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.