"I love to see Ohio State whoop ass every year, but we'll take a year off."

Texans' Bradley Roby discusses his biggest takeaway from decision to postpone college football

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Houston Texans cornerback Bradley Roby spent three seasons playing his collegiate career at Ohio State. During his tenure with the Buckeyes, Ohio State went 30-9 and advanced to the Orange Bowl — where they lost to Clemson in 2013. Although the Buckeyes would prefer to come away with a championship victory, it is safe to say that Ohio State may do anything to have a similar season in 2020.

On Tuesday, the Big Ten Conference became the first Power Five School to postpone its fall season due to the ongoing concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic. The news came a week after the release of their 10-game conference schedule, which had a projected kick-off date of September 3. Shortly after the Big Ten's decision, the Pac-12 followed in their footsteps.

The conference's decision led to coaches and student-athletes taking to Twitter with the hashtag, "#WeWantToPlay," in an attempt to keep the season from getting deferred. The #WeWantToPlay hashtag is the identical phrase their contemporaries used in the NFL — in an attempt to do the same.

However, unlike the continuation of play with a few minor changes in pro-football, most conferences took the initiative to prioritize the safety of their student-athletes. Roby understands the choice for postponement.

"I think that college athletes will be surrounded by a student body of 40,000 to 50,000 people at some schools," Roby said. "We're professionals and we get tested every day and things like that. I think as a professional it might be easier to have that discipline off the field compared to an 18-, 19- or 20-year-old. I understand it. It's unfortunate."

Besides the financial loss, the most significant ramification of no college football in the fall is the impact on the 2021 NFL Draft. Players may miss out on a chance to increase their draft stock — especially the seniors who are entering their final year of eligibility. As a former first-round pick of the Denver Broncos (2014), Roby says he feels for the players whose futures may be permanently affected by this decision.

"That was the first thing that I thought about," he said. "I was like, 'man, what if I was coming out and I was a junior about to get to ready to be a senior, ready to prove everything and then all of a sudden there's no season.' That would kind of suck."

He continued. "I always have to put myself into other people's shoes. So, when you think about that, it's like, I have no idea how they're going to be able to sort out who's who and things like that. It's going to be very interesting how it moves forward and luckily that's not my job to figure it out."

While at Ohio State, Roby recorded a total of 178 tackles (138 solo hits), 19 pass deflections and eight interceptions, while receiving First-team All-Big Ten Team honors in 2012 and 2013.

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RAVENS 33, TEXANS 16

5 observations from the Ravens win over the Texans

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Let's be honest; the Texans were not going to beat the Ravens. Baltimore has better players, a better quarterback and a better coaching staff. (And oh, a better kicker). All of that was on display in the Ravens' 33-16 win.

The Ravens move to 2-0, while the Texans dropped to 0-2 after facing the AFC's two best teams.

The Texans will still likely contend for a playoff spot, but nothing the last two weeks indicates they are anywhere near contending in the AFC. A look at five things from the Ravens win:

1) Oh, Brien...It did not take long for Bill O'Brien's goofy coaching to rear its ugly head. Down 3-0 at their own 34 as the first quarter was running out, O'Brien chose to go for it on fourth and one. The play was predictably blown up, the Ravens quickly scored to make it 10-0, and the Texans were instantly in a hole against a superior opponent. You can't give points away against the Ravens. They might have scored anyway with a punt, but there was no stopping them with a short field.

2) Some positives on defense. Despite the score, The Texans looked much better on that side of the ball against an explosive offense. J.J. Watt had two sacks, the team had four total, and they kept Lamar Jackson from destroying them. Seven of the points were scored by the Ravens defense, and O'Brien's gaffe led to seven more. The Ravens wore them down in the fourth quarter, but they played well enough until then to keep the team in the game had the offense been better. They did not force any turnovers, however, and that was one of the differences in the game. They were also blown off the ball on a fourth and one in the fourth quarter that led to the Ravens' 30th points and could not stop the run at all in the fourth quarter. But that's what the Ravens do with a lead, and the Texans offense gave them no breaks by being unable to stay on the field.

3) The difference between real contenders...The Ravens were just so much more skilled on both sides of the ball. Defensively, they focused on taking away the run. David Johnson averaged 3.1 yards per carry. Will Fuller had as many catches as you did. The Ravens forced two turnovers on just really good football plays. The Texans don't make plays like that. They might against lesser teams, but if your goal is to compete with the best, it's just not good enough.

4) Deshaun Watson needs to be better. His numbers looked so so on the surface (25 of 36, 275 yards, 1 TD, 1 interception). He was sacked four times and added 17 rushing yards on five carries. He did not make plays late when they needed one here or there to maybe get back in the game. With his big contract, it's time for Watson to stop being close to elite and take the next step. His interception was more of being fooled by Marcus Peters than throwing a bad ball, but the Texans were just 3 of 9 on third downs. Throw in the ill-advised fourth down play, and they were just 3 of 10 extending drives. Give the Ravens a lot of credit, but again, to compete with the best, you have to be better than that.

5) Now what? The Texans travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers, who have not been impressive in their two wins. Still, it's hard to see Houston as anything but serious underdogs. They are last in the AFC South, and have a lot of work to do. The defense showed some promise at times, but will have to continue to improve. The offense has a long way to go. They match up better with the Steelers than they do the Ravens and Chiefs, but that does not mean they can win. If you were hoping they would give you some indication they can be more than just also-rans, they failed to do that on any level against either the Chiefs or Ravens.

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