The Buckeyes are hopeful that an appeal of Young's case with the NCAA will yield a reduction in the number of games, sources said.
Top-ranked Ohio State confirmed Friday morning that star defensive end and rising Heisman Trophy contender Chase Young will not play in this Saturday's game against Maryland. At least Rutgers likely does not have to worry about Chase Young, we guess.
Kyle Rowland of The Blade is reporting that Ohio State expects to hear from the NCAA regarding Young's suspension within days. He is believed to have paid the loan back.
For now, he's already ruled out against Maryland and, if what Herbstreit says comes to light, he'll miss games against Penn State and MI, ultimately putting the team's CFP chances in jeopardy.
Ohio State said on Saturday that there was no truth to a report that Young was facing a four-game suspension.
Ohio State self-reported the potential violation, according to the NCAA.
What's next for Chase Young, Ohio State?
If the suspension goes beyond two games, however, Ohio State will likely attempt to gather evidence that Young's loan was legit, including correspondence with the family friend and receipts detailing the loan and its payment.
Circa Sports oddsmaker Matt Lindeman tweeted on October 21 his system pegged the Buckeyes as a 50.5-point favorite. After that, the Buckeyes have three regular season games left, including huge matchups with Penn State and MI in their final two games.
Ohio State has won all five games in its series with Rutgers by an average score of 54.2-5.4.