Eleven Dubcast: C.J. Stroud Looks Poised to Start at Quarterback When the Buckeyes Open the Season As the No. 4 Team in the Country

By Andy Vance on August 17, 2021 at 2:50 pm
C.J. Stroud

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Ryan Day told reporters this week that C.J. Stroud was separating from the rest of an extremely talented group of quarterbacks for the starting job, all but declaring the redshirt freshman his starter. Stroud has been the presumed leader out of the clubhouse for a while now, but the news of Quinn Ewers' reclassification and enrollment gave us reason to ponder what playing time might look like for Stroud, Kyle McCord and Jack Miller this season.

Kevin Harrish joins the program this week, filling in for Johnny Ginter. Kevin and I discuss the quarterback situation, what we learned from preseason camp this week, and how the college football landscape shapes up as Ohio State enters the season as the No. 4 team in the country according to the AP Press preseason poll.

We'll also spend a few minutes talking through the ramifications of a proposed three-way alliance between the Big Ten, the Pac-12 and the ACC, and if an alliance mitigates at all some of the leadership concerns fans might have with two of the three conferences involved.

Plus we'll finish up, as always, with Ask Us Anything, (which you can always do by emailing your questions to dubcast@elevenwarriors.com).


0:00 Ohio State opens its season two weeks and two days from now, and will open as the No. 4 team in the country. Kevin Harrish joins the Dubcast, filling in for the legend Johnny Ginter, and we'll get his takes on the college football landscape and what teams look best poised to make the College Football Playoff.

5:58 The Big Ten, Pac-12 and ACC are reportedly considering an alliance to ward off the manifest destiny of the SEC remaking college football to suit its own interests. A.) Will this actually happen, and B.) Will it work given the leadership vacuum at the top of the Big Ten and the Pac-12?

12:01 Ryan Day all but named C.J. Stroud his starter this week, noting that the redshirt freshman is separating himself from the other quarterbacks on the roster. But it seems highly likely that Stroud won't be the only quarterback taking meaningful snaps this season... will Quinn Ewers be one of them?

24:13 Justin Fields impressed in his debut with the Bears. Dwayne Haskins looked solid in his debut with the Steelers. Tim Tebow, in his debut with Urban Meyer's Jaguars... not so much. (Editor's Note: Tebow was waived by the team less than 12 hours after this podcast was recorded.) We also ask a pertinent question: Who will have the better NFL career: Justin Fields or Trevor Lawrence?

44:02 Ask Us Anything! Questions this week include our favorite video games and our thoughts on the largest offensive line in college football.

55:05 Quick Cals: Garrett Wilson looks healthy and ready to roll, Steele Chambers is a linebacker, and Ryan Jacoby finds a new home in the Steel City.

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