Ohio State is the No. 1 team in the initial College Football Playoff rankings, the Buckeyes are favored to beat Maryland by 44 points and basketball season begins Wednesday night, and we covered it all on this week's episode of Real Pod Wednesdays.
The playoff rankings get top billing on this week's episode, as we discuss the implications of Ohio State's No. 1 ranking with just five weeks to go until the four-team College Football Playoff field will be set.
As always, we preview the Buckeyes' upcoming game and their chances of covering the enormous spread set by Vegas for Saturday's game against the Terrapins.
With basketball season set to begin on Wednesday night against Cincinnati, we also dive into what to expect from the basketball Buckeyes in Chris Holtmann's third season and who we're looking forward to watching, including freshman point guard DJ Carton and a slimmed-down Kaleb Wesson.
We also touch briefly upon the news (which broke in the midst of our second-take recording session) that Ohio State's Nov. 23 game against Penn State will kick off at noon and answer this week's batch of reader questions, including whether Minnesota can hang on to win the Big Ten West Division race, whether Ryan Day can end Ohio State's Big Ten Coach of the Year drought and who we expect to ultimately make the College Football Playoff and win the national championship.
(Editor's note: Because this week's episode was recorded later than usual to include College Football Playoff conversation, the episode was uploaded just prior to publication and could take time to appear on some streaming platforms.)