Skull Session: How a 12-Team Playoff Would Have Looked, Dre'Mont Jones Wants 10 Sacks, and Michigan is Trying to Be a Rival Again

By Kevin Harrish on June 9, 2021 at 4:59 am
We're looking at the game in today's skull session.

Rest easy folks, Captain Buckeye is gonna make sure every Ohio State team is locked and loaded.

When CJ decides to hang up his pads in a decade or two, I've got a strong hunch there will be a position open for him in the recruiting department.

Word of the Day: Taciturn.

 ALRIGHT, SIGN ME UP. In what could turn out to be a Monkey's Paw situation, it sure looks like we're going to get an expanded playoff, but they're just also going to roll with the clunkiest, most obnoxious number of teams and playoff format they possibly could have picked.

But after seeing how this 12-team format would have played out in every other playoff season, I think I could be talking myself into it. Because most of these years would have been fun as hell.

Look, format aside, as long as at the end of the day you're giving me a bunch more quality, meaningful college football games, it's going to be hard for me to stay disappointed for long.

And purely from a selfish point of view, you know what makes each of those situations especially awesome? Ohio State would have been comfortably in the field every single season.

Basically, the Buckeyes will be getting into this tournament every single season unless they somehow eat 3+ L's, which hasn't happened in a decade, and it didn't happen for seven years before that. And after 2015, 2017 and 2018, I'm cool with simply getting into the field, even if it means we have to punk UCF or North Carolina in the 'Shoe to kick things off.

It's also amazing that even if you add 56 more spots over the course of seven years, Michigan would have made a grand total of one playoff.

 GOING FOR DOUBLE DIGITS. I've done everything within my power to scrub Ohio State's 2018 defense from my memory banks. Shit, if there was an Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind procedure to get it permanently removed, I'd be all over it.

Unfortunately, though, one casualty of that selective memory is that I'd completely forgotten how good Dre'Mont Jones was as an interior pass rusher until I read this article where he said he's shooting for double-digit sacks this season.

"I think 10 sacks is very attainable," Jones said. "Guys like Chris Jones and Grady Jarrett and Cam Heward and Aaron Donald made it cool to be an inside guy and get 10 sacks. It's very attainable."

Jones said that while some of those players' moves are "a little bit too freaky" to mimic, he's studied film from some of the best pass-rushers to implement in his own game.

"You can't do everything they do, but you try to take some pieces of what they do and make it into your own and try to pull it into your own athletic ability," Jones said.


"I don't expect anything less for myself," Jones said of reaching 10 sacks. "I think that's a goal of mine I can reach. I'm going to try to reach it."

My lone problem with what he said is that I don't at all believe there are pass rush moves that are "a little bit too freaky" for him, because he is genuinely one of the most freaky athletic human beings my eyes have ever seen.

 REIGNITE THE FIRE. After years, maybe decades where it's felt like the hate and passion in this rivalry was one-sided, it seems Michigan is trying to bring back their juice in the simplest of ways.

Personally, I think it's about damn time.

Michigan fans love to point out how obsessed the Buckeyes are with the rivalry – not saying the word, not using or wearing the color, crossing out all the Ms, etc. And the simple truth is, they're right. It is an absolutely unhealthy, psychotic obsession. But it's also why our team has been curb-stomping their team for two decades.

The absolute least you can do is put a sign in your weight room reminding your football team that the rivalry exists – even if it's not even a permanent sign (it's actually just a TV screen that can be switched to anything).

 BUCKEYE ON BUCKEYE. It sure looks like J.K. Dobbins is out there mossing folks in practice, which is always a welcomed sight.


... that's Malik Harrison in coverage.

But hey, iron sharpens iron, am I right?

 SONG OF THE DAY. "Castaways" by The Backyardigans.

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