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

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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

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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.