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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-Purdue: Boilermakers crush No. 2 Buckeyes

Ohio State-Purdue: Boilermakers crush No. 2 Buckeyes

More than a few people wondered if Ohio State’s trip to Purdue would turn out to be a trap game for the second-ranked Buckeyes.  It ended up being a beatdown.  The Boilermakers scored first and never trailed en route to a 49-20 victory Saturday night.  After controlling most of the first three quarters, they poured it on in the fourth.  The Purdue offense scored three times...
ANALYSIS: 6 storylines to watch in Saturday’s Ohio State-Purdue game

ANALYSIS: 6 storylines to watch in Saturday’s Ohio State-Purdue game

Ohio State heads to Purdue for a game Saturday night that could set quite a tone for the rest of the season. The second-ranked Buckeyes are coming off a pair of lackluster wins at home against Indiana and Minnesota. » WEEK 8 COVERAGE: Ohio State hoping to get healthier| Buckeyes happy to be 7-0 heading to Purdue Here are six things to know about the game: 1. The Boilermakers are just 3-3, but...
Ohio State at Purdue: What you need to know about Saturday night’s game

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

Who: No. 2 Ohio State (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) at Purdue (3-3, 2-1) When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday Where: Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, Ind. TV/Radio: ABC/1410 Series history: Ohio State leads 39-13-2 (A 2010 victory has been vacated because of NCAA sanctions). The Buckeyes are 13-8 in West Lafayette. »RELATED: Former OSU quarterbacks advise Haskins to ‘enjoy the moment’ Last game: Ohio...
Ohio State football: RPOs equal opportunities for Buckeyes passing attack, challenges for run game

Ohio State football: RPOs equal opportunities for Buckeyes passing attack, challenges for run game

The Ohio State offensive line may be paying the price for progress this season. While the passing game soars to heights never seen from the Scarlet and Gray, the Buckeyes’ running game has left something to be desired this season. Offensive line coach Greg Studrawa, whose media appearances are rarer than most of Ohio State’s coaches, held court Wednesday night for a candid discussion about...
Football recruiting: Fairfield’s Jutahn McClain piling up offers

Football recruiting: Fairfield’s Jutahn McClain piling up offers

Fairfield running back Jutahn McClain is having a big year on and off the field.  The junior leads the GMC with 1,222 yards rushing through eight weeks, and he is piling up scholarship offers.  Most recently jumping on board was Penn State on Wednesday night.  That follows an offer from Ohio State on Saturday when McClain was on an unofficial visit in Columbus.  McClain is the...
Former Ohio State quarterbacks advise Haskins to ‘enjoy the moment’

Former Ohio State quarterbacks advise Haskins to ‘enjoy the moment’

Dwayne Haskins got a new cell phone number before the season, so his phone hasn’t blown up after every big performance in his first season as the starting quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Maybe minimizing distractions has played a part in the redshirt sophomore’s success. He leads the nation in passing touchdowns (28) and ranks third in passing yards (2,331). » BOSA NEWS...
Ohio State football: Mid-week update from Urban Meyer

Ohio State football: Mid-week update from Urban Meyer

With his team’s preparations for a trip to Purdue winding down, Urban Meyer confirmed injuries have had a ripple effect on the second-ranked Buckeyes lately.  “The scout team starts getting watered down because you take your redshirt guys or potential redshirt guys and start moving them into those backup roles and then the trickle-down effect takes place this time of year,”...
For Ohio State Buckeyes, it’s ‘next man up’ after loss of Nick Bosa

For Ohio State Buckeyes, it’s ‘next man up’ after loss of Nick Bosa

Joey Bosa’s college career ended three quarters earlier than expected when he was ejected for targeting in the first quarter of the Fiesta Bowl in 2016. His brother Nick’s college career came to a sudden end, too, when Ohio State announced Tuesday he would withdraw from the university to focus on rehabbing a core muscle injury and preparing for the NFL Draft. After having...
Ohio State football: New week, similar questions surround Buckeyes

Ohio State football: New week, similar questions surround Buckeyes

Urban Meyer was a good sport. Meyer took questions about his undefeated football team, more negative than positive, for the usual 15 minutes or so Monday. He pushed back at times, but lightly at most. The Ohio State coach did not look like someone under attack. Just maybe feeling deja vu. The questions he was hearing from reporters had already been topics of discussions elsewhere in the Woody Hayes...
Schiano on Ohio State’s loss of Bosa: ‘You have to go and move on and play with who you have’

