Skull Hearing: Marvin Harrison Jr. Biletnikoff deserves a look at Heisman nominees Ohio State since 2018 and Columbus is a college town

The Buckeye Nation rejoiced Thursday as Tanner Holden sank a buzzer-hitting three-pointer to knock down Rutgers and give Ohio State a win in their Big Ten opener.

The play took place exactly as Chris Holtmann had planned it.

Sweet sweet victory.

Let’s have a good Friday, shall we?

wait what? Thursday night while watching the ESPN College Football Awards show, I clenched my fist, looked up at the sky—more precisely, the ceiling of my apartment—and exclaimed, “Why?”

Of course, this was in response to the announcement that Jalin Hyatt from Tennessee was named This year’s Biletnikov Prize Laureate. In fact, according to the honorary voters awarded to the best assists player in college football, Hayat was better and more influential than Marvin Harrison Jr.

I understand Hyatt has more yards, touchdowns, and yards per catch than Harrison this season, but It’s not like Harrison flew out of the water statistically. Take a look at their contributions side by side at Tennessee and Ohio State this year, including advanced metrics from Pro Football Focus:

statistics

Galen Hyatt

Marvin Harrison Jr.

snaps

424

389

ways

386

367

Objectives

89

108

REC

67

72

REC%

75.3%

66.7%

YDS

1,267

1,157

Yes / Register

18.9

16.1

TD

15th

12

YAC

537

309

YAC/REC

8.0

4.3

Y / way

3.28

3.15

Point

13.6

14.1

drops

5

1

NB: ADOT = average target depth

Yes, stats favor lives (but again, not by much). However, what about an eye test? Maybe I wear my rose-tinted glasses (or scarlet ones?) when watching Harrison perform weekly. However, I am quite confident that no other receiver in college football, Hyatt included, has made as many catches as Harrison during the regular season.

I mean seriously. He has the nickname Super Marv for a reason. Nobody but Harrison was doing things like this in 2022:

In my opinion, Biletnikov voters missed this vote. And I know Harrison has another year to go to win the award, but it looks like he should be looking for back-to-back Bilitnikovs instead of playing for the first time.

I’ve said it the past few weeks, and I’ll repeat it today, Marvin Harrison Jr. is the best receiver in America. a period. point blank. I hope he can prove it again on December 31st when Ohio State plays Georgia in the Peach Bowl, and then he might earn another chance to prove it in the national championship nine days after that.

Isn’t that charming? My compliments to the media team for such creativity. I have no idea how long something like this takes, but I imagine it was a waste of time.

The picture makes me remember how talented Ohio State’s rosters have been over the past five seasons and how Haskins, Fields, Stroud and Young were the most talented on their teams those years. It reveals how unique they all are (and they are, in Stroud’s case) while wearing scarlet and gray.

Oh, and that reminds me of something. If you visit Eleven Warriors On the website Thursday, we asked which of these players had the best season when they were individually nominated as finalists for the Heisman Trophy. Here is how this poll came about:

  1. Justin Fields, 2019: 44% (of votes)

  2. Dwayne Haskins, 2018: 26%

  3. Chase Young 2019: 25%

  4. CJ Stroud 2021: 5%

  5. CJ Stroud, 2022: 1%

Of course, Stroud is the only player who can still win the award and hopes to do just that this weekend. The Heisman Trophy Gala is scheduled to take place at 8 p.m. Saturday in New York City and will be broadcast on ESPN.

Stroud was the favorite to win the honor for most of the season before Ohio State lost to Michigan. He was usurped by USC’s Caleb Williams, who remains a heavy favorite on Saturday despite the Trojans’ loss to Utah in the Pac-12 Championship Game, according to most sportsbooks.

But who knows? Heisman voters might surprise us Saturday night.

Columbus is a college town. Although Columbus hosts two major sports franchises and a minor league baseball team, the capital of Ohio is and always will be a college town. You know her. I know that he. This city belongs to the Buckeyes.

The Columbus Blue Jackets made that clear Wednesday when they announced that they would move the start date of their December 31 game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Nationwide Arena from 7 p.m. to 1 p.m. so as not to interfere with the game’s 8 p.m. kickoff. The Peach Bowl between Ohio and Georgia.

From a Blue Jackets press release:

“New Year’s Eve will be a special day for Ohio sports fans, and moving our game to the afternoon will allow our fans not to miss a minute of Blue Jackets hockey or the excitement of watching the college football game that evening,” said Katherine. Dobbs, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for the Blue Jackets.

Yes that’s right. The Columbus Blue Jackets, the hockey team of the NHL – a professional league that represents one of the four major sports in the United States – is bent on the will of the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Now, let’s be clear: The Blue Jackets are hot trash this season, mainly because of injuries on every line and lack of defense, but they’re still a professional sports team. The CBJ should have the power to do whatever it wants, not the scarlet-and-gray amateurs.

But that was always the case in Columbus. The state of Ohio runs this city. And with the Buckeyes playing the College Football Playoff, the Blue Jackets had no choice but to play second fiddle.

However, if you are a fan of jackets, this is probably good news. Now that you have afternoon plans this New Year’s Eve, you’ll be able to see them get obliterated at 1pm instead of 8pm and not miss any of the Buckeyes’ game with the Bulldogs. I think this is a great victory!

Olympic Village. Folks, Ohio has some talented women’s teams. Like, really talented women’s teams. But we only have room to talk about two of them to finish off Skully.

Let’s start with women’s basketball, which beat The Fighting Ryan Days of New Hampshire, 92-36, on Thursday. If you look at this score and think, “Wow! This looks like a blast!” Then you’ll be spot on. But the end result doesn’t tell the whole story.

sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo indeed. Ohio State was only leading 39-29 at halftime but outgained (and that’s their real nickname) the Wildcats 53-7 in the second half, including 30-4 in the third and 23-3 in the fourth, to win by 56 points. . Coty McMahon led the team with 20 points, followed by Taylor Michaels with 19 and Taylor Thiery with 14.

I would say that makes for a good day for the women’s basketball team.

Let’s move on to the women’s volleyball team. Oh man oh man, Emily Londo was an unstoppable force, He collected 29 murders on Thursday.

Londo’s performance, along with those of Mac Podraza, Rylee Rader, Kylie Murr and Jenaisya Moore, Ohio State pushed beyond Minnesota She joined the Elite Eight for the first time since 2004.

These players were making it very difficult to finish yesterday afternoon’s match recap as they kept collecting more and more stats towards the end of the final set. But that’s a good thing they did because Ohio State needed every point possible to defeat the boogeyman that was the program’s Sweet 16.

My compliments to Coach Jane Flynn Oldenburg for what she’s done in her three seasons with the programs. Let’s cover this year with classy Volleybucks.

song of the day. “I Feel Good” by James Brown.

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