In June 2021, the College Football Playoff committee announced that it was studying a potential expansion to 12 teams that could go into effect as soon as 2023. The news came as a total shock at the time, but there has been little progress toward that goal since then.So what issues are holding things up, and how will they get resolved?Marcus Hartman of the Dayton Daily News joins host Tom Orr to answer those questions and much more. - Can players really handle the physical demands of a 16 or even 17-game season?- How will the games be scheduled, and how will that impact the future of the bowl system?- Should the field be eight or 12 teams?- Which conferences, if any, should get automatic bids?Plus, what's the latest on Jim Harbaugh's potential move to the NFL? Has his Michigan program hit its ceiling? Should he take the Las Vegas Raiders' job if it's offered to him?
In this episode of the Buckeye Weekly Podcast, Tom Orr and Tony Gerdeman answer a batch of listener questions. The topics this time around include the following.- How will the OSU offense benefit from playing against a Jim Knowles defense?- Where is the biggest area of opportunity on this Ohio State defense?- How does next year's front seven compare to Alabama and Georgia in 2021?- Does Ohio State have the talent to win it all in 2022?- And more.
This will be the third season in which the Ohio State football team awards the Block O jersey to a player who best epitomizes toughness, resiliency, and the core tenets of the Buckeye program.Jonathon Cooper was awarded the initial Block O in 2020, and Thayer Munford won it in 2021. So who should get it this year?Buckeye Scoop staffers just debated that topic and came up with some very different answers. Marc Givler was one of them. He joins host Tom Orr to discuss his choice, as well as four other names to consider. Plus, another big change is on the way for the Ohio State basketball program.
The deadline to declare for the NFL Draft has come and gone, which means it's time to look at what the Michigan Wolverines have coming back in 2022.In today's episode of the Buckeye Weekly Podcast, Tony Gerdeman and Tom Orr discuss who is returning to the Michigan defense next year and what that means for the Buckeyes and the rest of the Big Ten.Will the Wolverines be better in 2022 than they were this year? With their losses on defense, it's hard to imagine they'll be as good as they were in 2021.
A pair of coaches who spent 2021 with Ohio State have now moved on to new jobs at other schools in the midwest.Kerry Coombs is headed to Cincinnati and Al Washington is going to Notre Dame. Will they be able to capitalize on existing relationships with Ohio State recruits to make life difficult for the Buckeyes on the recruiting trail?Buckeye Scoop's Alex Gleitman joins host Tom Orr to discuss that and much more. - How has new offensive line coach Justin Frye connected with some of Ohio State's top targets?- Did Jim Knowles make a positive impression in his first meeting with an elite linebacker from the deep south?
The deadline to declare for the NFL Draft has come and gone, which means it's time to look at what the Michigan Wolverines have coming back in 2022.In today's episode of the Buckeye Weekly Podcast, Tom Orr and Tony Gerdeman discuss who is returning to the Michigan offense next year and what that means for the Buckeyes and the rest of the Big Ten.Will the Wolverines be better in 2022 than they were this year? With this offense, it's possible.
A busy offseason for the Ohio State coaching staff took another turn on Tuesday with one move to maintain the stability of the offense, and another to help rebuild things on the defensive side of the ball.Buckeye Scoop's Kevin Noon joins host Tom Orr to break down Tony Alford's new role on the offense, and the addition of former Duke defensive assistant Matt Guerrieri to Jim Knowles' staff. - How have the Buckeyes maintained such stability on offense after so many great seasons in a row?- Does the addition of analysts on the defensive side of the ball help lessen the concerns about only having four full-time assistants there?- Plus, with Tate Martell deciding to retire as a college football player, looking back at the remarkable place he holds in Ohio State football history, and the Buckeyes' incredible success in the midst of a bizarre stretch of quarterback recruits.
Ohio State head coach Ryan Day is finalizing his staff and assigning new titles to assistant coaches. On Tuesday, running backs coach Tony Alford was also named OSU's run game coordinator.Some of the more interesting moves, however, have taken place a bit under the radar as Day and new defensive coordinator Jim Knowles have brought over four behind-the-scenes coaches to help him install and teach his new defense.In this episode of the Buckeye Weekly Podcast, Tony Gerdeman and Tom Orr discuss why the addition of a pair of analysts and a pair of graduate assistants could help bring a major impact to the new Ohio State defense in 2022.
