Has it really been almost seven years?
Ohio State football will host the Oregon Ducks at noon on Sept. 11 at Ohio Stadium as the two programs meet for the first time since the Buckeyes won their most recent College Football Playoff championship in January 2015.
The Buckeyes and the Ducks were supposed to play a pair of games with OSU traveling to Eugene, Oregon, in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the game.
Ohio State, ranked No. 3 in both the coaches and AP polls, is coming off a 45-31 win in which the Buckeyes trailed at halftime against Minnesota. Meanwhile Oregon, ranked No. 12 in the AP poll and No. 11 in the coaches poll, survived a 31-24 scare from Fresno State as one of the best players in the country, Kayvon Thibodeaux, suffered an injury.
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He's likely to play, albeit limited, against the Buckeyes.
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How did the secondary warm up?
Ohio State’s first-team defense in warmups started out with Bryson Shaw as the single-high safety and Cameron Brown and Denzel Burke as the two outside cornerbacks.
Josh Proctor followed Shaw with the second-team defense, and Sevyn Banks and Lejond Cavazos also warmed up at cornerback with the second team.
While listed as a game-time decision on the Buckeyes’ availability report, Proctor looked like he’d be available. He appeared to injure his shoulder last week in the season opener at Minnesota.
-- Joey Kaufman
Sevyn Banks, Cameron Brown back for Buckeyes
Ohio State will have a pair of potential starters back in its secondary for Saturday’s game against Oregon.
Cornerbacks Sevyn Banks and Cameron Brown, who were sidelined last week in the Buckeyes’ season opener at Minnesota, will be back against the Ducks.
Neither was listed as unavailable on the team’s weekly status report released three hours before kickoff at Ohio Stadium.
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