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Sports Today: Bengals remind what their winning formula looks like

Hey, the Cincinnati Bengals won a football game!  And I even predicted it!  So, what to make of it?  Well, the Bengals’ 20-17 win in Denver stopped the bleeding if nothing else.  We can now say the 2017 season probably won’t be a total disaster (unless they lose to the Browns on Sunday).  I’m not big on tanking, generally, and with this roster I think playing...
Report: Terry Glenn, former Ohio State star, killed in car accident

Report: Terry Glenn, former Ohio State star, killed in car accident

Terry Glenn, a 43-year-old former Ohio State receiver, reportedly has died in a car accident near Dallas.  A Columbus native, Glenn won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s best receiver in 1995 when he caught 64 passes for 1,411 yards and 17 touchdowns (still a school record).  He also set the school record for receiving yards in a game with 253 against Pittsburgh that season. ...
5 things to know about Ohio State’s win over Illinois

5 things to know about Ohio State’s win over Illinois

If Ohio State had any trouble focusing on its game with Illinois on Saturday, it was impossible to tell.  The Buckeyes dominated from the opening kickoff en route to a 52-14 win over the Fighting Illini.  Here are five things to know about the game:  Ohio State’s coach made it clear the Buckeyes still have lots of business to take care of, starting with a trip to Michigan next...
7 numbers to know about the Ohio State-Michigan series

7 numbers to know about the Ohio State-Michigan series

Ohio State stomped Illinois on Saturday afternoon, but more importantly the final rain-soaked snap against the Fighting Illini means one thing: Michigan Week.  There will be lots of time to dissect the 114th edition of The Game between now and the opening kickoff at noon next Saturday, but it’s never too early to start.  Here are some series numbers to chew on.  (Ohio State fans...
For Michigan, Ohio State is ‘a one-game season’

For Michigan, Ohio State is ‘a one-game season’

MADISON, Wis. — There were positives at Camp Randall Stadium, laying about in bits and pieces like the orphaned parts of a jigsaw puzzle. The hard part for Michigan was stringing them together against a Wisconsin side that delights in sledgehammering away until you break. Badgers 24, Wolverines 10 was closer than the scoreboard, for whatever that’s worth. Another...
Ohio State dominates Illinois; clinches spot in Big Ten title game

Ohio State dominates Illinois; clinches spot in Big Ten title game

Ohio State had as little trouble as expected dealing with Illinois on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The eighth-ranked Buckeyes scored on their first six possessions while building a 38-0 halftime lead. Favored by as many as 41 points during the week, they cruised to a 52-14 win, clinching a berth in the Big Ten Championship Game in the process. In his last game at Ohio Stadium, quarterback J.T. Barrett...
Ohio State Buckeyes: 5 things to know about Saturday’s game vs Illinois

Ohio State Buckeyes: 5 things to know about Saturday’s game vs Illinois

Ohio State plays its last home game of the season Saturday when Illinois comes to town. The Buckeyes began the home slate with a 31-16 loss to Oklahoma but bounced back with six straight wins. They started November with a stunning loss at Iowa, but blew out then-No. 12 Michigan State last week to regain control of their own destiny in the Big Ten East race. Was that the start of another winning streak...
Sports Today: Bengals get shot at a Broncos team with even more issues

Sports Today: Bengals get shot at a Broncos team with even more issues

This weekend the Cincinnati Bengals actually play a team in a worse funk than they are.  The Broncos are only 2.5-point favorites despite playing at home against a team that has lost two in a row and three of its last four games.  This has all the earmarks of an ugly slugfest between two teams that have major issues on offense and pretty good defenses.  The Bengals are No. 22 over at ...
Kettering native, Arkansas AD Jeff Long fired by university

Kettering native, Arkansas AD Jeff Long fired by university

Jeff Long, a Kettering native, was fired by the University of Arkansas on Wednesday where he had served as athletic director for 10 years.  ESPN reported school leadership lost confidence in Long after the Razorbacks lost to Missouri and Mississippi State. Arkansas will continue to pay Long through the length of his contract, which runs through 2022. Long’s firing signals the end for football...
Ohio State football: Buckeyes move back into College Football Playoff top 10

Ohio State football: Buckeyes move back into College Football Playoff top 10

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer insisted there would be no talk about the College Football Playoff this week inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Facility, but the CFP committee released its updated rankings anyway.  The Buckeyes are ranked ninth this week after being No. 13 a week earlier.  Ahead of Ohio State are No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Miami (Fla.), No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 5...
Five things to know about Urban Meyer’s weekly press conference

Five things to know about Urban Meyer’s weekly press conference

Urban Meyer’s Ohio State Buckeyes are preparing to play Illinois this week, and that’s all he wants them to prepare for. He made that clear while fielding questions about Ohio State’s win over Michigan State, the Fighting Illini and more Monday. Here are five things to know: This came as little surprise considering Mike Weber ran for 162 yards on just nine carries and J.K. Dobbins...
Ohio State football: Urban Meyer only wants to talk about one thing this week

Ohio State football: Urban Meyer only wants to talk about one thing this week

If you run into Urban Meyer on the street this week, here’s a suggestion: Don’t ask about the College Football Playoff.  “No,” the Ohio State football coach said Monday when asked if potential postseason destinations would be a topic of conversation in his locker room as the Buckeyes prepare to play Illinois at 3:30 Saturday afternoon at Ohio Stadium.  “No,&rdquo...
Sports Today: Bengals, Browns ruin great weekend by being Bengals, Browns

