Skull Session: Devin Barclay’s game-winning kick against Iowa was electric, the shoe is expensive to maintain and Cade Stover’s draft stock increases


Ohio State will host Scarlet the Shoe on Saturday, creating a fun atmosphere inside Ohio Stadium as the Buckeyes host the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Here are some wallpapers to set the tone for the days leading up to this weekend’s kick-off:

We also have a pretty cool game poster this week that you should definitely check out.

Let’s have a good Thursday, okay?

WHERE WERE YOU WHEN…? The last time the Buckeyes attempted a game-winning field goal, Devin Barclay converted 39 yards to earn a 27-24 overtime victory for Ohio State against Iowa.

I remember where I was when it happened.

I was 10 years old. It was November 14, 2009. My fourth-year travel basketball team had finished a Saturday full of games—the last one extending deep into the evening. Ohio State and Iowa was a 3:30 p.m. kickoff, so my teammates and I knew we had already missed most of it. Still, we convinced our parents to take us to the nearest Buffalo Wild Wings to watch the final moments. It didn’t take much effort to get them to agree. They also wanted to see the end.

We arrived at the B-Dubs, which was already slammed by Ohio State fans. The servers let our large group of adults and elementary school boys huddle in an open bar area. Each television broadcast the game, showing the Buckeyes tied with the Hawkeyes, 24-24, in overtime. Then Barclay ran down the field.

The restaurant exploded.

Sports, especially college football, are sometimes fun. If only for a moment, hundreds of thousands of Buckeye fans held their breath in unison as Barclay’s kick sailed through the air and through the posts, followed by thunderous applause from the faithful. State of Ohio.

Barclay will never forget that kick, and I hope you won’t either. Therefore, I ask this question: Where were you when Barclay sank Iowa with Ohio State’s last game-winning kick in November 2009?

THIS IS AN EXPENSIVE SHOE. In the most recent episode of The Gene Smith podcast, the Ohio State athletic director revealed that it costs the university more than $2.5 million a year to maintain the Horseshoe.

Smith said $1 million is spent on concrete alone because of the wear weather can cause on the structure made almost entirely of that material. He believes the constant investment in the stadium has allowed it to stand firm by the Olentangy River for 100 years.

The most important note Smith makes in the brief podcast is that he isn’t planning any altercations to Ohio’s stadium structure, only improvements to make the already wonderful Horseshoe better for fans.

“I don’t see any significant physical and structural changes over the years,” Smith said. “I see improvements with our scoreboard, audio system and maybe some premium seating areas like we’ve added with the Loge areas in the northwest corner of the stadium, but I don’t see any issues. major structural change as we move forward into the near future.”

Smith was not asked about the turf at Ohio Stadium, which is now called Safelite Field. However, after learning about the cost of maintaining the Horseshoe, I am convinced that the decision to add the logos to the playing surface was strictly for financial gain. Hopefully that thought doesn’t come back to bite me.

Also, I wasn’t expecting a dome to be added to the house Harley built, but at least I know for sure that won’t be happening anytime soon. The shoe, as currently constructed, will be around for a long time. That means no Northwestern-style stadium design heading for the pike, and that’s music to my ears.

STOVER’S STOCKS ARE RISING. At the start of the 2022 season, Cade Stover had five catches for 76 yards during his career at Ohio State. However, in six games, the tight end has the third-most receptions on the team behind Emeka Egbuka and Marvin Harrison Jr., amassing 16 receptions for 206 yards and two touchdowns.

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Stover — who has just four catches for 18 yards since his breakthrough game against Wisconsin — but that hasn’t stopped NFL analysts from talking about his rise. on the 2023 draft boards.

In his final fictional draft, Josh Edwards of CBS Sports named Stover as the 25th overall pick for the Dallas Cowboys, saying the Ohio State mauler has been “a nice surprise” for the Buckeyes this season. And the best part? Edwards is not alone in his assessment. Companion Chris Trapasso, analyst at CBS placed Stover 24th overall for the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Chargers in two of his mock drafts this fall.

Dane Brugler of The Athletic hasn’t been shy about showering Stover with compliments this season either, especially looking at the tight end’s efforts as a tackler.

If Stover declares for the draft and is selected, it would be the third consecutive season that an Ohio State tight end has been selected in the NFL Draft. Luke Farrell went to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth round of 2021, while Jeremy Ruckert went to the New York Jets in the second round of 2022.

Plus, if Edwards and Trepasso’s first-round projections hold, Stover would be Buckeye’s first tight end picked in the first round since Rickey Dudley in 1996. That would be pretty monumental for a linebacker-turned-point linebacker. got-tight-got-linebacker-got-tight yeah?

I certainly think so.

OLYMPIC VILLAGE. Ohio State football is in the midst of a great season as the No. 2 team in the nation with a perfect 6-0 record. However, it is not the only on-campus program at the top of its game.

As of Wednesday, 12 Ohio State teams have teams ranked in the top 25 in their respective sports. Women’s ice hockey leads the way as defending national champions ranked No. 1 in the USCHO poll, while women’s cross country sits bottom of the rankings as the 22nd team in the USTFCCCA poll.

Between the women’s ice hockey and women’s cross country programs are these teams, followed by their records:

The bottom line is, today is a good day to be a Buckeye fan. No matter what sport you choose, there’s a good chance that Ohio State will lead the pack and compete for conference and national championships. It’s an embarrassment of riches wherever you look.

For fall sports, it’s time to win those titles. For those in winter, the journey begins now.

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