Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State football dominates Big Ten media preseason poll

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Ohio State picked to win Big Ten

Monday is the start of Big Ten media days. Unlike other conferences, though, the Big Ten doesn’t conduct a preseason poll. For the last eight years, Cleveland.com has done it instead by compiling votes from 28 beat writers (two from each Big Ten team).

Once again, Ohio State was picked to win both the Big Ten East and the conference title game, though Wisconsin is gaining ground on the Buckeyes in that regard. A total of 14 voters picked the Buckeyes to win the conference, with the Badgers gaining 13 votes and Michigan State receiving one vote.

Here are the totals for the division votes and the conference championship game picks:

Big Ten East

1. Ohio State, 191.5 points (23.5 first-place votes)

2. Michigan State, 142 points (2)

3. Penn State, 141.5 points (1)

4. Michigan, 140.5 points (1.5)

5. Maryland, 75.5 points

6. Indiana, 60 points

7. Rutgers, 33 points

Big Ten West

1. Wisconsin, 196 points (28 first-place votes)

2. Iowa, 155 points

3. Northwestern, 138 points

4. Nebraska, 104 points

5. Purdue, 98.5 points

6. Minnesota, 64.5 points

7. Illinois, 28 points

Championship game picks

Ohio State over Wisconsin (14)

Wisconsin over Ohio State (9)

Wisconsin over Michigan (2)

Wisconsin over Penn State (1)

Wisconsin over Michigan State (1)

Michigan State over Wisconsin (1)

Scarlet and Gray rolls on in TBT

Jared Sullinger beasted it for Scarlet and Gray in the second round of The Basketball Tournament, scoring 28 points and pulling down 20 rebounds in an 82-73 win over The Matadors.

The victory sends the team of Ohio State alums to the next round in Atlanta, but the question is whether or not Sullinger will join them. The broadcast mentioned both games that Sullinger is getting married the weekend of July 28-29, which sure seems like it would exclude him from participating. For some reason, however, everyone seems to be playing coy about whether Sullinger will keep playing.

“No way he’s out of the tournament,” Scarlet and Gray general manager Scoonie Penn said. “We’ve got some things in the works. We’re not going to show our hands, but the big fella is playing, though. You can’t show your hand.”

Kane Patterson tops Nashville area Dandy Dozen

Ohio State commit Kane Patterson, a 4-star linebacker in the Class of 2019, appears to have impressed those who know him best. Patterson was the No. 1 selection for The Tennessean’s Dandy Dozen, a list of the best high school players in the Nashville area compiled by the Nashville newspaper. It’s the second straight year an Ohio State commit has earned the honor, which went to offensive tackle Max Wray in 2017.

In his Dandy Dozen profile — which is worth a read — Patterson said he’s finally healthy after tearing his ACL. Furthermore, his high school coach had plenty of good things to say about his playing style and abilities.

“His instincts are rare,” CPA coach Ingle Martin said. “As all the recruiters were coming in, I told them all the only thing that is keeping him from being the No. 1 recruit in the country is his top end speed.

“He reads and reacts and arrives with a nasty disposition. That’s how one of our assistants described Kane. That’s what makes Division I big-time linebackers — they play football on that edge.”

Ryan Armour misses British Open cut

Former Ohio State golfer Ryan Armour took part in his first major, competing in the British Open at Carnoustie. It was short-lived, though, as Armour wasn’t able to stick around for the weekend. He finished with a 9-over total in his two rounds, opening with a 75 and following it with a 76 on the part-71 course.

The good news for Armour is that his win in the Sanderson Farms Championship in Oct. 2017 qualified him for the PGA Championship, so he’ll have another shot at a major at Bellerive Country Club near St. Louis on Aug. 9-12.

Counting down

  • Ohio State at Big Ten media days: 1 day
  • Ohio State season opener: 40 days
  • The Game: 124 days

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