Skull Session: Ryan Day Holds His Team to a High Standard, Ohio State Football and Basketball Have Been Consistently Good Since 2010 and Marvin Harrison Jr. Snags Another Award

College soccer is the perfect sport on this planet.

I like the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and all the pieces, however nothing tops school soccer.

Look no additional than this quick clip of Ohio State’s three-overtime win in opposition to NC State in 2003, in any other case often called the quarterback duel of the century between Phillip Rivers and Craig Krenzel.

That recreation occurred 19 years and sooner or later in the past however watching the highlights introduced inside me an pleasure that few issues on earth can generate. I hope you all really feel the identical means.

Let’s have a good Wednesday, lets?

NO TRIP-UPS HERE. After Ohio State’s 45-12 win over Arkansas State, Ryan Day addressed his group within the locker room and spoke with the media earlier than driving to his residence, the place he spent the remainder of his day watching another school soccer packages play their video games.

Day noticed Marshall take down Notre Dame, Appalachian State upset Texas A&M and Georgia Southern beat Nebraska. He thought it was entertaining. It additionally confirmed his perception that “anyone can beat anyone,” and Ohio State will not be exempt from that rule.

With an undefeated Toledo group visiting Columbus this weekend, Day stated his group will want to carry out at a excessive degree to guarantee they do not develop into the following greatest upset alert within the sport. He does not suppose that is an excessive amount of to ask of his gamers. In truth, he believes enjoying at a excessive degree is the minimal expectation.

“We are Ohio State,” Day repeats once more and once more.

Ohio State does not lose non-conference video games. Ohio State does not lose convention video games. Ohio State does not lose within the Big Ten Championship. Ohio State does not lose within the College Football Playoff. Ohio State does not lose.

It’s time for the Buckeyes to show that on Saturday and each week this season till they carry a golden trophy above their head in Los Angeles on Jan. 9, 2023.

DID YOU KNOW? Ohio State has been a mannequin for consistency in school soccer because the program’s inception in 1890, however the identical has not at all times been stated in regards to the Buckeye basketball group.

We romanticize the early Fred Taylor years when Ohio State was a nationwide title contender each season, hoisting a trophy in 1960 and claiming runner-up prizes the following two years. The 1999 Final Four group was enjoyable with Michael Redd and Scoonie Penn, as was the 2007 squad with Greg Oden and Mike Conley Jr. The Aaron Craft and Jared Sullinger years have been a blast, too.

But all these large highs have been additionally met with immense lows – *coughs* the six-win 1995 group *coughs* or the six-win 1975 group. That’s been the fact of Ohio State basketball. Sometimes, however not at all times, the Buckeyes are among the finest groups in school basketball.

However, Thad Matta and Chris Holtmann would love to converse with Buckeye Nation about this system’s consistency since 2010. Combine these coaches’ successful percentages with these of Jim Tressel, Luke Fickell, Urban Meyer and Ryan Day, and Ohio State athletic’s cash makers look fairly darn good.

That’s proper. The soccer and basketball groups have received virtually three out of each 4 video games (.744 p.c) performed within the final 12 years, which leads all Division I colleges. The subsequent closest competitor was San Diego State at .735 p.c.

So keep in mind this, Buckeye followers: Ohio State may not be a basketball faculty, however the hoopers excel at successful video games.

ABOUT ROUTE MAN MARV. At this level, we have mentioned at size Marvin Harrison Jr.’s efficiency in opposition to Arkansas State. But I’m right here to inform you that it hasn’t been sufficient. That is principally as a result of I’ve information to ship from the oldsters over at Pro Football Focus.

Yes, even the superior statistics cherished Route Man Marv’s dominance over the Red Wolves. With seven catches, 184 yards and three touchdowns, Harrison acquired an 87.0 from PFF and was named to the web site’s offensive group of the week.

It’s additionally price noting that Wisconsin left guard Jack Nelson and left guard Tyler Beach have been featured with Harrison on PFF’s offensive group of the week. The Badgers are set to go to Columbus for a matchup with the Buckeyes on Sept. 24, and these linemen will undoubtedly play a important function in establishing the trenches.

With the Graham Mertz-led Wisconsin passing assault barely out of kinds to begin the season, Jim Knowles and Larry Johnson will need to pay shut consideration to the left facet of the Badgers’ offensive line. Making Nelson and Beach non-factors will make sure that star operating again Braelon Allen does not burn Ohio State on the bottom and will assist the Buckeyes safe a win of their first Big Ten recreation of the season.

OLYMPIC VILLAGE. Ohio State cross nation runner Addie Engel earned US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) nationwide athlete of the week honors on Monday for her efficiency on the Big Ten Preview in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Engel closed a 15.8-second hole on the two-mile cut up to come from behind and win the 6K (3.73 miles) race in 20:54.40, besting the second-place finisher by 1.2 seconds. It was Engel’s second straight win and her third profession victory for the Buckeyes.

The third-year from Springfield, Ohio, was an All-Big Ten choice final season and has completed within the high 25 in 9 races, together with six high 10 finishes, throughout her Buckeye profession. Last season, Engel completed fourth on the Big Ten Championships and third on the Great Lakes Regional Championships, incomes herself a person berth to the NCAA Championships.

SONG OF THE DAY. “So Long Honey” by CAAMP.

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