit, we also share our thoughts (beginning at 14:30) on the other early betting lines for Ohio State's big games that were recently released by FanDuel, which has the Buckeyes as a 16-point favorite over Wisconsin, 21-point favorite over Iowa, 13-point favorite over Penn State and 14-point favorite over Michigan. Are the Buckeyes really that much better than everyone else on their schedule, or are those spreads a bit too generous? And we make our picks for which games we'd feel most and least confident betting on Ohio State's side right now.We also take a look (20:08) at the early odds to win the Big Ten by BetOnline, which has Ohio State as a -200 favorite to take the conference crowd and no one else with better odds than +1000. Is betting on the Buckeyes good value even at 1-to-2 odds, and which other team in the conference would we be most inclined to take a flier on? Plus, we discuss which teams could be the sleepers to contend in the conference or at least pull off a big upset in Big Ten play.In the second half of the show, we hit on a variety of miscellaneous topics including: 29:57: Ohio lagging behind other states by not allowing high school athletes to make NIL deals 32:50: Why Noah Potter and Justin Ahrens' transfer destinations make sense 38:30: What Malaki Branham and E.J. Liddell could do at this week's NBA Draft Combine 42:40: Griffin's post-vacation thoughts on Ohio State basketball's addition of Isaac Likekele 46:11: Who the Big Ten's best running backs will be this year 48:40: Why Braxton Miller is Ohio State's most exciting quarterback of the past 20 years
Chris was back in tonight with Jason. Ryan Day picks up another five-star QB commitment. Malaki Branham and EJ Liddell are heading to the NBA combine later this month. The NCAA is trying to walk back some of the happenings with NIL. Kevin Harrish joined the guys to discuss OSU's recent QB recruiting dominance and more. Buckshots: CFB on FOX was roasting Texas, a man shot into a White Castle with a crossbow, and Ray Ramano will play Jim Valvano in a biopic.
We couldn't have picked a better week for Garrick Hodge to co-host Real Pod Wednesdays.With regular co-host Griffin Strom vacationing in Costa Rica, Eleven Warriors recruiting writer Garrick Hodge took his place on this week's episode of RPW, and the timing worked out perfectly as it gave us the opportunity to talk about Ohio State's biggest commitment of the year to date.Of course, we're talking about Dylan Raiola – ranked by multiple recruiting services as the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2024 class – who became the first member of Ohio State's 2024 class when he committed to the Buckeyes on Monday night. We start this week's show by talking about what makes him such a special prospect and how his commitment sets Ohio State up for continued quarterback greatness for years to come.While Raiola was Ohio State's No. 1 target in any recruiting class, the Buckeyes' priorities now shift back to the recruiting class of 2023, where Ohio State also landed another commitment last week from Austin Siereveld. With 10 commitments in a class that's ranked fourth nationally so far, we discuss what needs to happen over the next seven months to turn Ohio State's 2023 class from a good class into a great class. Garrick calls his shot (beginning at 27:22) on the five uncommitted prospects he's most confident will eventually become Buckeyes, and Dan makes predictions on three more recruits – including two top-11 overall prospects in the 2023 class – he thinks will end up wearing scarlet and gray.The other big news of the week was the NCAA releasing new NIL guidelines on Monday, and the guys consider – with a healthy amount of skepticism – whether the NCAA will actually be able to enforce those guidelines (that discussion begins at 34:22). Garrick also reveals that he rarely hears about NIL when he talks to recruits about Ohio State, and he explains why he thinks that might be.We also discuss the impact of Marcus Crowley and Mitchell Melton's injuries (50:12), project what next season will look like for Ohio State men's basketball after the Buckeyes filled out their scholarship roster for 2022-23 with the transfer of former Oklahoma State guard Isaac Likekele (59:08), and we close out the show with some admittedly unconventional answers to a question about our favorite vacation spots.
Jason Priestas and Dan Hope were the hosts of tonight's show. The Buckeyes had two big gets in basketball and football. Dan and Jason try to figure out who will have a better career between Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson. Griffin Storm from Eleven Warriors was on the show discussing the 2022 Basketball Buckeyes. We ended the show talking about a possible upset that might be exciting in the SEC.
