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Ohio State beats Maryland in OT thriller; showdown with Michigan up next

Ohio State kept its Big Ten football championship hopes alive by the slimmest of margins Saturday. The Buckeyes needed overtime to beat Maryland 52-51, setting up a game for the Big Ten East title and a berth in the Big Ten championship game when Michigan visits next Saturday. Coach Urban Meyer’s team has a lot to fix before it will be ready for the Wolverines. Here are five things to know about...
Ohio State outlasts Maryland in wild overtime game

Ohio State outlasts Maryland in wild overtime game

Ohio State kept its Big Ten championship hopes alive by the slimmest of margins Saturday.  The Buckeyes needed overtime to beat Maryland 52-51, setting up a game for the Big Ten East when Michigan visits next Saturday.  The Buckeyes tied the game three times in the fourth quarter, the last when Dwayne Haskins connected with Binjimin Victor from three yards out with :40 left.  Ohio State...
Ohio State football: Buckeyes wary of Terrapins talent

Ohio State football: Buckeyes wary of Terrapins talent

Urban Meyer began the week claiming Maryland was too talented to overlook with Michigan next on the horizon. The coach of the ninth-ranked Scarlet and Gray said his players would see that when they flipped on the film. Time will tell if that is true, but given the the Terrapins’ 5-5 record, it was hard to view that statement as much more than coach speak. RELATED: Everything Meyer said about...
Ohio State at Maryland: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Ohio State at Maryland: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Who: No. 9 Ohio State (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten) at Maryland (5-5, 3-4) When: 12 p.m., Saturday Where: Maryland Stadium, College Park, Md. TV/Radio: ABC/1410 Series history: Ohio State leads 4-0. Last game: Ohio State won 62-14 last season in Columbus. The Buckeyes have scored 62 points in back to back games against the Terrapins, and Ohio State has won all four games in the series by at least 21 points....
Haskins still growing as he returns to his home state leading Buckeyes

Haskins still growing as he returns to his home state leading Buckeyes

History will be the theme of the day for Dwayne Haskins when Ohio State plays at Maryland on Saturday. That could turn out to be true in more ways than one. RELATED: Meyer wants Maryland, not Michigan, on minds of Buckeyes this week This much we know: Haskins will enter the game against the Terrapins needing 51 passing yards to break Joe Germaine’s single-season school record of 3,330 set in...
Ohio State looking to extend noon dominance

Ohio State looking to extend noon dominance

Ohio State and Maryland are set to kick off at noon Saturday — the perfect time for the Buckeyes so far in the Urban Meyer era.  Perfect as in they haven’t lost a noon kickoff yet since he took over as the coach in Columbus.  The Ohio State sports information department produced that eye-opening stat this week: 29-0 in games that kick off at noon since the start of the 2012 season...
Wayne’s Landers on OSU defense: ‘Lot of things we still need to clean up’

Wayne’s Landers on OSU defense: ‘Lot of things we still need to clean up’

The Ohio State defense has been under fire throughout the 2018 season. The troubles started on opening day when Oregon State scored 31 points and totaled nearly 400 yards. That included 196 yards on the ground, touchdown runs of 78 and 80 yards plus a 49-yard score through the air. Although some of that damage was done against reserves, the seeds for season-long struggles were sown. Big plays continued...
Ranked win does not give Buckeyes a bump in College Football Playoff rankings

Ranked win does not give Buckeyes a bump in College Football Playoff rankings

Ohio State might have taken a step forward with a win at then-No. 24 Michigan State last weekend, but the College Football Playoff committee still views the Buckeyes the same.  Ohio State is No. 10 in the updated playoff rankings released Tuesday night.  That is also where the Buckeyes found themselves in each of the first two weeks of the rankings, but it won’t really matter much...
Urban Meyer: Buckeyes ‘over-the-top irate’ about allegations Ohio State hid racial incident 

Urban Meyer: Buckeyes ‘over-the-top irate’ about allegations Ohio State hid racial incident 

Urban Meyer said Ohio State is considering legal action against a reporter who published a story accusing him and others of covering up a racially charged altercation between an assistant coach and a player last season.  “My first reaction was like everyone around here: Irate,” Meyer said on the weekly Big Ten coaches teleconference. “Our players were over-the-top irate. They...
Ohio State officials, players deny accusation former assistant used racial slur against player at practice

Ohio State officials, players deny accusation former assistant used racial slur against player at practice

