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The Morning Scoop is your daily Buckeye fix. Host Tom Orr and guests from The Buckeye Scoop staff share the latest news about Ohio State football, basketball, recruiting, and more.

What Do The Buckeyes Still Need To Decide On Defense?
Today at 12:36 AM

For the first time since 2017, the Ohio State Buckeyes have to play a game one week after losing.

The 35-28 defeat against Oregon left OSU with a lot of unresolved questions, especially on defense. So what have the Buckeyes decided on, and what do they still need to figure out?

You'll hear right from Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, offensive standouts Garrett Wilson and Nick Petit-Frere, and punter Jesse Mirco on subjects including:

- Who will call the defense for Ohio State on Saturday?
- Will there be coaches in different spots...


Is There Reason To Worry About The Ohio State Offense?
Yesterday at 1:00 AM

Most of the talk around Columbus this week has centered around the issues on Ohio State's defense, but the offense struggled to run the ball consistently against Oregon as well.

Is there cause for concern about the Buckeye offense?

BuckeyeScoop.com's Xs and Os guru Ross Fulton joins host Tom Orr to discuss that and much more.

- What did Oregon do to create mismatches for the Ohio State offensive line?
- Were those issue fixable for the Buckeyes?
- How much does it hurt that CJ Stroud hasn't run the ball...


How Can Ohio State Football Fix Its Biggest Issues On Defense?
Last Wednesday at 5:00 AM

The Ohio State Buckeyes are in a position they're not used to, trying to bounce back after a loss.

After a demoralizing 35-28 defeat against Oregon, the defensive and particularly defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs, have come under fire. But what are they doing wrong, and can those issues get fixed this week?

Buckeye Scoop's Xs and Os guru Ross Fulton joins host Tom Orr to answer those questions and much more.

- Why is Ohio State's defense so predictable?
- Why does it look like the front four and back seven aren't working...


Bonus Episode: Signs Ryan Day Is About To Make A Big Change
Last Tuesday at 6:09 PM

In this special bonus episode of The Morning Scoop, we discuss what we learned during an unusual interview session with Ryan Day.

Tuesday was the first chance Day had to discuss the fallout from Saturday's loss to Oregon after watching the game film. He met with the media to talk about the issues with the Buckeyes' defense in that defeat, and what they're looking at doing to fix them.

Buckeye Scoop's Kevin Noon joins host Tom Orr to discuss what they learned from Day. There were things he did - and didn't - say that hinted...


Is It Time For Big Changes To Fix Ohio State's Issues On Defense?
Last Tuesday at 1:34 AM

For the first time in his head coaching career, Ryan Day has to come up with a response after a regular-season defeat.

The 35-28 loss to Oregon left the Buckeyes with some big questions about its defense, and what can be done to fix it in the middle of the season.

Buckeye Scoop beat reporter Tony Gerdeman joins host Tom Orr to try to figure out what Day is going to do about it. Will they just move defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs up to the box during games? Or make a shift in scheme? Or could...


What's Wrong With Ohio State's Defense? Is It The Players, Coaching, Or Scheme?
Last Monday at 12:27 AM

When you haven't lost a regular-season game in close to three years, one bad weekend can lead to a lot of very big questions for a college football program like Ohio State's.

For the second straight week, the Buckeyes struggled to get off the field on defense against a big underdog, and Saturday, that ended with a 35-28 loss to Oregon. So where do Ryan Day, Kerry Coombs, and the rest of the Ohio State program go from here?

You'll hear directly from Day and Coombs about what issues they see, what they think is to...


How Does Ohio State Get Back On Track After An Upset Loss To Oregon?
Last Sunday at 1:24 AM

The Ohio State Buckeyes just suffered their first regular-season loss since 2018. So what went wrong against Oregon, and how can the Buckeyes get things back on track in time to make a run at the Big Ten Championship and possibly a berth in the College Football Playoff?

Buckeye Scoop's Kevin Noon joins host Tom Orr to answer those questions and more.

- What went wrong with the offensive line?
- Why can't the defensive line get to the quarterback?
- Why are they still playing so many linebackers?
- If Josh Proctor is...


Bonus: Oregon vs Ohio State preview with James Crepea on "Big Me Kickoff"
Last Saturday at 10:00 AM

In this special bonus episode, Kevin Noon of BuckeyeScoop.com hosts the inaugural episode of his new show "Big Me Kickoff" with special guest James Crepea, the Ducks beat reporter for the Oregonian newspaper. If you like it, please subscribe to "Big Me Kickoff" on your podcast platform of choice.