Ohio State's 2022 NFL draft class was smaller than usual, but the Buckeyes should have a larger draft class in 2023.Those two topics get most of our attention on this week's episode of Real Pod Wednesdays, just a few days after Ohio State had six players selected in the 2022 NFL draft. This year's NFL draft was a mixture of good and bad for the Buckeyes, as there were plenty of moments worth celebrating, like Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave (and Jameson Williams) going back-to-back and Jeremy Ruckert going to his favorite team. We talk about how great a recruiting pitch this year's draft will be for Brian Hartline, predict which of those receivers will make the bigger immediate impact and analyze why Nicholas Petit-Frere might have landed in the best spot of Ohio State's non-first-round picks.There were also some disappointments, like Thayer Munford falling to the seventh round and Haskell Garrett going undrafted, and we talk about what might have precipitated their falls (beginning at 20:48) and whether that should be a warning sign for players using their extra year of eligibility.At the 27:48 mark of the show, we begin to look ahead to next year's NFL draft and which Buckeyes could hear their names called a year from now. We discuss how high C.J. Stroud and Jaxon Smith-Njigba could go, predict whether any other Buckeyes will join them in the first round and discuss how Ohio State could have as many as 10 or even more players selected in 2023 if they perform up to expectations this fall.In the final 20 minutes of the show, we discuss the latest roster moves impacting the current Ohio State football and men's basketball teams, as we consider why the Buckeyes brought in USC transfer Parker Lewis to bolster their kicking game and how Chris Holtmann's squad will be impacted by the departure of Malaki Branham even though his decision to stay in the NBA draft wasn't a surprise. Plus, we talk about the latest headlines surrounding NIL in college sports and why Ohio State isn't using NIL as aggressively in recruiting as some other schools.
Jason and Chris discuss Malaki Branham's announcement that he is heading to the NBA. Preview tomorrow's NFL Draft and how OSU has become WRU. Which of the three former OSU WRs they'd take first in the draft. Buckshots: Hunter Dickinson is coming back to Michigan & Mark Emmert is stepping down.
It's time to make our predictions for where each Buckeye will land in the 2022 NFL draft.On this week's episode of Real Pod Wednesdays, we preview the NFL draft by making predictions for which teams we think Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson will land with on Thursday night, what rounds we think Nicholas Petit-Frere, Jeremy Ruckert, Thayer Munford, Haskell Garrett and Tyreke Smith will be selected in and whether Master Teague, Antwuan Jackson, Demario McCall or Chris Booker could sneak into the draft.We also make our personal picks (starting at 27:45) for which Buckeyes we'd be most confident drafting if we were NFL general managers and share some overall thoughts on this year's Ohio State draft class, including what it says about the talent that will be returning to the Buckeyes in 2022.As for the 2022 Buckeyes, we also learned this week about some players who won't be returning to Ohio State this fall – namely Noah Potter, Andre Turrentine and Marcus Hooker – and we discuss (beginning at 34:25) what to make of the latest wave of transfer portal entries as Ohio State sits below the 85-scholarship limit for the first time this year.It was also another busy week for Ohio State men's basketball, as Sean McNeil committed to the Buckeyes and Seth Towns announced his return for a seventh year, and we discuss (starting at 49:05) what the Buckeyes will need from both of them during the 2022-23 season as well as what they will do with the one roster spot they're expected to have left.
We spent a good portion of the show remembering Dwayne Haskins. Jeremy Birmingham of Lettermen Row and Dan Hope of Eleven Warriors joined in the discussion. Also, Scottie Scheffler won the Masters and the Cavs are headed to the postseason for the first time in four years.
Bruce Arians is stepping down as head coach of the Buccaneers...Lindsay Patterson of All Bengals/Sports Illustrated talked about Cincinnati's offseason moves...Dan Hope of Eleven Warriors gave his thoughts about Ohio State's spring practice...and Jackets Insider Jeff Svoboda reported in from Long Island.