Sports Today: Bengals, Browns ruin great weekend by being Bengals, Browns

I guess I should lead off with the Bengals today, but then again what’s the point?  This team is dead in the water.  If I put the over/under on the remainder of Marvin Lewis’ tenure at two weeks, which one are you taking?  I’d go under.  There’s one more game on this three-game road trip, and I think that will pretty much seal the deal.  After the Bengals...
Ohio State bowl projections: Win out, win big, and hope playoff chaos ensues

Ohio State bowl projections: Win out, win big, and hope playoff chaos ensues

At the start of each week, Land of 10 will break down the postseason implications, and projections, to come out of the Ohio State Buckeyes’ latest contest … What happened: Iowa loss? What Iowa loss? The Buckeyes (8-2, 6-1 Big Ten) unloaded/exorcised its Hawkeye demons out on Michigan State on Saturday at the Shoe with a 48-3 thrashing of the Spartans &mdash...
Ohio State’s defense gets back to basics in rout of Michigan State

Ohio State’s defense gets back to basics in rout of Michigan State

Michigan State offensive lineman David Beedle demolished Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Sam Hubbard, a man used to dealing such blows, with a blind-sided block Saturday. “I got hit pretty good,” Hubbard said. “It happens in this game. I popped right back up, but I’m pretty sore.” That was one of the few blows the No. 12 Spartans (7-3, 5-2) struck during a 48-3 loss...
Archdeacon: ‘Cornerstone’ Price clears path to victory for Buckeyes

Archdeacon: ‘Cornerstone’ Price clears path to victory for Buckeyes

In the world of college football — where bruises and bravado often dominate — Ohio State regularly gives one nod to sentimentality after each game when the team gathers in front of the band and sings the cherished alma mater, Carmen Ohio, as the fans chime in. With that in mind, Billy Price — on what had been a historic performance for him Saturday at Ohio Stadium — was asked...
Wayne grad Messiah deWeaver makes college debut at Ohio State

Wayne grad Messiah deWeaver makes college debut at Ohio State

Former Wayne High School star Messiah deWeaver made his college debut Saturday for Michigan State, and, well, it could have gone better.  The former Warrior got into the Spartans’ game at Ohio State late in the fourth quarter and was sacked on his first play.  On his second play, the redshirt freshman was sacked again.  After a 20-yard scramble on his third play gained back all...
Ohio State puts Iowa loss behind it by hammering Michigan State

Ohio State puts Iowa loss behind it by hammering Michigan State

The pendulum in a season of extremes swung in the right direction for the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday. One week after losing 55-24 at Iowa, a defeat that ranks as the most lopsided of coach Urban Meyer’s career, No. 13 Ohio State beat No. 12 Michigan State 48-3 at Ohio Stadium. It’s the largest margin of victory in the history of a series that began in 1912. Ohio State’s College...
Hartman: Ohio State saved more than face by blasting Michigan State

Hartman: Ohio State saved more than face by blasting Michigan State

Ohio State restored order in the Big Ten East on Saturday afternoon.  Unfortunately for the 11th-ranked Buckeyes, their 48-3 evisceration of No. 13 Michigan State will probably be too little, too late when it comes to the 2017 national championship.  I guess they’ll have to settle for saving the program.  Is that being overdramatic?  Maybe.  But as we said two weeks...
Ohio State bounces back with rout of Michigan State

Ohio State bounces back with rout of Michigan State

The Ohio State Buckeyes treated Michigan State on Saturday at Ohio Stadium as Iowa treated the Buckeyes a a week ago in Iowa City. A series featuring games decided in the final minutes the last two years now includes a massive blowout. Ohio State’s 48-3 victory is the most lopsided game in 36 matchups in a series that began in 1912. The No. 13 Buckeyes (8-2, 6-1) rebounded from the worst loss...
Five storylines to watch in Ohio State’s game vs. Michigan State

Five storylines to watch in Ohio State’s game vs. Michigan State

So much can change in one week. So much did change in one week for the Ohio State Buckeyes. One of the great victories of the Urban Meyer era, a 39-38 win over Penn State, preceded the worst loss of his career, a 55-24 setback at Iowa. A team on the doorstep of breaking into the top four in the College Football Playoff ranking dropped out of the conversation. J.T. Barrett’s Heisman Trophy hopes...
Sports Today: Can Bengals, Buckeyes bounce back? Weekend forecast

Sports Today: Can Bengals, Buckeyes bounce back? Weekend forecast

The Cincinnati Bengals begin the second half of their season this week in Tennessee, but it’s hard to imagine Marvin Lewis’ team creating any beautiful music while they’re down there.  The 5-3 Titans aren’t great, but what signs of life have the Bengals shown? (Aside from this.) Lewis insisted he saw progress from the offense last week even as they had arguably one of...
PREVIEW: Ohio State Buckeyes seek bounce back vs. Michigan State

PREVIEW: Ohio State Buckeyes seek bounce back vs. Michigan State

Who: No. 12 Michigan State (7-2, 5-1) at No. 13 Ohio State (7-2, 5-1) When: Noon Saturday Where: Ohio Stadium in Columbus TV/Radio: FOX/1410 Series history: Ohio State leads 30-15. The Buckeyes on 17-16 last season in East Lansing, Mich. The Spartans won 17-14 two seasons ago in Columbus. This is the sixth time in the last eight meetings both teams have been ranked in the top 20. Last game: On Nov...
Ohio State football and the mysterious disappearing tailback runs

