Skull Session: Ryan Day Wants The Shoe to Be Loud On Saturday, OSU and Wisconsin Have A History of Entertaining Night Games and C.J. Stroud is a Heisman Frontrunner

By Chase Brown on September 21, 2022 at 5:00 am
Ryan Day

Hello, Eleven Warriors readers.

Please watch this video of C.J. Stroud explaining his 5-yard touchdown pass to Julian Fleming, which was actually intended for Marvin Harrison Jr. against Toledo.

 A CALL TO ACTION. Ohio State will wear all-black uniforms when Wisconsin visits Columbus for its Big Ten opener on Saturday. It will be the first time the Buckeyes have sported the alternates since their 31-10 win over Michigan State at Ohio Stadium in 2019.

Alternate uniforms are perhaps the most polarizing topic among Ohio State fans. Some love them, and others hate them. Some want the Buckeyes to wear scarlet and gray in every game, and some want as many color combinations as you could imagine.

I fall somewhere in the middle. Ohio State's traditional uniforms are a timeless classic – synonymous with many of the greatest players, moments and games in college football history. And you don't mess with the classics. They could wear the scarlet and gray every week and I wouldn't complain. However, I also love the recent alternates, especially the all-black ones.

Regardless of your stance on the uniforms, Ryan Day has a call to action for Ohio State fans attending the Wisconsin game, asking Buckeye Nation to be the loudest it's ever been inside the Horsehoe on Saturday.

 THE BRIGHT LIGHTS. Refer to my profile page at Eleven Warriors, and you will find that one of my favorite sports moments was when Ohio State beat Russell Wilson and Wisconsin in 2011 with a 40-yard touchdown pass from Braxton Miller to Devin Smith.

Imagine 11-year-old Chase screaming at the top of his pre-pubescent lungs (couldn't have sounded great) along with 105,000-plus fans in Ohio Stadium as the unranked Buckeyes – possessing a 4-3 record at the time – took down the No. 15 Badgers in an instant classic. The Shoe was so loud I thought my eardrums would start bleeding.

Everything about that game was magical.

As it turns out, Ohio State and Wisconsin have had more than one great matchup under the lights in recent history, and this short video from the Big Ten Network proves as much.

 C.J. STROUD → HEISMAN. I talked a lot about the Toledo game on Monday and Tuesday, featuring the standout performances from Ohio State's receivers, running backs and defense. One player I may not have lauded enough was Stroud, who was the Eleven Warriors and Big Ten offensive player of the week for his efforts against the Rockets.

Stroud recorded the same number of incompletions as he did touchdowns by completing 22 of 27 passes for 367 yards and five scores. In other words, he was excellent. The Las Vegas sports books thought so, too, as the redshirt sophomore quarterback is once again the clear frontrunner to win the Heisman according to recent odds.

In a recent straw poll of college football writers at The Athletic, Stroud was the first pick to win the sport's most prestigious individual award, landing in front of USC's Caleb Williams, Georgia's Stetson Bennett and Alabama's Bryce Young.

The Athletic's Heisman Straw Poll After Week 3
Player Team POS 1ST 2ND 3RD PTS
C.J. Stroud Ohio State QB 17 8 2 69
Caleb Williams USC QB 6 12 7 49
Stetson Bennett Georgia QB 9 6 6 45
Bryce Young Alabama QB 1 6 5 20
Michael Penix Jr. Washington QB 2 2 3 13
Brock Bowers Georgia TE 2 1 1 9
Will Anderson Alabama LB 1 0 4 7
Mohamed Ibrahim Minnesota RB 0 1 3 5
Hendon Hooker Tennessee QB 0 1 0 2
Bijan Robinson Texas RB 0 1 0 2
Blake Corum Michigan RB 0 0 1 1
Jalon Daniels Kansas QB 0 0 1 1
Charlie Jones Purdue WR 0 0 1 1
Drake Maye North Carolina QB 0 0 1 1
Derek Parish Houston LB 0 0 1 1
Raheim Sanders Arkansas RB 0 0 1 1
Nick Singleton Penn State RB 0 0 1 1

Keep in mind that there have only been three games in the college football season. However, also understand that this early recognition for Stroud is a testament to the talent and skill he displays week in and week out as the Buckeye quarterback has thrown for 941 yards and 11 touchdowns in those contests.

If Stroud continues his hot start into the Big Ten schedule and puts together some strong performances against No. 14 Penn State and No. 4 Michigan, then we could watch Stroud become the first Ohio State player to win the Heisman Trophy since Troy Smith in 2006.


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