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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes urging fans to participate in 'Wear Black' theme against Wisconsin

Spencer Holbrook09/21/22
Ryan Day by Matt Parker -- Lettermen Row --
Ryan Day and the Buckeyes will wear black on Saturday. (Matt Parker/Lettermen Row)

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Buckeyes urging fans to participate in ‘Wear Black’ theme against Wisconsin

Ohio State hasn’t worn its black alternate uniforms since 2019. And the Horseshoe hasn’t been painted black since that night in October of that undefeated regular season, either.

The football program announced the Buckeyes will wear all-black uniforms Saturday for the primetime showdown against Wisconsin. And the athletic department is running a theme of ‘Wear Black’ to promote the complete blackout of Ohio Stadium for such a big home game for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State has worn black uniforms three times in program history. The Buckeyes beat Penn State in 2016, Nebraska in 2018 and Michigan State in 2019, all while wearing black on black on black.

That unblemished record will be put to the test Saturday night. And the theme of ‘Wear Black’ is being pushed to make sure fans coming to the game get the message.

Full coverage of Buckeyes preparation for Big Ten opener

Ohio State will face Wisconsin on Saturday under the lights in the Horseshoe, a team that should give the Buckeyes a chance to show their physicality and toughness against one of the roughest teams in the Big Ten.

Lettermen Row was inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center after the Ryan Day press conference Tuesday — and they have plenty of takeaways after hearing from Day and defensive coordinator Jim Knowles.

Spencer Holbrook and Tim May are breaking down how the Buckeyes are turning their focus to Wisconsin in the latest Practice Report. Every Tuesday following the Day press conference, Tim and Spencer will chat about what they saw Saturday night and look ahead to what to expect from Ohio State on Saturday.

READ: Four Lessons Learned as Ryan Day, Buckeyes begin prep for Wisconsin showdown

Four-star guard Taison Chatman commits to Ohio State hoops

Taison Chatman committed to the Buckeyes on Tuesday evening.

The 6-foot-3, 170-pound four-star Totino-Grace (Minneapolis, Minnesota) guard chose Ohio State over Kansas, Xavier, UConn and others.

Chatman is the No. 1 rated player in Minnesota, No. 7 shooting guard and a top 50 overall prospect according to the On3 Consensus Rankings.

His commitment comes on the heels of former Ohio State commit George Washington III’s decommitment from the program on Sept. 5. Washington was the first 2023 commit for Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann.

Chatman took an official visit to Ohio State on Sept. 3 and was one of the dozens of recruits — regardless of sport — in Ohio Stadium. The newest Buckeye was seen taking in the sights and sounds with fellow classmate Scotty Middleton.

Counting down

Buckeyes vs. Wisconsin: 3 days away

Buckeyes vs. Michigan: 66 days away

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