Ohio State football and the mysterious disappearing tailback runs

Ohio State’s shocking blowout loss at Iowa created a lot of questions.  One interests me more than the others, and not just because I was born in the same county as Woody Hayes (probably).  What’s up with Ohio State’s running game?  Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, who idolized Hayes growing up in northeast Ohio, acknowledged Monday that the Buckeyes need to get the ball...
Sports Today: Marvin Lewis’ predictably uninspiring prescription for a Bengals turnaround

Sports Today: Marvin Lewis’ predictably uninspiring prescription for a Bengals turnaround

Marvin Lewis met with the media in Cincinnati yesterday and confirmed there’s not much reason to be excited about the rest of the Bengals season.  “We’ve got enough ability to get it done, but we got to go do it,” he said when asked why he believes this team has what it needs to make a run in the second half of the season.  Well, glad that’s settled! ...
Wayne’s Blue Smith, an Ohio State football commit, changes winter plans

Wayne’s Blue Smith, an Ohio State football commit, changes winter plans

L’Christian “Blue” Smith’s high school football career is over, but he’s not done suiting up for the Wayne Warriors. The Ohio State verbal commitment plans to play basketball this season instead of graduating early and enrolling in college in January. He tweeted the news Monday afternoon.  The 6-foot-6, 205-pound Smith is a four-star football prospect rated No. 119...
5 things Ohio State Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said about loss to Iowa

5 things Ohio State Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said about loss to Iowa

Two days after Urban Meyer had few answers in the aftermath of a blowout loss at Iowa, the Ohio State football coach shed some light on a few things that plagued the Buckeyes in Iowa City — and in some cases before. He also sounded ready to look ahead Saturday’s game vs. No. 13 Michigan State, which will kick off at noon at Ohio Stadium. Here are five topics Meyer addressed: Bosa was charged...
Urban Meyer more interested in Michigan State than potential larger problems for Buckeyes

Urban Meyer more interested in Michigan State than potential larger problems for Buckeyes

Urban Meyer’s general response after his team was blown out by Iowa on Saturday was, “I don’t know.”  He had a few more answers Monday as his team began preparations for Michigan State, but plenty of questions remain.  The most pointed inquiry was about the direction of the program after a third surprising Big Ten loss in as many seasons.  After re-stating...
Sports Today: Big questions for Bengals, Buckeyes after latest flops

Sports Today: Big questions for Bengals, Buckeyes after latest flops

Well, we just finished a long and terrible weekend for football in Ohio — and the Browns didn’t even play!  I figured the Cincinnati Bengals didn’t have much chance to win in Jacksonville, but their 23-7 loss was still disappointing.  On the bright side, I don’t see that being possible again this season because all expectations for success are officially gone. ...
College football: 6 takeaways from Week 10

College football: 6 takeaways from Week 10

Ohio State was the biggest loser on a day full of huge matchups in college football.  Things could have gone worse for the Buckeyes, but not my much.  Here are six takeaways from Week 10 in college football:  J.T. Barrett has done a lot of great things at Ohio State, but he’s a hot and cold passer. He was great in those games mentioned above but not so much in a half-dozen other...
College Football: Ohio State stumbles, thrashed at Iowa

College Football: Ohio State stumbles, thrashed at Iowa

Iowa crushed Ohio State’s national championship hopes with a 55-24 win over the Buckeyes on Saturday in Iowa City. Oddsmakers installed Ohio State as at least a 17-point favorite, but nobody who watched what happened at Kinnick Stadium would have believed that by the time it was over. Iowa put Ohio State in a 31-17 hole in the first half, capitalizing on numerous mistakes by the Buckeyes. Rather...
Sports Today: Jaguars not likely to be cure for Bengals ills

Sports Today: Jaguars not likely to be cure for Bengals ills

The Jacksonville Jaguars are a five-point favorite this weekend against the Cincinnati Bengals.  Will it be that close?  The only reason to think the Bengals might win this game is nothing indicates they should win it and the NFL is weird like that.  Football Outsiders rank Jacksonville seventh in the league overall, which might be high but is nonetheless an indication the Jaguars have...
PREVIEW: Ohio State at Iowa; Buckeyes seek seventh straight win

PREVIEW: Ohio State at Iowa; Buckeyes seek seventh straight win

Who: No. 6 Ohio State (7-1, 5-0) at Iowa (5-3, 2-3) When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City TV/Radio: ESPN/1410 Series history: Ohio State leads 46-14-3. Ohio State won the last meeting 34-24 in 2013 in Columbus. Ohio State won the last meeting at Iowa 20-17 in 2010. RELATED: Five things to know about Iowa Last game: On Oct. 28, Ohio State beat Penn State 39-38 in Columbus , and...
Ohio State Buckeyes at Iowa Hawkeyes: 5 storylines to watch

Ohio State Buckeyes at Iowa Hawkeyes: 5 storylines to watch

J.T. Barrett calls them “1-inch” throws. The Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback practices them all the time. He throws footballs at a net with the goal of barely clearing the obstacle, thus simulating throwing the ball over linebackers to receivers. “You’ve got to put it right over them,” Barrett said, “but you still hit your guy. You kind of drop it on him. The only...
Five things to know about Ohio State’s next opponent, Iowa

Five things to know about Ohio State’s next opponent, Iowa

The Ohio State Buckeyes and Iowa Hawkeyes have played 64 times, but not since Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde were the Ohio State stars in 2013. Urban Meyer has never brought his Buckeyes to Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. Ohio State hasn’t played at Iowa since 2010. That changes Saturday. The No. 6 Buckeyes (7-1, 5-0) start the last month of the regular season with a 3:30 p.m. game at Iowa (5-3...
Sports Today: Something Reds fans can take from Houston’s World Series victory

