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Today is Wednesday, Oct. 12, and this is your Ohio State Wake-Up Call.
Mirror Lake to be renovated and restored
After the tragic death of a student during the annual Mirror Lake jump last year, Ohio State University has decided to renovate and restore the iconic campus landmark and the buildings surrounding it. According to an article from the Columbus Dispatch, the lake will be drained in the next couple of weeks and the area will be fenced off until the restoration project is complete in the spring of 2018.
Ohio State announced restoration of Mirror Lake; no details yet. pic.twitter.com/4o6diU8xN0
— Tom Knox (@TomKnoxBiz1st) October 11, 2016
The article says that, “the lake will be a more-natural feature, with a clay bottom and sloping slides planted with wetland plants to filter out pollutants”. This, according to University officials, will eliminate the Mirror Lake Jump tradition, which happens during Beat Michigan Week every November. Austin Singletary, a third-year student, died last year from head and neck injuries after he jumped.
Even though this tradition may be done, hopefully Buckeye fans will find another safe way to celebrate before the Michigan game this year. The timing isn’t great and the loss of this storied tradition stinks, to be honest, but when it comes to this year’s edition of The Game, I am sure atmosphere won’t suffer because of it.
Point differential shows Ohio State dominance
As you might know, Ohio State is undefeated. That’s obvious when you’re a No. 2-ranked team in the nation behind Alabama, but it’s still fun to write. Not only have the Buckeyes been winning games, but they’ve been earning style points as well. No game has been closer than a 21-point margin.
Best point differentials for unbeaten teams: Michigan (+238), Ohio St. (+212 in 5 games), Washington (+212), Alabama (+170), Clemson (+142)
— Bill Bender (@BillBender92) October 11, 2016
As our good friend Bill Bender shows — his “Angry Bender” tweets are downright hilarious, check them out — the Buckeyes are tied with Washington for the second-largest combined margin of victory among undefeated teams, outscoring their opponents by 212 points. Michigan, at 238, has a slight edge despite beating Wisconsin by only seven in early October. A 78-point win against lowly Rutgers helps that a lot, doesn’t it? Ohio State removed their starters with 10 minutes to go against the Scarlet Knights and it seemed Urban Meyer decided to go a little “easy” on his former protege, Chris Ash, in the second half of a 58-0 win.
The Buckeyes are clicking on every phase, offense, defense and special teams. Let’s see if that success continues in a primetime matchup at Wisconsin this weekend. Since 2002, Ohio State has not scored more than 21 points total in Madison.
Buckeyes still in line for spot in playoff spot
According to CBS Sports writer Jerry Palm, his top three would be very similar to what the AP Poll suggests. Even though he had Ohio State ranked No. 1 last week, Palm moved them back to No. 2 after their 21-point win over Indiana. Taking over the first and third spots are Alabama and Clemson respectively.
Now this is where things get weird. Even after a pretty convincing 78-0 shellacking of Rutgers, Palm has Michigan ranked No. 5 behind, wait for it, Texas A&M. Yes, those same Aggies who beat Tennessee in overtime, are predicted to have a date against the Buckeyes on New Year’s Eve. I think that’s a matchup most Buckeyes fans would like to see.
Palm’s quirky picks didn’t stop there, though. Compared to a No. 10 position on the AP Poll, he has Nebraska as the No. 25 team in the nation. Sure, the Cornhuskers haven’t had much of a test yet, and maybe Palm is trying to predict the future – three of Nebraska’s next four games are on the road – but Palm doesn’t care about them being undefeated. Bold strategy.
Those are radical picks. I guess the good thing is that those polls are pretty much useless and just gives us a reason to call someone insane on a weekly basis.
Big Ten All-Preseason Team has no Buckeyes
Let’s talk about some basketball. With a record of 11-7 in the Big Ten last year, the expectations for this year’s Ohio State men’s basketball team are pretty low. There were no Buckeyes to be found on the 2016-17 Preseason all-Big Ten team. They were not the only team left off of the list though. With the loss of star forward Denzel Valentine, Michigan State did not have any players named either.
No #Buckeyes or Spartans on the B1G basketball preseason team. Feels weird.
— Jerod Smalley (@JerodNBC4) October 11, 2016
I’d still be expecting Michigan State to be among the league’s most talented teams – the Spartans have a history of reloading – but the Buckeyes are a potential surprise team this winter as well. With no Buckeyes on the list, this can be used as motivation for a young and hungry Ohio State team. This team could make the most of their limited expectations coming into the 2016-17 season.
As for the list, which there’s no reason to care about right now obviously, Wisconsin led the honors with three players, including senior forward Nigel Hayes, who was named the Preseason Player of the Year.
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