Skull Session: A championship could cure all for Ohio State, the Buckeyes’ class of 2023 leads the B1G and Scary Terry and Nick Bosa are professional bowlers

Winter is coming.

Let it Snow. Let it Snow. Let it Snow.

As please. Nothing is worse than when it’s freezing cold without snow in Columbus, which is precisely what the weather will be like in the Ohio capital over Christmas weekend. I would like it to be more like this:

Unfortunately, it won’t be.

Despite that though, let’s have a nice Thursday, shall we?

PROGRAM STATUS. Ohio State’s class of 2023 recruits wrote their names in National Letters of Intent Wednesday to officially become Buckeyes. Around noon, Ryan Day met with the media to discuss the prospects and the impact he hopes each will have on the future of Columbus.

Day was asked many questions. She gave many answers. However, a question Patrick Murphy of 247 Sports and the subsequent response from the Ohio State head coach calls for pause for thought.

Murphy: When we deal with the fans, the people who read our stuff, there’s the side that Ohio State has lost to Michigan twice in a row and has lost some guys in classes. That is the negative side. Then there’s the other side that looks at it like you’re 11-1, you’re in the college football playoff, and you’re close to a national championship. From your perspective, the perspective of this building, how do you see things right now?

For the visual folks reading Skull Session, I’ve linked Day’s response in video format, but if you’d rather see the words on the page, like in those old newspapers, I’ll write his quotes below the clip as well. :

Day: “We all have certain expectations and we all have goals. And when you fall short of those goals, you need to identify what those things are in order to address them. When you go through moments like this, you first recognize the things you need to improve on. But it also gives you a really good idea of ​​where everyone is on the show and where you stand. Because when things are going well, everyone is with you. And when something goes wrong, you find out where people stand. And I think we have a pretty good idea of ​​that right now. But I can tell you that the guys in the program have been hard at work for the last month.

I think, again, when you look at the 19 guys that we brought here, these are some of the best players in the country. And these guys understand what’s going on here, and they understand what an amazing culture we have here. You see a lot of transfers going on, all of that. You look at our team, there really isn’t a lot of that going on. Why? I think it’s because we have a strong culture here. Kids appreciate the way they’re developing and all that, and the years and the seasons and life don’t always go as planned. It’s all about how you react to it and how you respond to it. And that’s what our focus is on right now.

We are not going to overreact. As much as that loss hurts, we’re not going to overreact. That is not worth it. We have a game against Georgia ahead of us that we are concentrating on. We are reinforcing recruitment and trying to adapt to what is happening across the country. And I know the show is in a great place even though we lost that game and it hurts. I mean, that’s our goal every year, you can’t walk away from it. But at the end of the day, we’ve got some really great people on this show. We have very good talent, very good coaches and we recruit very good people.

He may have scarlet glasses, but I haven’t been overly concerned about Ohio State’s draft cancellations and failures. Do I think it’s a good look for the show? Hell no. The Buckeyes should draw the best players in each class. That is the basic expectation.

However, I also recognize that Ohio State is two wins away from being crowned college football national champion for the 2022 season. That is the case due to the luck of USC losing to Utah in the Pac-12 Championship, yes, but also because the Buckeyes have put themselves in position to make the CFP every season since 2014.

This year, Ohio State has as good a chance as Georgia, Michigan and TCU to win a title. No other college football program can make the same claim. That has to mean something. More importantly, it can change everything. What many have considered a horrible past few weeks for the Buckeyes may pass quickly with Day and his players hoisting a CFP trophy over his head on Jan. 9, 2023.

As Day mentioned, that’s the focus right now for the state of Ohio. It hurts not to beat Michigan, suffer layoffs, and swing and miss big prospects, but all that pain can go away with a Peach Bowl win and a win in Los Angeles 10 days later.

Would a national championship heal all wounds? No, probably not. But I can say this: It would make a great Band-Aid for one.

B1G RECRUITS. One more note on Ohio State’s class of 2023. Despite complaints that the prospect collection isn’t up to par with the Buckeyes, the coaching staff still secured the best recruiting class in the Big Ten when it comes to recruiting. top notch talent.

This is how the conference builds up in the 247Classification of sports teams from today:

  1. Ohio State, 5th (nationally)

  2. State of Pennsylvania, 13

  3. Michigan, 17

  4. Michigan State, 25

  5. Nebraska, 28

  6. Maryland, 34

  7. iowa, 37

  8. Northwest, 39

  9. Minnesota, 40

  10. Illinois, 44

  11. Rutgers, 55

  12. Wisconsin, 56

  13. Purdue, 66

  14. Indiana, 70

As for the top individual recruits heading to the Big Ten in 2023, Ohio State dominates that list as well.

Again, do I think cancellations and recruiting mistakes look good for the program? No I do not. But that doesn’t mean you can’t offer information that encourages people to take the glass-half-full approach to these sorts of things. Call me optimistic, call me whatever you want, I just like to see people be positive!

PRO BOWL LINK. This just in: Uhhhhhhhh, Terry McLaurin and Nick Bosa are very, very good at football, and the former Buckeyes were rewarded. with NFL Pro Bowl nominations for the NFC on Wednesday.

McLaurin earns a Pro Bowl nomination for the first time in his young career despite being one of the best wide receivers in the league in recent years. This season, he has racked up 68 receptions for 1,015 yards and three touchdowns as the Commanders are 7-6-1 in 2022-23.

Meanwhile, Bosa is in the midst of a monster season for the 49ers, recording 15.5 sacks, 16 tackles for loss, 38 quarterback hits, one forced fumble and one pass deflection in 13 games for San Francisco. As he stands, Bosa is one of the leading candidates for NFL Defensive Player of the Year and has absolutely juicy matchups down the stretch against the Commanders, Raiders and Cardinals where he can improve his stats.

Kudos to McLaurin and Bosa for their efforts this season and for their well-deserved recognition. You just love to see the former Buckeyes sweeping the league and they are the best of the best when it comes to professional Ohio State players.

A FRIENDLY HAND. On Monday, Ohio State rookie offensive lineman Avery Henry announced that was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer. While he still plans to travel with the team to Atlanta for the Peach Bowl, Henry will begin treatment as soon as possible, which may require him to travel to different hospitals in Columbus and possibly the US.

With that in mind, Henry’s aunt Taj created a GoFundMe page for Henry’s family in an effort to cover the costs of traveling with Avery as he makes trips to medical centers for the aforementioned treatment.

This is what Taj wrote to summarize the need for support:

On behalf of my sister, Tiffani, and her family, we are setting up this account to make sure she can attend all of Avery’s treatments. No one wants Avery to be 2 hours away from her family when she needs her support the most. They are going to make several trips, possibly every week. As you can imagine, she has been a whirlwind of emotions for the last 7 days. Some of those days, the family had to take turns supporting him due to financial obligations. Her diagnosis is osteosarcoma. Dr. Alexander and his medical associates have taken special care of Avery and her family. His family and OSU football coaches are with him every step of the way as well. Ultimately this will be his fight, but with his prayers, love and support we can fight bone cancer.

Thanks for everything.

When Ohio State fans talk about a Buckeye Nation, I think there’s a genuine camaraderie associated with it. If you feel so inclined, please consider donating to GoFundMe for the Henry family, members of that Buckeye community. I’m sure I speak for the Henrys when I say that anything helps and any generosity is appreciated.

SONG OF THE DAY. “The best is yet to come” by Ben Rector.

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