Sports Today: Something Reds fans can take from Houston’s World Series victory

I’m sure we’ll have time to dig deeper into this later, but off the cuff there’s a fact about the Houston Astros’ 2017 World Series run we could spin either way when it comes to the Cincinnati Reds. The Astros beat the two teams with the highest payrolls in baseball to claim their first championship.  So… does that signal to the Reds it can be done, or is it a reminder...
Indianapolis to host College Football National Championship in 2022

Indianapolis to host College Football National Championship in 2022

The NCAA college football title game will be played in Indianapolis in 2022, according to WRTV reporter Katie Cox.   Lucas Oil Stadium, which already holds the Big Ten Conference Championship game, will be the first location outside of the South or West Coast to host a meaningful college football postseason game. WRTV’s report said the event is expected to have an $150...
Landers: ‘We just played Ohio State football’

Landers: ‘We just played Ohio State football’

Robert Landers took down Penn State running back Saquon Barkley behind the line of scrimmage twice in the fourth quarter Saturday. The second one, especially, ranks among the biggest plays Landers has ever made. With Penn State facing 2nd-and-17 from its own 8-yard line, he tackled Barkley for a loss of two yards. Two plays later, Penn State punted, setting the stage for the Ohio State Buckeyes&rsquo...
Sports Today: Browns reach new low with botched Bengals trade

Sports Today: Browns reach new low with botched Bengals trade

I clocked out a few minutes before 5 on Tuesday afternoon to get ready for beggar’s night and boy did I miss a lot in the sports world.  This failed A.J. McCarron trade between the Browns and Bengals is nine kinds of hilarious if you’re not a Browns fan.  Honestly, even if you are a Browns fan, it’s probably at least two or three kinds.  And at least now you know your...
Buckeyes left out of top four in first College Football Playoff ranking

Buckeyes left out of top four in first College Football Playoff ranking

The Ohio State Buckeyes rank sixth in the first College Football Playoff rankings, which were released Tuesday night. Unbeaten Georgia earned the No. 1 ranking and was followed by another undefeated team, No. 2 Alabama. Notre Dame is No. 3 and is followed by No. 4 Clemson and No. 5 Oklahoma, the only team to beat the Buckeyes. The rest of the top 10 includes No. 7 Penn State, No. 8 TCU, No. 9 Wisconsin...
Seven reasons Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett can win the Heisman

Seven reasons Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett can win the Heisman

The Ohio State Buckeyes won’t mail flyers to promote J.T. Barrett as a Heisman Trophy candidate. They won’t put their quarterback’s photo on a billboard in Times Square. At Ohio State, coach Urban Meyer said Monday, you don’t have to do those type of things. Everyone knows about Barrett. The No. 3 Buckeyes (7-1, 5-0) just played in the second most-watched college football game...
Seven standout players in Ohio State’s victory over Penn State

Seven standout players in Ohio State’s victory over Penn State

The Ohio State Buckeyes sent their alternate grey uniforms into the history books in style. They held a dance party of sorts in the locker room after a 39-38 victory over Penn State on Saturday. In a video posted to Twitter by the official Ohio State football account, everyone from quarterback J.T. Barrett to quarterbacks coach Ryan Day to wide receiver Binjimen Victor are shown dancing...
20 best fan Instagrams from Ohio State’s win over Penn State

20 best fan Instagrams from Ohio State’s win over Penn State

Fans of the Ohio State Buckeyes rushed the field Saturday after a victory over a team not named Michigan. That says something about the magnitude of the 39-38 victory over No. 2 Penn State — and the improbability of the comeback from a 35-20 deficit in the fourth quarter. There’s no doubt a few fans were walking to the parking lot or already on the highway home when J.T. Barrett threw...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals avoid disaster, but now what?

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals avoid disaster, but now what?

Well that weekend was something else.  The Cincinnati Bengals beat the Indianapolis Colts, a win that was as uninspiring as it could be.  Carlo Dunlap’s pick-six prevented what may well have been the worst loss of the Marvin Lewis era.  It didn’t stop me from thinking we’re getting pretty close to the end of the Marvin Lewis era, though.  I know it&rsquo...
College football: 5 takeaways from an Ohio State instant classic and more

College football: 5 takeaways from an Ohio State instant classic and more

There’s still more to say about the instant classic Ohio State and Penn State staged Saturday.  Here are five takeaways from the Buckeyes’ incredible comeback win and what it means for the College Football Playoff.  I was going to praise the offensive coaches for fixing most of the problems from the last few big games and J.T. Barrett for doing a pretty good job of running the...
Urban Meyer after Ohio State’s improbable win: ‘What just happened’

Urban Meyer after Ohio State’s improbable win: ‘What just happened’

Linebacker Chris Worley rode through the Ohio Stadium maelstrom on the shoulders of Matthew Burell, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound offensive lineman big enough to provide his teammate a beautiful view. The aftermath of the Ohio State Buckeyes’ 39-38 victory over Penn State on Saturday mirrored similar scenes following season-ending victories against Michigan. Fans flooded the field. The Buckeyes...
Urban Meyer after comeback victory: ‘Wow’

Urban Meyer after comeback victory: ‘Wow’

Linebacker Chris Worley rode through the Ohio Stadium maelstrom on the shoulders of Matthew Burell, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound offensive lineman big enough to provide his teammate a beautiful view. The aftermath of the Ohio State Buckeyes’ 39-38 victory over Penn State on Saturday mirrored similar scenes following season-ending victories against Michigan. Fans flooded the field. The Buckeyes...
True tests lie ahead for Ohio State’s improved offense