The father of former Ohio State receiver Trevon Grimes says former Ohio State receivers coach Zach Smith called him the N-word during an altercation at practice in 2017, according to a report published this week by the digital television network Stadium. Multiple Ohio State football players past and present quickly posted Tweets defending coach Urban Meyer and the article’s implication...
Ohio State football: Everything Urban Meyer said previewing Maryland

Ohio State football: Everything Urban Meyer said previewing Maryland

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer kicked off Maryland week with his usual Monday press conference.  Here is a transcript of the coach’s interview with local reporters:  COACH MEYER: Thanks for coming. As we do, I'll go through the champions on defense. Coop -- Jonathon Cooper, B.B. Landers, these are guys that graded out champions. Tuf Borland, Malik Harrison, Pete Werner, Damon...
Meyer says Buckeyes won’t have trouble focusing on Maryland this week

Meyer says Buckeyes won’t have trouble focusing on Maryland this week

Ohio State began its 11th game week of the season Monday, and that can only mean one thing. Urban Meyer needed to talk to his team about not thinking about the ninth-ranked Buckeyes’ 12th game week of the season yet. The latter, of course, will lead up to a game against Michigan. With the Buckeyes and Wolverines (No. 4) both in the top 10 this week, the 115th meeting between them looks like...
Urban Meyer endorses play of Ohio State offensive line

Urban Meyer endorses play of Ohio State offensive line

The play of Ohio State’s offensive line has been a bit of a lightning rod among the fan base this season.  The head coach provided an endorsement of the group Monday — but he wants to see more. “I think we could play a little bit better,” Meyer said two days after the Buckeyes beat Michigan State 26-6. “That was a rugged day now…”  The Buckeyes...
Ohio State’s win at Michigan State brings needed shot of confidence

Ohio State’s win at Michigan State brings needed shot of confidence

Ohio State picked up more than another win over a ranked team in a competitive series Saturday. In downing No. 24 Michigan State 26-6, the 9-1 Buckeyes also got something that has eluded them through most of a somewhat strange season: Something to feel good about. “That was a big win,” coach Urban Meyer said. “We’re very satisfied. I agree — the other ones, people didn&rsquo...
Punter Chrisman gets redemption and then some for Ohio State at MSU

Punter Chrisman gets redemption and then some for Ohio State at MSU

Drue Chrisman’s day at Michigan State on Saturday could not have started much worse. It could not have ended much better. The Ohio State punter took the Spartan Stadium field for the first time with about 10 minutes to go in the first quarter hoping to pick up the offense for going three-and-out on its first possession. With the line of scrimmage the OSU 31, he had a chance to really boom one...
Ohio State beats Michigan State with special teams, running game

Ohio State beats Michigan State with special teams, running game

Ohio State used a familiar formula to beat Michigan State on Saturday. Well, at least one familiar to fans from a decade ago. Coach Urban Meyer’s squad relied heavily enough on defense and special teams to knock off the Spartans 26-6 and one could be forgiven for thinking Jim Tressel had returned to the sidelines. Here are five things to know about the game: The Buckeyes didn’t run for...
Ohio State punts its way to win at Michigan State

Ohio State punts its way to win at Michigan State

Ohio State dominated the second half en route to a 26-6 win at Michigan State.  The eighth-ranked Buckeyes scratched out what they could offensively against a stout Spartans defense, but they didn’t need much thanks to a stellar outing by the special teams and defense.  Punter Drue Chrisman and his coverage unit pinned the 24th-ranked Spartans inside their 10-yard line on five consecutive...
Ohio State football: Can Buckeyes solve rugged Michigan State defense?

Ohio State football: Can Buckeyes solve rugged Michigan State defense?

Ohio State and Michigan State usually have met with something on the line lately. For the sixth time in the last seven meetings, both teams will be ranked entering the contest at noon Saturday in East Lansing. 5 things to know about the Ohio State-Michigan State series The eighth-ranked Buckeyes need a win to remain within a game of Michigan in the Big Ten East race, and of course a second loss this...
Ohio State at Michigan State: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Ohio State at Michigan State: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Who: No. 8 Ohio State (8-1, 5-1 Big Ten) at No. 24 Michigan State (6-3, 4-2) When: 12 p.m., Saturday Where: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Mich. TV/Radio: FOX/1410 Series history: Ohio State leads 31-15, including 16-5 in East Lansing. The Buckeyes have won six in a row at Spartan Stadium. Last game: Ohio State won 48-3 last season in Columbus. That was an important outcome following a blowout...
7 things to know about Ohio State’s season-opening win at Cincinnati

