Ohio State football: Jerome Baker declares for NFL draft; Buckeyes among favorites for national title next year
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Jerome Baker enters 2018 NFL Draft
Ohio State lost another member of its defense Monday as linebacker Jerome Baker declared for the NFL Draft. Baker was a strong piece in the Buckeyes’ front seven and was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award in 2017.
Thank you! pic.twitter.com/T05yf49bMk
— Jerome Baker Jr. (@Lastname_Baker) January 8, 2018
Baker is the third member of Ohio State’s defense to declare early for the draft in the last two weeks. He joins cornerback Denzel Ward and defensive end Sam Hubbard.
Land of 10’s Austin Ward broke down what Baker’s decision means for the Buckeyes.
In short, there wasn’t much Baker couldn’t do from his spot at outside linebacker to help the Buckeyes, and replacing his production is going to be critical as the Silver Bullets move on without him. Losing Chris Worley to graduation only complicates matters for Ohio State, which will need new full-time starters at both positions on either side of Tuf Borland in the middle.
Ohio State listed among favorites for 2018 national title
The 2017 season is officially behind us. The odds on who will will the next national title are already out.
The Las Vegas Westgate SuperBook has already listed odds for who will win the College Football Playoff Championship Game next season, and the Buckeyes are firmly among the favorites. Ohio State was listed with 8-1 odds. Only Alabama (5-2) and Clemson (6-1) had better odds. Georgia was also listed as an 8-1 shot, while Michigan had 10-1 odds.
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Georgia and Alabama fans mocked Ohio State for some reason
Prior to the national title game Monday in Atlanta, fans from both Georgia and Alabama found time to mock Ohio State for some, unknown reason. Fans of the Dawgs and the Crimson Tide were featured in a video by Sports Illustrated poking fun at Ohio State for having to settle for the Cotton Bowl.
Dear Ohio State,
Congratulations on winning the Cotton Bowl. You did it!
Alabama and Georgia fans at the national title game pic.twitter.com/e04Ctb580W
— SI College Football (@si_ncaafb) January 8, 2018
Ohio State basketball picks up votes in new AP Top 25
The Buckeyes didn’t quite crack the top 25 after their huge upset over then No. 1 Michigan State on Sunday. Ohio State picked up votes and got 29 points in the latest Associated Press top 25, which came out Monday. Ohio State (13-4, 4-0 Big Ten) had the fourth-most votes of teams outside the top 25, and Chris Holtmann’s team could get ranked soon if it keeps winning.
Ohio State star Keita Bates-Diop was named the Big Ten and NBC Sports Player of the Week.
— Ohio State Hoops (@OhioStateHoops) January 8, 2018
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