Jaiden Woodbey, the nation’s No. 3-ranked athlete in the 2018 class, committed to Ohio State to play football. Woodbey, from Bellflower, California, picked Ohio State over USC and Nebraska.
Torrance Gibson is plotting his return to college football. And he’s eyeing his old position of quarterback.
Luke Fickell is hitting the ground running as Cincinnati coach. And in building a roster, he saw a connection to Ohio State, where he was defensive coordinator before becoming the Bearcats’ head coach.
The match appeared perfect. Gibson announced his plans on Thursday to get an associate’s degree this spring and then join the Bearcats.
Former Indiana coach Kevin Wilson is expected to be named offensive coordinator at Ohio State. Wilson, who has been accused of mistreatment of players, has been lauded as a great offensive mind. The Buckeyes also lost a top assistant, Tim Beck, to Texas, but hired former San Francisco 49ers assistant Ryan Day as quarterbacks coach.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — This soaring football era at Clemson, the 22,000-strong university in northwest South Carolina, reached a stage of outright mastery on Saturday night in the American desert. Where for years Clemson meant something better than average but shy of great, now even an empire like Ohio State looked overmatched and flummoxed in the orange wave of expertise.
In shooing the Buckeyes, 31-0, in a Fiesta Bowl national semifinal at University of Phoenix Stadium,
The couch was the only place Ohio State needed to be this weekend to secure a spot in the College Football Playoff.
The Buckeyes were anxious spectators as most of the other contenders for the playoff tried to play their way in — or avoid booting themselves out. Ohio State believed its resume, which included victories over three of the top eight teams in the final rankings, would be enough to earn a spot in a playoff that it won two years ago.