7 things to know about Ohio State’s season-opening win at Cincinnati

Ohio State’s 64-56 season-opening win at Cincinnati offered plenty of proof why the Buckeyes and Bearcats should do this on a basketball floor more often. Here are seven things to know about the game: Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said the atmosphere was even better than he anticipated as 12,012 fans packed the house. “It was tremendous,” he said. “I’m sure...
7 takeaways from reviewing Ohio State’s win over Nebraska

7 takeaways from reviewing Ohio State’s win over Nebraska

Ohio State’s deficiencies were fairly under control against Nebraska.  What prevented this game from being a more decisive win were disappointing performances from two areas that are expected to be strengths.   1. The defensive line is supposed to be wrecking people, and that just has not happened consistently.  As everyone knows, the loss of Nick Bosa looms large here...
College basketball: Ohio State beats Cincinnati to open season

College basketball: Ohio State beats Cincinnati to open season

Ohio State traveled to Cincinnati and picked up a big win to start the season.  The Buckeyes led by as many as 16 then had to hold on in the final minute for a 64-56 win.  The Bearcats cut the lead to four with 59 seconds left but couldn’t get any closer.  C.J. Jackson’s layup high off the glass with the shot clock running down and 29 seconds left in the game essentially...
Ohio State football: 5 things to know about the series vs. Michigan State

Ohio State football: 5 things to know about the series vs. Michigan State

Ohio State and Michigan State are set to play football for the 47th time Saturday. Here are five things to know about the series between the Buckeyes and the Spartans. The Buckeyes are 31-15 against Michigan State despite losing the first three times the schools played. After losing to the Spartans in 1912, ’51 and ’53, Ohio State got its first win in the series in 1959 when the 20th-ranked...
College Football Playoff rankings: Ohio State 10th again

College Football Playoff rankings: Ohio State 10th again

Ohio State is ranked 10th in the College Football Playoff rankings for another week.  The Buckeyes, who beat Nebraska 36-31 last week, were also No. 10 when the first rankings were released last week.  They are the lowest-rated one-loss team in a major conference, but the Buckeyes will have multiple chances to impress the committee in the coming weeks.  After a visit to Maryland on...
Ohio State football: Depth could boost beleaguered secondary

Ohio State football: Depth could boost beleaguered secondary

Secondary play has been a sore spot all season for Ohio State.  Finding a set lineup might help, and Urban Meyer sounds hopeful that is about to happen.  When asked if the staff has found solutions to its problems, he replied: “That’s what we practice Tuesday and Wednesday for. The good news is I think we’re going to be relatively healthy back there. We’ll have all...
Ohio State football: Running game to face major test at Michigan State

Ohio State football: Running game to face major test at Michigan State

Is Ohio State’s running game fixed? The eighth-ranked Buckeyes won’t have to wait long to find out. The nation’s No. 1 rush defense awaits when Ohio State faces No. 24 Michigan State in East Lansing on Saturday. The Buckeyes will head north coming off their second-best rushing performance of season, a 229-yard outburst against Nebraska last Saturday. RELATED: Everything Urban Meyer...
Football recruiting: Ohio State offers scholarship to Northmont standout

Football recruiting: Ohio State offers scholarship to Northmont standout

Ohio State is looking to flip a local player already committed to a Big Ten foe.  Jestin Jacobs, a senior linebacker at Northmont, announced Monday night he has received a scholarship offer from Ohio State.  The four-star prospect verbally committed to Iowa in May.  He has since moved up to the No. 12 prospect in Ohio according to the 247Sports Composite rankings and the No...
Ohio State basketball: Buckeyes lose big man to transfer

Ohio State basketball: Buckeyes lose big man to transfer

Ohio State basketball will begin the season Wednesday with one less player than expected.  The school announced Monday the decision of Micah Potter to transfer before the start of what would have been his junior season for the Buckeyes “We appreciate Micah’s contributions to our program and we wish him the very best moving forward,” Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said in a...
Ohio State-Michigan State: Everything Urban Meyer said during his Monday press conference

Ohio State-Michigan State: Everything Urban Meyer said during his Monday press conference

