Skull Session: C.J. Stroud Was Snubbed on a Midseason Award, Ryan Day Understands It's "Ohio Against the World" and Braxton Miller Was Magical the Last Time Iowa Visited Columbus

By Chase Brown on October 19, 2022 at 5:00 am
C.J. Stroud

Happy Wednesday. You have reached the halfway point of the week.

First on the agenda in today's Skull Session is a question from an Ohio State Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback:

If any of you have James' Laurinaitis' mouth guard, it's time to fess up. Troy Smith wants to know who you are. I'm unsure what he'll do to you if he finds out. Maybe he'll get up close and personal, but probably not as personal as the woman he describes in the video.

Let's have a good Wednesday, shall we?

 SAY WHAT NOW? C.J. Stroud is the Heisman Trophy frontrunner heading into Week 8 of the college football season. However, that fact wasn't enough to earn him a spot on the Associated Press midseason All-American team. Instead, the honor belongs to Tennesee quarterback Hendon Hooker.

The AP Top 25 voters offered Hooker the nomination for his body of work over his first seven games with the No. 3 Volunteers, citing his passing efficiency of 187.7 and 18 total touchdowns as two reasons for the pick. Meanwhile, Stroud's résumé over six games has been impeccable, as the redshirt sophomore has completed 70.6% of his passes for 1,737 yards and an NCAA-best 24 touchdowns.

I would agree if you shouted claims of recency bias for Hooker's selection. After all, he threw for 385 yards and five touchdowns in Tenessee's 52-49 win over Alabama last weekend. But ultimately, the midseason award does not matter. What matters is Ohio State winning a national championship. The individual awards fall in line after that.

With Stroud's numbers, how could he not become an All-American and a Heisman Trophy winner when it's all said and done?

 OHIO AGAINST THE WORLD. On Tuesday, Ryan Day was asked if Ohio State is currently "flying under the radar" following a week of college football pandemonium that included Tennesee's win over Alabama, Michigan's win over Penn State and Utah's win over USC.

His answer?

 BRAXTON'S MAGICAL DAY. The last time Iowa visited Columbus was on Oct. 19, 2013 – exactly nine years ago. Braxton Miller was magical for the Buckeyes and sent the Hawkeyes back to Iowa City with a 34-24 loss.

Miller completed 22 of 27 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns, including the 58-yard strike to Corey "Philly" Brown featured in the tweet, against a highly-regarded Iowa. He also added 18 carries for 102 yards on the ground. Only Carlos Hyde, who tallied 149 yards and two scores on 24 carries, produced more yards with his legs.

Those statistics might indicate another day in the office for Miller, but there are some things the numbers don't reveal. Miller's first six weeks of 2013 had been impacted by a knee injury he suffered in the season opener.

"I didn't feel this well since the first game of the season," Miller told reporters after the game. "The knee injury set me back a little bit, but I felt pretty good out there."

In short, Miller looked good. Felt good. Played good. That's a dangerous formula for one of the most electric players ever to don an Ohio State uniform. It led to performances like the one we saw nine years ago.

One more thing before I move on: If you had to rank Miller among Ohio State's greatest quarterbacks of all time, where would you put him? He is one of my favorite Buckeyes ever, so make sure to put some respect on his name or you will hurt my feelings.

 THE NBA IS HERE. The NBA started its season on Tuesday, which means several former Buckeyes are about to embark on a long journey toward winning the NBA Finals in June 2023.

 SONG OF THE DAY. "Cleveland Rocks" by The Presidents of the United States of America. (Yes, this is coping for a Guardians loss)

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