Saturday, November 29, 2014

'THE GAME' IS ALL THE MOTIVATION NEEDED FOR OHIO STATE, MICHIGAN

COLUMBUS — While Ohio State is certainly scratching and clawing to get themselves into the top four of the College Football Playoff rankings, all of that noise will be silenced this week as they prepare for what is simply known as, 'The Game!'

It's 'Michigan Week' in Columbus, and all attention will be on 'That Team Up North,' as they face off with one another at Ohio Stadium on Saturday (12 p.m, ABC)

"I hear people say that it's just another game," OSU head coach Urban Meyer said of the rivalry with Michigan. "We don't take that approach at all ...

Thursday, November 20, 2014

J.T. BARRETT NOW A HEISMAN CONTENDER, AS OSU FACES INDIANA

COLUMBUS — Not only has Ohio State thrust themselves onto the short list of College Football Playoff contenders, they have done so on the shoulders of a freshman ... wait for it ... Heisman Trophy contender!

Don't believe the Buckeyes' young quarterback, J.T. Barrett, is worthy of the most coveted individual trophy in collegiate sports? Well let me provide you with a little food for thought. 

Through 10 games this season, Barrett has combined for more total touchdowns (29 passing, 9 rushing) than nine Big Ten teams. In fact, he has gotten the rock across the chalk more than 60 teams have in the FBS. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

BUCKEYES' ROAD TO PLAYOFF RUNS THROUGH MINNESOTA

COLUMBUS — It is remarkable how much this Ohio State football team has evolved over the past two months. The upward progression can be compared to a rocket blasting into space.

After looking absolutely putrid in their week two loss against lowly Virginia Tech, the Buckeyes have not only bounced back, they have catapulted themselves into the College Football Playoff discussion by winning their last seven outings by a margin of 30 points per game.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer — who has won two national championships in his illustrious career thus far — said this year's Buckeyes have improved more in one season than any team he has ever coached.

Friday, November 7, 2014

BIG TEN PLAYOFF HOPES ON THE LINE IN EAST LANSING

COLUMBUS — With the College Football Playoff looming this season, every single game from here on out possesses huge implications.

For the Big Ten, this week's showdown between No. 13 Ohio State (7-1, (4-0 Big Ten) and No. 7 Michigan State (7-1, 4-0) in East Lansing, pairs two teams who give the conference its best chance of inclusion in the first-ever playoff this January.

It also pairs two programs who have become the class of the Big Ten.