The NFL Draft deadline passed on Monday with a number of talented Buckeyes announcing that they would be headed to the pros earlier than expected. But this year, an even larger number decided to return for one more year in Columbus, and that could have a huge impact on the 2022 Buckeyes.Buckeye Scoop beat reporter Tony Gerdeman joins host Tom Orr to break down which of the early-entry players will be toughest for Ohio State to replace this fall, and which returnee will make the biggest impact in the upcoming season.
The 2021 college football season just ended a week ago, which means it's time to start figuring out who will contend for the national title in 2022.Bill Bender of the Sporting News put together his Way Too Early Top 25 and joins host Tom Orr to share his thoughts on the teams that could be the best in the nation in the upcoming season.- Will Nick Saban have the Alabama Crimson Tide rolling again?- After waiting more than 40 years to win the national title, can Georgia defend it this fall?- Will a revamped Ohio State defense be enough to put the Buckeyes back into national title contention?- Can Dabo Swinney and Clemson bounce back after a down year in 2021?- Was Michigan a one-year wonder, or will the Wolverines make it two in a row against Ohio State?
In this listener questions episode of the Buckeye Weekly Podcast, Tom Orr and Tony Gerdeman address a number of topics provided by the listeners.- If Ryan Day is standing on third, which new hire is bringing him home?- Providing unpopular opinions about Ohio State football history.- Where are the Ohio Stadium vendors?- What did Mike Doss do better than just about anybody?- The Horseshoe is turning 100 years old this year.
The 2021 season did not go as expected for the Ohio State football program. They lost to arch-rival Michigan for the first time since 2011. They lost multiple regular-season games for the first time since 2017. And they failed to even reach the Big Ten Championship Game for the first time since 2016. But it's a new year, and with a revamped coaching staff and a lot of talented young players returning, can the Buckeyes get back to championship form this fall?Buckeye Scoop's Kevin Noon has gone through every game on the schedule to put together a very early look at where every team in the Big Ten will finish in the standings this fall. He joins host Tom Orr to break down the highs and lows of the league, and which picks he's most and least confident in.
In this listener questions episode of the Buckeye Weekly Podcast, Tony Gerdeman and Tom Orr answer a handful of questions submitted by show listeners. - Does a new defensive staff mean more transfers coming for Ohio State?- Will new safety transfer Tanner McCalister scare any current Buckeye safeties away?- How much is the extra COVID year affecting recruiting and transfers in college football?- Will the offensive line be better next year?- What to expect from CJ Stroud in 2022.- Will the Ohio State defensive line be better in 2022 than it was in 2021?- Are the rumors about the Buckeye Scoop staff true?
Perry Eliano was hired this week to be Ohio State's new safeties coach as the Buckeyes completely overhaul their defensive coaching staff following a shaky 2021 season.He helped coach Cincinnati defensive backs Sauce Gardner and Coby Bryant from unheralded recruits to a Thorpe Award winner and possible NFL first-round draft pick, and now he's headed to Columbus.Mick Walker of Bearcat Journal (and a former Buckeye Scoop recruiting analyst) joins host Tom Orr to discuss what Eliano meant to the Cincinnati program, and what he brings with him to Columbus.- What kind of eye for talent evaluation does he have, and what kind of recruiter is he?- How is he as a technician on the practice field?- Will it be an issue that he has coached corners at UC and is moving over to safeties at OSU?- Are there any current UC recruiting targets who he might try to bring to Ohio State?- And with a defensive backs coaching spot open, could Kerry Coombs be headed to Cincinnati?
In this listener questions episode of the Buckeye Weekly Podcast, Tom Orr and Tony Gerdeman tackle a number of Ohio State topics. (This episode was recorded prior to Thursday's announced staff changes.)- Will Kerry Coombs still be on the staff in 2022?- What other defensive staff changes may be coming?- Will the Buckeyes have a designated special teams coach again next year?- Bold predictions on sleeper candidates to start next year for Ohio State.- Should the Buckeyes go after Alabama tight end Jahleel Billingsley now that he's in the transfer portal?- Is the hiring of Justin Frye a direct result of the size and speed of Georgia and Alabama?- And more.