Just how close did this Ohio State versus Oregon come to being canceled? We lost the 2020 edition due to COVID but according to our guest, James Crepea of Fox Sports Oregon, this game came close to the brink. We talk that, Kayvon Thibodeaux, and a whole lot more...


New Signs That The Big Ten Is About To Raid The Pac-12 For USC And More
Last Saturday at 1:00 AM

We've been telling you for several months now that the Big Ten is seriously looking at a massive addition to the conference, the USC Trojans. Now there are new indications that could be getting closer to happening.

Buckeye Scoop's ultimate insider, NevadaBuck joins host Tom Orr to discuss what he just learned about the potential financial impact of adding the Trojans to the Big Ten, and why it makes sense for both the school and the conference.

Plus, USC would almost certainly not join the Big Ten alone, so which other Pac-12 teams have the league...


Will Injured Buckeye Starters Return For The Oregon Game?
09/10/2021

Ohio State will kick off one of the biggest non-conference games in recent memory in less than two days. And there are still a lot of major questions out there about the health status of some key Ohio State starters.

Will safety Josh Proctor be able to play a week after suffering an injury against Minnesota? Will Harry Miller be back? Or will Luke Wypler make his second career start?

And if CJ Stroud goes down, who would be the next quarterback to play?

Ryan Day was asked all of those questions and much...


The 6 Most Interesting Things We Learned About Ohio State Vs. Oregon
09/09/2021

Ohio State players met with the media Wednesday night to preview the Buckeyes' big showdown with Oregon.

Buckeye Scoop beat reporter Tony Gerdeman joins host Tom Orr to discuss the six most interesting things they learned while talking to the players.


How Can Oregon Contain Chris Olave And Garrett Wilson?
09/08/2021

There is a lot to talk about this week in the leadup to Ohio State's top-10 showdown with Oregon in the Horseshoe.

In this special bonus episode of The Morning Scoop podcast, you'll hear directly from Oregon offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead and defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter about the challenges they'll face this weekend in Columbus.

- Will the Ducks try to take more shots down the field to test the Buckeyes' shaky secondary?
- Where does Oregon need to improve along the offensive line?
- How will the Ducks' defense deal with Ohio State's...


How Chris Olave Almost Picked Oregon Instead Of Ohio State
09/08/2021

Chris Olave is not only one of the best players of the last decade of Ohio State football, but he's also one of the most beloved by the Buckeye fanbase as well.

But he very easily could have entered Saturday's massive game in the Horseshoe as a member of the Oregon Ducks instead of Ohio State.

He grew up a big fan of Oregon, and dreamed of playing college football as a Duck. So how close did that come to happening?

Buckeye Scoop's Kevin Noon joins host Tom Orr to discuss the inside story...


Are The Buckeyes Close To Adding Florida Standouts? Massive Visitor List For Oregon Game
09/07/2021

In this special mid-day bonus episode of The Morning Scoop podcast, BuckeyeScoop.com's Florida insider, Dominique Smith, joins host Tom Orr to discuss some of Ohio State's top recruiting targets in the Sunshine State.

From the running back who just earned an offer yesterday, to a massive offensive lineman who could anchor Ohio State in the trenches for years, to a 5-star skill player off to an incredible start this fall, there's a lot to talk about.

Plus, a look at some of the biggest names visiting Ohio Stadium this weekend for the Buckeyes' massive showdown...


What Are Oregon's Biggest Concerns Against Ohio State?
09/07/2021

The Oregon Ducks are about to face a massive challenge when they travel to Columbus to battle the Ohio State Buckeyes.

While Mario Cristobal's team is one of the best and most talented in the nation, they also likely still lag a little behind the Buckeyes in several key areas.

Which spots are the biggest concerns for Oregon on Saturday? Hear directly from Cristobal as he previews this weekend's massive showdown.

You'll get updates on the injury status of elite pass rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux, the loss of linebacker Dru Mathis, former 5-star prospect Justin...


How Can Ohio State Fix Its Defense Before The Oregon Game?
09/06/2021

Ohio State opened its 2021 season with a road win against a solid Minnesota team, but that performance left the Buckeyes with some big questions to answer, especially on defense.

What went wrong against the Gophers, and can Ohio State fix those issues in time for their massive showdown this weekend against Oregon?

Buckeye Scoop's Xs and Os guru Ross Fulton joins host Tom Orr to recap what he learned during the season opener, and what it could mean when the Buckeyes host the Ducks.


