Ohio State didn't play in the national championship game on Monday night, but former Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow did, and we couldn't help but marvel at his performance.
Given that, we started this week's episode of Real Pod Wednesdays with some discussion about Monday night's national championship game, Burrow's journey from third-string quarterback at Ohio State to leading LSU to a title and how the Buckeyes would have fared if they had beaten Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl and had the chance to play LSU in the College Football Playoff final.
After that, we took a look at the opening odds for the 2020 national championship and Heisman Trophy – in which Ohio State, Clemson, Justin Fields and Trevor Lawrence all feature prominently – and why a Buckeyes vs. Clemson rematch will be the popular projection all offseason long for next year's national title game.
Eleven Warriors recruiting analyst Zack Carpenter makes a return visit to Real Pod Wednesdays for this week's show to give us the latest insight on Ohio State's recruiting efforts. He tells us what the Buckeyes are getting from the recent commitments of Jaylen Johnson and Donovan Jackson, discusses how the 2021 recruiting class is stacking up to be one of Ohio State's best ever and how the wait for Kerry Coombs affects the Buckeyes' recruiting efforts in both the short and long term.
We also take a look at the All-Decade team for Ohio State football and discuss the toughest debates in assembling the team, including the choices that some Eleven Warriors readers disagreed with.
Finally, we answered this week's batch of listener questions, including which wide receivers we expect to emerge alongside Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson in 2020 and how the NCAA can address inconsistent officiating (though admittedly, neither of us had a great answer for that one).