Ohio State just announced a major overhaul of its coaching staff, saying goodbye to Kerry Coombs and Al Washington, and bringing in Perry Eliano and, reportedly, Tim Walton. Add that to the change from Greg Studrawa to Justin Frye on the offensive line, and it has been a very eventful week inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. How will those changes impact Ohio State with current players, recent signees, and future recruits?Buckeye Scoop recruiting analyst Alex Gleitman joins host Tom Orr to discuss that and more.
Ohio State defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs and linebackers coach Al Washington will not be back in 2022. Ryan Day has also added Cincinnati CBs coach Perry Eliano and Jacksonville Jaguars CBs coach Tim Walton. In this episode of the Buckeye Weekly Podcast, Tony Gerdeman and Tom Orr discuss the dismissals of Coombs and Washington and address the additions of Eliano and Walton. Are these movements a win for Ryan Day? Is he done shaking up the staff?Tom and Tony discuss all of this and more.
The Ohio State defense ended its 2021 season with an appropriately up-and-down performance against Utah in the Rose Bowl. But with new defensive coordinator Jim Knowles coming in to overhaul things, how much of that game is really a concern for the Buckeyes and their fans moving forward?Buckeye Scoop's Xs and Os guru Ross Fulton joins host Tom Orr to discuss that and much more.- What are Ross' thoughts on new offensive line coach Justin Frye?- Does Frye's history indicate that more diversity could be coming in the run game?- Are frequent struggles against both the run and the pass likely to get fixed before 2022?
The Big Ten released its revised 2022 football schedule on Wednesday. It features dozens of changes from the previously released 2022 schedule, including six changes for the Buckeyes.In this live episode of the Buckeye Weekly Podcast, Tony Gerdeman, Tom Orr, and Kevin Noon share their thoughts on the new schedule, what stands out, how this impacts the Buckeyes, and much more. They also answer questions from viewers throughout the 90-minute live stream.
South Florida Express is one of the nation's premier 7-on-7 football teams, and Buckeye Scoop's Bill Greene just spent the weekend watching them hold tryouts with some of the very best football players in Florida. He joins host Tom Orr to share his thoughts on new OSU safety commit Cedrick Hawkins and some other names to know, including the player who might be the best wide receiver in the class of 2024. Plus, how Brian Hartline has the Buckeyes positioned for success in south Florida, and will the addition of Mario Christobal as Miami's new head coach change the recruiting game in that region?
Ohio State is welcoming in a handful of early enrollees this week. What kind of advantage is it to enroll early and take part in winter workouts and spring football? Tony Gerdeman and Tom Orr discuss the topic in this episode of the Buckeye Weekly Podcast. They also take a look at each of the Buckeyes' early enrollees in the 2022 class and share their expectations for each of them this season.
One of the greatest defensive backs in Ohio State football history is now going to be a member of the College Football Hall Of Fame.Mike Doss, a three-time all-American, and a leader on the 2002 national championship team, was elected Monday.Buckeye Scoop's Tony Gerdeman joins host Tom Orr to reflect on Doss' legacy with the Buckeyes, including some of his biggest moments on the field, and a decision made 19 years ago this month that helped kick-start Ohio State's first undisputed national championship season in 34 years.
Brian Hartline has been named the Buckeyes' passing game coordinator, but what exactly does that mean for Hartline and his future at Ohio State? Tom Orr and Tony Gerdeman discuss Hartline's present and future with the Buckeyes in this edition of the Buckeye Weekly Podcast. The fellas also discuss the recent additions of safety Tanner McCalister and Hero Kanu. They then talk a bit about the All-American Bowl and how some future Buckeyes performed in the game. They finish with predictions for Monday's national championship game.
The Ohio State football team has made a couple of changes to its coaching staff this offseason, but it's possible that more could still be on the way. How could that impact the 2022 recruiting class?Buckeye Scoop's Marc Givler joins host Tom Orr to discuss that and much more.Marc just spent the week at the All-America Game in San Antonio, covering more than 10 future Buckeyes as they competed against the best players in the nation.Which future Buckeye had the best week? And which changed his impression of them the most in just a few days? Plus a deep-dive on Ohio State's newest commit, defensive tackle Hero Kanu.
