Ohio State will implement a “clear bag” policy for Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. football game against Michigan State at Ohio Stadium.
“This is a direct result of what’s going on around the world,” Athletic Director Gene Smith said. “We’re trying to respond to that. This is the beginning of different changes you’ll see down the road.”
Smith said it might take fans longer to get in the gate, and “the earlier you come the better.”
According to Ohio State, the following bags will be permitted:
• “Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 14 inches by 14 inches.”
• “One gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).”
• “Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap that can be taking into the stadium with one of the clear plastic bags.”
• “An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at gates 13, 16, 23 and 26.”
Bosa’s future: Ohio State will salute 18 seniors on Saturday before the game, but the group doesn’t include several players expected to declare themselves eligible for the NFL draft after the season. One of those is defensive end Joey Bosa, whose younger brother Nick will join the team as a freshman next year.
“The only possible thing that would keep me here is playing with Nicky,” Bosa said. “Not even playing with him but just to be able to be here and show him how it’s going to be. I know he’ll be fine, but it would be so nice to be here and help him through it. But we’ll see when the time comes.”
Vegas odds: According to online bookmaker Bovada, Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott has 9-2 odds to win the Heisman Trophy, tying him with LSU running back Leonard Fournette, the favorite most of the season. The new favorite, with 2-3 odds, is Alabama running back Derrick Henry.
Record clarified: Ohio State’s 30-game regular season Big Ten winning streak, which doesn’t include its loss to Michigan State in the 2013 Big Ten championship, is the longest conference winning streak in the “current conference landscape,” according to Ohio State.
Oklahoma won 44 games in a row (1952-59) and 31 straight (1984-88) in the Big Eight. Boise State won 31 games in a row in the Western Athletic Conference (2001-05).