Schiano on Ohio State’s loss of Bosa: ‘You have to go and move on and play with who you have’

Nothing appeared different about the Ohio State Buckeyes as they left the practice field Tuesday. They headed to the locker room at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center without one of their best players and captains, junior defensive end Nick Bosa, but they’ve been doing that for weeks. What was different Tuesday was the Buckeyes knew they would never practice or play with Bosa again. The Bosa era...
LISTEN: Urban Meyer, Jeff Brohm preview OSU-Purdue on Big Ten teleconference

LISTEN: Urban Meyer, Jeff Brohm preview OSU-Purdue on Big Ten teleconference

On the Big Ten coaches teleconference Tuesday, Urban Meyer talked about more than the news Nick Bosa’s Ohio State career is over.  (For those comments, see here.)  He also answered questions about his health one week after he appeared to have some difficulties during Ohio State’s win over Indiana and one day after he appeared to be in discomfort during his weekly Monday press...
Teammates use Twitter to show support Nick Bosa’s decision to leave Ohio State

Teammates use Twitter to show support Nick Bosa’s decision to leave Ohio State

A quiet Tuesday in the middle of the college football season erupted with opinions when Ohio State announced injured defensive end Nick Bosa will “withdraw from school in order to devote more time to his rehabilitation and training efforts.” Bosa underwent surgery after suffering a core muscle injury against Texas Christian in September. It turned out to be his last play. He&rsquo...
ANALYSIS: What losing Nick Bosa for good means for Ohio State football

ANALYSIS: What losing Nick Bosa for good means for Ohio State football

The revelation Nick Bosa will not play for Ohio State again is a devastating blow to the Buckeyes’ national championship hopes.  Since Bosa went down with a core muscle injury in week three, the difference between good, great and elite players has been on display for the now second-ranked Buckeyes.  Urban Meyer has recruited lots of a great player players, but few anywhere are...
Nick Bosa will not play for Ohio State again, plans to withdraw from school

Nick Bosa will not play for Ohio State again, plans to withdraw from school

Hours after news broke Nick Bosa’s Ohio State career is over, his father told a Columbus TV station he would not have been able to return until December at the earliest.  John Bosa also revealed to WBNS his son had played the first two games of the season with some groin damage:  He added that the family has great affection for both OSU head coach Urban Meyer and defensive line coach...
Ohio State football: Buckeyes getting healthy for Purdue game

Ohio State football: Buckeyes getting healthy for Purdue game

Despite an October heatwave in the Midwest finally breaking, the Ohio State football resembles a first-place baseball team slogging through the dog days of summer. An odd August and a challenging September are behind the Buckeyes. November, the month when so much is usually determined in college football, is not far away. First, though, coach Urban Meyer’s team has a trip to Purdue for a 7:30...
Ohio State football: Urban Meyer provides injury updates

Ohio State football: Urban Meyer provides injury updates

Ohio State finished its win over Minnesota with a lengthy injury list.  Urban Meyer indicated it won’t be quite as long when the second-ranked Buckeyes head to Purdue for a Saturday night game.  >>Five things to know about Ohio State’s victory  Defensive end Jonathon Cooper and linebacker Malik Harrison will be back this week after missing last week’s game with...
Ohio State football: Buckeyes happy to be 7-0, but need ‘to get to work’ to fix weaknesses

Ohio State football: Buckeyes happy to be 7-0, but need ‘to get to work’ to fix weaknesses

Ohio State started its second half of the college football season much like it ended the first. Coach Urban Meyer’s third-ranked Buckeyes downed a solid but overmatched Big Ten opponent. The 30-14 victory over the Golden Gophers on Saturday was far from a carbon copy of the 49-26 defeat of the Hoosiers, but there were similarities. Both opponents played far better on offense than their...
5 takeaways from Ohio State’s win over Minnesota

5 takeaways from Ohio State’s win over Minnesota

Ohio State improved to 7-0 with a 30-14 win over Minnesota on Saturday. The third-ranked Buckeyes shut out the Golden Gophers in the second half, but some issues that have bothered coach Urban Meyer’s team through much of the season persisted. So did the excellence of Meyer’s quarterback, though. Here are five things to know about the game: 1. Dwayne Haskins starred again. The sophomore...
‘Crazy play’ by K.J. Hill a highlight in Ohio State’s victory