Jim Knowles was hired at Ohio State largely based on his work as the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State. But it was the stop before that, at Duke, where he first came to national prominence. Brett Ciancia of PickSixPreviews.com joins host Tom Orr to discuss that.Plus, a look at the significance of Ohio State's win over Utah in the Rose Bowl. And a deep dive on Monday night's national championship game between Georgia and Alabama. Can the Dawgs bounce back to win their first national title since 1980, or will the Tide roll yet again?
In this last chapter of the day-after Rose Bowl live stream, Tony Gerdeman and Tom Orr answer viewer questions about the transfer portal, Julian Fleming, predicting starters on defense for next year's Notre Dame game, the 2022 spring football schedule, Tommy Eichenberg, the situation at Will linebacker next year, replacing talented recruiters, and much more.
There are growing signs that the rumors about Jim Harbaugh and the NFL could be true. What's the latest on the Michigan head coach and a possible jump to the pros? And if he does make the move, who would replace him in Ann Arbor?Buckeye Scoop's Tony Gerdeman joins host Tom Orr to answer those questions and more. Plus, what's the latest on Ohio State's assistant coach shuffle? Are Matt Barnes and Greg Studrawa going to be the only assistants who depart, or are more guys going to be packing their bags soon?
In the fifth and penultimate installment of the post-Rose Bowl live stream, Tom Orr and Tony Gerdeman answer viewer questions and discuss topics such as Jack Sawyer, the Ohio State linebackers, the constant nature of the transfer portal, which Buckeye receiver will lead the team in touchdown catches next year, the legend of Demario McCall, the future of Kerry Coombs, and more.
Ohio State announced a major change to its coaching staff on Thursday, dismissing long-time offensive line coach Greg Studrawa. That made for some awkward timing, with Carson Hinzman having committed to the Buckeyes just a day earlier. What did Hinzman and fellow OL commit George Fitzpatrick think of the news?Buckeye Scoop's Kevin Noon spoke to both of them after the story broke. He joins host Tom Orr to discuss that and much more from a busy week at the all-American game in San Antonio. - How has QB Devin Brown looked in practice?- Why is Caden Curry one of the most impressive players on the field?- Are WR Kojo Antwi and Kyion Grayes ready to be the next big-time Buckeye receivers?- Is current Buckeye target DL Christen Miller really interested in Ohio State or just playing games?
Ohio State offensive line coach Greg Studrawa has been let go by head coach Ryan Day. Buckeye Weekly's Tony Gerdeman and Tom Orr discuss the move and why it happened now.Was this the right move by Ryan Day? Should he have given Studrawa more time? Why was urgency an issue? What does this mean for recent commitment Carson Hinzman? Who could Day be targeting to replace Studrawa?All of these questions are discussed and more.
In part four of the Day After The Rose Bowl Livestream, Tom Orr and Tony Gerdeman answer questions from the viewers about the 2021 Buckeyes, the 2022 Buckeyes, and some assorted other topics. Questions include: - What's the outlook for Josh Proctor next year?- Are there safeties in the portal worth going after?- Is TreVeyon Henderson the next great OSU back or just a bridge guy to the next great one?- What is Miyan Williams looking at next year?- Who will be the two best quarterbacks in the Big Ten?- Why would great RBs want to come to Ohio State if all the Buckeyes do is throw the ball?- What's the deal with Penn State?- What is Jack Sawyer's role next year?
By just about any measure you can come up with, Ohio State's 48-45 win over Utah was an incredible performance by the Buckeye offense. CJ Stroud blew away the previous school record with 573 yards passing, Jaxon Smith-Njigba shattered the OSU single-game record with 353 yards receiving, and freshman Marvin Harrison, Jr. put up three receiving touchdowns. So what went right, and what went wrong for the Buckeyes in that game? And more importantly, can they carry that kind of record-setting offense over to the 2022 season?Buckeye Scoop's Xs and Os guru Ross Fulton joins host Tom Orr to break down the OSU offense in the Rose Bowl, and what it means moving forward.Plus, the Buckeyes just added one of Oklahoma State's starting safeties in the transfer portal. Where will Tanner McCalister fit for the Buckeyes next fall?
