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Nick Bosa is the No. 9 returning player in 2018, according to CBS Sports.

Ohio State football: Nick Bosa among nation’s top returners; Pat Elflein’s role in making Vikings contenders

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Nick Bosa listed among CBS Sports’ top 25 returning players

CBS Sports released a list of its top 25 returning players in college football for the 2018 season on Wednesday, and Nick Bosa was the only Ohio State player on the list. But he made the top 10. The Buckeyes defensive end checked in at No. 9, the fifth-highest ranked defensive player.

Bosa, who had 8.5 sacks in 2017, was the second-highest ranked Big Ten player on the list. Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley was No. 4.

The full list, which features Stanford running back Bryce Love at No. 1, can be found here.

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Ohio State basketball tops Northwestern on the road

The No. 22 Buckeyes stayed perfect in the Big Ten with a 71-65 win against Northwestern on the road Wednesday night. Ohio State is now 16-4 and 7-0 in conference play.

Ohio State’s leading scorer Keita Bates-Diop was held to 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting, but the Buckeyes got a team-high 13 points off the bench from Micah Potter. Here’s a full box score.

How Pat Elflein helped make the Vikings a Super Bowl contender

ESPN’s Courtney Cronin released an in-depth look at how rookie center Pat Elflein has helped turn the Minnesota Vikings into a Super Bowl contender. The 2016 Rimington Trophy winner at Ohio State, Elflein has anchored the Vikings’ offensive line as the team has made a run to the NFC Championship Game.

Elflein’s contributions have been endless, and if he played any other position, he’d probably be in the conversation for Offensive Rookie of the Year. He will surely be on just about every all-rookie team, such as the Pro Football Writers Association’s, which he was named to Tuesday, but for the Vikings, he is the most important first-year player, anchoring an O-line that tied for seventh-fewest sacks allowed (27). Last year’s group gave up 38, which ranked 23rd.

Buckeyes offer 2019 QB Graham Mertz

Ohio State sent out an offer to 2019 quarterback Graham Mertz on Wednesday. Mertz committed to Wisconsin in October but also picked up an offer from Michigan last month. From Mission, Kan., Mertz is ranked as the No. 7 pro-style quarterback in the 2019 class by the 247Sports composite.

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