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Today is Monday, Sept. 26, and this is your Ohio State Wake-Up Call.
AP Poll didn’t mean much
The Buckeyes knew that they most likely they would not move in the AP Poll this week. With a bye week, Ohio State comes into Big Ten play as the No. 2 team in the nation behind Alabama.
Updated AP Poll
2. Ohio St
9. Texas A&M
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) September 25, 2016
What is interesting is the movement below them, especially within the Big Ten. With a 30-6 win over Big Ten rival Michigan State, Wisconsin moved into the No. 8 spot. This week, the Badgers take on No. 4 Michigan.
Buckeye fans should be watching this game because it could change the entire landscape of Big Ten play. Whichever team wins this game, their matchup later in the season with Ohio State will mean so much more. With both of these games being tough road matchups for the Buckeyes, each of these games could become the quality win to keep Ohio State in consideration for a coveted place in the College Football Playoff.
How soon that will happen depends on who wins this ballgame. As Ryan Ginn wrote, Wisconsin, if it does beat the Wolverines, will be undefeated when Ohio State comes to Madison for a primetime game next month. If Michigan wins, then Buckeye fans might be in for an epic Top-4 matchup for the Big Ten East title in the last week of the regular season.
No matter what, Ohio State is in for a big matchup with huge playoff implications later this season. It is just a matter of when.
Rutgers loses two stars
Things keep getting worse for the Scarlet Knights. After suffering a 14-7 loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday, Rutgers lost two of their star players to season-ending injuries heading into Saturday’s game with Ohio State in Columbus.
According to an article from nj.com, Rutgers wide receiver Janarion Grant suffered an ankle injury after a hit from Iowa’s Desmond King, while defensive lineman Quanzell Lambert suffered a right knee injury in the fourth quarter.
We speak for all fans of good football players here:
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 24, 2016
Now Quanzell Lambert is carted off
— J.P. Pelzman (@JPPelzman) September 24, 2016
With the Buckeyes already having a 97.7% chance of winning this game, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index, the Scarlet Knights have even a bigger task, making up for their two lost playmakers.
With the two losses, this does not look to be a very nice homecoming for former defensive coordinator and Rutgers head coach Chris Ash.
Backup punter has some hidden talents
As the backup to punter Cameron Johnston, Drue Chrisman will not be playing a lot of football for the Buckeyes this season. In the meantime, he has made a name for himself as an expert in the art of water-bottle flipping.
Haters gonna say it's fake… pic.twitter.com/rUt6z7oG3p
— Drue Chrisman (@DChrisman18) July 8, 2016
However, in his latest video, he may have outdone himself.
— Drue Chrisman (@DChrisman18) September 25, 2016
With a combination of his kicking skill that got him here and his water-bottle flipping, Chrisman has become a viral sensation. Maybe at some point when Johnston leaves for the NFL, Chrisman, only a freshman, can use that skill as the next valuable punter for the Buckeyes.
Zeke leap made it to the NFL
In the middle of the first 100-yard rushing game of his young and promising career in Dallas, former Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott performed a familiar and iconic move. He straight up hurdled a guy.
Ezekiel Elliott skies over the Bears' Chris Prosinski. pic.twitter.com/S0j336OaXG
— Eleven Warriors (@11W) September 26, 2016
That athleticism was part of the reason why Elliott was the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Things like this.
Now Cowboys fans know what Zeke mode truly is in the NFL.
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