Sunday, December 8, 2013

SPARTANS PUT BUCKEYES' TITLE HOPES TO REST IN NAPTOWN

Michigan State wins the Big Ten championship and will play in the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1988. (AP)
INDIANAPOLIS — Ohio State had national title aspirations going into Saturday night's Big Ten Championship game in Indianapolis, needing just one win to punch their tickets to Pasadena.

No. 10 Michigan State had other plans.

Powered behind the nation's best defense, the Spartans held the second-ranked Buckeyes to season lows in points and yardage, while MSU quarterback Connor Cook dismantled the Ohio State secondary en route to a 34-24 upset victory, inside a packed Lucas Oil Stadium.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

FORGET BCS TITLE SPOT, SPARTANS ARE ALL THAT'S ON BUCKEYES' MIND

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INDIANAPOLIS — While most across the country are debating whether an unbeaten Ohio State squad should get an invitation to the BCS Championship over a one-loss team from the Southeastern Conference, Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer certainly isn't one of them.

Why? Because Meyer — who has won two national titles in his career — understands that his team still has some important business to take care of before partaking in those conversations, as the second-ranked Buckeyes (12-0, 8-0 Big Ten) square off with No. 10 Michigan State (11-1, 8-0) Saturday night in the Big Ten Championship game (8:17 p.m., FOX).

Sunday, December 1, 2013

AUBURN AD JAY JACOBS IS WAY OFF BASE WITH HIS SEC SENTIMENTS

Jay Jacobs
Following the University of Auburn's miraculous victory over Alabama on Saturday evening, the school's athletic director, Jay Jacobs, stated in an interview with ESPN that it would be "un-American" for a one-loss SEC team to be shutout of the BCS Championship game in favor of an undefeated Ohio State.

He then reiterated those sentiments to the USA Today newspaper later in the day.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

BUCKEYES SET THEMSELVES UP FOR TITLE SHOT WITH WIN AT MICHIGAN

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller runs for a touchdown Saturday in the Buckeyes' 42-41 victory over Michigan in Ann Arbor. (AP)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The 110th game between Ohio State and Michigan might have been the most thrilling, a back-and-forth affair that came down to one final play.

The Wolverines went for the win — and the Buckeyes stayed undefeated.

Tyvis Powell intercepted Devin Gardner's 2-point conversion pass with 32 seconds left and No. 3 Ohio State held on for a 42-41 victory against Michigan on Saturday as one of the greatest rivalries in sports added another memorable chapter to its storied history.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

BUCKEYES LOOK TO CONTINUE DOMINATION IN 'THE GAME'

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COLUMBUS — In November of 1969, the top-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes went into Ann Arbor boasting a (then) school-record 22 straight victories, were in the midst of a national title run and were considered huge favorites over Michigan — and their first-year head coach Bo Schembechler.

The Wolverines upset the Buckeyes that day, 24-12. It was the start of the famous "Ten Year War" between Schembechler and Ohio State head coach Woody Hayes, and the birth of what would become the greatest rivalry in all of sports.

Fast forward to November of 2013 ... the Buckeyes are on a school-record 23-game winning streak, are tabbed by Las Vegas as two-touchdown favorites over the Wolverines, and are vying for a chance to play for a national championship.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

MILLER, NO. 3 BUCKEYES ROUT HOOSIERS, OLD MAN WINTER

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller leaps over the Indiana defense for his second touchdown run of the day. (AP)
COLUMBUS — Even old man winter couldn't slow down Braxton Miller and the third-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes.

With snow and wind whipping throughout Ohio Stadium, the red-hot Buckeyes didn't skip a beat, putting up 42 points, nearly 500 yards of offense — as well as holding the nation's 14th highest scoring offense to 25 points under their season average — in a 42-14 rout of visiting Indiana.

The win for the Buckeyes (11-0, 7-0 Big Ten) is a school-record 23rd straight, and also clinches them a spot in the Big Ten Championship game on Dec. 7 in Indianapolis (vs. Michigan State).

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

BUCKEYES FOCUS IS ON THE HOOSIERS, NOT BCS STANDINGS

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COLUMBUS — Not many teams in college football can hang 60 points on their opponent, win by four touchdowns, have the team directly behind them in the BCS standings fall, and still lose ground in the rankings.