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer kicked off another week Monday with his usual press conference.  Next up for the Buckeyes is a trip to Michigan State on Saturday.  Meyer talked about the Spartans and much more.  Here is a transcript:  COACH MEYER: As we do, we will review the champions. On defense Dre'Mont Jones, John Cooper and Jashon Cornell, Tuf Borland and Damon Arnette...
Brendon White’s big day to lead to more playing time for Ohio State

Brendon White’s big day to lead to more playing time for Ohio State

Two days after his breakout performance against Nebraska, Ohio State safety Brendon White was a big topic of conversation at Urban Meyer’s weekly Monday press conference. The sophomore safety was selected the defensive player of the game against the Cornhuskers after he tallied 13 tackles, more than twice as many as he had in the first eight games combined. White’s success begged an obvious...
Meyer says OSU improved in 36-31 win over Nebraska

Meyer says OSU improved in 36-31 win over Nebraska

Ohio State football got back in the win column Saturday. Now what? With surging Michigan leaving no margin for error in the Big Ten East race, Urban Meyer’s team just has to keep winning — whether the Buckeyes play their best game or not. “Yeah, we did,” Meyer replied when asked if his team improved during a 36-31 win over double-digit underdog Nebraska. “And I get it...
Ohio State defense takes (baby) step forward in win over Nebraska

Ohio State defense takes (baby) step forward in win over Nebraska

For an idea of how the season has gone for Ohio State defensively, consider that allowing 450 yards to Nebraska represented only the fourth-worst performance of the season for the Buckeyes, who allowed 539 yards their last time out, a 49-20 loss at Purdue two weeks earlier. The Cornhuskers’ tallied 31 points, but that was merely tied for second worst through nine games. (Oregon State also tallied...
5 things to know about Ohio State’s 36-31 defeat of Nebraska

5 things to know about Ohio State’s 36-31 defeat of Nebraska

Urban Meyer’s favorite part of Ohio State’s 36-31 win over Nebraska was not surprising. “The biggest thing to get that darned bad taste out of your mouth from a couple weeks ago and go win the game,” Meyer said. “It was a close game against a team that was hitting stride now.” Meyer and the Buckeyes had to wait an extra week to put a 49-20 loss at Purdue behind...
Ohio State takes care of Nebraska in second half for 36-31 victory

Ohio State takes care of Nebraska in second half for 36-31 victory

Ohio State rallied from a halftime deficit to beat Nebraska 36-31 at Ohio Stadium on Saturday.  The eighth-ranked Buckeyes trailed 21-16 at halftime but turned things around in the third quarter.  A J.K. Dobbins 3-yard run put the Buckeyes on top 23-21 with 5:39 left in the third, and Parris Campbell scored from nine yards out less than four minutes later to extend the lead to nine points...
Ohio State football: What did week off teach Buckeyes?

Ohio State football: What did week off teach Buckeyes?

Ohio State’s kickoff for Nebraska is the earliest Saturday start time possible, but it will still feel like forever since the Buckeyes last took the field. Isaiah Prince hopes fans see a team that used the sting of a 49-20 defeat at Purdue on Oct. 20 as motivation for a strong finish to the regular season. RELATED: What you need to know about Saturday’s game “I expect to see the...
Nebraska at Ohio State: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Nebraska at Ohio State: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Who: Nebraska (2-6, 1-4) at No. 8 Ohio State (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten) When: 12 p.m., Saturday Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio TV/Radio: FOX/1410 Series history: Ohio State leads 5-1. The Buckeyes are undefeated against the Cornhuskers in four games in Columbus. The teams have played only four times since Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011, but they are scheduled to meet every season from now through...
Ohio State football: Freshman earns spot in receiver rotation

Ohio State football: Freshman earns spot in receiver rotation

A week off afforded some players a chance to work their way into the rotation at Ohio State.  Chris Olave took advantage.  Urban Meyer said Wednesday night the freshman will see playing time at receiver Saturday when the Buckeyes take on Nebraska at Ohio Stadium.  The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder from California has been one of the most-praised members of the 2018 recruiting class and takes...
5 options for the Ohio State offense to get better results

5 options for the Ohio State offense to get better results

Urban Meyer has made a habit of reminding everyone more than one issue has caused his high-powered Ohio State offense to break down in the red zone and in short-yardage situations this season.  He’s right, of course, and a few potential solutions have surfaced through interviews with the head coach of the Buckeyes and offensive coordinator Ryan Day over the past two weeks.   Here...
6 takeaways from the first College Football Playoff rankings