True tests lie ahead for Ohio State’s improved offense

Less than one month after Baker Mayfield claimed the center of Ohio Stadium for the Oklahoma Sooners, planting his flag in the middle of the Block O logo, the Ohio State Buckeyes look like a different team. The Buckeyes buried that 31-16 loss on Sept. 9 under a trio of blowouts: 38-7 over Army; 54-21 over UNLV; and 56-0 Saturday over Rutgers. The passing game had the most to prove, and it has...
Dobbins bringing energy to Ohio State offense

Dobbins bringing energy to Ohio State offense

J.K. Dobbins hit the hole opened by left tackle Jamarco Jones and tight end Marcus Baugh, planted his left foot and turned up the field. Army cornerback Mike Reynolds lost his footing when Dobbins made his move and made a desperate tackle attempt. Dobbins did his best Ezekiel Elliott impression in the last 40 yards of his 52-yard touchdown run Saturday at Ohio Stadium. He showed Elliott’s breakaway...
Tuf Borland has ‘personality that matches his name’

Tuf Borland has ‘personality that matches his name’

Tuf Borland has the best football name on the Ohio State Buckeyes roster. He just doesn’t hear his name very often in the locker room. His teammates call him anything but Tuf. “Pretty much whatever they feel like calling me,” Borland said. The redshirt freshman from Bolingbrook, Ill., doesn’t expect that to change even though he is now a more household name for college football...
Urban Meyer: J.T. Barrett ‘has got to play better’

Urban Meyer: J.T. Barrett ‘has got to play better’

Armchair quarterbacks across the country have busied themselves in recent days posting opinions to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. about Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett. “There is nothing complicated about this,” wrote Clay Travis of OutkickTheCoverage.com on Twitter. “J.T. Barrett is just not a good quarterback.” Even a potential future Buckeye, five-star defensive...
Sports Today: Bengals loss a blip, or sign of things to come?

Sports Today: Bengals loss a blip, or sign of things to come?

The Cincinnati Bengals’ season-opening loss to the Baltimore Ravens could not have gone worse.  That isn’t hyperbole. There are virtually no positives to take away from it aside from no one being seriously injured.  The way Marvin Lewis’ team looked Sunday, that won’t matter in the long run because they can’t win with this collection of players if they can&rsquo...
Three reasons Ohio State lost to Oklahoma

Three reasons Ohio State lost to Oklahoma

Current and former Ohio State Buckeyes tried to put their best spin on the 31-16 loss Saturday to Oklahoma, even as their fans woke up Sunday morning hoping it was all a bad dream. “Buckeye fans, y’all kill me sometimes,” former linebacker Joshua Perry wrote on Twitter. “It’s one game. One loss. It’s not over. It’s still early. We’re good. Trust...

Three reasons Ohio State lost to Oklahoma

Current and former Ohio State Buckeyes tried to put their best spin on the 31-16 loss Saturday to Oklahoma , even as their fans woke up Sunday morning hoping it was all a bad dream. “Buckeye fans, y’all kill me sometimes,” former linebacker Joshua Perry wrote on Twitter. “It’s one game. One loss. It’s not over. It’s still early...
Urban Meyer on Ohio State loss: ‘It was awful’

Urban Meyer on Ohio State loss: ‘It was awful’

Baker Mayfield ran the Oklahoma flag to midfield at Ohio Stadium, planted it in the center of Ohio State’s logo and celebrated with his teammates. He might as well have stuck it right in the hearts of the 109,088 fans — minus the few Sooners fans in attendance — who watched him lead the No. 5 Oklahoma Sooners to a 31-16 victory over the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday...
Sports Today: Oklahoma stakes out territory in Ohio early

Sports Today: Oklahoma stakes out territory in Ohio early

How about that NFL opener last night?  The Kansas City Chiefs beat the New England Patriots 42-27 in a game that included 908 total yards.  Urban Meyer’s old quarterback, Alex Smith, ran what could almost be called the pro version of what Meyer might like his offense to be nearly to perfection. Smith hit a couple of deep balls, found playmakers running in stride and even ran a few...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals ready to get started for real

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals ready to get started for real

The Cincinnati Bengals made their final cuts, set their practice squad then made a few more moves.  They kept seven receivers, and they got a lot younger.  The Bengals also got a little smaller on the defensive front, trading high-potential, low-yield Wille Clarke for short-but-productive offseason acquisition Chris Smith.  Four of the players drafted in April didn’t make...
Ohio State’s Landers lives out ‘every fat boy’s dream’

Ohio State’s Landers lives out ‘every fat boy’s dream’

Robert Landers is a man comfortable in his own skin. The Wayne High School graduate and redshirt sophomore defensive tackle for the Ohio State Buckeyes often sports a crop top in practice that would make Ezekiel Elliott proud. Not many guys who are 6-foot-1 and 283 pounds would dare trying to pull off that look. “You’ve got to be proud of what you’ve got,” Landers said Monday...
Sports Today: Almost time to see this revamped Ohio State offense

Sports Today: Almost time to see this revamped Ohio State offense

Ohio State football begins the 2017 season this week, and Indiana presents an appropriate opponent given the biggest story of the offseason: Revamping the Buckeyes offense.  This would be true even if Ohio State’s new offensive coordinator weren’t the Hoosiers’ old coach, but of course that adds another interesting layer to the proceedings set for Bloomington on Thursday night...
Five storylines to follow in Ohio State’s opener vs. Indiana

