The Wake-Up Call: Zeke’s Debut for Dallas, Nick Bosa is officially a Buckeye, Mike Weber has big shoes to fill
Welcome friends, to The Wake-Up Call for Friday, August 16.
We hope you’ll start your day with us here at the Landof10.com as we work to prepare you for everything that you need to know – six days a week – around the world of Ohio State sports. Whether it’s football, basketball, wrestling, hockey, baseball or just a wild story we hope you’ll find interesting, we’re here to share it all with you.
We’re now less than a week away from the start of the college football season, so if you’ve got a wife, kids or whatever, make sure you enjoy this weekend with them because it’s a long time until December.
Zeke kicks off NFL career for Cowboys
Welcome to the NFL, officially, Ezekiel Elliott.
The 4th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Elliott — for my money the best running back in Ohio State’s long and illustrious history — made his debut with the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night as they took on the Seattle Seahawks in an exhibition game.
Overall, you’d have to count Zeke’s first foray into the big leagues as a success. There were some good moments.
He did what he does better than any running back in recent memory, picking up in pass protection. Then he met Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor up close and personal in a big-time collision and, of course, he had some “Sit down, Rookie” moments.
So how'd he do?
— NFL (@NFL) August 26, 2016
But, overall the Cowboys had to be happy with what they saw from their newest playmaker. He finished the night with 48 yards on seven carries and looked like a surefire choice to lead your fantasy football team.
To fill Zeke’s shoes…
There are a lot of questions up and down the Buckeyes roster for 2016 but how they replace Elliott is foremost among them. In fact, replacing Elliott may be the single biggest task any program in America has to deal with, according to ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit.
The former Buckeyes captain broke down the challenge for the Worldwide Leader:
“I think Zeke Elliott being around him last year helped him quite a bit to understand that it’s one thing to do this in high school,” Herbstreit said. “Now you’re trying to become the guy in college and it’s your work ethic and how you practice that will make the difference.”
Can Mike Weber be the man for Ohio State? He’d better be, or it could be a long year in Columbus.
Nick Bosa, Malik Harrison earn their stripes (removal)
Urban Meyer has said over and over that there’s no way Nick Bosa would be kept off the field this fall for the Buckeyes and on Thursday he took a major step toward accomplishing that goal.
Bosa, the 5-star defensive lineman from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was one of two Ohio State freshmen to have his black helmet stripe removed.
Black Stripes off for Nicky Bosa and Malik Harrison! pic.twitter.com/9cGkohA6SX
— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) August 25, 2016
Joining Bosa was Columbus-native Malik Harrison, a talented two-sport athlete from Walnut Ridge. Harrison will start his NFL career at linebacker and is likely to find his way to freshman year reps on special teams.
12 of Ohio State’s 23 true freshmen have now lost their black stripe.
|AUSTIN MACK||WR||MARCH 31|
|MICHAEL JORDAN||OL||AUG. 7|
|TUF BORLAND||LB||AUG. 13|
|JONATHON COOPER||DE||AUG. 13|
|DWAYNE HASKINS||QB||AUG. 17|
|RODJAY BURNS||CB||AUG. 17|
|JORDAN LEASURE (WALK-ON)||RB||AUG. 18|
|BINJIMEN VICTOR||WR||AUG. 18|
|JOE SCHROER (WALK-ON)||DL||AUG. 19|
|DEMARIO MCCALL||RB||AUG. 20|
|KEANDRE JONES||LB||AUG. 22|
|JORDAN FULLER||CB||AUG. 22|
|NICK BOSA||DE||AUG. 25|
|MALIK HARRISON||LB||AUG. 25|
What it takes to be a blue-blood football program
You know the names, of course. The college football programs that have been the college football programs that mattered for the last 50-plus years. The true testament of a program’s prestige is staying power.
Who are the true blue-bloods? ESPN.com has their opinion. How’d they reach their conclusions? Math, just good old-fashioned math.
It’s a thorny, fun, fascinating question that we posed to 12 of our writers. We asked them to rate every current FBS program on a scale of 1-10, based on each school’s overall impact on the history of college football.
The rankings below list the school, then their average score. The top five finished with unanimous 10 scores, and we rounded up from 9.5 for those that just missed a perfect score.
Ok, there are the parameters, so who fits the bill? Five schools received a perfect score and tied for first place.
- Notre Dame
- Ohio State
It shouldn’t be a surprise to see the Buckeyes on that list, but I think many would expect to see a few other names up there next to them. Which teams make up the next tier? Here’s No. 6 through No. 10.
- Penn State
One thing is for sure. Despite the SEC’s recent dominance, the history of college football still runs through the Midwest. What schools would be on your personal list?
Michigan preps love Ohio State
It’s been a good week for the academic folks at your favorite university.
First, it was announced that this year’s incoming freshman class at Ohio State has an average ACT score of 29, the highest in school history. Quite an accomplishment for the university, no doubt, but that’s not where it stops. The measure of a school’s allure can be further realized when you break down how interested out-of-state students are to attend it, right? So for Ohio State to be the most interesting out-of-state school for Michigan high school students? That’s pretty cool and good.
A total of 1,773 Michigan high school seniors placed OSU in their top 6 colleges and universities to send their scores to, and 358 identified it as their top choice.
That’s a lot of students very interested in Ohio State from the state up north. Kudos, Buckeyes.
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