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J.K. Dobbins makes Heisman statement as No. 1 Ohio State blasts No. 13 Michigan (again)

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Another year, another victory for No. 1 Ohio State (12-0, 9-0 Big Ten) against No. 13 Michigan (9-3, 6-3 Big Ten) in the Jim Harbaugh era. The Ryan Day era picks up right where the Urban Meyer regime left off in this series. The Buckeyes roared past the Wolverines in Michigan Stadium on Saturday afternoon with a 56-27 beat down of their rivals from north of the state border. Behind a strong running performance by J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State extended its winning streak over Michigan to eight straight, sending yet another senior class off without a loss to Michigan.

Dobbins rushed for a career-high 211 yards and four touchdowns. This was the second time Dobbins eclipsed the 200-yard mark on the ground, and he moved up the school’s all-time rushing list earlier in the game, moving past Ezekiel Elliott and moving in behind two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin. In the process, Dobbins may have made his own case to head to New York to lay claim to his own Heisman Trophy.

In a showdown of former SEC quarterback who transferred to the Big Ten, Justin Fields certainly had a better performance compared to Michigan’s Shea Patterson. Fields didn’t have an excellent day with completion percentage, but the passes he did connect on were huge. Fields still ended the game with 302 passing yards and four touchdowns with one touchdown pass to four different Buckeyes (K.J. Hill, Austin Mack, Chris Olave, and Garrett Wilson). Patterson had a rough day throwing the football but also had a 300-yard day (305 yards) but with just one touchdown pass. Patterson was also dropped for a loss of 20 yards in the game and had a crucial red-zone fumble in the first half.

The 56 points given up by Michigan was the most points allowed to an opponent in Michigan Stadium in regulation in program history. Illinois scored 65 points in 2010 for the most points scored by a visitor in Michigan Stadium, but 20 of those points were scored in overtime of a thrilling 67-65 victory by the Wolverines.

For Ohio State, the ultimate goal falls above simply beating Michigan. The top-ranked Buckeyes appear to be locked into position for a run to the College Football Playoff.

Ohio State now will prepare for its third consecutive Big Ten Championship Game. But first, the Buckeyes will sit back and watch to find out just who they will be playing. Ohio State will meet the winner of today’s Minnesota-Wisconsin game, which will crown a division champion in the Big Ten West to determine Ohio State’s next opponent. The Buckeyes will essentially lock up a spot in the College Football Playoff with a win next week, but even a loss may not eliminate an Ohio State team that will end the regular season with good quality wins against a top 10 Penn State and a top 15 Michigan to go along with an earlier win this season against Wisconsin and Cincinnati.

The loss for Michigan will knock the Wolverines out of the running for a possible spot in the New Years Six bowl lineup, so a landing spot in the Citrus Bowl may be in the cards for Jim Harbaugh his program. Harbaugh is now 0-5 against Ohio State. The Wolverines will visit Ohio State next season.

J.K. Dobbins climbs Ohio State all-time rushing list as Buckeyes lead Michigan at halftime

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Ohio State already has a spot in next week’s Big Ten championship game locked up, but there is still nothing the Buckeyes would love more than to continue their dominance over their rivals from Michigan (and keep their College Football path as clear as possible). After one half of play, Ohio State is 30 minutes away from extending their winning streak over the Wolverines to eight in a row. Ohio State leads Michigan 28-16 at halftime.

Michigan opened the game with a touchdown drive, pinning Ohio State in its largest deficit of the season (6-0), but a missed extra point by Quinn Nordin allowed Ohio State to take the lead on the ensuing possession. Ohio State has since held the upper hand in the game.

J.K. Dobbins moved up the Ohio State all-time rushing list in the first quarter by slipping past Ezekiel Elliott (3,961 yards) for second all-time in Buckeyes history. Dobbins reached halftime with 4,005 career yards. Only two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin has more all-time rushing yards in Ohio State history than Dobbins, and it will remain that way with Dobbins still 1,500 yards behind Griffin’s 5,589 career yards.

Since Michigan had trouble slowing Dobbins down, perhaps that is why they felt the need to try untying and removing his show at the end of a play (which was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct by the Big Ten officials)…

Dobbins would end up finishing that drive with a short touchdown run to give Ohio State a 21-13 lead on the Wolverines. Ohio State capitalized on a pair of Michigan miscues later in the second quarter. After recovering a Shea Patterson fumble in the red zone, the Buckeyes were forced to punt the ball back to the Wolverines. But an offside penalty on the special teams by Michigan gave the Buckeyes a free first down. Justin Fields immediately went deep t Garrett Wilson for a gain of 47 yards to the Michigan five-yard line, and Dobbins picked up his second touchdown of the game on the next play for a 28-13 lead.

