Today will be a good day. I have spoken.
Word of the Day: Obdurate.
NFL READY. This may come as a shock to you, but numbers would indicate that Ohio State produces more NFL talent than almost anyone else in the country (behind only the school that kicked its ass in the CFP title game, so that checks out).
Most snaps played in the NFL this season:— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) January 20, 2021
1. Alabama - 24.9k
2. Ohio State - 18.6k
3. Florida - 16.1k
4. LSU - 15.5k
5. Clemson - 13.9k
6. Georgia - 13.1k
7. UCLA - 12.2k pic.twitter.com/FSq3WYYAkg
Next, do defensive rookie of the year awards.
Spoiler: Buckeyes account for 80 percent of them from the past five years.
UNMATCHED CAREER. As I'm sure y'all are aware, I don't typically use Eleven Warriors content for Skull Sessions because that generally feels a little echo-chambery and also if you wanted to read that content, you'd know where to find it.
That said, my esteemed adopted uncle Ramzy used his powers to highlight what will go down as one of the single most insane Ohio State careers we've ever seen and ever will see, beginning with an absolutely mind-numbing stat:
Trey Sermon only scored one touchdown in Ohio Stadium.
He declared for the NFL Draft over the weekend, so now is as good of a time as ever to remember and reflect on his One Shining Moment in the building we all love and miss so much.
Well...this is awkward. You're trying to remember that touchdown, but you just can't place it. The Buckeyes only pulled off three home games in 2020, and wait did he score against Nebraska, Rutgers or Indiana? You're forgiven; last year - which took a decade to complete - is now a blur.
Here is Sermon's lone Ohio Stadium touchdown. *cue Buckeye Battle Cry*
Ah right, he scored on a pass from Ohio football legend Baker Mayfield, of course.
Yes, Ohio State's single-game rushing leader's only touchdown in the 'Shoe came *against* the Buckeyes.
The whole piece just highlighted how absolutely hilarious, unprecedented and just straight-up absurd everything about his Ohio State career was, and I've now determined that I will be needing a Trey Sermon Buckeye jersey because nobody's ever touching that.
GENE SMITH GOING WEST? The Pac-12 finally fired their conference commissioner Larry Scott last night leaving them with the unenviable task of finding a new one, which, as we've learned, does not always work out well.
But as they begin their shortlist and begin targeting folks, it seems they could attempt to commandeer our athletic director.
One name that I've heard from two people already: Ohio State AD Gene Smith.— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) January 21, 2021
No, thank you! Please, take our conference commissioner, instead!
Being realistic, that Tweet isn't even to the level of "Gene Smith is rumored to be a candidate," and I honestly don't even expect it to progress that far. Gene is 61, grew up in the Midwest and has been in Columbus for a decade and a half.
But hey, maybe he just wants to finish his career in some warm weather. And I wouldn't blame him in the slightest.
NEW BEGINNINGS. You know what's the perfect way to follow up news that your projected first-round pick at receiver is returning for his seniors season? Welcoming the top freshman receiver to campus. Again.
New Beginnings ..— Emeka Egbuka (@emeka_egbuka) January 21, 2021
Ohio State's receivers room is nothing close to fair, but thankfully I'm not into playing fair.
SONG OF THE DAY. "Kiss Me Through the Phone" by Soulja Boy.
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