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Football recruiting: Which area players are planning to sign early?

The first college football early signing period is set to begin later this month.  Not everyone in the large group of Division I prospects in the area’s class of 2018 has made his college choice, but some who have will take advantage of the change in rules.  Here is who we know so far plans to sign during the early period, which begins Dec. 20:  Isaiah Bowser, RB, Sidney...
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...
Sports Today: Bengals give up the ghost

Sports Today: Bengals give up the ghost

Today the sports world still turns in Southwest Ohio whether we want it to or not.  As far as weekends go, this one could have gone better.  I predicted the Bengals would lose to the Bears, though I did not think Cincinnati would look quite that bad.  Marvin Lewis’ team obviously faced an uphill climb with so many defensive starters hurt, especially since this is a team with no...
Price expects Taylor to take over at center in 2018 for Ohio State

Price expects Taylor to take over at center in 2018 for Ohio State

Billy Price has left a lasting legacy with the Ohio State Buckeyes. As a Rimington Trophy winner, his photo will soon grace a wall overlooking the practice field inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. He hopes it’s an image that will inspire future offensive linemen — not to mention all the other Ohio State athletes who use the field. “All I know is when lacrosse is in here, I don&rsquo...
Buckeyes shaken but not deterred by Ryan Shazier injury

Buckeyes shaken but not deterred by Ryan Shazier injury

As Ryan Shazier begins recovery from a scary injury suffered in Cincinnati on Monday night, the former Ohio State star is in the thoughts and prayers of players at his alma mater.  Quitting football because of such risks is not.  Most of the current Buckeyes who met with reporters Friday night had a similar reaction when asked about Shazier, the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker who had spinal...

Second Thoughts: Coming to a parking lot in Kentucky: Bucks vs. Tide

I’m guessing JuJu Smith-Schuster has asked the Steelers to trade him to a team in the NFC. Either that or he’ll be coming down with a bad cold when Pittsburgh plays Cincinnati next season. Vontaze Burfict will be crossing off the days on his calendar. It won’t be pretty. There’s only one way to settle this Ohio State-Alabama debate. A play-in game. Dayton, of course, is famous...
Ohio State Buckeyes get over playoff snub, get to work on USC

Ohio State Buckeyes get over playoff snub, get to work on USC

Ohio State football took a few days off before getting back on the field Friday to begin preparations to play USC in the Cotton Bowl.  How long did it take the Buckeyes to get over being left out of the College Football Playoff?  “Not long,” defensive end Sam Hubbard said. “USC is historically a great program, and it’s Pac-12 champs against Big Ten champs. It&rsquo...
Sports Today: Stars not aligning for a Bengals bounce back against Bears

Sports Today: Stars not aligning for a Bengals bounce back against Bears

It’s been some week in Bengaldom, eh?  Everyone seems to be having a hard time turning the page from the Bengals’ 23-20 loss to the Steelers on Monday night.  If you weren’t aware, Cincinnati hosts the Chicago Bears on Sunday.  Although the erstwhile Monsters of the Midway are just 3-9, it’s pretty easy to see them winning this weekend.  While the mental...
Sports Today: Against all odds, NFL gets something right

Sports Today: Against all odds, NFL gets something right

Well, at least the NFL hasn’t gotten everything wrong this week.  The league was correct to overturn George Iloka’s suspension.  A few minutes before we found out that news, I suggested to another reporter in the Bengals locker room the appeal probably consisted of the team sending multiple versions of the same hit from any other week of the season that might draw a flag but...
Sports Today: Yep, Alabama making the College Football Playoff still smells funny

Sports Today: Yep, Alabama making the College Football Playoff still smells funny

I’m ready to move on from the College Football Playoff debate because what’s done is done, but I still found these comments interesting.  The Centerville legend has been knocked for trying too hard not to be an Ohio State homer before, but I think he was genuine here.  He basically concluded Alabama is better because the Buckeyes didn’t have an easier time putting away...
Ohio State storms back from 20-point deficit to beat Michigan

