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Today is Tuesday, Dec. 6, and this is your Ohio State Wake-Up Call.
Even though the Ohio State basketball team may have lost its first game of the season on Wednesday at Virginia, the Buckeyes made their presence felt at the national level. The latest AP Poll and USA Today Coaches Poll show just that.
Ohio State now has 40 votes in the latest AP Top 25, placing them at No. 28 and, according to this poll, No. 4 in the Big Ten behind Indiana, Wisconsin and Purdue. The Buckeyes are also No. 4 in the Big Ten according to the Coaches Poll, but are No. 30 overall.
However, even after beating Fairleigh Dickinson 70-62 for the seventh win of the year, Ohio State came out a bit sluggish, generating nine turnovers in the first half after having 20 turnovers in the loss to Virginia. Guard Kam Williams, who has been in the starting lineup ever since forward Keita Bates-Diop has been out, said that this team needs to stress the importance of every game and not only the knowingly big ones.
“Personally, I feel like this team is at its best when we’re about to play a game and we play like our hair is on fire,” Williams said. “I feel like when we play these type of games (against low mid-majors) we don’t have that same sense of urgency. We only do that when we’re playing against teams that we think we can’t compete with and that we can’t play at the level of competition that’s against us.”
That urgency will just have to become part of the system that coach Thad Matta and the rest of the Buckeyes rely on each game. Williams said it is a work in progress.
“We just need to stick with our system,” Williams said. “We need to work on it every day. We’ve proven that when we deviate from our system and who we really are, we aren’t as good. When we’re locked in, I feel like we’re clicking on all cylinders.”
The Buckeyes will play Florida Atlantic on Tuesday at 7 p.m. (ET) at the Schottenstein Center. The game can also be streamed live on ESPN 3.
What a weekend for Ohio State alumni.
Ezekiel Elliott continued his stellar season with the Dallas Cowboys, rushing for 86 yards with a touchdown on 20 carries in the 17-15 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday.
However, that was not the stat that left everyone in awe after that game. Zeke still has never lost a true road game in his football career. Yes, that’s correct. He’s 6-0 with the Cowboys, he was 14-0 at Ohio State and he was 16-0 at John Burroughs High School. That’s absolutely insane.
This feels impressive. pic.twitter.com/uV8QJvWtqP
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) December 5, 2016
That was not the only success story from this weekend for a former Buckeye. After a four-catch 115-yard game against Oakland two weeks ago, it seems like Ted Ginn Jr. has found some chemistry with Cam Newton. In the Panthers’ 40-7 loss to the Seahawks, Ginn made 5 catches on six targets for 80 yards and a touchdown. This is his third straight game with a touchdown reception.
— NFL (@NFL) December 5, 2016
On the defensive side of the ball, cornerback Bradley Roby brought in his second pick-six of the season and deflected two passes in the Denver Broncos’ 20-10 win over the Jaguars.
Broncos' Bradley Roby joins Eric Berry as the only players with 2 pick-sixes this season.
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) December 4, 2016
Also, New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple filled up the stat sheet in the 24-14 loss to the Steelers. He had five tackles, a safety, two pass deflections and an interception.
Congrats @EliApple13 on your first career pick and many more to come, just not on me lol
— Cardale Jones (@Cardale7_) December 5, 2016
Going back in time
In the first years of post-BCS college football, the College Football Playoff has been well received by fans across the country as a step up from the old formula. However, with the talk of the importance of conference championships compared to things such as strength of schedule, people were wondering what the old BCS algorithms would say about these final four teams. It was relatively similar.
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) December 5, 2016
With the College Football Playoff not until Dec. 31, players will get some time off to relax between now and then. For elder Slob Pat Elflein, he’s deciding to spend that time on the couch.
Starting Game of Thrones ?
— Patrick Elflein (@elflein65) December 5, 2016
On that note, hopefully Elflein does not follow cleveland.com writer Bill Landis on Twitter. He may have seen something unfortunate if he does.
Couple of poorly timed tweets here pic.twitter.com/AqG5HJ9tZe
— Bill Landis (@BillLandis25) December 5, 2016
Get ready, Ohio State offensive line. You may be in for some “Winter is Coming for Clemson” speeches.