Game Day Skull Session: Then Get Dumped, Wisconsin

It’s time to “black out” the Horseshoe and watch Wisconsin get dumped.

CJ Stroud will have no problem moving the ball in Wisconsin’s defense as he throws to Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Marvin Harrison Jr., Emeka Egbuka, Julian Fleming and, of course, Farmer Gronk himself, Cade Stover. The Buckeyes’ running game can only help keep pace with TreVeyon Henderson and Miyan Williams lugging the rock (and maybe a few porters here and there for Dallan Hayden).

The main purpose of the offense will be to take care of the football. Being able to play flawlessly and limit penalties should give the Silver Bullets the confidence to play fast and violently to stop Wisconsin’s hasty attack driven by Braelon Allen. The defense will also aim to show Graham Mertz a swarm of black uniforms in the defensive backfield as he familiarizes him with the green turf at Ohio Stadium.

Ohio State has all the tools needed to win every game on its schedule. The only losses come when the Buckeyes beat the Buckeyes. Run and take care of the football – the rest takes care of itself. Give me Ohio State big in this, 42-17.

Let’s make it a nice Saturday, okay?

TODAY’S MENU. This weekend, most college football programs in the FBS will begin their conference schedule, which means better games on Saturday and for the rest of the season. I love that. What do you think?

Below is the full list of matches you can watch Saturday:

Matchup Time (ET) TV/Mobile USF in Louisville 12 noon RSN/ESPN3 5 Clemson on 21 Wake Forest 12 noon ABC Rhode Island on 24 Pitt 12 noon ACCN Duke in Kansas 12 noon FS1 Central Michigan on 14 Penn State 12 noon BTN Maryland on 4 Michigan 12 noon FOX Buffalo in Eastern Michigan 12 noon CBSSN Kent State on 1 Georgia 12 noon SECN+/ESPN+ 17 Baylor in Iowa State 12 noon ESPN2 Missouri in Auburn 12:00 PM ESPN TCU on SMU 12 12:00 PM ESPNU Bowling Green in Mississippi State 12:00 PM SECN UMass in Temple 2:00 PM ESPN+ UCLA in Colorado 2:00 PM P12N Fordham in Ohio 2:00 PM ESPN+ Middle Tennessee at 25 Miami (FL) 3:30 PM ACCN James Madison at Appalachian State 3:30 PM ESPN+ Minnesota at Michigan State 3:30 PM BTN FIU at WKU 3:30 PM CBSSN North Texas in Memphis 3:30 PM ESPN+ Texas Southern at UTSA 3:30 PM Stadium 22 Texas at Texas Tech 3:30 p.m. ESPN 20 Florida at 11 Tennessee 3 3:30 p.m. CBS Notre Dame in North Carolina 3:30 p.m. ABC Toledo in San Diego Stat e 3:30pm FS1 Indiana in Cincinnati 3:30pm ESPN2 Georgia Tech at UCF 4:00pm ESPNU Tulsa 16 Ole Miss 4:00pm SECN Sacramento State in Colorado State 4:00pm MWN 15 Oregon in Washington State 4:00pm FOX Arizona in California 5:30 PM P12N Rice in Houston 6:00 PM ESPN+ Navy in East Carolina 6:00 PM ESPN+ Arkansas State in Old Dominion 6:00 PM ESPN+ Ball State in Georgia Southern 6:00 PM ESPN+ Akron in Liberty 6:00 PM ESPN+ Marshall in Troy 7:00 PM NFLN Southern Miss in Tulane 7:00 PM ESPN+ NIU at 8 Kentucky 7:00 PM ESPN2 10 Arkansas vs. 23 Texas A&M (in Arlington, TX) 19:00 ESPN UNLV in Utah State 19:00 CBSSN Iowa in Rutgers 19:00 FS1 Louisiana Tech in South Alabama 19:00 ESPN+ HCU in Texas State 19:00 ESPN3 Florida Atlantic at Purdue 19:30 BTN Wisconsin on 3 Ohio State 7:30 PM ABC Charlotte in South Carolina 7:30 PM ESPNU Miami (Ohio) on Northwestern 7:30 PM BTN UConn on 12 NC State 7:30 PM RSN/ESPN3 Vanderbilt on 2 Alabama 7:30 PM SECN New Mexico on LSU 19: 30 SECN+/ESPN+ Hawaii in New Mexico State 8:00 PM FloSports Louisiana at ULM 8:00 PM ESPN+ Boston College at Florida State 8:00 PM ACCN Kansas State 6 Oklahoma 8:00 PM FOX 7 USC Oregon State 9:30 PM P12N Wyoming 19 BYU 22 :15 ESPN2 Stanford 18 Washington 10:30 PM FS1 Western Michigan San Jose State 10:30 PM CBSSN 13 Utah Arizona State 10:30 PM ESPN

BACK TO THE BUCKEYES. The Ohio State Athletics Department and Football Program really want you to wear black to the Wisconsin game. I mean, I can’t stress enough how much they want every Buckeye fan to participate in Saturday’s “Black Out”.

