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Today is Wednesday, Nov. 2, and this is your Ohio State Wake-Up Call.
A look at Nebraska’s running game
No. 10 Nebraska’s offense is evenly balanced. Fifth in the Big Ten in rushing offense, the Cornhuskers average 204 yards per game and have scored 19 times on the ground, which is tied with Penn State for fourth-best in the conference. They average 225.6 yards passing heading into Saturday’s big showdown with No. 6 Ohio State in Columbus.
The Cornhuskers are led in the ground game by senior RB Terrell Newby. With a team-high 120 carries, Newby averages 4.9 yards per rush and has crossed the goal line four times. With an increased workload in his last four weeks, Newby has been great. On 88 carries, he has rushed for 401 yards and has scored three times.
Newby isn’t the only runner that the Buckeyes have to worry about. Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. has scored a team-high seven touchdowns on the ground this season, averaging 4.5 yards per rush.
Great thing about @Tommy_Gun4?
If it's not working via air, he has his legs.
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 30, 2016
Also, sophomore RB Devine Ozigbo has five rushing touchdowns this season and averages 4.1 yards per carry. However, Ozigbo has been struggling with a sprained ankle injury and is not getting as many touches as of late. After not playing at all in Nebraska’s win against Purdue, he had 10 carries for 33 yards with a rushing touchdown in the overtime loss to Wisconsin last Saturday.
— Queen of Hearts (@SweetTMJ) October 30, 2016
Nebraska coach Mike Riley knows what kind of defense their running game will be facing Saturday night in Columbus.
“Defensively, they are ranked nationally and in the conference they are high in most of those categories,” Riley said. “They have good, talented players from front to back. There’s outstanding defensive line play and a couple of sack leaders there. Their linebackers are good players, they have really good defensive tackles.”
The Ohio State defense has been good at defending the run. Only giving up 3.4 yards per carry, the third-best run defense in the Big Ten has only given up three rushing touchdowns all season. However, the Buckeye rush defense struggled last week against Northwestern. They gave up 148 yards on 29 carries and a rushing touchdown to WIldcats quarterback Clayton Thorson.
Coming into the Ohio State game, Thorson averaged only 1.5 yards per carry. However, Thorson rushed for 44 yards on six carries, including breaking through for a 34-yard run. According to Chris Worley, containing the quarterback is one thing this defensive front needs to work on.
“That’s kind of been a whole mantra of teams coming in, haven’t shown too much quarterback runs and they get here and start running,” Worley said. “That is something that we definitely need to contain because we can’t let the quarterback keep getting out of the pocket like that.
WIth Armstrong as a dual-threat in the running and passing game, Ohio State will have many opportunities to contain him and the rest of the Cornhuskers rushing attack Saturday night.
Buckeyes’ women No. 7 in first AP Poll
Although these are not the rankings that come to mind for most Buckeye fans, the Ohio State women’s basketball team find themselves in a good place. In the AP Preseason Top 25, the Buckeyes are ranked No. 7 after being tied with Texas in the No. 6 spot in the USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll.
— OSU W Basketball (@OhioState_WBB) November 1, 2016
The Buckeyes are not the best Big Ten team according to the AP. After going undefeated in conference play last season, the Maryland Terrapins are one spot ahead of Ohio State in the No. 6 spot and the No. 5 spot in the coaches poll.
This spot is nothing new for the Buckeyes. Ohio State was No. 6 in the preseason Top 25 last season. We will see if guard Kelsey Mitchell and the rest of this Buckeyes team can meet or even exceed these expectations.
Those throwbacks look fly
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ohio State’s undefeated 1916 season, the Buckeyes are turning back the clock this Saturday night against Nebraska.
And they are awesome.
FIRST LOOK: Ohio State Nike uniforms, commemorating 100th anniversary of undefeated 1916 team, to be worn vs Nebraska this week pic.twitter.com/fJacfs2VwX
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) November 1, 2016
The Buckeyes will have one thing going for them for sure Saturday night. They are going to look good.
Emmitt Smith has nothing on Zeke
Ezekiel Elliott has only been in the league for half of an NFL season. However, there are already players singing his praises as one of the best Cowboy running backs of all time.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 1, 2016
The expectations for the half-shirt are very very high. Behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, there is no doubting Elliott this season. As for the best in history? Time will tell.