That, unfortunately, has become the reality for the third-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) this season. No matter how badly they dismantle the opposition, no matter how many records they set, or touchdowns they score, they will continue to be at the mercy of the voters and their anti-Big Ten cynicism.

But according to Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, the rankings are out of his control. All he is focused on is getting a Buckeye-record (and nation's best) 23rd consecutive victory this Saturday (3:30 p.m., ABC) against Indiana (4-6, 2-4).

Saturday, November 16, 2013

BUCKEYES GROUND POUND ILLINI

Carlos Hyde runs for one of his five touchdowns in Saturday's rout of Illinois. (AP)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The passing game just wasn't working for Ohio State on Saturday at Illinois.

Thirty attempts, 13 completions and a modest 150 yards.

Maybe it was the wind, as quarterback Braxton Miller said. Maybe something else, because Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase completed 33 passes for 288 yards.

Whatever the case, it gave the Buckeyes (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) a chance to put the ball on the ground Big Ten style. And, in a bad sign for Indiana, Michigan and any other teams left in the Buckeyes' path, it worked all too well.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

NO. 3 BUCKEYES PLAYING PUNDITS SATURDAY, NOT FIGHTING ILLINI

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COLUMBUS — Usually when writing a weekly game preview, I try to break down the match-ups and determine how that will dictate the outcome of the contest.

When it comes to this Saturday's Big Ten football tilt between third-ranked Ohio State (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten) and conference cupcake Illinois (3-6, 0-5), employing that aforementioned format would be a waste of time ... and ink.

I mean, Ohio State has the sixth-ranked offense in the nation, averaging nearly 50 points per contest, while Illinois possesses the 114th ranked defense in the nation (out of 123 FBS teams), giving up seven touchdowns a game. 

An Illini upset — or coming within six touchdowns of the Buckeyes — is as likely as a politician in Washington doing something in the country's best interest. Neither will happen.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

SORRY TALKING HEADS! OHIO STATE BELONGS AMONG THE NATION'S ELITE

Urban Meyer is 21-0 at Ohio State (AP)
Ohio State has been victorious in 21 straight games, beating their opposition by an average of 22 points per contest — 31 in 2013. They also possess an offense and defense which ranks in the top 10 nationally amongst FBS schools.

No team in the country has won as many consecutive tilts as the Buckeyes have, and only Florida State can share the honor with OSU of having a top-10 unit on each side of the football.

Monday, November 4, 2013

FOURTH-RANKED BUCKEYES LOOK BETTER TO THE UNBIASED EYE

(AP)
The link below is the Colley's Bias Free Matrix Rankings — an official ranking system used in the Bowl Championship Series standings.


The rankings have Florida State sitting at No. 1, while the Ohio State Buckeyes follow at No. 2. Alabama, Oregon and Stanford round out the top five.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

BUCKEYES ROUT PURDUE, TURNS 'BLACKOUT' INTO SHUTOUT

AP photo
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Urban Meyer thought Ohio State needed a pregame wake-up call Saturday. The Buckeyes answered with a quick flurry.

Interception return, touchdown. Two plays, touchdown. Six plays, touchdown. Two plays, touchdown. And that was just in the first quarter.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

GAME PREVIEW: DON'T LOOK FOR ANY UPSETS IN WEST LAFAYETTE

Urban Meyer is 20-0 as the head coach at Ohio State. He'll look to extend that on Saturday in West LaFayette. (AP)
COLUMBUS — Some may look at this Saturday's game at struggling Purdue as a de facto bye week for the undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes (8-0, 4-0 Big Ten).

Nobody in the OSU locker room should be viewing it that way, though. In fact, out of the (nation's best) 20 consecutive victories the Buckeyes have accrued over the past two seasons, it's the Boilermakers who have come the closest to putting a kibosh on their perfect run.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

BUCKEYES DELIVER HUGE STATEMENT TO PENN STATE, BCS POLLSTERS

Braxton Miller posted five touchdowns against Penn State on Saturday night in Columbus. (AP)
COLUMBUS — "I take full responsibility for this loss."