Five storylines to follow in Ohio State’s opener vs. Indiana

The Ohio State Buckeyes turned the hype dial to 11 with their trailer, posted to Twitter this week, previewing the season opener against Indiana. Scenes of the Buckeyes leaving the field after a 31-0 loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl precede clips of players bouncing around in preseason practice and coaches screaming in excitement. “What choice will you make today!?” shouts offensive...
Sports Today: NFL’s terrible rules screw Bengals again

Sports Today: NFL’s terrible rules screw Bengals again

The further criminalization of physical contact in the NFL caught up with the Bengals late Sunday night when news broke Vontaze Burfict is facing a five-game suspension.  My knee-jerk reaction was five games seems like an awful lot, even for a repeat offender.  I thought I should sleep on it, and this morning I still feel that way.  But, hey, rules are rules, right?  Well...
Sports Today: The most important development from a Reds series win

Sports Today: The most important development from a Reds series win

Luis Castillo was lifted after four innings Sunday because of a high early pitch count and took the loss, but he gave up two runs on four hits and two walks in four innings.  In the shortest of his 12 starts with the Reds, the rookie showed he can battle. That is a trait that has been sorely lacking from many of the youngsters Cincinnati has taken a look at so far on the mound this season...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals might have a pair of pass-rushing steals

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals might have a pair of pass-rushing steals

The training camp performances of a pair of rookie pass rushers indicate the Cincinnati Bengals knew what they were doing when they waited until the third and fourth rounds to address that area of need in the draft.  Jordan Willis is in the spotlight today after Carl Lawson hogged it for much of the early part of camp (not to mention offseason workouts).  At 6-foot-2, 261 pounds, Lawson...
Sports Today: Will Ohio State use get out of jail free card less this year?

Sports Today: Will Ohio State use get out of jail free card less this year?

We have a new candidate for best under-the-radar Urban Meyer quote of the year.  Yesterday while talking about how the running quarterback fits into his offense, Meyer acknowledged his signal caller getting too many carries is an indication things are not going well.  He then called a quarterback’s ability to run a get-out-of-jail free card.  I’m sure this is not the first...
Sports Today: J.T. Barrett’s legacy in focus, key to Ohio State’s success this fall

Sports Today: J.T. Barrett’s legacy in focus, key to Ohio State’s success this fall

After a weekend spent mostly off the grid, I’m in catch-up mode this morning.  I missed the Bengals’ first preseason game, but my biggest takeaways from Jay Morrison’s takeaways were that new defensive ends Chris Smith and Jordan Willis has nice games and the offensive line wasn’t bad.  The ability of those guys — not to mention running back Joe Mixon...
Sports Today: It’s a Cincinnati Bengals game day

Sports Today: It’s a Cincinnati Bengals game day

Cincinnati Bengals fans, the long wait for preseason game No. 1 ends tonight with Marvin Lewis’ team hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Jay Morrison already laid out his six things to watch tonight and hit all the most important aspects of the game I can see, such as they are when the outcome doesn’t matter.  I am with Jay in wanting to see how Trey Hopkins performs on the offensive...
Ohio State football hero considering run at Congress

Ohio State football hero considering run at Congress

Anthony Gonzalez, the former Ohio State wide receiver who wowed fans with his clutch catches and his amazing grab in a 2005 win at Michigan, is considering a run for Congress. According to multiple reports, Gonzalez recently met with the National Republican Congressional Committee and expressed interest in joining the ballot for Ohio’s 16th Congressional District, which contains Wayne County...
Sports Today: Clemson coach Dabo Swinney boasts he knew Ohio State was ‘in trouble’ in Fiesta Bowl

Sports Today: Clemson coach Dabo Swinney boasts he knew Ohio State was ‘in trouble’ in Fiesta Bowl

College football games are just around the corner, and Dabo Swinney is already politickin’.  And good for him*.  It’s the responsible thing for a college football coach to do in a CFB world still influenced by public opinion as much as anything else.  Swinney told WCCP (a radio station in South Carolina) his Tigers’ thrashing of Ohio State was thanks in no small part...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals defense showing signs of feistiness

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals defense showing signs of feistiness

Friday night, the Cincinnati Bengals defense got rave reviews.  The pass rushers and the defensive backs were among the standouts, which of course is a double-edged sword when your own guys are working against each other.  We have reason to believe protection could be a problem for the Bengals’ offense this season, but the team’s pass rush was also in need of an upgrade. ...
Sports Today: Bengals offense gets a scare while defense gains versatility

Sports Today: Bengals offense gets a scare while defense gains versatility

We got a reminder yesterday about how quickly fortunes can turn in the NFL. One day you’re rookie Joe Mixon making headlines for running past defenders, the next you’re rookie Joe Mixon watching from a cart with a banged up heel.  Of course there is good news here on two fronts: It appears he is fine, and Giovani Bernard’s faster-than-expected recovery from ACL surgery...
Sports Today: To live tweet or not to live tweet? That is the question

Sports Today: To live tweet or not to live tweet? That is the question

Should we put the Twitter machine to bed when we’re in the middle of an interview?  Yeah, probably. Not that we will. Or can?  These are thoughts I had when I saw Texas coach Tom Herman (a Cincinnati-born former Ohio State assistant) is banning social media posts from reporters while they talk to his guys.  I may be in the minority, but I don't hate this at all.  I wasn't...
Sports Today: Bengals/Flyers Fight Club Edition

Sports Today: Bengals/Flyers Fight Club Edition

For the middle of the first week of August, we’ve got all kinds of stuff going on — including knuckleheads for the Bengals and Flyers.  But first a reminder: Never do anything wrong in 2017 because there will be video. This applies to you, me and people who play for the Bengals and the University of Dayton basketball team.  The moving pictures from the Greene County Jail are...
Sports Today: Coaching won’t hold back Ohio State offense this season