Was Ohio State's Performance At Minnesota Good Enough To Beat Oregon?
09/05/2021

The Buckeyes opened their 2021 season with a road win over Minnesota, but they'll face a much tougher test this weekend when Oregon comes to Columbus.

BuckeyeScoop.com's Bill Greene joins host Tom Orr to discuss the Minnesota game and what he learned about Ohio State on both sides of the ball.

- Why did the Buckeyes rotate so many players in throughout the course of the game?
- What did we learn about new starting QB CJ Stroud?
- How did the defensive line hold up against one of the best offensive lines it...


5 Things We Learned From Ohio State's Win Over Minnesota
09/04/2021

The first full Saturday of the college football season is today, but the Buckeyes turned their work done a little early, beating Minnesota, 45-31 on Thursday night in Minneapolis.

We got a chance to talk to Ryan Day, CJ Stroud, Miyan Williams, Zach Harrison, Haskell Garrett, and Lathan Ransom after the game. They discussed a wide variety of topics, from the first-ever start for Stroud, the challenges of playing a veteran team on the road, a fortunate accident on a long touchdown, and the inside story of the biggest play of the night for the defense.


Are Ohio State's Issues On Defense Fixable In Time For Oregon?
09/03/2021

The Ohio State Buckeyes got their 2021 season off to a winning start, knocking off Minnesota, 45-31 on the road Thursday night.

But while the offense looked every bit as explosive as promised, at times the Buckeye defense struggled to get off the field. How concerned should OSU fans be?

Kevin Noon of BuckeyeScoop.com joins host Tom Orr to recap what they learned Thursday night in Minneapolis, and what it might mean for Ohio State's week two showdown with Oregon.


Which First-Time Starter Is Most Important In Ohio State's Game At Minnesota?
09/02/2021

The 2021 Ohio State Buckeyes kick off their football season Thursday night in Minnesota against the Gophers.

The game marks the start of a fascinating season for the very talented, but largely unproven Buckeyes. With the team replacing a number of stars, including Justin Fields, Jonathon Cooper, Pete Werner, and Shaun Wade, which first-time starters have to step up to ensure the Bucks open the year with a win?

Buckeye Scoop beat reporter Tony Gerdeman joins host Tom Orr from the site of tonight's game with a preview.

What would it take for Ohio State...


Bonus Episode: Ohio State vs. Minnesota Preview With Sean Williams Of The Gopher Report
09/01/2021

As you already know if you've listened to Tuesday's episode of the Morning Scoop, Kevin Noon is now a part of the Buckeye Scoop team.

Among the other things he will be doing at the Scoop, Kevin will also continue hosting his popular BIA podcast.

In this special bonus episode, you'll hear Kevin previewing Thursday night's Ohio State vs. Minnesota game with Sean Williams of The Gopher Report.

It's a fun conversation, and we think you'll enjoy it. If you do, then please subscribe to BIA on whatever podcast platform you're listening to this...


All New Ohio State Pregame and Postgame Coverage From BuckeyeScoop.com
09/01/2021

The Ohio State Buckeyes kick off their 2021 college football season Thursday night in Minnesota, and BuckeyeScoop.com is excited to announce that we have a new member of our team who'll be there with us to make the best coverage of Buckeye football even better.

Kevin Noon has covered Ohio State football since the 1990s, and is the newest member of the Buckeye Scoop team. He joins host Tom Orr to discuss what he'll be doing in his new role, and share some big plans for the upcoming season.


Is CJ Stroud Ready To Lead Ohio State Football In A Big Ten Road Game?
08/31/2021

The Ohio State football team is now less than three days away from its first test of the 2021 season, a road game at Minnesota.

For new starting quarterback CJ Stroud, that game will be filled with "firsts." His first career pass attempt, his first start, his first snaps in a truly hostile road environment, and much more. Is Stroud ready for the challenge?

On Monday, Ohio State head coach Ryan Day met with the media for the final time before that game to share his thoughts on the challenge ahead for his team and its young...


Is Ohio State Close To Landing A Top-10 Player For 2022?
08/30/2021

Ohio State defensive line guru Larry Johnson has zeroed in on an elite edge rusher out of Philadelphia as one of his top targets for 2022, and there are new signs that Enai White might be closer to becoming a Buckeye than previously thought.

Buckeye Scoop recruiting analyst Marc Givler just scouted White in person, and joins host Tom Orr to discuss that game, and where things stand in Ohio State's pursuit of the top-10 prospect.