Those were the words uttered Saturday night by Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien after his Nittany Lions came into Columbus and were handed their worst beating in more than a century.

With all due respect to Coach O'Brien and his willingness to field the blame, it was actually Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller who can take full responsibility for Penn State's historic loss.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

PREVIEW: PENN STATE LOOKS TO SNAP BUCKEYES' WIN STREAK

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COLUMBUS — Coming into last Saturday's game against Iowa, the visiting Hawkeyes used an extra week of preparation to unveil some new wrinkles against Ohio State, with hopes of confusing the highly-favored Buckeyes enough to capture an upset victory.

The plan looked to be a huge success early on, as the Hawkeyes found themselves ahead by a touchdown at halftime, after out-gaining the Buckeyes offensively, as well as eating up nearly two-thirds of the clock in the process.

Of course, the Buckeyes (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten) regrouped at the intermission, and outscored Iowa 24-7 the rest of the way — powered by some key defensive adjustments, and some championship-caliber production from quarterback Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde, en route to a 34-24 win.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

AGAINST THE ROPES EARLY, BUCKEYES FIND A WAY TO WIN

Ohio State tailback Carlos Hyde (34) dives for a touchdown in the Buckeyes' 34-24 victory over Iowa on Saturday evening in Columbus. (AP photo)

COLUMBUS — Iowa kept No. 4 Ohio State against the ropes during the first half of Saturday evening's game in Columbus. 

But in the end, it was Buckeye standouts Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde who delivered haymakers which sent the Hawkeyes to the canvas for good.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

PREVIEW: NO. 4 BUCKS, HAWKEYES PIT STRENGTH VS. STRENGTH

COLUMBUS — Through the first half of the 2013 college football season, the fourth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) are once again unbeaten and eyeing a second consecutive campaign of perfection.

Possessing the nation's longest current winning streak of 18 games, the Buckeyes used an off-week — or intermission, if you will — to rest, tweak and gear up for the back stretch of what's certain to be a serious run toward a national title.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

CARLOS HYDE RUNS BUCKEYES' NATION-BEST WIN STREAK TO 18

Carlos Hyde (AP)
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — No. 4 Ohio State took Northwestern's best shot on a wet and raucous night at Ryan Field, and the Buckeyes' perfect record is still standing.

They can thank Carlos Hyde for that.

Hyde ran for a career-high 168 yards and three touchdowns, and Ohio State rallied to beat No. 16 Northwestern 40-30 Saturday and extend the nation's longest win streak to 18 games.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

GAME PREVIEW: BUCKEYES, 'CATS SHOULD LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

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COLUMBUS — Ohio State is coming off an impressive home victory against rival Wisconsin, taking down the Badgers last Saturday night behind the electrifying play of quarterback Braxton Miller, and a defense that put a serious choke hold on the top rushing attack in the nation.

But there's no time for an after-party, no time for logging on to Travelocity to book reservations to Pasadena ... no, they have to offer up an encore performance. And on the primetime stage once again.

The fourth-rated Buckeyes (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) will travel to Evanston (Ill.) this Saturday night (8 p.m., ABC) to do battle with the unbeaten 16th ranked Northwestern Wildcats (4-0, 0-0), perhaps the most daunting roadblock on Ohio State's path to southern California.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

BRAXTON MILLER RETURNS, PUTS A HURTING ON THE VISITING BADGERS

Braxton Miller (5) returns from injury to lead Ohio State to a 31-24 win over Wisconsin on Saturday night in Columbus (AP)
COLUMBUS — After missing the past three games with an MCL injury, Ohio State star quarterback Braxton Miller — donning a noticeable brace on his right knee — returned to action on Saturday night in front of an electrified crowd of nearly 106,000 at Ohio Stadium. 

When Miller was finished doing his thing, it was the Wisconsin defense that limped off the gridiron ... battered, bruised and utterly defeated.

Miller finished the night with 281 total yards and a career-high four touchdown passes, as he led the No. 4 Buckeyes (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) to a 31-24 victory over No. 23 Wisconsin (3-2, 1-1) — extending their winning streak to an FBS-best 17 games.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

GAME PREVIEW: WILL THE BUCKS, BADGERS BE ANOTHER CLASSIC?