6 takeaways from the first College Football Playoff rankings

The first College Football Playoff rankings of 2018 came out this week.  While much could — and likely will — change between now and the first weekend of December when the final four are chosen, here is what to know about the initial top 25, particularly from an Ohio State perspective:  1. CFP rankings have generally differed from the polls, but this year they have the same top...
Ohio State makes top 10 in first College Football Playoff ranking of 2018

Ohio State makes top 10 in first College Football Playoff ranking of 2018

The Ohio State Buckeyes rank 10th in the first College Football Playoff ranking of the 2018 season. The first ranking was released Tuesday. The ranking will be updated every Tuesday in November. The final ranking, in which the four playoff semifinal teams will be announced, will be released Dec. 2. Ohio State sits behind the following teams: No. 1 Alabama; No. 2 Clemson; No. 3 LSU; No. 4 Notre Dame...
OSU’s Meyer address flare-up of “severe headaches”

OSU’s Meyer address flare-up of “severe headaches”

One day after again assuring the public his health is not an issue, Urban Meyer opened up on the topic. The Ohio State football coach told the Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland.com and LettermanRow.com the headaches from an arachnoid cyst have returned over the past two years. He would have preferred to keep that private, but doing so became impractical over the past month. Beginning with a moment late...
Ohio State football: Wayne’s Robert Landers among Buckeyes getting healthier

Ohio State football: Wayne’s Robert Landers among Buckeyes getting healthier

At least one of Ohio State’s bye-week goals appears to have been accomplished.  The eighth-ranked Buckeyes should be in much better health this weekend than they were when they lost at Purdue on Oct. 20.  Wayne graduate Robert Landers is among a handful who hobbled through, couldn’t finish or missed that contest but are expected to be back in action this weekend against Nebraska...
Ohio State-Nebraska: Everything Urban Meyer said at his Monday press conference

Ohio State-Nebraska: Everything Urban Meyer said at his Monday press conference

Ohio State football is back in action this Saturday against Nebraska.  Urban Meyer kicked off his team’s ninth game week of the season with his usual Monday press conference.  Here is the transcript: URBAN MEYER: I'll answer any questions for you. Q. What player on the roster would you say is the most improved from summertime until now? Somebody that jumps out at you? URBAN MEYER:...
Ohio State football: Urban Meyer anxious to see results from week off

Ohio State football: Urban Meyer anxious to see results from week off

How did Ohio State spend its bye week? First, Urban Meyer said the eighth-ranked Buckeyes had to put an embarrassing 49-20 loss at Purdue on Oct. 20 behind them. “We had a team meeting on Tuesday, you know, and the whole, clear-the-air (meeting), clear the bad taste from your mouth and move forward,” Meyer said. “That was what was the objective of last week, and then as fast...
Urban Meyer to Ohio State fans: ‘I don’t want people to worry about me’

Urban Meyer to Ohio State fans: ‘I don’t want people to worry about me’

Ohio State football was off last week, but that did not stop talk about the Buckeyes.  With ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit, a former Ohio State quarterback who starred at Centerville High School, among those to publicly express concern about Urban Meyer’s state of mind this season, the coach was asked again about his health Monday.  “I appreciate it and I&rsquo...
Bitter cold expected for Ohio State, Michigan State game

Bitter cold expected for Ohio State, Michigan State game

A bitterly  cold game is expected as Ohio State travels to East Lansing to take on the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday.  Temperature both at Spartan Stadium and here in Dayton will start off in the upper 20s at kickoff, and climb into the lower to mid-30s by the end of the game. Stay up-to-date with the WHIO Weather App If you're driving north for the game, you'll likely run into 15-25...
Ohio State football: Can Buckeyes fix their flaws fast enough?

Ohio State football: Can Buckeyes fix their flaws fast enough?