Ohio State storms back from 20-point deficit to beat Michigan

Down by 20 just before halftime Monday night, Ohio State stormed back and dominated Michigan in the second half on the way to a 71-62 victory. The Buckeyes (7-3, 2-0 Big Ten) sprinted out on a blistering 19-3 run to begin the second half, following a 7-0 burst to end the first. A Kam Williams jumper with 3:32 left in the game tied it at 60. Ohio State turned up the defensive pressure and hit 11 free...
Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett on Cotton Bowl: ‘I’m going to play’

Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett on Cotton Bowl: ‘I’m going to play’

J.T. Barrett put any doubts to rest Sunday about his status for the Cotton Bowl. The first question in a press conference at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center referred to his injured knee and whether it could prevent him from playing for the Ohio State Buckeyes on Dec. 29. Barrett smiled and kept his answer short. “I’m going to play,” he said. Barrett’s career will not have a...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals last chance to change narratives against Steelers on MNF

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals last chance to change narratives against Steelers on MNF

After a long weekend of championship football, there is one game yet to go: The Cincinnati Bengals host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football.  We’ll get to that in a minute, but first let’s put a bow on the College Football Playoff stuff.  As so often happens these days, the committee chairman took a reasonable decision and basically ruined it by explaining how...
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 to play in Cotton Bowl

Ohio State to play in Cotton Bowl

The Ohio State Buckeyes will settle for playing in the Cotton Bowl instead of the College Football Playoff. Big Ten champion Ohio State’s opponent will be Southern California, the champions of the Pac 12. The game will be played at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 29 on ESPN at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Ohio State beat Oregon in the national championship game in 2015 at the same stadium. Ohio State last...
College Football Playoff: 5 takeaways from Alabama getting in over Ohio State

College Football Playoff: 5 takeaways from Alabama getting in over Ohio State

First off, let’s be clear: I don’t really think Ohio State got a raw deal in being left out of the College Football Playoff this year.  Neither the Buckeyes nor Alabama had much to complain about given what they did and did not do on the field in 2017.  Both teams were absolutely at the mercy of the committee going into Sunday, and the committee showed favor to the Crimson...
They’re out: Ohio State Buckeyes left out of College Football Playoff in favor of Alabama

They’re out: Ohio State Buckeyes left out of College Football Playoff in favor of Alabama

The Ohio State Buckeyes were spurned by the College Football Playoff again.  The CFP committee chose Alabama over Ohio State in a controversial decision announced Sunday afternoon.  The Crimson Tide join defending champion Clemson, Oklahoma and Georgia in the fourth college football final four.  Ohio State won the first CFP in 2014 and was the favorite to repeat a year later but missed...
Ohio State notes: McLaurin celebrates touchdown in hometown

Ohio State notes: McLaurin celebrates touchdown in hometown

Terry McLaurin wrote the numbers 317 on the tape on his wrists. Then he gave everyone with a keen eye a glance at that Indianapolis area code when he raced into the end zone for the first touchdown Saturday in the the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium. McLaurin attended Cathedral High School, which is about 11 miles northeast of the stadium. That made the 27-21 victory over Wisconsin and his...
Hartman: Ohio State did all it could to make, break its playoff case

Hartman: Ohio State did all it could to make, break its playoff case

Billy Price is pretty much the best quote on this Ohio State team, but he wasn’t biting on the playoff talk.  “I just want to enjoy this win,” he said with no exasperation or indignation in his voice.  A simple enough request, right?  I really can’t blame him.  Ohio State’s star center, Price had just won his second Big Ten championship the same...
Seven takeaways from Ohio State’s win in Big Ten Championship

Seven takeaways from Ohio State’s win in Big Ten Championship

J.T. Barrett stood alone for a brief moment on the field Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium, holding the football in the final seconds of the Big Ten Championship. Seconds before his teammates and then the media surrounded him, he showed a big smile. It told the whole story. A week earlier, Barrett found himself at the center of one of the strangest incidents in Ohio State history — it will forever...
Ohio State outlasts Wisconsin for Big Ten Championship; playoffs next?