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COLUMBUS — Through the first four games of the 2013 college football season, Ohio State (4-0) has outscored its opponents by an average of 38 points per contest — their closest margin being a three-touchdown victory in the opener against Buffalo.

This Saturday night in Columbus, the No. 4 Buckeyes host No. 23 Wisconsin (3-1), a team which Ohio State has beaten in two consecutive seasons, but has had to do so in the waning moments of each game.

Urban Meyer — who is 16-0 as the Buckeyes' head coach — believes that Saturday's showdown with the Badgers will be another humdinger of a game.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

THROWBACK TUESDAY: BEFORE HE WAS KNOWN AS JUST 'KENNY!'

Kenny Guiton in 2010
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The story/interview below was conducted by Joshua Stueve (a contributor for The Buckeye Times) back in June 2010. 

In this piece, Stueve sits down with then red-shirt freshman quarterback Kenny Guiton and discusses many different topics — ranging from his high school recruiting adventures, to backing up then-Buckeye starter Terrelle Pryor, to the possibility of remaining a reserve when prep star Braxton Miller arrives on the scene from Huber Heights Wayne High School. He also states how he would like to be remembered by Buckeye fans once his career in Columbus comes to an end.

In the past few weeks, Guiton has become a household name in the college football world, throwing for 10 touchdowns in his two starts, including a school-record six scoring tosses last week against Florida A&M.

The reason I wanted to pull this piece out of the archives is because it gives us all an introduction to Guiton, some three years prior to him being known by Buckeye Nation as strictly ... Kenny!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

GUITON, BUCKEYES RUN OVER RATTLERS, 76-0 — IMPROVE TO 4-0

Kenny Guiton (AP)

COLUMBUS — Ohio State blocked two punts, intercepted a pass, recovered a fumble, threw for four touchdowns and added another score on the ground against visiting Florida A&M on Saturday at Ohio Stadium.

And that was just in the first quarter alone.

In his second career start with the Buckeyes on Saturday, senior backup quarterback Kenny Guiton dazzled once again filling in for injured starter Braxton Miller (knee), throwing for an OSU-record six touchdown passes, en route to a 76-0 thrashing of the Rattlers. It was the highest scoring outburst for the Buckeyes since 1950.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

BUCKEYES SHOULD HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH RATTLERS

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COLUMBUS — Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer isn't going to blow wind up any skirts when talking about the difficulty of his No. 4 Buckeyes' (3-0) home match-up this Saturday (12 p.m., BTN) against 1-2 Florida A&M.

While the Buckeyes are coming off their nation's best 15th straight victory, where they racked up 608 yards of offense in a 52-34 rout of California, the FCS Rattlers have mustered just 77 more than the Buckeyes' total against the Golden Bears ... in three total games. 

With the Big Ten opener — a Primetime home tilt against Wisconsin — just a week away, Meyer said it's going to be difficult to get his team pumped up going against such an inferior opponent as the Rattlers.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

BUCKEYES' GUITON DELIVERS BIG AGAINST CAL IN FIRST CAREER START

Ken Guiton (13), celebrates with teammates Andrew Norwell (78) and Devin Smith (9) during Ohio State's 52-34 win at California Saturday evening in Berkeley. (AP)
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Kenny Guiton waited until his fifth year at Ohio State to get his first start. Two plays into the game, he was already in the Buckeyes' record book.

Guiton threw three of his four touchdown passes in the first six minutes, including a school-record 90-yarder to start the onslaught, and No. 4 Ohio State rolled to its 15th straight victory, 52-34 over California on Saturday night.

"That's pretty cool," Guiton said. "I'm in my fifth year, getting my first start. It's a blessing."

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

GAME PREVIEW: NO. 4 BUCKEYES TRY TO REMAIN PERFECT AS CAL AWAITS

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COLUMBUS — When Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller left the game on the opening series of last week's tilt against San Diego State with a knee injury (sprain), those on hand at Ohio Stadium simultaneously suffered from a case of atrial fibrillation.