For the third week in a row, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and players spoke in disappointed tones about the game they had just played. For the first time Saturday, the Buckeyes had actually lost. RELATED: 5 things to know from Purdue’s route of Ohio State They will have two weeks to digest a 49-20 TKO by Purdue before taking the field against Nebraska. Is that enough time to fix what has ailed...
ANALYSIS: 5 takeaways from Ohio State’s blowout loss to Purdue

ANALYSIS: 5 takeaways from Ohio State’s blowout loss to Purdue

Ohio State football not only lost Saturday night at Purdue — the Buckeyes were blasted by the Boilermakers.  A wild fourth quarter turned a run-of-the-mill upset into a laugher, leaving Ohio State with more questions than answers.  Few of the questions were new, though.  1. Ohio State remained mistake-prone.  The Buckeyes set the tone when the offense picked up two flags...
Ohio State, Alabama quarterbacks talk each week as Heisman hype increases

Ohio State, Alabama quarterbacks talk each week as Heisman hype increases

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins hears the Heisman Trophy talk. He tries not to pay any attention to it. That will be harder if he continues to throw touchdowns at his current pace and his team keeps winning. “It’s not my main focus right now,” Haskins said Tuesday. “My main focus is every day getting better so I can be in that conversation for the rest of...
Ohio State football: Buckeyes’ two late TDs were things of beauty

Ohio State football: Buckeyes’ two late TDs were things of beauty

Linebacker Tuf Borland stole one of coach Urban Meyer’s favorite lines Saturday. “We always say the best thing about 6-0 is a chance to go 7-0,” Borland said, “so we did that.” The No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes reached the midway point of the regular season with a 49-26 victory over Indiana at Ohio Stadium. The Hoosiers have lost 23 straight games to the Buckeyes, though...
5 takeaways from Ohio State’s win over Indiana 

5 takeaways from Ohio State’s win over Indiana 

Ohio State football is bowl-eligible after a 49-26 win over Indiana on Saturday.  Lots of factors will determine what caliber of bowl they will be invited to, and several were more apparent Saturday than others.  Here are five takeaways from Ohio State’s victory:  1. Dwayne Haskins is still really good.  New superlatives are already running low to use on the scintillating...
6 things to know about Ohio State-Penn State showdown

6 things to know about Ohio State-Penn State showdown

Saturday will produce a familiar scene in Central Pennsylvania. More than 100,000 people are expected to fill Beaver Stadium, and almost all of them will be dressed in white. The Penn State “White Out” is one of 21st Century college football’s most recognizable traditions, and a sight that has become downright ordinary to Ohio State by now. The Buckeyes have been the opponent for...
Ohio State QB Haskins wins Big Ten Player of the Week award for second time in four weeks

Ohio State QB Haskins wins Big Ten Player of the Week award for second time in four weeks

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins won the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award Monday for the second time in four weeks. Haskins shared the award with Penn State running back Miles Sanders. The No. 4 Buckeyes and No. 9 Nittany Lions play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in State College, Pa. In a 49-6 victory against Tulane, Haskins completed 21 of 24 passes for 304 yards. His 87.5 completion...
Wayne grad Smith debuts for Buckeyes against Tulane

Wayne grad Smith debuts for Buckeyes against Tulane

The latest Wayne High School graduate to play for the Ohio State Buckeyes took the field for the first time Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Freshman wide receiver L’Christian “Blue” Smith made his college debut late in the fourth quarter of a 49-6 victory against Tulane. He did not catch a pass in his first game. Smith can play in three more games and still receive a redshirt thanks...
Buckeyes on the return of Urban Meyer to sideline: ‘He drives our culture’

Buckeyes on the return of Urban Meyer to sideline: ‘He drives our culture’

Life has returned to normal for the Ohio State Buckeyes in that they will play the remaining nine regular-season games with their head coach, Urban Meyer, on the sideline. His three-game suspension ended Saturday when Ohio State beat Texas Christian 40-28. The Buckeyes went 3-0 with Ryan Day serving as acting head coach and will run out of the tunnel at Ohio Stadium behind Meyer for the first time...
What is Urban Meyer inheriting in the 4th-ranked Ohio State football team?

What is Urban Meyer inheriting in the 4th-ranked Ohio State football team?

Three games into the 2018 season, Ohio State has played three games and won them all.  Winning is the bottom line in sports (between the lines, anyway), but not all 3-0 starts are created equally.  Here’s a closer look at the team Urban Meyer is inheriting this week after a three-game suspension.  Ohio State is third the nation in total offense (608.7 yards per game) and...
Ohio State football: Unflappable Haskins ready to step into national spotlight

Ohio State football: Unflappable Haskins ready to step into national spotlight

All expectations are No. 4 Ohio State and No. 15 TCU will provide each other their first measuring stick Saturday night in Arlington, Texas. The intersectional clash also could be a coming out party for Dwayne Haskins. The Buckeyes sophomore quarterback isn’t entirely new to the national scene, having replaced an injured J.T. Barrett last season at Michigan and leading a second-half rally...
Ohio State football: Defense expects different challenge vs. TCU

