Every week, Eleven Warriors dives into the mentions of Ohio State's coaches and players to bring you the #HotTakes and ramblings of Buckeye Nation. This week, we're thanking the heavens that Ohio State survived Rutgers without suffering a significant injury.
The fall of Rutgers has been long, inevitable and
painful hilarious, and it's comical to think just how little threat the program poses on the football field (or anywhere, really) these days.
That Ohio State was a 50+ point favorite over the Scarlet Knights is just a molecule in the mountainous proof of their irrelevancy. There was legitimate and realistic hope from the fanbase that your Buckeyes would hang a hundred on the pride of New Brunswick last Saturday.
But as the afternoon unfolded, the tone shifted. Ohio State fans watched Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa go down with a season-ending hip injury during a blowout over an overmatched conference opponent, and the moment it happened, the calls for triple digits morphed into pleas to pull the starters as soon as possible.
Ryan Day heard your pleas — proving with 100 percent certainty that he checks the ole' timeline at intermission — as backups and the backup to the backups saw most of the action in the second half.
That led to a ho-hum second half and a 56-21 Ohio State victory.
Before we look forward to the big Penn State matchup this weekend, let's look back at the mentions.
@ Ryan Day
This is what Day's mentions looked like for essentially four straight hours Saturday afternoon. Just a variation of this tweet.
From "get him out of the game fast" to "don't play this dude at all."
Pull the starters @ryandaytime— jamison (@Jamisonkylepaul) November 16, 2019
Not just Fields. Everybody. Let the team managers clean this one up.
get my son out of there @ryandaytime— no hat boy (@__AlexJ) November 16, 2019
21-0 @ryandaytime take Fields out the game immediately— BG (@blackgodwayne) November 16, 2019
I could literally post 100 more of these, but you get the point. Moving on...
@ Justin Fields
Yeah, he could've taken this game lightly and still done numbers. Rutgers is bad.
@justnfields is good at football.— riley poston (@rileypostonn) November 16, 2019
We wanted the shutout pic.twitter.com/Pf3nBlpoft— Cameron (@PugBug31) November 16, 2019
Fields didn't really have any control over that, but sure.
I can confirm that this is good. Please let your friend know.
@justnfields listen up @HeismanTrophy voters; 30 TDS and 1 INT w/ 10 rushing TDs. Thats 40 TDs and not even talking yards. Wake up and make sure that the @OhioStateFB QB it at the top of your list! https://t.co/aMOpojWaqp— Cali-Hillbilly SuperPatriot (@Cali_Hillbilly) November 16, 2019
How many interceptions has Burrow thrown this year? Hold on let me check... SIX?! Don't even invite that clown to New York City.
Another great point. LSU's trash juice defense keeps Burrow in every game for all four quarters. Fields has like three fourth-quarter snaps all year (this is an estimate, but probably pretty close).
Shut the Heisman Trophy race down now and just give Fields the damn trophy.
@ Chris Olave
So, everyone really, really enjoyed this Chris Olave catch.
@chrisolave_ wow bro.. you different— Parris Campbell (@PCampbell21) November 16, 2019
Hey! We know that guy!
He will end up being my favorite osu wr of all time (no offense)— Dan the Caddie (@manthedan87) November 16, 2019
Wow. How soon y'all forget Bam Childress.
This was my favorite tweet of the week and there wasn't a close second.
So are we referring to the Uncalled OPI?— BigDaddySanta (@bigdaddysanta10) November 16, 2019
Imagine being this guy lol.