Sports Today: Coaching won’t hold back Ohio State offense this season

Maybe the first day of practice isn’t the time to make sweeping statements about a football team, but here’s one anyway: Ohio State’s offense won’t be held back by coaching this year.  New offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said everything Buckeye fans should want to hear about fixing the scoring unit after day one of preseason practice.  While quickening the...
Sports Today: It’s beginning to look a lot like football everywhere you go

Sports Today: It’s beginning to look a lot like football everywhere you go

Welcome to what counts around here (and this is my column) as the official start of football season: The first day of Big Ten football media days.  The Bengals formally start the season tomorrow with a media luncheon (more on them later), and we’ve got our series of the best high school football players from many area schools going strong.  Later this week, I’m heading to Canton...
Football hype starts Monday with Big Ten Media Days

Football hype starts Monday with Big Ten Media Days

The Ohio State Buckeyes start practice for the 2017 bright and early Thursday morning at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. They get underway at 6:30 a.m. and will practice again Friday before taking the weekend off. Before the work begins, the talking starts. Big Ten Media Days take place Monday and Tuesday at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. The Big Ten Network will provide 14...
Sports Today: Rejoice as football plans come into focus

Sports Today: Rejoice as football plans come into focus

Good news: The slowest sports week I can remember* this year is almost over.  Ohio State announced yesterday training camp will begin for the Buckeyes next Thursday. Heroic OSU SID Jerry Emig also gave us a way to kill some time yesterday by publishing the 2017 media guide. I’m not afraid to admit I used to love going through those when they were still printed (but I’d rather pretend...
Sports Today: The bigger picture from Spielman vs. Ohio State

Sports Today: The bigger picture from Spielman vs. Ohio State

Ohio State loves its brand more than anything.  If you spend any time on campus in Columbus, that’s pretty clear.  They care about the athletes, some students and of course making money for the hospital, but nothing trumps The Ohio State University (TM).  And that appears to have gotten them in trouble again.  The fan reaction to Chris Spielman’s lawsuit against...
5 things to know about Chris Spielman’s lawsuit against Ohio State

5 things to know about Chris Spielman’s lawsuit against Ohio State

Chris Spielman, one of the most prominent and well-known Ohio State football players of the last 30 years, made headlines last week when he filed a lawsuit against his alma mater in federal court.  Here are five things to know about the action:  The Massillon native made a school-record 283 solo tackles during a two-time All-America career that also included the 1987 Lombardi Award. He went...
Vandalia native, former Buckeye Taylor Decker undergoes shoulder surgery

Vandalia native, former Buckeye Taylor Decker undergoes shoulder surgery

Detroit Lions offensive lineman Taylor Decker suffered a shoulder injury last week in practice and underwent surgery Monday, Lions coach Jim Caldwell announced Tuesday. Decker, a three-year starter and All-American for the Ohio State Buckeyes and a graduate of Vandalia Butler High School, suffered the injury during OTAs (organized team activities).  “We’ll see how he progresses,&rdquo...
Game time announced for Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan Wolverines

Game time announced for Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan Wolverines

The Ohio State Buckeyes will play Michigan at the traditional start time, noon, on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor, the Big Ten announced Wednesday. FOX will televise the game. It will be the 114th meeting between the two schools. Ohio State won 30-27 in overtime last season in Columbus. The Buckeyes have five straight victories against the Wolverines. That was one of three game times for the Buckeyes announced...
Wayne four-star recruit names his top 10 college suitors

Wayne four-star recruit names his top 10 college suitors

Wayne receiver L’Christian “Blue” Smith has named a top 10 list of potential destinations that contains some of the most tradition-rich programs in college football history. In what appears to be no particular order, Smith listed Ohio State, Alabama, Notre Dame, Minnesota, Kentucky, Penn State, Cincinnati, Tennessee, Michigan and Michigan State as the schools he is currently considering...
Sports Today: Reds roll behind Arroyo, NFL draft approaches, NBA playoffs continue, etc.

Sports Today: Reds roll behind Arroyo, NFL draft approaches, NBA playoffs continue, etc.

The Cincinnati Reds lost two of three games to the Chicago Cubs, but they snapped a four-game losing streak with a 7-5 win Sunday.  Bronson Arroyo had his best start of the season, striking out seven and walking none, and Patrick Kivlehan drove in three runs for the victors.  The Reds also got two hits, including a home run, from struggling right fielder Scott Schebler while Eugenio...
Sports Today: Fickell’s early impact at UC, high school spring football, Reds turn back clock, etc.

Sports Today: Fickell’s early impact at UC, high school spring football, Reds turn back clock, etc.

Think Luke Fickell is making a difference early in his tenure as head coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats football team?  Here’s what Malik Vann, a four-star defensive end from Fairfield, told our Rick Cassano after verbally committing to UC:  Vann is the second four-star to commit to UC, and he did so despite many Power 5 offers. That includes Michigan State, where teammate Josiah...
Sports Today: Reds rotation issues, Blue Jackets black eyes, NBA playoffs, Ohio State spring recap

Sports Today: Reds rotation issues, Blue Jackets black eyes, NBA playoffs, Ohio State spring recap

The Cincinnati Reds lost three out of four games in a series against the Brewers that concluded yesterday, and manager Bryan Price got exactly zero quality starts along the way.  Sal Romano was the perpetrator yesterday, giving up three runs and walking four in a three-inning major-league debut.  Brandon Finnegan pitched only one inning before leaving with an injury Saturday while Bronson...
Sports Today: Ohio State spring game, Bengals to honor history plus local links galore