Ohio State football: Defense expects different challenge vs. TCU

In No. 15 TCU, Ohio State faces more than a general step up in competition. The fourth-ranked Buckeyes will have to deal with something they have not seen much lately: A true dual-threat quarterback. Shawn Robinson, a 6-foot-2, 228-pound sophomore from DeSoto, Texas, is the first Horned Frog to win his first three games as a starter since Jeff Ballard in 2005 and ’06. He completed 70.8 percent...
Ohio State football: How does offense averaging 64.5 points per game get even better?

Ohio State football: How does offense averaging 64.5 points per game get even better?

Through two games, the Ohio State offense ranks No. 2 in the nation in scoring at 64.5 points per game. The fourth-ranked Buckeyes are also No. 2 in total offense (650 yards per game). They lead the Big Ten with 15 explosive plays (20 yards or more) from scrimmage, and are No. 1 in the nation in third-down conversion percentage (an absurd 72.1). Ohio State’s 1,300 total yards, 700 passing yards...
Ohio State’s Ryan Day on big matchup vs. TCU: ‘We’ve got to focus on us’

Ohio State’s Ryan Day on big matchup vs. TCU: ‘We’ve got to focus on us’

Everyone wants to know how Ohio State will adjust to a major step up in competition this week when the fourth-ranked Buckeyes travel to Texas to take on TCU. Ohio State hasn’t feasted on the small-conference cupcakes some teams enjoy in early September, but the opposition from Oregon State and Rutgers hasn’t exactly been daunting, either. Neither team qualified for a bowl last season,...
5 things to know about Ohio State’s 52-3 win over Rutgers

5 things to know about Ohio State’s 52-3 win over Rutgers

Ohio State football improved to 2-0 with a 52-3 dismantling of Rutgers on Saturday.  Here are five things to know from the game:  1. Buckeyes reach milestone.  Ohio State improved to 900-324-53 in 129 seasons of college football. Only two teams have reached the 900-win plateau, and they know each other quite well: The other is Michigan.  “Nine hundred wins in Ohio State...
Ohio State football: 6 things to know about Saturday’s game vs. Rutgers

Ohio State football: 6 things to know about Saturday’s game vs. Rutgers

One week after throttling Oregon State to open the season, Ohio State begins Big Ten play Saturday with a visit from Rutgers. Here are six things to know about the game scheduled to kick off at 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium: The Beavers are expected to be one of the worst teams in college football this season, and Ohio State made them look the part in a 77-31 decision last week. Coming off a 35-7 win...
What does Urban Meyer’s return mean for Ohio State football?

What does Urban Meyer’s return mean for Ohio State football?

Urban Meyer is allowed to walk the halls of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center again.  What does that mean for his Ohio State football team? Six days a week, they play for the active coach with the highest-winning percentage in NCAA history again. The next two Saturdays, though, Ryan Day will be in charge, as he was when the Buckeyes blasted Oregon State 77-31 in the season-opener last Saturday...
Ohio State’s Urban Meyer apologizes, says he takes ‘relationship violence’ seriously

Ohio State’s Urban Meyer apologizes, says he takes ‘relationship violence’ seriously

Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer released a statement of apology Friday evening, two days after his three-game suspension. Meyer’s apology said he takes relationship violence seriously, and said it’s been “a real learning experience.” Ohio State announced Wednesday that Meyer will be suspended for the first three games of the season after an independent investigation...
Second Thoughts: Urban scrambles as societal change applies pressure

Second Thoughts: Urban scrambles as societal change applies pressure

I took Jill to Milano’s on Brown Street last week and listened to some great live music on the patio. If you’re looking for a good date night, Dan and Bill will be there for a couple more Thursdays. It’s not exactly 40s at 4 in the UD Ghetto, but it’s a good time. Sports have changed a lot in the last 25 years. Lacrosse is a thing, athletes embarrass themselves daily on Twitter...
How much is Ohio State football worth to the university?

How much is Ohio State football worth to the university?

