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Scarlet Sunrise: Two Buckeyes listed among too-early Heisman favorites

TreVeyon Henderson by Birm -- Lettermen Row
Ohio State running back TreVeyon Henderson will be a Heisman favorite this offseason. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Two Buckeyes listed among too-early Heisman favorites

If C.J. Stroud and TreVeyon Henderson could have the kind of impact they had in their first season as a starting backfield, imagine what they can do in Year Two.

The dynamic duo formed one of the best quarterback-running back tandems in all of college football last season. And they’re already among the early favorites to win the Heisman Trophy next fall.

Stroud (+400) has the second-best odds to win the award next December, according to VegasInsider. He trails only Alabama quarterback and reigning Heisman winner Bryce Young (+200). Henderson is at +1200 after posting more than 1,000 yards rushing during his freshman campaign.

Both players were nearly unstoppable last season for the Buckeyes. Just imagine what they can do for an encore. It might lift one of them to a Heisman Trophy.

New Tim May Podcast

On the latest episode of the Tim May Podcast, Lettermen Row’s Tim May and Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward take a dive into the latest Ohio State coaching moves and give a breakdown of the coaching carousel around the entire landscape of college football.

While head coach Ryan Day is firmly solidified as the Buckeyes leader, he has already shifted things around and made major infrastructure changes in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

Day landed Jim Knowles as defensive coordinator with a hefty contract worth a little less than $2 million per year. Matt Barnes then left his position with Ohio State to take over as Memphis’ defensive coordinator. And the Buckeyes parted ways with offensive line coach Greg Studrawa last week and hired UCLA’s Justin Frye on Monday to the same position.

How do those coaching moves affect Ohio State? What sort of messages is Day sending heading into his fourth season at the helm of the Buckeyes? And what other moves are still on the horizon during what has already been a wild offseason?

Find out here.

Buckeyes finish in top 6 of final AP Poll

For the first time in six years, Ohio State finds itself ranked outside of the top five in the season’s final AP poll. But the Buckeyes still continued the nation’s best when it comes to finishes in the poll.

The Buckeyes finished ranked sixth in the AP poll, which was released Tuesday morning following Georgia’s national championship game victory over Alabama.

The Bulldogs are the unanimous top-ranked team in the country with 61 first-place votes, followed by Alabama, Michigan, Cincinnati and Baylor to round out the top five.

Ohio State’s finish as the No. 6 team in the country marks the eighth consecutive year in which the Buckeyes have finished ranked inside the top six of the final AP poll. That is the longest streak in the country.

The Buckeyes are able to boast that feat following a fun, wild 48-45 victory in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day. That was on the back of strong, impressive performances from quarterback C.J. Stroud and receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba among others.

Week 16 AP Top 6 (Full poll: Jan. 11)

  1. Georgia (61 first-place votes)
  2. Alabama
  3. Michigan
  4. Cincinnati
  5. Baylor
  6. Ohio State

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