College Football is officially back tomorrow night, starting with the battle for the Carolinas when North Carolina travels to South Carolina to try to upset the Gamecocks. Of course, the majority of schools will begin their season Saturday, including Ohio State, who will host Buffalo at Noon EST. Here’s what the buzz around the Buckeyes is as we stand just over 72 hours from kickoff
1) Ohio State captains were named tuesday night. If you missed it, the captains are listed here. The Buckeyes will have eight captains, the most in school history.
2) Among the captains selected was OT Jack Mewhort. On Monday, Mewhort said it would be “one of the greatest honors to ever receive.”
3) Dontre Wilson will make his Buckeye debut saturday. The electrifying freshman will be on kickoff returns with Jordan Hall. But as ESPN’s Austin Ward points out via twitter, Wilson could make some noise at the “H-back” position in Ohio State’s offense. Offensive coordinator Tom Herman said, “We would be foolish for [Dontre Wilson] not to touch the ball.”
Chris Fields is listed as the starter, but H-back is where Dontre Wilson is expected to make a splash. Jalin Marshall in play there also.
— Austin Ward (@AWardESPN) August 28, 2013
4) The Buckeye coaching staff also released their depth chart for game 1. There is some pretty glaring omissions due to suspensions, such as Carlos Hyde, Rod Smith, and Bradley Roby.
5) Meyer praised his starting QB at Monday’s press conference: “Braxton was by far our best player last year, and when I say by far, no one else was in the same hemisphere.”
6) Urban Meyer also recently created a twitter account. You can follow coach Urban at @OSUCoachMeyer. There is also a parody account you can follow for some laughs at @fakeUrban.
7) Tom Herman told the media that Buffalo’s defense is “very unique” and LB Khalil Mack is a player to keep an on for the Bulls
8) WR coach Zach Smith is excited about his unit this year. The group is led by captain Philly Brown, with playmakers Devin Smith, Evan Spencer, and Chris Fields at the top of the depth chart.
“They’ve had trials, tribulations, had hard times, had great successes and so they have grown and learned from mistakes to the point where now they’re able to be a mature group and able to use those learning points in the past to make sure they don’t happen again and grow from them,” Smith said. “I’m pleased with the growth from them in the last year.”
9) When asked about the motivation heading into the Buffalo game, Brown said, “Basically we haven’t really done anything yet. We went undefeated last year, but we didn’t win anything.” This statement is resonating in the locker room and the Buckeyes are hungry as ever
10) The buckeyes are 37 point favorites. How about a prediction?
— Jimmy Bloomfield (@OSU_JBloomfield) August 28, 2013