‘Crazy play’ by K.J. Hill a highlight in Ohio State’s victory

K.J. Hill made the play of the game Saturday for the Ohio State Buckeyes, catching a pass across the middle from Dwayne Haskins with one hand and then acting as if the ball was stuck to his hand as he celebrated in the end zone. The third-ranked Buckeyes didn’t play anything close to their best offensive game, but Hill did. He finished with nine catches for 187 yards and two touchdowns. His...
Ohio State holds off Minnesota for another Big Ten victory

Ohio State holds off Minnesota for another Big Ten victory

Ohio State outlasted a challenge from Minnesota on Saturday, improving to 7-0 with a 30-14 wi over the Golden Gophers.  A crowd of 100,042 fans experienced more nervous moments than they probably expected.  The Golden Gophers (3-3, 0-3) had a chance to make it a one-score game with 5:45, but Emmit Carpenter missed a 49-yard field goal.  His second miss of the half left Minnesota down...
Ohio State-Minnesota: 5 storylines to watch in Saturday’s game

Ohio State-Minnesota: 5 storylines to watch in Saturday’s game

P.J. Fleck knows how intimidating Ohio Stadium can be. The Illinois native was a graduate assistant at Ohio Stadium in 2006 when the Buckeyes went unbeaten at home, including a 42-39 win over No. 2 Michigan that remains one of the most memorable games in the series. Now the Minnesota head coach, he hopes to get as many butterflies out as he can before the Golden Gophers take on the No. 3 Buckeyes...
Minnesota at Ohio State: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

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

Who: Minnesota (3-2, 0-2) at No. 3 Ohio State (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) When: 12 p.m., Saturday Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio TV/Radio: FOX/1410 Series history: Ohio State leads 44-7 and has won 37 of the last 39 against the Golden Gophers. Last game: Cardale Jones threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Michael Thomas and also ran for a 38-yard touchdown as Ohio State beat Minnesota 28-14 in Columbus in...
6 things to know about Ohio State’s 1968 national championship team

6 things to know about Ohio State’s 1968 national championship team

The 1968 national champion Ohio State football team is holding a reunion this weekend in Columbus.  Dubbed the team that saved Ohio State football by Author David Hyde in 2008, the Buckeyes went 10-0, crushing No. 4 Michigan 50-14 before upending No. 2 USC 27-16 in the Rose Bowl.  Here are six things to know about that team: 1. The squad had numerous connections to the Miami Valley. ...
Ohio State: Chris Holtmann talks Buckeyes basketball at Big Ten Media Day

Ohio State: Chris Holtmann talks Buckeyes basketball at Big Ten Media Day

Ohio State basketball coach Chris Holtmann is heading into year two with the Buckeyes.  Here’s what he had to say at the annual Big Ten Basketball Media Day in Rosemont, Ill.  The Buckeyes kick off the season Nov. 7 at Cincinnati.   THE MODERATOR: Joining us at the podium is Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann. Chris enters his second season with the Buckeyes after advancing...
Ohio State football: Minnesota’s Fleck got his start with Buckeyes

Ohio State football: Minnesota’s Fleck got his start with Buckeyes

Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck will return to Ohio Stadium on Saturday 12 years after getting his start in coaching as a graduate assistant on Jim Tressel’s staff. The Golden Gophers (3-2, 0-2) play the third-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0, 3-0) at noon. “I got a chance to see Jim Tressel go 12-0, and every game we won, I was like, ‘Man, this coaching thing is easy,” said...
Ohio State football: Third-and-1 no fun for Buckeyes’ offense

Ohio State football: Third-and-1 no fun for Buckeyes’ offense

The question stopped Urban Meyer in his tracks. Is the Ohio State offense more comfortable on third-and-7 than third-and-1? “That’s a great question,” Meyer said after pausing to think about it. “Third-and-1 is tough right now. That’s another weakness. So a weakness right now is balance on offense and those short-yardage (plays). We had a couple of close ones Saturday...
Ohio State football: Robert Landers finding ways to contribute on and off field

Ohio State football: Robert Landers finding ways to contribute on and off field

Robert Landers is back to 100 percent — and 100 percent fine staying at defensive tackle for the third-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes.  “That’s too much running,” the Wayne High School graduate said Wednesday night when asked if he might like a chance to move out to end.  Defensive end — more specifically edge pass rusher — has become one the glamour positions...
Ohio State football: First half superlatives and second half predictions