Michigan has certainly found ways to move the football on Ohio State and they have done a terrific job of taking Chase Young out of the game (zero tackles) on the Ohio State defensive line, but mistakes (missed PAT, fumble in red zone, bad penalties, dropped touchdown in the end zone late in the first half by Donovan Peoples-Jones) are just continuing to haunt them. We’ll see if it really comes back to bite them in the second half.

Cincinnati safety Kyriq McDonald leaves game on stretcher, Ohio State leads Cincy at half

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The battle of Ohio is going the way of the Buckeyes in Columbus. Ohio State, who hasn’t lost to a team from within the state since 1921, has built a 28-0 lead on Cincinnati. But the first half was marred by a medical scare to Cincinnati safety Kyriq McDonald, who was taken off the field on a stretcher.

McDonald was taken out of the game after having a scare on the field in the second quarter. McDonald went to the ground in the middle of a play without being touched. A medical cart was called out onto the field as he appeared to be going through convulsions. He was taken off the field on the stretcher after being evaluated by multiple medical staffers on the field.

Justin Fields got the scoring going for the buckeyes midway through a hard-fought first quarter with a seven-yard touchdown run. J.K. Dobbins then scored the next two touchdowns in the second quarter, including a 60-yard scamper for a quick touchdown midway through the second quarter. Fields got back on the board with a touchdown pass to Garrett Wilson to push the lead to 28-0. Ohio State’s defense has been locked in as well, not allowing a single third-down conversion to the visitors and just 108 yards of offense. Cincinnati is 0-for-7 on third down.

Ohio State sure seems to be in a solid position at the halftime break. The winning streak against in-state opponents does not appear to be in any real danger.

Nation’s top 2020 WR picks Ohio State over, among others, Alabama, Clemson, Penn State

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Ryan Day has done it again.

The “it” in this instance is landing a highly-touted receiving prospect, with Julian Fleming announcing via a video posted to his personal Twitter account that he has verbally committed to playing his college football at Ohio State.  Fleming is the No. 1 wide receiver in the Class of 2020 and is the No. 6 recruit overall on 247Sports.com‘s composite board, making him OSU’s highest-rated commit since Terrelle Pryor.

The Pennsylvania high schooler chose Day and OSU over the likes of, among others, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Penn State.

With Fleming’s commitment, Ohio State has jumped from No. 11 to No. 9 according to 247Sports.com‘s composite board, and has also leapfrogged Penn State as the top class in the Big Ten thus far.  Fleming is also the third receiver to commit to the Buckeyes’ class, joining Washington’s Gee Scott Jr. (No. 14 WR in the country) and Texas’ Jaxon Smith-Njigba (No. 30).

Last cycle, Garrett Wilson, the No. 2 receiver in the Class of 2019, signed with Ohio State as part of Day’s first class as the program’s head coach.

Former Ohio State QB Matthew Baldwin reportedly headed to TCU

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Former Ohio State quarterback Matthew Baldwin will transfer to TCU, according to a report Tuesday from 247Sports.

Baldwin will apply for immediate eligibility, according to the report. Considering Tate Martell was granted immediate eligibility when leaving Columbus for Miami, one stands to reason Baldwin should meet the same fate — provided he has the right lawyer.

Baldwin is a product of powerhouse Lake Travis High School in Austin, the school that produced Baker Mayfield. The Cavaliers are on a decade-plus long streak of producing nothing but FBS quarterbacks; Baldwin followed Baylor signal caller Charlie Brewer and was succeeded by current Texas commit Hudson Card. In one season as Lake Travis’ starter (where he threw to former Ohio State teammate Garrett Wilson), Baldwin compiled more than 4,000 passing yards, 44 touchdowns and hit over 70 percent of his passes before injuring his knee in the state semifinals.

That knee injury knocked him out for the 2018 season — he would have sat behind Dwayne Haskins and Martell anyway — and Baldwin lost Ohio State’s 2019 quarterback derby to insta-transfer Justin Fields.

Baldwin will find an open quarterback depth chart at TCU, where — this is becoming a theme here — incumbent Shawn Robinson transferred to Missouri after an up-and-down, injury-shortened debut as the Frogs’ starting quarterback.

He’ll compete with Kansas State graduate transfer Alex Delton and rising junior Mike Collins, who transferred in from Penn, redshirt freshman Justin Rogers and true freshman Max Duggan.