Sports Today: Ohio State spring game, Bengals to honor history plus local links galore

Are you ready for some football?  The calendar says April, but we are loaded up with gridiron topics today.  The Ohio State spring game is tomorrow, and that will give us one big opportunity to see what everyone has been talking about since the beginning of March.  That is not a figure of speech.  Since the start of spring practice, we’ve had a lot of great interviews with...
Recruiting: Fairfield’s Jackson Carman planning to visit Ohio State for spring game

Recruiting: Fairfield’s Jackson Carman planning to visit Ohio State for spring game

Fairfield offensive tackle Jackson Carman is among the most-coveted recruits in the country for 2018, and he will be at Ohio Stadium for Ohio State’s spring game Saturday.  The five-star prospect announced that plan Thursday night on Twitter.  Carman recently told LandOf10.com he views Ohio State and Clemson as his top two schools.  At the same time, he expressed some interest...
Sports Today: Price’s Reds plan pays off again, NBA playoffs approach, Ohio State WRs, etc. 

Sports Today: Price’s Reds plan pays off again, NBA playoffs approach, Ohio State WRs, etc. 

Bryan Price’s bullpen made him look smart again Monday night as the Reds clobbered the Pirates 7-1 in Pittsburgh.  Cincinnati gave Brandon Finnegan a 5-0 lead, but he pitched himself into trouble in three straight innings.  With the bases loaded and a run already walked in, Price had seen enough – but he didn’t go to his long man and hope for the best.  Though it was...
Sports Today: Basketball ratings, Friday night Big Ten football development, Ohio State updates and more

Sports Today: Basketball ratings, Friday night Big Ten football development, Ohio State updates and more

Revisiting a couple of past themes this morning: Big Ten Friday night football and Connecticut’s impact on the popularity of women’s basketball.  The ratings are in for South Carolina’s national championship win over Mississippi State.  ESPN sent out a glowing press release muddling TV viewers with streaming numbers, but Sports Media Watch has better perspective: ...
Sports Today: Grant’s challenge at Dayton, Ohio State’s rebuilds and reboots and the Reds are coming to town

Sports Today: Grant’s challenge at Dayton, Ohio State’s rebuilds and reboots and the Reds are coming to town

As I wrote yesterday, I believe the Dayton Flyers’ hiring of Anthony Grant as head coach is a good move.  I’m a sucker for the homecoming angle, admittedly, but it’s not hard to see him as having a good mix of experiences that should make him a good fit.  He’s been around the block, but he’s still young enough to be here for a long time.  There&rsquo...
Ken Griffey Jr. says he probably would have picked Michigan over Ohio State, but not for baseball

Ken Griffey Jr. says he probably would have picked Michigan over Ohio State, but not for baseball

What if Ken Griffey Jr. had pursued a football career instead of baseball?  He might be less popular in the state of Ohio.  The recently inducted Baseball Hall of Famer told Dan Patrick he had more scholarship offers to play football than baseball when he was a high school star at Cincinnati Moeller.  Doesn’t sound like he would have been a Buckeye, though.  Instead he might...
Sports Today: Reds set rotation, UD Flyers candidates, Ohio State spring football updates, alligators, etc.

Sports Today: Reds set rotation, UD Flyers candidates, Ohio State spring football updates, alligators, etc.

Dayton Flyers basketball’s nascent coaching search gained some steam last night with the revelation former Flyer Anthony Grant is among the candidates.  That was confirmed by WHIO’s John Bedell after Jeff Goodman of ESPN shared the name of Grant along with Dayton assistant Tom Ostrom, Northern Kentucky head coach John Brannen, former Illinois and Ohio head coach John Groce. ...
March Madness: Xavier still dancing, Trotwood falls, Bengals mock draft, Reds rotation, OSU Pro Day, etc.

March Madness: Xavier still dancing, Trotwood falls, Bengals mock draft, Reds rotation, OSU Pro Day, etc.

While you were (probably) sleeping, Xavier became this tournament's historic sleeper.  There's always one, right? Well the Musketeers staked their claim by knocking off Arizona on Thursday night.  They are the lowest seed left and the only hope left of getting a double-digit seed into the Final Four, which would put them in some exclusive company and make sure they are forever part...
March Madness: 6 simple rules for picking the NCAA tournament this year

March Madness: 6 simple rules for picking the NCAA tournament this year

OK, the NCAA tournament bracket is out and you’re ready to dive in.  Here are some general tips to follow for putting together a winning bracket.  Many people make the mistake of automatically writing in the team that's already written on the bracket (instead of the blank awaiting the First Four winner), but that can come back to haunt you.  Follow Lionel Cartwright’s advice...
Hartsock: Countdown to Selection Sunday

Hartsock: Countdown to Selection Sunday

The Dayton Flyers lost their last two games of the season - the regular-season ender against George  Washington and their stunning loss to Davidson in the A-10 tournament,  despite Dayton being the tournament’s top seed. As Flyer fans anxiously await their team’s tourney face, Mike Hartsock counts down to Sunday’s selections. 
Sports Today: Bengals rocked, Browns rolling, Ohio State speaks and basketball, basketball, basketball

Sports Today: Bengals rocked, Browns rolling, Ohio State speaks and basketball, basketball, basketball

So, NFL free agency officially started yesterday, and it was pretty much a disaster for the Cincinnati Bengals.  The possibility of losing guard Kevin Zeitler in free agency was always there, but I think most people expected them to at least keep tackle Andrew Whitworth.  They’re both gone, and the offensive line that was shaky to begin with is currently in shambles. Barring a big...
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