Skull session: Ohio State can’t look beyond Maryland, Tommy Eichenberg should be an All-American and the Buckeyes need a repeat play from the 2014 B1G Title game

Alright guys. Twitter may be dead in the water.

If I die in the end, I will be taking my Ohio State coverage, including live coverage of the games, to Facebook. After all, I was doing it when I was 12 years old.

Whatever happens to Ol’ Blue Bird, I’ll keep writing the 5 AM Skull Sessions, breaking news and all that jazz for Eleven Warriors Dot Com. I hope you stay around.

Let’s have a good Friday, shall we?

(This applies to everyone except GINNandjuice. I can’t tell them what to do.)

urban analysis. As Ohio State approaches its last day before playing Maryland, it’s hard not to focus on what lies ahead for the game on November 26. However, the Buckeyes must take care of business against the Terrapins before they can set their eyes on the Wolverines.

On an episode of Urban Analysis on the Big Ten Network, Urban Meyer — who was a perfect 7-0 against Michigan during his tenure as head coach of Ohio State — spoke about how Ryan Day and his staff must balance their plan to defeat Maryland while also preparing to face all three. The first with Michigan next weekend.

The most important words that Mayer offers in the clip are:

“The coaches don’t tell you the truth if they don’t know about this match at least…but you have an obligation to these players to prepare them for this next match.”

This week, I think Ryan Day has kept Maryland front of mind as Ohio State approaches the game with the Terrapins on Saturday. He understands that Taulia Tagovailoa, even while fighting through injury, is one of the most talented quarterbacks in the Big Ten on a gun-packed offense, so the Buckeyes have to be ready for anything.

Until time runs out on Saturday’s Maryland game, Ohio State’s main goal should be to beat the Terps. Once the clock hits the triple zeros, it’s officially Hate Week, and the Buckeyes are coming up for blood against the Wolverines.

Ten great fonts. On his weekly radio show with 97.1 The Fan, Day has been very complimentary about Tommy Eichenberg’s play this season, claiming that all of Eichenberg’s characteristics make him a perfect fit for Ohio State’s defense.

“I think you could say he’s the typical Big Ten linebacker. He’s strong, powerful, productive, tough, and can process high levels of information.”

It’s really amazing. For most of the past year, Eichenberg has been one of the most talked about — if not the most talked about — players on this side of the ball at Ohio State. And for many not so great reasons. However, the Cleveland native displayed a 17 tackle performance against Utah in the Rose Bowl and has since been shown in 10 games this season has made him a crowd favorite for the Buckeye Nation.

Not only is Eichenberg Ohio State good, or Big Ten good. It’s NCAA good. In 2022, Eichenberg was one of the best linebackers in the country statistically, with 92 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, one interception, two pass breakups, and a touchdown defensively. Pro Football Focus’ advanced metrics make the same claim:

Call it the Jim Knowles Effect because any serum the mad scientist made worked. Knowles pushed Eichenberg in the right direction, and it yielded tremendous results. As a result of those results, Eichenberg is — at least in my book — on his way to an All-American season for the Buckeyes. Who would have thought?

break bot. Well, are you going to look at this? A play on Ohio State out of revolver…except it was eight years ago…in the 2014 Big Ten Championship against Wisconsin—a game the Buckeyes won 59-0, by the way, but I know you all know that.

Break it down, Jake Pat.

Maybe Day, Justin Frey, and Kevin Wilson should redo that play in the movie room as the offensive line and running backs continue to get the running game before November 26th.

With today’s team, it will be Cade Stover in place of Jeff Heuerman and Luke Wypler in place of Jacoby Boren making the critical blocks. Both players are fully capable of making them. As for the others, tackles and guards will move down the line and win runs, and running backs will explode through the middle.

Much easier said than done, and a play like the one in the B1G title doesn’t happen very often in college football. However, I think Ohio State could effectively run something like this, especially since most of the pistol plays they have shown have been extending outside of tackles. Can you imagine the same blocking action already with TreVeyon Henderson, Miyan Williams, Dallan Hayden, or Xavier Johnson running it right in the gut?

If it ever happens, it will hopefully run just as well as it did eight years ago, and Ohio State scored on an 81-yard home call, putting six points on the board in the process.

Olympic Village. Fourteen (!) Ohio State teams are ranked in the top 25 of their respective sports this week, with women’s ice hockey as the highest ranked program and men’s golf as the lowest ranked program at number 24.

However, I won’t be talking about any of those programs in today’s Skull Session. Instead, my attention is drawn to the No. 16-ranked men’s soccer team and the No. 8-ranked women’s basketball team.

On Thursday, men’s soccer made its 11th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first since 2015 in a battle with Wake Forest in the opening round. It was the first time the teams had faced each other since the Deacons defeated the Buckeyes, 2-1, in the College Cup Final in 2007.

This time, however, Ohio State came out with a win, defeating Wake Forest, 3-0, behind goals from Anthony Samwise (2), Xavier Green (16) and Thomas Gillig (53) to advance to the second round. of the tournament, where they will take on UNC Greensboro on Sunday at 6 p.m

The women’s basketball team averaged 32.5 forced turnovers per game after two games with then-fifth-ranked Tennessee and Boston College. I officially set that number as the over/under of the Buckeyes’ game with Ohio University on Thursday. He struck out more, as the Ohio State Bobcats forced 33 turnovers at the Confuction Center in Athens en route to an 86-56 victory.

For those who don’t feel like doing the math, Ohio State has forced 98 turnovers through three games — an average of 32.67 turnovers per contest.

This is madness.

What Kevin McGuff does schematically with full pitch pressure, and what players do to maximize it, was fantastic in 120 minutes of action. Props to them for being an inanimate object for three games in a row. I can’t wait to see how long they can keep this up. With games against McNeese State, Wright State, and North Alabama, it may take a while for them to fall back into mediocrity.

Or… maybe a 32.67 forced turn game is the means?!

We are looking into all possibilities. I will report later to let everyone know.

song of the day. “Talk to Ya Later” by The Tubes.

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