To prove my point, take a look at their Twitter activity over the past week:

Wallpaper drop #GoBucks

— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) September 22, 2022

Dark mode: N #GoBucks

— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) September 21, 2022

— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) September 21, 2022

— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) September 20, 2022


— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) September 21, 2022

this is really a huge deal.

— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) September 21, 2022

Oh we have many more

— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) September 22, 2022

enough said.

— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) September 23, 2022

As a reminder, the state of Ohio is 3-0 if they wear black uniforms. The Buckeyes’ first win came against Penn State in 2015, followed by wins over Nebraska in 2018 and Michigan State in 2019.

In addition, Ohio State is 2-0 against Wisconsin while sporting changes. The first win was a 33-29 thriller in 2011, while wearing uniforms in honor of the 1961 national championship team. That game ended with a game-winning touchdown pass from Braxton Miller to Devin Smith late in the fourth quarter. The second was a 31-24 win in 2013 when the Buckeyes wore their “Rivalry” uniforms with a chrome helmet.

MY CHOICES. A Game Day Skull Session wouldn’t be complete without some college football picks. I’m confident in it, so go ahead and put the house on it. 2022 REGISTRATION: 4-5

Duke in Kansas (-7.5). College GameDay should have traveled to Lawrence, Kansas for the battle between the undefeated Blue Devils and Jayhawks. Yes that’s right. The basketball blue blood is crushing it on the roster this season, and I love it. I trust Lance Leipold will deliver a big win for Kansas in this one, so my money is on his team to win by multiple scores. No. 22 Texas (-6) at Texas Tech. Last time Texas was in my pick, the Longhorns Nick Saban and Alabama put on a great battle. This time I pick Steve Sarkisian and Hudson Card (or a potentially healthy Quinn Ewers) to beat the Red Raiders by a touchdown. No. 10 Arkansas (+2) at No. 23 Texas A&M. Texas A&M’s offensive line has not played well in the past two weeks. Arkansas leads the nation with 17 sacks. Go Razorbacks.

A MESSAGE FROM JOHNNY GINTER. For this blurb, I pass the keyboard to my friend Johnny Ginter. He has a message about Eleven Dubgate and her support for Special Olympics Olentangy.

Hello everyone, Johnny here, we want to thank everyone who comes to Dubgate X today to support the Special Olympics. It’s a fantastic cause and we are extremely proud to partner with Special Olympics Olentangy. Recently, a former student of mine, Shane Roussi, told me he wanted to share some of his experiences with the Special Olympics (and the state of Ohio!) and why they mean so much to him.

Coach Ryan Phillips and Shane Roussic

Coach Ryan Phillips and Shane Roussic

Hi, my name is Shane Roussi and I compete in the Special Olympics. I have been involved with them for about 4 years, with swimming, athletics and basketball. I have won bronze, silver and gold medals and had the best experience I could ever wish for with this organization. The coaches and athletes are super nice and treat everyone like family.

Working for Ohio State prepared me for this experience. I started as an intern equipment manager during my freshman year of high school, where I learned a lot about inventorying, stocking shelves and setting up a practice. I was also able to volunteer as a special assistant enforcer “coach” not only for the defensive linemen, but also for the entire team.

There I learned different methods of training college athletes. Working with the Buckeyes has been a great honor and I can honestly say this is something I want to do as a career (or maybe talk or write about sports) someday, hopefully sometime in the near future.

Today I am extremely grateful to have this great opportunity to compete with these great athletes and coaches in the Special Olympics and to call these people my friends. This organization has been with me since day one and I will not forget what they have done for me. It has meant so much to me to be able to compete with such wonderful and wonderful people with whom I can make memories for a long time.

I am so honored to call the Special Olympics my second family. It would be a great honor if people could support this great organization, recognize us as athletes and help us compete at the highest possible level. It would mean so much to us if people could.

Thank you, Shane, and thank you everyone for all your support today!


The mission of universities with land grants is inclusiveness. Ohio State graduates Adam Benner and Walt Keys built Land Grant Brewing on this foundation—their foray into the craft beer industry.

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Their goal has always been to create an inclusive craft beer environment where everyone feels welcome and to make craft beer more accessible through both education about the art and science of brewing, and a commitment to enriching our community – both pillars that define country-grant universities today.

You can find Land Grant beers everywhere from John Glenn International Airport to Columbus Crew games, as well as Ohio Stadium. Today, you’ll also find Land Grant beer at Eleven Dubgate X.

Doors open at 3 p.m. for Eleven Dubgate X, which will be held this Saturday before Ohio State’s game against Wisconsin. This event relies on your donations, all of which will benefit Special Olympics Olentangy. Cash and Venmo (@OSSOSTORM) are both accepted.

If you can’t attend Dubgate X but still want to donate, use Venmo and type “Dubgate X” in the text box. Every donation is appreciated.

SONG OF THE DAY. “Paint It, Black” by The Rolling Stones.

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