Of course, Buckeyes backup signal caller — and captain — Kenny Guiton played the role of defibrillator, injecting electricity into the hearts of Buckeye Nation, leading the hosts to a 42-7 rout of the Aztecs.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said he is not surprised that Guiton answered the call with vigor.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

GUITON LEADS BUCKEYES TO ROUT OF AZTECS AFTER MILLER INJURY

Ohio State backup quarterback Kenny Guiton leads Buckeyes to rout of San Diego State Saturday in Columbus. (AP)

COLUMBUS — During the opening offensive series of Saturday's tilt against visiting San Diego State, Ohio State Heisman Trophy candidate, Braxton Miller, was forced to leave the contest after spraining his knee on a quarterback keeper.

Luckily for the No. 3 Buckeyes, though, they have a sizable insurance policy in place for their star player ... and its name is Kenny Guiton.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

GAME PREVIEW: BUCKEYES TRY NOT TO 'DISAPPOINT' VS. AZTECS

(AP photo)
COLUMBUS — There were moments during Saturday's season opener against Buffalo where Ohio State (1-0) certainly looked like the second-best team in the nation, scoring and generating yardage as if they were playing in a video game against "rookie-mode" competition.

At other times, the Buckeyes didn't look like they could be the second-best team in the Ohio Athletic Conference.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

EXPLOSIVE FIRST QUARTER POWERS NO. 2 BUCKEYES TO 20-POINT VICTORY

Jordan Hall (AP photo)
COLUMBUS — Ohio State came out with their feet pressed firmly on the accelerator, beginning Saturday's season opener against visiting Buffalo by scoring 23 unanswered points and totaling 216 yards in the first quarter alone.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

NO. 2 BUCKEYES CHASE BEGINS SATURDAY AGAINST BUFFALO

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COLUMBUS — Ohio State kicks off their college football season this Saturday against the University of Buffalo (12 p.m., ESPN2), and expectations across the Buckeye State are so high that anything less than a 50-point win against the Bulls may leave fans feeling a little disappointed.

Of course, there are plenty of reasons for the astronomic optimism. First, the Buckeyes are now eligible to play in the post-season, something they were prohibited from doing last season because of past NCAA violations.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

FIVE THINGS TO KEEP AN EYE ON IN BUCKEYES' OPENER VS. BUFFALO

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COLUMBUS — Ohio State begins its "chase" for their eighth national championship this Saturday, as they host the University of Buffalo at Ohio Stadium (12 p.m., ESPN2).

Here are five things to watch for in the No. 2 Buckeyes season opener against the Bulls ...

Friday, August 23, 2013

PREDICTIONS: CAN BUCKEYES DETHRONE CRIMSON TIDE?

Braxton Miller
TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
With T-minus one week until the opening of the college football season, I will put forth in writing my predictions for the 2013 campaign.

And as always, I will be 100-percent correct with my expert prognostications.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

ARMANI REEVES TO START IN PLACE OF BRADLEY ROBY IN OSU OPENER

Armani Reeves
COLUMBUS — Often times, when one door closes another door opens.

That is the case for Ohio State sophomore cornerback Armani Reeves, who will get his first collegiate start next Saturday (Aug. 31), when the No. 2 Buckeyes take the field against Buffalo in the 2013 season opener in Columbus.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

URBAN MEYER LOVES HIS STAR QUARTERBACK BRAXTON MILLER

Braxton Miller, left, and Urban Meyer
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COLUMBUS — Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer is usually known for being a little on the gruff side when speaking about players on his teams. 

He will praise a player, talk him up a little, but then in the next breath he will almost always give you a "but" to keep said athlete grounded.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

DONTRE WILSON, BRAXTON MILLER, AUSSIE PUNTER GETTING ATTENTION

COLUMBUS — It is no secret that Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has been searching diligently for play-makers since arriving in Columbus a year ago.

Sure, he possesses the most electrifying player in all of college football in quarterback Braxton Miller, but as Meyer has stated numerous times, a school like Ohio State should have more than one "wow factor" player in its arsenal.

VIDEO: WILL OHIO STATE GO UNDEFEATED IN 2013?


