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Ohio State-Oregon showdown facing modification or cancellation
Ohio State is scheduled to play in one of the most highly-anticipated nonconference games of the season on Sept. 12 at Oregon.
That scheduled trip might be in jeopardy.
In a Thursday announcement, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown made it clear that until effective treatment such as a vaccine can be available, the state of Oregon cannot have large gatherings such as sporting events and concerts. The Buckeyes and Ducks will certainly qualify as a “large gathering.”
â€œWe will continue to work with state and local officials, public health experts, and campus leadership in navigating all of the unprecedented issues surrounding COVID-19 and when our student-athletes will be able to return to competition,” the Oregon Athletic Department said in a statement Thursday. “The health and safety of our student-athletes and community will continue to be our top priority.â€
As states open their economies up one by one and the country learns how to handle coronavirus, Ohio State may be allowed to return to practice at some point. But that doesn’t mean the football season is going to come without any hiccups. And one of those is the matchup against Oregon, which might now be in jeopardy.
Zach Boren breaks down Teradja Mitchell
Teradja Mitchell seems like one of those Buckeyes who is going to break out at some point.
Now a junior, Mitchell already has some impressive plays added to his highlight reel and plenty of experience under his belt. So when is the emergence going to happen? It might be 2020, when the linebackers seem to have one of the deepest units on the Ohio State team. Mitchell is in a great position to become a playmaker.
What makes Teradja Mitchell so exciting to Ohio State? Now that heâ€™s healthy, can the junior linebacker make a big jump into the lineup for the Buckeyes? How high is the ceiling for the hard-hitting defender? Former Ohio State linebacker Zach Boren broke down a few clips and answered those questions in the latest episode of BuckIQ.
Roll the tape!
Justin Fields becomes Heisman favorite
Justin Fields has been jockeying for position against Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence in nearly every aspect over the last few years. And although neither care about Heisman Trophy odds, they seem to be trading places on who is the favorite.
The William Hill Sportsbook revealed its updated odds Thursday, and Fields became the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy over Lawrence. Fields odds now stand at +350, while Lawrence is now at +400. Those odds may change in the coming months in the buildup to the season. Fields and Lawrence might continue to leap each other as favorites to win college football’s most prestigious individual award.
But Las Vegas has made it clear that it seems to be a two-man race.
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