Plus, updates on elite defensive prospect Ta'mere Robinson, and 2023 wide receiver Carnell Tate, who will announce his college decision in just...


Why Georgia Will Unseat Alabama As The Kings Of The SEC In 2021
08/29/2021

The first full week of the college football season is finally here! The 2021 season promises to be full of huge upsets and surprising results, but most people expect the usual group of Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, and Oklahoma to dominate the sport again.

Brett Ciancia of PickSixPreviews.com is not most people. He joins host Tom Orr to explain why he thinks this is the year Georgia finally leaps ahead of Alabama.

Plus, he's ranked as the most-accurate source for Power 5 conference predictions. That makes it even more surprising when he picks a surprise first-time entrant...


College Football Is Back: Must-Watch Games For Week Zero
08/28/2021

College football kicks off today! The longest offseason in major North American sports is over and now the fun begins.

Jared from the Sloopcast joins host Tom Orr to preview some of the most interesting games on the schedule for Week Zero, including a game that could define the season for at least one Big Ten team.

Plus, a preview of Ohio State's season opener against Minnesota, and much more.


Is Ryan Day, Tom Allen, Or Someone Else The Big Ten’s Best Football Coach?
08/27/2021

The Big Ten football season kicks off in just two days, and while some of the league’s coaches have goals including conference and national championships, others are just hoping to survive for another year.

But which of the league’s coaches is the best? Is it Ryan Day, who inherited a juggernaut Buckeye program and somehow managed to improve it? Or is it Indiana’s Tom Allen, who has taken the Hoosiers to unprecedented heights?

Buckeye Scoop’s Tony Gerdeman joins host Tom Orr to discuss the Big Ten’s football coaches from top to bottom.


Is Ohio State's Wide Receiver Unit The Best In College Football History?
08/26/2021

Ohio State's 2021 wide receiver unit includes a pair of veteran potential all-Americans in Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson, both of whom could easily be first-round NFL Draft picks next spring.

It also includes mega-hyped second-year standout Jaxon Smith-Njigba, and the top overall receiver in the 2020 recruiting class, Julian Fleming, who is finally healthy this fall.

Add on to that 5-star true freshman Emeka Egbuka, elite prospect Marvin Harrison, Jr., and speedy Jayden Ballard, and there is not only talent, but depth to spare for position coach Brian Hartline.

Wednesday evening, Hartline and some of...


How Will The Bullet Change Ohio State's Defense This Fall?
08/25/2021

The back end of Ohio State's defense is going to look a little different this fall, and given how it looked for stretches of the 2020 season, that's probably good news for Buckeye fans.

This week, safeties coach Matt Barnes, head coach Ryan Day, and the safeties met with the media to discuss what to expect this fall. Hear directly from them on the roles each of the safety positions will play, who might fit at each of them, and how the growth of the Bullet position could change a lot for the Buckeyes this fall.


Ohio State Football Insider: Game Week Starts, Updates On Offensive Line, Backup Quarterback
08/24/2021

The Ohio State football team has officially started game week in the leadup to its season opener against Minnesota.

Buckeye Scoop's Kirk Barton got a chance to watch Ryan Day's team practice on Monday and joins host Tom Orr to discuss what he saw.

- How is game week practice different from fall camp?
- Have the Buckeyes decided on an offensive line yet?
- Were Thayer Munford and Sevyn Banks back on the field?
- Which young quarterback will back up starter CJ Stroud?
- Is the offensive line or defensive...


10 Big Questions About 2021 Big Ten Football
08/23/2021

The 2021 Big Ten football season kicks off on Saturday with a matchup of Nebraska and Illinois.

Before the games start, there are some important questions to be answered, and Buckeye Scoop beat reporter Tony Gerdeman is just the man to do it. He joins host Tom Orr to discuss 10 big topics entering the Big Ten season.

Is this the year it all comes together for Wisconsin? Is Iowa one player away from a special season? Will Nebraska finally put together a winning season? Can Minnesota hang with Ohio State in the season opener? Will this be...


Buckeye Insider: Stories On Standout Ohio State Freshmen
08/22/2021

Ohio State has made a lot more players available to the media throughout fall camp than in a typical year. That has given reporters a chance to not only get to know some of the new Buckeyes, but also share some of their stories.

