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Today is Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, and this is your Ohio State Wake-Up Call.
Meyer is magic after postseason losses
As Ohio State prepares for spring football 2017, it may be worth a look at the previous seasons Urban Meyer has embarked upon following a bowl game loss to end his previous season.
If you’re a Buckeyes fan, this is something you may find interesting. Prior to last season it only happened twice for Meyer (his 2007 Florida team lost to Michigan in the Citrus Bowl and his 2013 Buckeyes lost to Clemson in the Orange Bowl), but it’s worth noting nonetheless.
What’s worth noting? I’ll send it to my good friend Kevin Harrish of elevenwarriors.com for the explanation:
Urban Meyer has dealt with a bowl loss just twice in his career – once at Florida after his Gators were defeated by Michigan in the 2008 Capital One Bowl, and once at Ohio State after the Buckeyes fell to Clemson in the 2013 Orange Bowl.
Both times, Meyer responded from the losses in the best possible way: by winning a national title the following season.
Say what? I know that sounds wild, but it’s true. I checked. Florida won the 2008 national title and, if memory serves, Ohio State beat Oregon for title in the 2014 season.
Of course this is only interesting because, if you remember, Ohio State just lost a bowl game to Clemson. Are there any other similarities, Kevin?
Perhaps the biggest similarity between this Ohio State team and Meyer’s 2008 and 2014 squads is the amount of returning talent.
Meyer lost just two players to the NFL Draft in 2007 – defensive end Derrick Harvey and wide receiver Andre Caldwell – and returned nearly all of its prolific offense, including Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, as well as its young defense.
In 2013, the exodus of talent was a bit larger as seven Buckeyes were taken in the NFL Draft – Ryan Shazier, Bradley Roby, Carlos Hyde, Jack Mewhort, Corey Linsley and Christian Bryant (who was injured most of the year). Still, Ohio State returned the bulk of its defense, many of its offensive weapons and its quarterback (well, not really).
In 2017, the Buckeyes will be without a handful of 2016 contributors, seven of whom will likely be drafted in April, but return their core. Ohio State returns starting quarterback J.T. Barrett, four-fifths of its offensive line, its entire defensive line and two starting linebackers.
Get your national championship tickets now folks, that’s all I’m saying.
Ohio State seals the deal on Big Ten regular-season title
It’s been a pretty good run so far for Kevin McGuff and his Ohio State women’s basketball team. The Buckeyes have won 69 percent of the games McGuff has coached (79 percent the last two seasons) and now, for the first time since 2010, Ohio State has a regular-season Big Ten championship.
The Buckeyes knocked off Rutgers 73-45 on Sunday, earning the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes technically split the league title with Maryland, but Ohio State knocked off the Terrapins earlier in the week to take the pole position in the upcoming battle royale.
??? CONGRATS @OhioState_WBB‼️
— Brutus Buckeye (@Brutus_Buckeye) February 26, 2017
Ohio State will have the sought-after double bye in the tournament – which begins Wednesday – meaning it won’t hit the court again until Friday. The Buckeyes will be without second-leading scorer Stephania Mavunga when they face either Iowa or Northwestern on Friday (noon ET, BTN). Ohio State knocked off the Hawkeyes and the Wildcats – each by seven points – during the regular season.
Buckeyes continue historic run on volleyball court
Let’s keep our focus on the less-discussed, but really successful, sports programs at Ohio State. Like the men’s volleyball team.
Last season, that group of young dudes won the NCAA championship. Since then, clearly pumped with power and success, Ohio State has avoided losing — at all.
In fact, after Sunday’s five-set victory against Grand Canyon, the Scarlet and Gray have won 40 straight matches, which is good enough to tie the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association record set just two seasons ago by Loyola-Chicago. The Buckeyes now have set their sights on the 48-match win streak set by UCLA from 1983-85. To get to that record, Ohio State will basically just need to defend its home court. Six of the Buckeyes’ next nine matches will be at home, starting March 3 against St. Francis (Pa.).
If the Buckeyes can take care of business, they’d meet McKendree (Ill.) University on March 31 in what would be the record-breaking match.
I know that spring is just around the corner and everyone wants to get out and celebrate their favorite school’s winning traditions, so now is a good time to jump on the volleyball bandwagon.
Adios, Mr. Elflein
When he committed to Ohio State as a little-known offensive lineman out of Pickerington North High School, it’s not likely you would have found many folks stepping up to suggest that Pat Elflein would become the player he is today.
The country’s 55th-ranked offensive guard, Elflein was a member of a group dubbed the “loyal 11” on Twitter when he committed to the Buckeyes, and head coach Luke Fickell, after the Jim Tressel fiasco. Today, Elflein is headed to the NFL Combine and is set to be one of the highest-selected interior linemen in April’s 2017 NFL Draft.
Elflein: Power game. Versatile. Can play guard or center. Strong ability in the reach game. Easily get to the second level. Smart technician
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) February 24, 2017
What a wild ride it’s been.
☑️ National Champion
☑️ Outland Finalist
☑️ Rimington Winner
☑️ #NFLCombine Invitee
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) February 26, 2017
Thanks, Pat. Good luck.
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