Skull Session: Imagine a Historic Ohio State TD Interrupted by Aaron Judge, Mel Tucker Looks Tired and Paris Johnson Jr. Has Shined at Left Tackle

By Chase Brown on October 6, 2022 at 5:00 am

A thought hasn't escaped my head since looking at the comments of my Wednesday Skull Session.

Ohio State will wear its white uniforms on Saturday, and they will look cleannnnnnnnn.

I'll talk about that game later in today's Skully. Before we get into it, I only have one thing left to ask: Let's have a good Thursday, shall we?

 ALL RISE. New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge was recently at the center of attention in the sports world as he approached the American League record for home runs in a single season with 62. 

For some reason, ESPN chose to cut away from college football games in Week 5 to show Judge take at-bats that could result in him sending homers over the wall to tie and eventually break the record. It was an unmitigated disaster from the worldwide leader in sports, and it made several football fans upset that the 6-foot-7 slugger interrupted their viewing experience.

I wondered what would be the most inconvenient time for an Aaron Judge cutaway during a historic Ohio State football game, and I think I found the answer.

Mel Tucker walked to the podium Monday and set an energy drink next to the water bottle already there waiting for him.

It’s that kind of work week for Michigan State football, in the throes of a three-game losing streak with No. 3 Ohio State coming to Spartan Stadium on Saturday.

“The most important thing is what we do next,” Tucker said Monday. “Anger, frustration, woulda-coulda-shoulda – all those things – they don't really help you move forward, because it's all about what we have to do right now. So you learn from the past, whether it's good or bad, and you own it.”

Tucker's words are those of a man who hasn't slept well in recent weeks. Michigan State is in the middle of its first three-game losing streak during his tenure and the Spartans' longest skid since dropping five in a row in the 2019 season, which can create a need for some caffeine-created energy.

To make matters worse for Tucker, the Buckeyes come to town this weekend, and it's not likely that the Spartans will snap that losing streak.

"We're all adults here, we know everything's not always peaches and cream," Tucker said. "There's bumps in the road, and some are severe and some not so much. But there's adversity. It doesn't get any easier as you go. If you sit and waiting here for the easy bus to come around, the easy bus isn't coming."

Ohio State holds a 233-64 scoring edge since its last loss against Michigan State in 2015. The previous two matchups have favored the Buckeyes 108-29, including last year's game, where they scored 49 points and racked up over 500 yards by halftime.

Those numbers would indicate that Ohio State is probably one of the severe bumps in the road Tucker was referring to, but who is to say? Whether or not he thinks that (and I believe he does), the bump is there, and the Spartans are hitting it on Saturday.

Tucker better hope his team is wearing their seat belts because it will be a nasty collision. But I'll discuss that more in the Game Day Skull Session later this week.

As it turns out, that transition wasn't hard for Johnson, who has dominated his competition through the first five games. According to Pro Football Focus, he's been one of the best offensive linemen in the FBS this season, adding that Johnson has been a dependable blocker for the Buckeyes since he arrived in Columbus.

 OLYMPIC VILLAGE. Ohio State women's basketball was selected to finish near the top of the Big Ten in the conference's annual preseason rankings on Wednesday. The Buckeyes were picked to finish second by the coaches and third by the media.

Ohio State guards Jacy Sheldon and Taylor Mikesell were named to the preseason All-Big Ten team by the coaches and media. Sheldon and Iowa guard Caitlin Clark, the Big Ten preseason player of the year, were the only unanimous selections to both teams. It is the second season in a row that Clark has earned the honor.

 SONG OF THE DAY. "JT" by Jon Bellion.

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