Four days. That is it. That’s the introduction.
Before we dive into the good stuff, check out these cleats:
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) 29 August 2022
Every time Nike embraces the use of gray in a uniform concept in the state of Ohio, I think it’s a huge win. In years past you would believe that black is one of the primary colors with how much they use it, so it’s nice to see them going back to the roots.
Anyway, let’s make it a nice Tuesday, okay?
BULLETIN BOARD MATERIAL. There is an old sports saying, “Good teams win. Great teams cover.” That means Ohio State has to be 18 points better than Notre Dame on Sept. 3 to be considered great, as the week’s odds are set at 17.5 points in favor of the Buckeyes.
Now I will put some resistance to that adage. The Buckeyes don’t need to beat the Irish by 18 points to be named one of the best teams in college football. Just adding a number in the win column should be enough. This is a top five match-up in the Ohio Stadium season opener – the first of its kind for the Buckeyes.
However, there has also been a lot of off-season noise surrounding this matchup, which would make a big win over Notre Dame even more important for the state of Ohio.
From Marcus Freeman insinuating in The Players Tribune that he picked the wrong school when he played college ball for the state of Ohio, to his critical remarks about his alma mater’s academic standards (which he later claimed was a misquote), Buckeye fans would love to see their team cover the spread.
As more fuel for an Ohio state supporter’s fire, Freeman added another storyline in a news conference Monday when a reporter told him that several oddsmakers had decided the point in favor of the Buckeyes in the matchup. Freeman’s response?
“I didn’t know that,” he said. “I’m going to write that down. You said 17.5 points, didn’t you? We’re going to use that in a team meeting today. That’s good to know.”
After Marcus Freeman learns the points for Saturday’s game, he thinks he has bulletin board material for Monday’s practice. pic.twitter.com/NUmatGGfwW
— Eleven Warriors (@11W) 29 August 2022
Freeman’s words indicate that he has no intention of letting his team lose more than two touchdowns and a field goal. Still, BetMGM’s John Ewing argues that it is more common for a favorite to cover the spread in a top 25 matchup in week 1 than not.
Over the past 10 years in week 1 matchups of Top 25 teams the favorite is 18-11 (62%) ATS per @Bet_Labs.
No. 3 Georgia -17.5 vs. No. 11 Oregon
No. 2 Ohio State -15.5 vs. No. 5 Notre Dame
No. 19 Arkansas -6.5 vs. No. 23 Cincinnati
— John Ewing (@johnewing) 29 August 2022
Ewing’s odds have Ohio state favorites at 15.5 points, but the message still applies. With all the intensity building up for the game, Buckeyes fans are bound to win however they can get it, but I think they’d really like a beatdown too.
EDDIE IS A BUCKEYE FOR LIFE. Eddie George’s roots in the state of Ohio are still deep, as is his hatred of Michigan. The Heisman Trophy winner and current Tennessee State head coach reminded Buckeye fans of this last weekend when he discussed his son Eriq’s future in college football.
Eriq is a defensive lineman in the class of 2023 at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville. He has offers from Tennessee State, Eastern Kentucky, Marshall and UT Martin, among others. He will likely receive more during and after his senior season of high school prom.
— Eriq George (@er1q_0) August 13, 2022
However, Eddie said he doesn’t want Eriq playing for two schools at the next level. He wouldn’t want Jackson State, Tennesee State’s rival, to show any interest, and – as you can imagine – he won’t let his son take calls from the Wolverines if they came knocking.
“He can’t go to Jackson State,” Eddie told the Mississippi Clarion Ledger after his son’s game in Nashville. “He’s not going there or that team up north. But I tell him that he should see everything there is and ultimately trust your intuition, your gut feeling.’
— (@Kreager) Nov 20, 2021
Eddie understands that his pitches for his son should always be part Buckeye, part coach, and most importantly, part dad.
“This is his deal, his trial, his career,” said Eddie George. “He knows what I’m doing (at Tennessee State). He’s around me every day and he knows how he’s going to be coached (if he chooses TSU). I tell him to go see what’s on display. is.”
Still, it’s hard to imagine Eddie George being so excited that his son once wore corn and blue with a winged helmet in Ann Arbor. That would make Thanksgiving and the days after that a little awkward.
O CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN! There will come a time when the state of Ohio will run out of videos to post for its captains. By my calculations, the Twitter account covers Cade Stover, CJ Stroud, Kourt Williams and now Tyler Friday, making Tommy Eichenberg and Kam Babb the last Buckeye captains without a video.
As has become common for the Skull Sessions, when those videos are posted, you know where to find them, which is here.
Friday’s video shows the fifth-year defensive lineman and his position coach Larry Johnson telling Friday’s parents that he has been named team captain for the 2022 season. As was the case with the parents in the previous clips, Friday’s mom and dad overwhelmed with excitement for their son.
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) 29 August 2022
Johnson said during preseason camp that Friday has been a fantastic leader in the program since arriving on campus in 2018. Johnson also said Friday was on track to become captain last year before suffering a season-ending ACL tear during summer practice.
“We thought Tyler had great leadership skills before he got hurt. I mean he really turned out to be a leader. I think he turned the table when he got hurt and how hard he worked in rehab to get back to where he was.” Johnson said on August 16. “If you saw him every morning, grind every day to get himself back. That was impressive for many children. It set the bar for who he was as a young man. I think that’s why his team-mates chose him as captain.”
OLYMPIC VILLAGE. Former Ohio state men’s tennis player JJ Wolf accounted for the first loss of the 2022 US Open in New York City when he defeated No. 16 Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets (6-4, 6-4, 6-4) to advance through to advance to the second round of the event.
— Ohio State M Tennis (@OhioStateMTEN) 29 August 2022
Wolf collected 14 aces in the match and used his powerful serve to gain momentum against Agut, a Spaniard with 11 ATP Tour titles and a career victory over 21-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic.
After Wolf’s win, the former Buckeye jumped up and threw his fist in the air to celebrate — something he made a tradition of during his playing days in Columbus.
Show the vertical, JJ Wolf!
Enough to celebrate for the pic.twitter.com/wEKV9W27Y4
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) 29 August 2022
At Ohio State, Wolf was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten honorary. He capped his Buckeye career with a Big Ten Player of the Year award and All-American recognition with a singles record of 35-2 and an 11-0 mark in conference play in his junior season. Wolf turned professional after that season.
On August 29, Wolf was the number 87 player on the ATP Tour with a 7-7 record in 2022, and his career record of 9-13 has netted him $678,060 in prize money from singles and doubles tournaments in the professional ranks. .
SONG OF THE DAY. “Free” by Zac Brown Band.
CUT TO THE CHASE. Tea Drinkers Reap Potential Health Benefits… Princess Diana’s Car Auctioned for $851,000 Days Before Her Death… NASA’s Moon Rocket Slowed After Engine Problems Resurfaced… A Goat Ate This Police Officer’s Paperwork On… 3 could bring you movie tickets to your local theater this weekend.