CBS Sports college football analysts discuss the Buckeyes chances of going undefeated in 2013 ...


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

URBAN MEYER IS CORRECT WITH PUNISHMENT OF CARLOS HYDE

Carlos Hyde
TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — Although Ohio State senior tailback Carlos Hyde will not be charged, according to police, with the assault of a female inside a Columbus-area nightclub, it hasn't permitted him from eluding the wrath of his disappointed head coach.

On Tuesday, Buckeyes head football coach Urban Meyer announced that he will suspend the star running back for at least the first three games of the 2013 season — home tilts against Buffalo, San Diego State and at California — and perhaps even longer.

Friday, July 26, 2013

BUCKEYES' BRAXTON MILLER TAKING ADVANTAGE OF LEADERSHIP CLASSES

Braxton Miller
TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
When Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller arrived on campus in Columbus as a freshman in 2011, he was a shy kid who felt extremely uncomfortable under the major college football spotlight.

After being thrown into battle because of the sudden departure of then starting-quarterback Terrelle Pryor — as well as being mentored by a positional coach and coordinator who really had no clue how to nurture his abilities — Miller's head was spinning like an F-5 tornado.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

URBAN MEYER SPEAKS ON AN ARRAY OF TOPICS AT BIG TEN MEDIA DAY

Urban Meyer (AP)
CHICAGO — Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer addressed reporters on Wednesday in Chicago during the first session of Big Ten Media Days, and the second-year mentor spoke about being eligible to play for a national title, his "humble" star quarterback, as well as replacing some key defensive talent.

But, of course, before he could speak on those football-related items, Meyer had to address some off-field issues which have arisen in Columbus over the past few days — most notably, the suspension of star tailback Carlos Hyde, who was named in a Columbus police report surrounding an assault of a woman at local night club over the weekend.

Monday, July 22, 2013

HYDE, ROBY, OTHERS FACE DISCIPLINE AFTER ROWDY WEEKEND

Carlos Hyde
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COLUMBUS — When Urban Meyer was hired following the 2011 college football season, the new Ohio State head football coach made one thing very clear to his team — hit a woman, and you will be sent packing. 

It was considered his first commandment.

On Monday, the university announced that star tailback Carlos Hyde may have committed the unforgivable sin, as he was named to a Columbus police report stating he allegedly assaulted a female at an area establishment.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

BRAXTON MILLER COULD BE OHIO STATE'S GREATEST EVER IN 2013

Braxton Miller
TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
By the end of the 2013 college football season, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller may turn out to be the greatest to ever take a snap under center in a Buckeye uniform.

Yep, I said the G-word ... "greatest."

He's already the most gifted Buckeye QB ever, possessing a howitzer for a right arm, the speed of an Olympic sprinter (4.32 40-yard dash), moves that would make Fred Astaire blush, and instincts which cannot be taught — only bestowed upon him by God.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Saturday, July 13, 2013

BUCKEYES' POSSIBLE LETHAL BLOW TURNS OUT TO BE PAPER CUT

Braxton Miller
TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
I don't think a school has ever recovered from NCAA sanctions as smoothly as Ohio State has — or so quickly.

Seriously, Michigan has suffered more for their decision to hire Rich Rodriguez than Ohio State has for accepting tats for tees.

I mean, two years ago at this time the Buckeyes were ravaged, losing their beloved head coach (Jim Tressel), two-time BCS bowl game MVP quarterback (Terrelle Pryor), as well as suffering huge suspensions for a core of their Sugar Bowl-winning roster. They went on to finish 6-7 in 2011.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

NICK SABAN'S COMMENTS ABOUT OSU WERE LESS THAN DEROGATORY

Nick Saban
I logged on to Twitter the other evening only to find myself bombarded by tweets regarding some so-called derogatory comments about the Ohio State football team by Alabama head coach Nick Saban.

Buckeye fans were absolutely livid over words uttered at the SEC spring meetings in Florida by the four-time national championship winning coach, calling him names that shouldn't be repeated on this forum — or anywhere else for that matter.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

I'VE BEEN USING FACEBOOK WRONG ... UNLIKE MR. GIOVANNI STRASSINI

Strassini (middle)
Wait ... instead of posting on Facebook that I am a sports columnist for The Bryan Times, I could've just easily created a persona as a former star athlete for one of the most historic college football teams in the country? 