Ohio State football: First half superlatives and second half predictions

Here are some ideas:  Most Valuable Player: Dwayne Haskins Let’s start with an easy one. Football may be the ultimate team game, but the quarterback always gets the most attention. In the case of Haskins, that is well-deserved.  With a nation-leading 25 touchdown passes and a completion percentage of 71.7, the sophomore has been simply outstanding. He has a great supporting cast, but...
Ohio State Buckeyes receivers putting up big numbers

Ohio State Buckeyes receivers putting up big numbers

Johnnie Dixon and Parris Campbell perform in front of big crowds on Saturdays and in front of smaller groups on weeknights. The Ohio State Buckeyes wide receivers sometimes have their own two-man show after practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, entertaining the reporters who cover the team. Ohio State’s interview sessions almost always feature large groups of writers, cameramen, photographers...
Ohio State-Minnesota: 5 fun facts about the series between the Buckeyes and Gophers

Ohio State-Minnesota: 5 fun facts about the series between the Buckeyes and Gophers

Ohio State is set to host Minnesota on Saturday.  Before the first meeting between the teams in three years, here is a look at the all-time series.  1. Ohio State leads 44-7*.  The Buckeyes won the first meeting 27-0 in Columbus in 1921.  The Golden Gophers won the next meeting 9-0 in Minneapolis the next season, then the series went dormant for nine seasons before Ohio State traveled...
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 at a crossroads with their pass defense

Ohio State football: Buckeyes at a crossroads with their pass defense

At the midway point of the regular season, Ohio State could be at a crossroads when it comes to pass defense. Do the third-ranked Buckeyes press on with their press-man coverage tactics, or do they need to back off in light of repeated breakdowns in the back end? Quarterback Peyton Ramsey completed 26 of 49 passes for 322 yards and three touchdowns. He had eight completions of 15 yards or more, and...
Ohio State football: What are Buckeyes doing to combat penalty problems?

Ohio State football: What are Buckeyes doing to combat penalty problems?

Among Ohio State’s tasks for the second half of the season: Cut down on penalties.  “That’s always a concern,” coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday on the Big Ten coaches teleconference.  The third-ranked Buckeyes are 118th in the country in penalties per game (8.5) and 119th in penalty yards per game (80.8).   >>RELATED: Unbeaten, imperfect Ohio...
Ohio State hockey claims top spot in national polls

Ohio State hockey claims top spot in national polls

Ohio State hockey hasn’t played a game yet this season, but the Buckeyes have already made history.  The USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls both have Ohio State on top, marking the first time the program has been No. 1 in either.  With 21 players returning from a team that went 26-10-5, Ohio State is the preseason favorite in the Big Ten.  The Buckeyes begin...
Ohio State football: Everything Urban Meyer talked about during his Monday press conference

Ohio State football: Everything Urban Meyer talked about during his Monday press conference

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer kicked off the second half of the season with his weekly Monday press conference.  Here’s what Meyer had to say about his team’s win over Indiana, his health, where the Buckeyes need to improve and more as preparations begin for a game Saturday against Minnesota:  COACH MEYER: Thanks for coming. I'll give you, as we do, the player of the...
Ohio State football: Dwayne Haskins nears history with another Big Ten honor

Ohio State football: Dwayne Haskins nears history with another Big Ten honor

Sooner or later the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week might have to be named after Dwayne Haskins.  The Ohio State quarterback received the honor for the third consecutive week, this time after throwing for 455 yards in a 49-26 win over Indiana.  The sophomore from Maryland, who tied school records with 33 completions (on 44 attempts) and six touchdown passes, has won the award four times...
Urban Meyer on health: ‘Just something I’ve got to monitor’

Urban Meyer on health: ‘Just something I’ve got to monitor’

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer reiterated Monday he is fine after going through a brief medical episode late in the Buckeyes’ win over Indiana on Saturday afternoon.  “I’ve been dealing with that cyst for many years and we had that surgery several years ago,” Meyer said, referring to a 2014 procedure to remove fluid from a cyst that had been causing him headaches. ...
Despite perfect record, Ohio State Buckeyes have ‘problem child’ areas of concern

Despite perfect record, Ohio State Buckeyes have ‘problem child’ areas of concern

Most, if not all, of the questions raised last week about Ohio State football will probably be raised again this week. Above all, everyone who is interested will continue wondering just how good these Buckeyes can be — and if they will realize that potential. Also carrying over: A zero in the loss column after the third-ranked Buckeyes beat Indiana 49-26. “How would I rate it?...
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...
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...
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