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Skull Session: Ryan Day Thinks Iowa Is Playing 'Complementary Football', Brian Hartline Is America's Top Positioning Coach, and Tommy Eichenberg Is An Absolute Breeder

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The Ohio State University football team is just one day away from hitting the field for the seventh time in the 2022 season. And friends, it makes me happy.

The second half of the season is about to begin. The Buckeyes have a job to do.

Good Friday, will you?

YES, NOT EXACTLY. More than once this week, Ryan Day has called Iowa “complementary” and even claimed the Hawkeyes are “as complementary as anyone else” on his weekly radio show on 97.1 The Fan.

I certainly don’t expect Day to trash his opponents, so I offer them bulletin board material in the days leading up to the Buckeyes matchup. That said, I think you can afford to use a little less coach talk when talking about them each week, especially when describing the Iowa offense with its defense.

Of the 131 FBS teams, Hawkeyes is ranked 124th in offensive efficiency, 128th in explosiveness, 131st in points per scoring opportunity, and 129th in fast marginal explosiveness. Meanwhile, they rank at number 13, 1, 2 and 1 in the respective defense categories.

In fact, Iowa is, by my unofficial and unexplored estimates, the least complementary football team to ever exist. Come on, Coach, you can’t just look at this metric and say the Hawkeye offense is the end of the bargain every week.

I understand Day and some other coaches have scars from the 2017 game. The Iowa offensive was also nothing special that year, and eventually dropped 55 bombs on the State of Ohio. But it’s been five years and Hawkeyes somehow even worse while moving the ball up the court and getting points.

This is bad, folks..

Saturday, Rivals’ Bill Landis He said we would watch “the State of Ohio’s attack against Iowa and Iowa’s attack against us all.” I couldn’t have put it better myself. The Buckeyes will face no setbacks against the “complementary” Hawkeyes as they go to a comfortable victory with Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt at the call of the FOX Big Noon.

THE BEST OF BIZ. Speaking of Klatt, his content has made some excellent Skull Session material in recent weeks. He continued this streak before the Iowa game, claiming Brian Hartline was the best position coach in college football.

And he is not mistaken.

Before watching the clip, I didn’t need to be convinced that Hartline was the best position coach in the sport. Anyone who has followed Ohio State football knows this to be true. But Klatt’s statement about his meeting with Jaxon Smith-Njigba over the summer further cemented my faith in Hartline.

As a beaten-up reporter at Ohio State over the past two seasons, I’ve heard Smith-Njigba speak a dozen times after practice, games, and Big Ten Media Days in July. He doesn’t say much. But when talking about Hartline, Klatt noted that the “level of detail” Smith-Njigba uses in his speeches is fascinating.

Of course, Klatt may be exaggerating – I have no idea. But I have no reason to believe why he would. Hartline has so much information in Smith-Njigba’s head that she can’t help but talk about it, especially in off-the-record one-on-one settings.

To me, that’s the mark of a good football coach. Hartline’s players learn and store information and apply it to their games at an extraordinary rate that has worked wonders for Ohio State. Buckeye Nation needs to protect this man at all costs.

TOMMY EICHENBERG, EVERYONE. Not much can be said about Tommy Eichenberg’s transformation under Jim Knowles. The man moves fast, plays downhill and plays in the Ohio State defense. Oh, and he’s been leading the team with 305 snaps this season, so he’s been doing that a lot.

Eichenberg shone from every angle in 2022, but the fourth-year Buckeyes’ 88.4 run rating shines brightest as he leads all Big Ten defenders in that category, according to Pro Football Focus.

I guess that’s the grade you earned and the recognition you got while you were in college. a absolute tank for six games. In these competitions, Eichenberg collected 50, six losses and 2.5 sacks, winning the national player of the week and the Big Ten player of the week.

Eichenberg has been fantastic for Ohio State this season and the Buckeyes will need him to continue playing at a high level as defensive leader. As far as 2022 has shown so far, I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon.

WIRED. It’s time to talk about Ohio State wrestling as the folks prepare for a season in hopes of winning the Buckeyes Big Ten and NCAA titles.

I’m sure some may think of Tom Ryan’s program as a dark horse to win everything, but if you spoke to the senior head coach he would tell you that his team expects to win everything.

In the past two years spanning Ohio State wrestling, I’ve learned that the Buckeyes are looking forward to a conference and national championship, and the 2022-23 team has a real shot at making those achievements. This season, which may end with trophies, you can watch Ohio State’s journey to the top at the Covelli Center or from the comfort of your home.

Earlier this year, I predicted that Malik Heinselman, Nik Bouzakis (or Jesse Mendez), Dylan D’Emilio, Sammy Sasso, Paddy Gallagher, Carson Kharchla, Ethan Smith, Kaleb Romero, Gavin Hoffman and Tate Orndorff would be the 10-man roster. Buckeyes. However, everything can change at the annual Wrestling at Covelli Center on October 27 (open to the public with free admission).

After this event, the Buckeyes’ starts will be determined as they enter an incredibly tough regular season schedule. Still, these duos, which include defending duos from NCAA champion Penn State, Big Ten champion Michigan, and 24-time national championship winner Iowa, will only prepare the Buckeyes for postseason tournaments in February and March 2023.

So expectations are set. Wrestlers are conditioned and trained for a special year in Columbus. Let’s see if they can get to this point.

SONG OF THE DAY. “TNT” from AC/DC.

CUT TO FOLLOW. It could be a concussion case against the NCAA to reach the jury first… 1 month left on Qatar’s 12-year journey as World Cup host… Eclipse Dog known for busing alone to the dog park dies (I’m sorry about that)… In the high mountains, goats and sheep faced each other because of salt… The world has expensive Pokémon cards.

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