In part three of this weekend's live stream, Tom Orr and Tony Gerdeman discuss Big Ten realignment, when should Cade McNamara have been benched by Jim Harbaugh, the hopes and dreams of winning the Big Ten for Michigan fans next year, Tom tries to name all of the Leaders and Legends, the fellas discuss the future of the defensive coaching staff and what they expect to happen -- or at least what they won't be surprised to see happen, and more.
Jim Harbaugh "might be tempted" to jump from Michigan to the NFL to take either the Las Vegas Raiders or Chicago Bears head coaching jobs, according to a report from Bruce Feldman. So how likely is it that he leaves the Wolverines after their first Big Ten championship since 2004?Buckeye Scoop's Tony Gerdeman joins host Tom Orr to break down the pros and cons of Harbaugh making the leap back to the pros, and handicap how likely it is that he does it.Plus, which Buckeyes are still weighing a possible jump to the NFL Draft?
0:55 - A discussion with Texas-based artist Tom Orr about his artistic journey. Orr is an artist whose large-scale sculptures have been widely collected in the U.S. and Japan, and who is a frequent collaborator with Episode 23 guest Frances Bagley, who happens to be his wife.74:11 - The week's top art headlines.
After 2022 defensive lineman Omari Abor and 2023 safety Cedric Hawkins both committed to Ohio State over the weekend, even more good news could be on the way soon.The 2022 All-American game is this weekend in San Antonio and nearly half of Ohio State's current commits will be there, along with three of the Buckeyes' top remaining targets for 2022. Buckeye Scoop's Marc Givler will be there as well to cover all of it. He joins host Tom Orr to discuss some of the biggest storylines this week, including:- At least one of those top targets is announcing his commitment this weekend, and another could join him.- Could changes to the OSU coaching staff impact any current commits?- Scouting Omari Abor and Cedrick Hawkins and what they bring to Ohio State- Which players is Marc most interested in seeing in person?
This is the second episode from our three-hour Rose Bowl live stream where Tony Gerdeman and Tom Orr answered viewer questions one day after the Buckeyes' 48-45 win over Utah.- Who will be the Buckeyes' biggest challenge in the Big Ten next year?- Who has championship-caliber quarterbacks in the conference?- Who has championship-caliber quarterbacks nationally?- Which Buckeye defensive players are national championship caliber?- What do we do on long flights?- Was this year's Ohio State defense the worst of the last decade?- More
As of Sunday morning, Jim Knowles is now officially the defensive coordinator of the Ohio State football team. And as Buckeye Scoop's Alex Gleitman reported, former OSU secondary coach Matt Barnes is taking over as the new defensive coordinator of Memphis.So will those be the only changes to Ryan Day's coaching staff this offseason? Buckeye Scoop's Tony Gerdeman joins host Tom Orr to answer that and much more. - What happened right after the Rose Bowl that could hint at another possible change?- What was the most memorable moment of the Rose Bowl game?- Just how good could Jaxon Smith-Njigba be next season?
The Buckeyes are coming off of one of their most dramatic wins ever, as they came from behind to defeat Utah 48-45 in the 2022 Rose Bowl.Tom Orr and Tony Gerdeman are not quite done talking about it, but that's because Buckeye fans aren't yet ready to be done talking about it.Tony and Tom live streamed for three hours from a Los Angeles hotel on Sunday. They will break that session into a number of podcasts, the first of which recaps some of their time in LA, final Rose Bowl thoughts, and various questions from the viewers.
The Ohio State Buckeyes and Utah Utes played one of the greatest games in the history of the Rose Bowl, a 48-45 thriller that went down to the very last play of the game.Buckeye Scoop's Kevin Noon and Tom Orr were there to see every second of the action, and break down the players who helped OSU pull out that thrilling victory. Plus, a look at changes coming for the Ohio State coaching staff, and what this victory will mean for the Buckeyes as they turn the page to the 2022 season.
Following Ohio State's incredible 48-45 comeback victory over Utah in the 2022 Rose Bowl, Tom Orr and Tony Gerdeman recapped everything they saw from the game and answered questions throughout their live stream.Where does Jaxon Smith-Njigba's performance rank in Ohio State history? How did this game change the mood of an entire fanbase? What kind of changes are coming to the Buckeyes in the offseason? All of these topics are discussed and many, many more.
