Chase Young out vs. Maryland for possible rules violation

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The infraction would be the first hiccup of the Ryan Day era at Ohio State, as the team has cruised to the top of the CFP rankings with an 8-0 record through the season's first two months. Ohio State is the third straight ranked opponent on the schedule for Maryland, and after 31-point and 42-point defeats to MI and Minnesota, respectively, the oddsmakers have them listed as almost six-touchdown underdogs to the top team in the country.

After that performance, ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit told Sporting News that Young was the front-runner. The school provided no other details aside from "the Department of Athletics is looking into it", but Young posted an explanation for the issue in a later tweet.

Young did state that he paid the loan back in full and that was hopeful to play again this season, which he surely will. But until then, Ohio State just needs to make sure it doesn't beat itself and get caught, starting with Saturday's home game against unranked Maryland.

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Young, a five-star, top-10 recruit out of DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Maryland, has shown his talent since joining the Buckeyes as a member of their heralded 2017 recruiting class. Win that and they should have a guaranteed spot in the College Football Playoff.

If Klatt is right, this is huge for Ohio State and its fans. Young leads the NCAA with 13.5 sacks. This isn't expected to be much of a contest, but the Terps did give the Buckeyes all they could handle previous year. We've seen far too many cautionary tales of late-season injuries in recent years to dismiss the silver-lining aspect of Young missing the final games of this season before starting his draft prep. There's a chance he misses more than that, but there's also a chance he simply misses one game. Listed at defensive end are sophomore Tyreke Smith and Tyler Friday, respectively.

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