Ohio State’s football program generates nearly $90 million per year for the athletic department and has been valued by one news outlet as high as $1 billion, making it a valuable revenue generator for the university. The program was rocked Wednesday by news that OSU football coach Urban Meyer was put on administrative leave, which could have significant impacts on the program. Meyer was put...
Big Ten: 5 issues conference commissioner Jim Delany addressed at football media day

Big Ten: 5 issues conference commissioner Jim Delany addressed at football media day

Big Ten Conference Commissioner Jim Delany kicked off the annual football media days Monday with a nearly 30-minute speech Monday. It wasn’t quite a state of the conference address, but he touched on several issues important on both local and national levels. The commissioner did not sound concerned 11 teams from the East have finished the season ranked compared to seven from the West over the...
Ohio State recruiting update: A look at 2019, 2020 commitments

Ohio State recruiting update: A look at 2019, 2020 commitments

Ohio State Buckeyes football coaches love to type “Boom” on Twitter. Every time, a recruit commits to the program, that’s their go-to word. They could save time by cutting and pasting it this summer. That’s how often they’re earning commitments from highly-ranked players. The 2019 class, with 14 commitments, ranks sixth in the country, according to 247Sports.com, and...
2018 World Cup: Who are local coaches, fans rooting for?

2018 World Cup: Who are local coaches, fans rooting for?

The World Cup begins Thursday in Russia without the United States for the first time since 1986. While TV viewership in the USA for the tournament soared from 3,273,000 in 2010 to to 4,557,000 in 2014, those numbers could plummet this year because of the absence of the Americans. Soccer may be more popular than ever in this country — witness the rise of FC Cincinnati — but the non-soccer...
NFL Draft: Bengals first-round pick says he’ll be 100 percent by training camp

NFL Draft: Bengals first-round pick says he’ll be 100 percent by training camp

For the third time in four seasons the Cincinnati Bengals used their first-round pick in the NFL Draft on a player recovering from a surgery, but Billy Price and his new coaching staff expect the former Ohio State center to be 100 percent healthy by training camp, if not sooner. “He obviously had to jump through the medical hoops, which he did, and obviously with flying colors, which is sometimes...
Fire alarm stops OSU men’s basketball game, evacuates Schottenstein Center

Fire alarm stops OSU men’s basketball game, evacuates Schottenstein Center

The Schottenstein Center was evacuated Saturday night during the Ohio State University men’s basketball game vs. Appalachian State. Within a few minutes, fans were allowed back in and the game resumed in the second half with OSU in the lead. Dan Wallenberg, the Ohio State Associate Athletics Director for Communications, said in a series of tweets that an exhaust fan malfunction led a fire alarm...
Buckeyes’ McLaurin focused on graduation, Cotton Bowl; NFL decision can wait

Buckeyes’ McLaurin focused on graduation, Cotton Bowl; NFL decision can wait

Terry McLaurin plans to run from practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center to graduation at the Schottenstein Center in a cap and gown on Dec. 17 — if that’s what it takes to walk in the graduation ceremony. McLaurin, a redshirt junior from Indianapolis, will complete a degree in communications this month. “It means a lot,” McLaurin said. “That’s one thing that...
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer: Playoff snub will sting for a while

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer: Playoff snub will sting for a while

Urban Meyer watched the College Football Playoff announcement Sunday on ESPN like everyone else. He reacted like everyone else, too, at least those who root for the Ohio State Buckeyes. “I sunk in my chair at home,” Meyer said. “I really thought we were in.” The Buckeyes won the Big Ten Championship on Saturday, beating Wisconsin 27-21 in Indianapolis, but it wasn’t enough...
Ohio State’s Barrett seeks to make more history vs. Michigan

Ohio State’s Barrett seeks to make more history vs. Michigan

J.T. Barrett often speaks so softly during interviews with the throng of reporters who cover the Ohio State Buckeyes, it’s hard to hear him from two steps away. Barrett’s a low talker, as opposed to the teammate who snaps him the ball, center Billy Price, who follows a long line of Ohio State offensive linemen whose voices are as large as their frames. Barrett’s not much different...
Ohio State Buckeyes: 5 things coach Urban Meyer said about Saturday’s game vs. Michigan

Ohio State Buckeyes: 5 things coach Urban Meyer said about Saturday’s game vs. Michigan

Monday marked the beginning of Michigan Week for Ohio State football, but not the beginning of preparations for the Wolverines — at least in a general sense. Here are five things to know from coach Urban Meyer’s meeting with the media at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center: Following the lead of predecessor Jim Tressel, Meyer makes sure Michigan stands out from Ohio State’s opponents...
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...
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...
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