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Today is Monday, Oct. 17, and this is your Ohio State Wake-Up Call.
We’re No. 2 … again
After its epic 30-23 overtime win at Camp Randall Stadium Saturday night, Ohio State’s position in the AP Poll was not expected to change a whole lot, and it didn’t. Despite beating what looked to be a legitimate Top 10 team on the road in Wisconsin, the Buckeyes stayed in the second spot behind Alabama for the fifth straight week.
Alabama, for its part, decimated another (supposed) Top 10 team, walloping Tennessee 49-10 on the road in Knoxville. So it’s certainly no slap in the face to Ohio State for not moving up.
Updated AP Top 10
2. Ohio St
6. Texas A&M
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) October 16, 2016
The voters in the AP Poll have no doubt who the best team in the country is. The Crimson Tide received 60 of the 61 first-place votes after their convincing win over now No. 18 ranked Tennessee. One voter inexplicably gave a first place vote to No. 3 Michigan.
As for the Wolverines, they jumped to the No. 3 spot in the poll despite have the weekend off because the former No. 3 team — Clemson — dropped a spot to No. 4 after almost being upset at home by unranked North Carolina State. The Tigers got their act together after the Wolfpack missed a field goal at the end of regulation that would have handed the Tigers their first loss in 2016. Regardless, the top four is the same as last week, with just a little position-flopping.
We’re closing in on the first “official” College Football Playoff committee rankings on Nov. 1 and the Buckeyes are in good shape for now.
More like you Purdon’t want this job
With the success of the Ohio State football program over the last, oh, 100 years, other teams, particularly in the Big Ten, want to get some of that for themselves. That’s the way it’s always been. If you’ve got an opening for a head coach, you look to Columbus and see who may be available from the Buckeyes tree.
Well, guess what? Purdue now needs a head coach after Darrell Hazell was fired and the USA Today’s Dan Wolken reported Sunday that “pretty much every assistant at Ohio State” is likely to be a candidate for the job at Purdue.
Pretty much every assistant at Ohio State and some at Michigan are likely to be candidates for Purdue, I’m told.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) October 16, 2016
A couple of the assistant coaches for Ohio State have had head coaching experience. Co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell has been a coach at Ohio State since 2002 and served as an interim head coach in 2011. Even though that season was rough, with a 6-7 finish, Fickell has the resume to become a head coach at a Power 5 program.
One of the newest members of the Ohio State coaching staff, co-defensive coordinator and associate head coach Greg Schiano, has a history of running football programs, both at the college level and in the pros. As the head coach at Rutgers from 2001-2011, Schiano turned that program around and had a career record of 68-67, leading his teams to six bowl games, including a win at the Texas Bowl in 2006 as the No. 15 team in the nation.
He then got the call to coach in the big leagues, posting a 11-21 record as the head coach of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012 and 2013. After Meyer hired him for the 2016 season, Schiano has helped coach up the Ohio State secondary to be one of the best groups in the nation.
There are some other names within the Ohio State coaching staff, such as co-offensive coordinator and offensive line/tight ends coach Ed Warinner, that may be due for a job upgrade. Warinner has been with Urban Meyer for five seasons and has become one of the country’s premier offensive coordinators.
It stinks to keep losing assistant coaches, but Ohio State fans should get used to it.
Larry Johnson knows how to pump up his D-line
Following the Buckeyes’ overtime win in Wisconsin, players really didn’t need to be “pumped up,” however, defensive line coach Larry Johnson has a way with words and let his inspired team know that he was inspired by them.
How bout that D LINE THO!
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) October 16, 2016
“Today, the heart of every guy in this room came out when we needed it,” Johnson said. “Because you can talk about anything else, but your life, who you are, what you’re going to be, and what you’re all about, is inside your heart.”
Ezekiel Elliott’s NFL career has gotten off to an incredible start and it doesn’t appear it’s slowing down anytime soon.
On Sunday, Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys bounced the Green Bay Packers 30-16 at Lambeau Field and the former Ohio State great once again played a major role for the ‘Boys. The prohibitive favorite for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year ran all over the NFL’s top-ranked rushing defense to the tune of 157 yards.
How impressive is that? Through four games, the Packers had surrendered just 171 yards on the ground all season.
Elliott’s career is off to an electrifying start and he’s putting himself in rarified air on a weekly basis.
Ezekiel Elliott's 703 rush yards are the 2nd-most through a player's first 6 career games since 1933, behind Eric Dickerson (787 in 1983). pic.twitter.com/ykzK5PoX4L
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) October 17, 2016
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) October 16, 2016
Pretty … pretty … good.