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Today is Friday, Sept. 16, and this is your Ohio State Wake-Up Call.
Ohio State, the mystery
Well, this is it.
One more day until what could be the biggest game of Ohio State’s 2016 season. There is a lot for the Buckeyes to prove in this game. They will be facing their first ranked opponent in 2016 in a place that’s not very friendly for opposing teams. Most importantly, this game has the chance to set a winning tone for the rest of 2016.
Outside of Columbus, the world doesn’t know what this Ohio State team is all about. The outsiders may look at all of the talent lost to the NFL and think there’s not much left. They also look at how young and unproven this team is as a whole.
Wide receiver Parris Campbell knows this Buckeyes team has something to prove in Norman this weekend.
“To the world, I think we may be the biggest mystery that there is,” Campbell said. “To the guys around here who we compete against at practice every day, everyone knows what we are capable of. It’s just a matter of showing it.”
There is not much of a bigger stage they could prove themselves on. With a nationally televised game in primetime against one of the best teams in the country, Ohio State could turn some heads when the clock hits zero.
“Guys come here to play big games,” Campbell said. “Everyone is aware of the big game and the big opponent we are about to face. No matter who it is on the other side of the ball, we have to be confident in ourselves and know what we can do.”
Speak your mind, backup QB
Before a big-time game on a national stage, it is easy for a player to talk about how good your team is compared to your opponent. However, usually that player is one who actually plays in the game.
Speaking about the Ohio State game this weekend, Oklahoma reserve quarterback Austin Kendall had a bold claim about the Buckeye defense.
Oklahoma backup QB Austin Kendall had some strong words for Ohio State's defense ahead of this weekend's game. pic.twitter.com/HLaoyr8mP2
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) September 15, 2016
Not a smart decision during a hyped game week by a BACK UP QB!!! ? https://t.co/eJYszvVan3
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 15, 2016
Say less ..
— samwise (@Sam_Hubbard_) September 15, 2016
You should watch what you say to them bullets ?
— Johnnie L. Dixon III (@YoungKing_JD5) September 15, 2016
— Marshon Lattimore (@shonrp2) September 15, 2016
Freshmen can’t do anything right. This puts Oklahoma starting quarterback Baker Mayfield in a tough position. Buckeye fans will see Saturday if they can live up to Kendall’s expectation.
Baker Mayfield when he read Austin Kendall says he will "light up" Ohio State's defense… pic.twitter.com/WDtnLXCfLP
— Block O Show (@Buckeye_BHeld) September 15, 2016
Darron Lee, preparing for the New York Jets game against the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night, took some time to discuss the game against Oklahoma and acknowledged the “Silver Bullets” will have some extra motivation.
— FOX Sports: PROcast (@PROcast) September 15, 2016
Joey Bosa still not ready for NFL debut
Joey Bosa has not had an ideal start to his NFL career.
According to ESPN, Bosa is still not practicing with the San Diego Chargers, but made progress. He jogged and stretched on the field with the team.
Chargers list Joey Bosa didn't DNP again today. So he's all but been ruled out for Sunday by this point.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 15, 2016
After going third overall in the 2016 draft, Bosa has been struggling with a hamstring injury and has not participated in a padded practice yet. This comes after a lengthy holdout over the language in his rookie contract with the Chargers.
It will take at least another week to see the Big Bear in an NFL uniform. The one thing we know is, once he steps foot onto the Qualcomm Stadium turf, his expectations will be through the roof.
If you can’t be any more hyped for Saturday’s game…
If this doesn’t give you chills, I don’t know what will. Here is the hype video before Saturday’s game. See you on the other side, Buckeye Nation.
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