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Today is Monday, Sept. 12, and this is your Ohio State Wake-Up Call.
Buckeyes up to 3rd in AP Poll after win against Tulsa
After beating Tulsa 48-3, the Buckeyes moved up one spot in the Associated Press poll, moving up to No. 3 in the nation behind Alabama and Florida State.
Updated AP Poll:
3. Ohio St
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) September 11, 2016
The win did not come as easily as the score would indicate, especially for the Buckeyes offense. With inclement weather affecting play for the majority of the second half, J.T. Barrett and the passing game was almost non-existent. Barrett finished just 14-for-22 passing for 149 yards and no touchdowns. As he’s done throughout his career though, Barrett stepped up in the running game.
Barrett had 55 yards rushing and scored twice and got noticeably better in the second half when it came to running the read-option. Mike Weber also had another solid day, averaging 5.4 yards per carry with 94 yards rushing and a touchdown.
— Lantern TV (@LanternTV) September 10, 2016
The offense was not the story of the game and ultimately not what’s turning heads around the country. That honor belongs to an Ohio State defense that once again stepped up and surrended only three points, the second straight week they’ve not allowed a touchdown against a team that was a Top 15 offense in 2015.
The Buckeyes’ secondary, led by Marshon Lattimore, Malik Hooker and Gareon Conley, combined for four interceptions, including two pick-sixes from Lattimore and Hooker.
What's better than one @OhioStateFB pick-6?
Two, obviously. This time, it's @shonrp2.
— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) September 11, 2016
With the Lattimore pick-six right before halftime, the entire team had momentum for the rest of the game, Barrett said.
“Football is a game of momentum,” Barrett said, “So with that, I think it was like 20 or so seconds left – there wasn’t a lot of time left – and they wanted to throw the football. Somebody tipped it and made a play and got a touchdown. So our whole team got that momentum.”
How former Buckeyes did in Week 1 in the NFL
Many – 14, to be specific – of the 2015 Buckeyes have moved on to bigger and better things in the NFL. Here are how some of them did.
Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys: Elliott had a busy first game. He ran for 51 yards on 20 carries and scored his first NFL touchdown in the Cowboys’ 20-19 loss to the Giants.
— Texas Hammer lll (@RyeCLY) September 11, 2016
Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints: As promised by coach Sean Payton, Thomas had a lot of looks in the Saints’ 35-34 loss to the Raiders. On six receptions, he had 58 yards receiving and recovered a fumble.
Braxton Miller, Houston Texans: In the shadow of his rookie receiver counterpart Will Fuller, Miller was only targeted three times. He recorded only one reception for six yards in the Texans’ 23-14 win over the Bears.
Darron Lee, New York Jets: Lee had six tackles, including three solo tackles, in his Jets debut. Unfortunately, Lee was removed from the game in the fourth quarter with a right knee injury.
Eli Apple, New York Giants: Helping guard Dallas star Dez Bryant is no easy task in your debut. Apple helped limit Bryant to eight yards on one reception and had four solo tackles in his Giants debut.
Terrelle Pryor, Cleveland Browns: Pryor was one of the few bright spots for the lowly Browns in their 29-10 loss to the Eagles. Pryor had three receptions for 68 yards as one of the main targets for Robert Griffin III.
Terrell Pryor "Starting" at WR for Browns. See @TimTebow. You can shift from QB to something else to help an NFL team. No need to run to MLB
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) September 11, 2016
John Simon, Houston Texans: In one of the most underrated defensive performances this week, Simon led the Texans with six tackles, including five solo tackles and a sack, with two QB hits in a big win over the Chicago Bears.
— Deepi Sidhu (@DeepSlant) September 11, 2016
Buckeyes realize the Oklahoma game is coming Sooner
Once the clock struck zero in the Tulsa game on Saturday night, it gave media the chance to start asking players and coaches about next week’s primetime matchup against No. 14 Oklahoma. This is a showdown between two of college footballs most prestigious programs and two teams that were ranked inside of the Top 10 to start the season.
— Dean Blevins (@DeanBlevins) September 12, 2016
This game has been circled on every Buckeye fan’s calendar since the Sooners made the College Football Playoff last season. Don’t let their politically correct answers fool you, the players on Ohio State’s roster have been thinking about it as well.
“I guess it was on my mind every now and then,” quarterback J.T. Barrett said. “I would click on and watch film of them in July and June, but it wasn’t extensive or (a lot of) time on them.”
As for Oklahoma, it will be ready to prove itself under the primetime lights once again. In their first game of the season, the Sooners were beaten 33-23 by the Fighting Tom Hermans of Houston. Even after destroying Louisiana-Monroe 59-17 in their last game, the Sooners did not budge from their No. 14 spot in the AP Poll. Who they are as a team after their season- opening loss isn’t really yet known. Who the Buckeyes are after two lopsided wins against subpar competition isn’t yet known, either. That’s why this game matters. And matters a lot.
Ohio State knows that. According to Barrett, this game is going to be something special.
“I think here, being at Ohio State, these are the types of games you play for,” Barrett said. “These big-time games against a great opponent Oklahoma, and at their place on the road, that’s an exciting thing. That is why I came to play at Ohio State.”
Who’s got it booger than us?
We all know that Michigan’s football program is led by one of the strangest people known to mankind. His coaching success is only matched by the oddity of his style. Let’s call it like it is, Jim Harbaugh is a weird dude.
The best pump up routine ever.https://t.co/1uGCw7561G
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) September 3, 2016
After months standing out for his off-the-field antics, this weekend saw the Khaki Assassin catch some press for something … different.
Behold, Buckeyes fan, Harbaugh, deep in his schnozz, procuring a mid-game snack.
We all know he’s not going to find a top recruit in there.
This leads us to ask the age old question. “Who’s got it booger than us?”
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