Tom Orr
Writer, photographer, "The Morning Scoop" and "Buckeye Weekly" podcasts
Tom will serve as BuckeyeScoop.com's utility man. He will be a key member of developing and maintaining the podcasting network and will also serve as staff photographer. He will also continue to co-pilot team coverage with Gerdeman. Tom is not only versatile but has extensive journalism experience, even serving as sports editor of the OSU student newspaper, The Lantern, in the summer and fall quarters of 2000.
Articles by Tom Orr
Mottos are easy to create, but hard to live up to. It takes a lot less effort to print up a banner and hang it on the wall of your team’s facility than it does to actually walk that principle out over the course of a college football season. One of the bedrock tenets of the Ohio State football program is the idea of “Next Man Up.” When someone in the program goes down, there’s no time to wallow in “what ifs.” The next person in line behind them has to take a step forward and fill that role. A...
This feature normally comes out a lot earlier in the week than this does. But, as with a lot of things this week, the status of the weekly game notes was up in the air until Friday afternoon when OSU made it official and posted them. You can find the notes from Ohio State here and the notes from Michigan State here. As always, all the numbers and notes below come directly from or are inspired by those game notes. 0 The number of points Indiana scored off of Justin Fields' three interceptions ...
One of the most unpredictable games in Ohio State football history is now just a day away. The Buckeyes are on track to travel to East Lansing to face Michigan State, but there are still question marks looming around the status of virtually every play on the OSU team.  Some players will have to sit the game out due to positive COVID tests, but it's not yet clear whether the impact on the Buckeyes will be insignificant or season-changing.  Rodney Dunigan of the ABC 6 pregame show The...
It's looking more and more like Ohio State really will get a chance to play at Michigan State this weekend, which means Buckeye fans can start worrying more about their team's defense and its issues with big plays in the passing game instead of COVID testing.  Buckeye Scoop's Xs and Os guru Ross Fulton joins host Tom Orr to explain why things might not be quite as bad for the Ohio State defense as it initially seems.  Why is the team giving up so many big plays when their defense is...
When you absolutely, positively have to know what's happening inside the Ohio State football program, there is only one place to turn. Buckeye Scoop's ultimate insider, Nevada Buck joins host Tom Orr to share what he's learned about a crazy week for the Ohio State football program. How have the results been on the team's COVID tests this week? How important is it that they were back on the practice field on Tuesday, and what should you make of the unusual social media posts that the program r...
The odds of Ohio State playing a game this weekend at Michigan State have seemingly improved over the past 24 hours.  Buckeye Scoop's Marc Givler joins host Tom Orr to break down the latest news in Ohio State's drive for six regular season games and a berth in the Big Ten Championship Game. Plus, Michigan shuts down its program after a COVID outbreak. Is The Game against the Wolverines in danger of being canceled? And the rumors about Urban Meyer and the Texas Longhorns job are flying fa...
Ohio State canceled its game at Illinois on Saturday because after a serious outbreak of COVID-19 among players and coaches, they weren't comfortable putting the team on an airplane to Champaign.  Right now, everything is shut down at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center: no practices, and no in-person meetings. But head coach Ryan Day is still hoping the Buckeyes can play this weekend at Michigan State. What has to happen in order for the Buckeyes to be on the field Saturday? BuckeyeScoop's ...
In this emergency edition of the Buckeye Weekly podcast, Tony Gerdeman and Tom Orr discuss the news that Ohio State head coach Ryan Day has tested positive. What does this mean for the game on Saturday and the Buckeyes moving forward? Is there an outbreak in the program? What kind of numbers are we talking about? How long will Day be out? The questions are asked and answered throughout the show. You can listen to today's episode on Spreaker, or search "Buckeye Scoop" to find it on A...
The Ohio State Buckeyes and Illinois Fighting Illini are still on track to play Saturday in Champaign, but as with everything this year, nothing is guaranteed. Buckeye Scoop beat reporter Tony Gerdeman joins host Tom Orr to provide an update on some drama inside the walls of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center this week, plus a preview of this weekend's game against Illinois. Will a scaled-back practice schedule have the Buckeyes prepared enough for this weekend?  What would a successful gam...
The initial rankings for the 2020 College Football Playoff came out Tuesday night, and as always, there is a lot to talk about.  Buckeye Scoop beat reporter Tony Gerdeman joins host Tom Orr to break down the top four and beyond. If the season ended today, Ohio State would be in the field - barely - but how much does that really matter? What can we take from where teams like Cincinnati, Northwestern, Georgia, Indiana, BYU, and Auburn are ranked? You can listen to today's episode...