This week, we talked to the defensive linemen and running backs. In this special episode of the Morning Scoop podcast, you'll hear directly from Ohio State assistant coaches Larry Johnson and Tony Alford, as well as defensive lineman Tyreke Smith and running backs TreVeyon Henderson, Miyan Williams, and Evan Pryor.

- What...


Is Ohio State Football Falling Behind In Recruiting?
08/21/2021

The Ohio State football program just landed its first commitment of the 2021 recruiting cycle with tight end Ty Lockwood.

In a normal year, the Buckeyes would have a much bigger class at this point in the cycle. Is that an indication that OSU is falling behind other programs, or just a product of the crazy last year?

Buckeye Scoop recruiting analyst Marc Givler joins host Tom Orr to discuss those questions and more.

- How does Lockwood's profile fit with the Ohio State offense?
- Who are some other players who could commit...


4 Overlooked Buckeyes Who Could Be Big Stars This Fall
08/20/2021

With less than two weeks to go before the season opener at Minnesota, there is a LOT to talk about around the Ohio State football program.

Buckeye Scoop recruiting analyst Alex Gleitman joins host Tom Orr to discuss a highly-touted offensive line prospect, and several current Buckeyes who may be flying under the radar now, but explode onto the scene this season.

Plus, is it crazy to think that Rutgers could make a bowl game this season? All that and more on today's edition of The Morning Scoop.


5 Things We Learned Inside Ohio State Football Practice
08/19/2021

For the first (and likely last) time during fall camp, Buckeye Scoop's Tony Gerdeman and Tom Orr got a chance to watch a full Ohio State football practice.

They run through five things they learned during practice, including why CJ Stroud was sitting out a number of drills, which young running back really stood out, which pair of true freshmen look like they'll be instant contributors, which player who just switched positions could be a surprise standout, and more.


Is Ohio State Back In The Lead For An In-State 5-Star?
08/18/2021

Pickerington native Sonny Styles is one of the Buckeyes' top recruiting targets regardless of class. The 2023 standout is ranked as one of the nation's top players in his class, and seems to be deciding between Ohio State and Notre Dame. Where do things stand right now with Styles and the Buckeyes?

Buckeye Scoop recruiting analyst Bill Greene has the absolute latest on the Buckeyes' pursuit of Styles and some other top recruits.

Luke Montgomery is deciding not only which school he'll play his college football for, but which side of the ball he wants to play...


Is The Ohio State Quarterback Battle Now Settled?
08/17/2021

With the season opener against Minnesota now just over two weeks away, the Ohio State coaching staff is zeroing in on identifying starters at a number of positions including quarterback.

Monday, Ohio State coach Ryan Day came as close as he has yet this year to naming his starting QB. Hear directly from Day on who has separated himself from the rest of the pack, as well as how the battle for the backup job is shaking out.

Plus, mega-hyped true freshman Quinn Ewers made his first appearance at practice on Monday. Hear from Day on...


Ohio State Practice Insider: 5 Takeaways From The Buckeyes' Fall Scrimmage
08/16/2021

The 2021 Ohio State football team held its first scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday. It was closed to the media, but Buckeye Scoop's ultimate insider, Nevada Buck, still had a full report on everything that happened.

He joins host Tom Orr to discuss five big takeaways from the event, and what they could mean for the players who are fighting for starting jobs for the season openers against Minnesota.

- Are they finally settled on a starting quarterback?
- Which running back may have earned the right to start at Minnesota?
- How much...


Inside The Fight To Save The 2020 Big Ten Season
08/15/2021

The 2020 Big Ten football season wasn't supposed to happen. The league not only announced that it wouldn't play in the fall, it doubled down and said that decision would not be revisited.

So how did players, coaches, and parents from schools like Ohio State and Nebraska team up to fight back and make it happen?

Sports law expert Dan Lust joins host Tom Orr to dive into some of the key storylines behind that battle, and preview the upcoming documentary "Fight For Football: Saving The 2020 Season."

Plus, a look at a very expensive mistake...


Kevin Warren's Role In Big Ten Expansion, Which ACC Teams Will The B1G Target?
08/14/2021

There are two major new stories we're following in the ongoing drama around potential Big Ten expansion.

One is the role the conference commissioner Kevin Warren is playing... or rather, isn't playing... in the talks, and what that might mean for his future with the league.

The other is a major curveball in the league's possible pursuit of a couple of members of the ACC. Why the league's Grant of Rights clause might not be enough to keep Virginia and North Carolina from moving to the B1G.

Buckeye Scoop's ultimate insider, Nevada Buck...