And ... and ... people would offer to have me appear at their high-class (rubber chicken) functions for photos and autograph sessions with the die hards? Wow! I have not been maximizing my Facebook experience at all.

Monday, May 13, 2013

HAVE TO AGREE WITH COOPER ... ORLANDO PACE 'WAS THE BEST'

Orlando Pace
Many in Buckeye Nation know my thoughts on former Ohio State head football coach John Cooper's tenure in Columbus. 

I believe it's a travesty that he's a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

Sure, I haven't agreed with just about anything he has said or the tactics he has employed in the past, but one item the coach and I are in absolute agreement on is how great we feel former Buckeyes left tackle Orlando Pace was during his career — not only in Columbus, but in the NFL, as well.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

BUCKEYES HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO BEFORE HEADING TO PASADENA

Braxton Miller
TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
Ohio State wrapped up its spring football season over the weekend, and will now go into the next few months with some screws to tighten, bruises to mend and some seriously sky-high expectations to live up to this fall.

The Buckeyes, who are now out from under the NCAA bowl ban which prevented them from playing in the postseason — and perhaps a national title — in 2012, will surely begin the 2013 campaign as a favorite to reach the BCS Championship game on Jan. 6.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

SCARLET DOWNS GRAY, 31-14, BEHIND AERIAL SHOW BY BRAXTON MILLER

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer preferred to talk about Tiger Woods' two-shot penalty at the Masters than his team's final spring workout.

"Do you mind if we talk about that for a minute?" he said after the Buckeyes' annual spring game. "That's probably more interesting than what I've got to say."

Still, there was plenty of noteworthy items from Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage played at the Cincinnati Bengals' Paul Brown Stadium due to reconstruction being done at Ohio Stadium.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

OSU SPRING FOOTBALL: WR DEVIN SMITH EXPECTED TO BE 'ELITE'

Devin Smith
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COLUMBUS — Ohio State junior wide receiver Devin Smith created some oohs and awes last season as a sophomore, hauling in deep touchdown passes in victories against California, Michigan State and Indiana, as well as supplying the Buckeyes with one of the most outstanding catches in recent years — a miraculous one-handed TD snare in the season-opener against Miami University.

These are things OSU head coach Urban Meyer knows Smith is quite capable of, and usually doesn't praise the Buckeyes' talented pass catcher much for doing so. It's just expected of him.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

OSU SPRING FOOTBALL: BUCKEYES HOPING MILLER CAN BE AN '11' IN 2013

Braxton Miller, left, and Urban Meyer
TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
COLUMBUS — For a player who was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2011, and the conference's Offensive Player of the Year in 2012, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller still garners more than his fair share of criticism from the Buckeyes' coaching staff.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

OSU DB COREY BROWN NEEDS TO BE 'PITTSBURGH,' NOT 'THE OTHER'

Corey "Pittsburgh" Brown
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COLUMBUS — When referring to Ohio State football player Corey Brown, you usually have to denote which one you are speaking of. 

There is wide receiver Corey Brown, who is known as "Philly." And there is the defensive back Corey Brown, known as "Pittsburgh."

Can you guess where they are from?

OHIO STATE POINT GUARD AARON CRAFT WAS A FOOTBALL STAR FIRST

Ohio State's Aaron Craft, middle, fights for the loose ball in the Buckeyes 78-75 win over Iowa State in the men's NCAA basketball tournament on Sunday in Dayton. (AP Photo)
Once upon a time, Ohio State basketball star Aaron Craft was known more for being a football player than a hoopster.

Sure, he was stellar since the first time he stepped on to the hardwood as a freshman at Liberty-Benton High School (outside of Findlay), leading the Eagles to a Div. III state runners-up finish in his freshman season (2006-07). He went on to lead L-B to an 88-5 record during his four-year career, and was selected as the Div. III Player of the Year as a senior in 2010.

However, being that football is more of a religion in the state of Ohio than it is a sport, Craft's prowess on the gridiron was what first made him a star.