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Today is Wednesday, Sept. 6, and this is your Ohio State Wake-Up Call.
AP Top 25 leaves Bucks in good spot
After a 77-10 shellacking of Bowling Green, Ohio State moved up two spots in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll.
Updated AP Poll after Week 1:
4. Ohio St
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) September 6, 2016
Even after Ohio State, the AP was not done with the Big Ten love. Iowa, Michigan State and That Team Up North – Michigan – remained in the Top 25.
However, the biggest jump came from Wisconsin. After their 16-14 win against former No. 5 LSU, the Badgers leaped from being unranked all the way to No. 10.
This win helps Ohio State in regard to strength of schedule. As of this week, the Buckeyes now have to face four teams ranked in the Top 25 in Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Michigan.
Former Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman and the University of Houston had a big jump as well. After beating No. 3 Oklahoma by 10, the Cougars jumped up to the sixth spot in the poll after starting the year No. 15.
After a weekend of awesome season-opening matchups between ranked teams, Week 2 seems to be pretty lame in comparison. In other words, it looks as though the AP rankings may not change much heading into Week 3.
Ohio State and the rest of the Big Ten will take that.
Ezekiel Elliott will not be charged
Ezekiel Elliott, the 2016 NFL first round draft pick from Ohio State, will not be charged after an investigation of alleged domestic violence after a few months of speculation and discussion.
Conflicting statements lead to Columbus Attorney's Office to NOT pursue criminal charges against Cowboys' RB Elliott pic.twitter.com/gIy68etA7E
— Tom Stokes (@SportsPlusShow) September 6, 2016
Even though Elliott himself has not released a statement, his father, Stacy Elliott, broke the news on his personal Twitter account.
My son has been vindicated! Truth has prevailed! If he had voliated one of OUR core values I personally would have had him charged! #Justice
— Ambassador Elliott (@stacy_elliott) September 6, 2016
With the investigation seemingly in his rearview mirror, Elliott can now focus on becoming the best running back to come out of the 2016 NFL Draft.
LSU tries to be like Ohio State
In yet another attempt for the SEC to live up to the standards of the Big Ten, LSU coach Les Miles alluded to Ohio State in his weekly press conference after its 16-14 loss to Wisconsin.
LM: Our team realizes, there was an Ohio State team that loss to Virginia Tech, and that team decided not to lose again and won natl title.
— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) September 6, 2016
Yes, this is true. Ohio State started 2014 with a 35-21 loss to Virginia Tech in Week 2. That loss came out of nowhere. That reminds me of a certain hit …
…followed by this hit after the whistle https://t.co/waNfbrU6IQ
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 3, 2016
Yes, Ohio State decided not to lose again; which proved to be a wise choice. But the Buckeyes also had the talent to back it up, including three quarterbacks who could have started anywhere in the country and a running back who would be an NFL first-round pick. LSU has the latter, but as of now, not the former.
It’s not that LSU has lost all hope of going to the College Football Playoff, because they play in the SEC and still have several high-profile games to win. But with Nick Saban and Hugh Freeze in their way, it’s becoming harder and harder to imagine the Bayou Bengals beating Alabama and Mississippi and competing for a national title.
Former Buckeye starting in Cleveland
Now for some news from the best team in the NFL …
OK, it’s the Browns, so just barely the NFL, but they do have a starting spot for a former Buckeyes stud.
Terrelle Pryor, starting wide receiver for your Cleveland Browns. pic.twitter.com/rTktEqp6nF
— Tony Gerdeman (@TonyGerdeman) September 6, 2016
With only two career receptions in the NFL, Pryor had to work very hard this preseason to earn a spot on the Browns roster.
And work he did. Pryor had five receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown for the winless Browns this preseason.
It's you vs you every day. Challenge yourself !! Compete always
— Terrelle Pryor SR (@TerrellePryor) September 2, 2016
Even if he is just a place-holder wide receiver until Josh Gordon comes back, Pryor has come a long way from his flashy quarterback play at Ohio State to now. Buckeyes fans now have to wait to see how he plays with Robert Griffin III throwing to him.
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