Ohio State will face off with Utah today in the 2022 Rose Bowl. It's an incredibly intriguing matchup as a number of opt-outs and injuries make things truly unpredictable. How much will incoming defensive coordinator Jim Knowles impact the Buckeyes' defensive game plan? How will the absence of players like Haskell Garrett, Antwuan Jackson, Cody Simon, Sevyn Banks, and Marcus Williamson impact the defense?Buckeye Scoop's Xs and Os guru Ross Fulton joins host Tom Orr to discuss all of that and much more.
Ohio State and Utah will play in the Rose Bowl on Saturday, which means now is the perfect time to go live to preview the matchup.Tony Gerdeman and Tom Orr cover all aspects of Saturday's game while answering questions from the live viewersThe fellas then reveal their picks for the game.
There has been a lot of talk this week about the injuries and opt-outs on Ohio State's team and the impact they could have on the Rose Bowl game. But Utah is also far from completely healthy. The Utes have multiple cornerbacks who are banged up, and have shifted players over from other positions and even from the offense to defense to provide depth. Can the Buckeyes take advantage of that?Utah beat writer Josh Furlong of KSL.com joins host Tom Orr to discuss that and answer listener questions on a wide variety of topics including:- What are the keys to victory for both Utah and Ohio State?- Does Utah like being part of the Pac-12, and are they potentially a school the Big Ten could add in the next round of expansion?- How do Utah fans feel about Urban Meyer, a coach who helped put their program on the map?
The Rose Bowl is now two days away, so it's time to get out some bold predictions.Tom Orr and Tony Gerdeman take their weekly bold predictions show live as they make predictions about CJ Stroud, Julian Fleming, Kourt Williams, Tommy Eichenberg, Emeka Egbuka, the Ohio State running game, the defense, and much, much more.They also then share some bold predictions from the live viewers.
Ohio State has just 63 scholarship players practicing in the lead-up to Saturday's Rose Bowl. That's 22 fewer than the 85-scholarship limit, and a significant dent in the Buckeyes' depth before what promises to be a physical matchup against Utah. Which areas of the team are the biggest concerns right now?Buckeye Scoop's Kevin Noon joins host Tom Orr to go position-by-position through the roster to identify the potential problem spots for the game.
Wednesday was Day Three of media availabilities at The Rose Bowl, as the Ohio State offense and Utah defense took center stage?What did everybody have to say? In this edition of the Buckeye Weekly Podcast, Tony Gerdeman and Tom Orr break it down, paying special attention to the situation at receiver for the Buckeyes.Both Utah and Ohio State coaches were talking about the absences of Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave and what it could mean for the Rose Bowl. There is also a discussion about Cade Stover's present and future, as well as a conversation about the offensive line and "keeping guys happy."
Tom Orr and Tony Gerdeman answer viewer questions on this live edition of Buckeye Weekly from Los Angeles.The fellas spoke with Buckeye coach Matt Barnes and five Ohio State defenders on Tuesday and they share what everybody had to say while also answering a plethora of viewer questions about the Buckeyes and Saturday's upcoming Rose Bowl.
On Monday, Ohio State head coach Ryan Day announced that senior WR Chris Olave was opting out of the Rose Bowl game.But then on Tuesday, Olave was back out on the practice field, running routes, catching passes, and fielding punts. So is there any chance he decides to play in the Rose Bowl after all?Buckeye Scoop's Kevin Noon joins host Tom Orr to answer that question and more. - Which pair of defensive backs wasn't at practice?- Which linebacker and defensive tackle were missing?- The inspiring story of Utah's star running back
The Buckeyes have had four players opt out for the Rose Bowl so far as receivers Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave have said their goodbyes, as have defensive tackle Haskell Garrett and Nicholas Petit-Frere.In this episode of the Buckeye Weekly Podcast, Tony Gerdeman and Tom Orr discuss each of those opt outs and look back on their respective times at Ohio State.The fellas also wonder where Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave rank among the Ohio State greats at receiver.The show also includes a discussion on the transfer of DeaMonte Trayanum to Ohio State and why it's important for new defensive coordinator Jim Knowles.