Ohio State outlasts Wisconsin for Big Ten Championship; playoffs next?

The Ohio State Buckeyes held off Wisconsin and claimed their first Big Ten Championship since 2014, winning 27-21 on Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Buckeyes, ranked No. 8 in last week’s College Football Playoff rankings, will await their playoff fate on Sunday. The fourth and final playoff spot likely will come down to Ohio State (11-2) or Alabama (11-1). The Crimson Tide were No. 5 last...
Meyer measures Buckeyes by championships won

Meyer measures Buckeyes by championships won

Urban Meyer admitted he talks about walls quite often. The Ohio State Buckeyes teams that have won Big Ten championships or national championships in the past have their photos plastered all over the walls at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The No. 8 Buckeyes (10-2) have won 36 Big Ten titles, but only one in the first five seasons of the Meyer era. They seek their first since 2014 on Saturday night...
Ohio State-Wisconsin: One last Big Ten Championship breakdown

Ohio State-Wisconsin: One last Big Ten Championship breakdown

Ohio State and Wisconsin for the Big Ten Championship.  I’m still not a big fan of these bigger conferences with divisions, but sometimes things work out.  As much of a disaster as it was for the Big 12 for years, the Big Ten version has often given us a new matchup between the two best teams since its inception in 2011.  That beats years like 2002 and 1998 when Ohio State shared...
Hubbard focused on finishing college career, but NFL decision looms

Hubbard focused on finishing college career, but NFL decision looms

Defensive end Sam Hubbard participated in the Senior Tackle tradition for the Ohio State Buckeyes on Thanksgiving, two days before the regular-season finale at Michigan. Seniors ran over a tackling dummy — or, in the case of linebacker Chris Worley, punched it like a boxer — and then hugged coach Urban Meyer. The players also spoke in front of their teammates about their experiences with...
Herbstreit: Buckeyes, Badgers will get in playoff over Alabama

Herbstreit: Buckeyes, Badgers will get in playoff over Alabama

With the health of J.T. Barrett in limbo, Kirk Herbstreit feels a heck of a lot better about rolling with the under than he is leaning on the Ohio State Buckeyes to roll on Saturday night. “Man, that’s a tough one,” Herbstreit, the longtime ESPN/ABC analyst told Land of 10 on Thursday when asked to predict the score of the Big Ten Championship Game between the Buckeyes (10-2, 8-1...
Urban Meyer: Unsure Barrett will start Big Ten title game

Urban Meyer: Unsure Barrett will start Big Ten title game

J.T. Barrett had a procedure done on his right knee following an injury last week at Michigan, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer confirmed Friday. Meyer reiterated that Barrett was cleared to play in Saturday’s Big Ten title game against Wisconsin. But the Buckeyes’ coach said he has not decided who will start at quarterback against the Badgers or how much Barrett would play. “Those are...
5 things Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said about Wisconsin

5 things Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said about Wisconsin

Urban Meyer talked about more than J.T. Barrett in his press conference previewing the Big Ten Championship game.  Here are five other things to know prior to the game:  The Buckeyes return to the place where their offense took flight on a three-game odyssey not quite like anything seen before — or since.  A 59-0 drubbing of Wisconsin featured lots of deep throws from Cardale...
Meyer on Barrett: ‘One of the toughest human beings I’ve come across’

Meyer on Barrett: ‘One of the toughest human beings I’ve come across’

Ohio State Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer spent 30 minutes talking to reporters at a press conference Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium. At least half the questions he answered had to do with his injured quarterback, J.T. Barrett. Once again, Meyer confirmed Barrett will play Saturday in the Big Ten Championship against No. 4 Wisconsin. Barrett suffered a knee injury last week at Michigan. He was hit by a camera...
Big Ten Championship: 7 things to know about Badgers vs. Buckeyes

Big Ten Championship: 7 things to know about Badgers vs. Buckeyes

Ohio State running back Mike Weber wore a brace on his right hand when talking to reporters after practice Tuesday. He hurt his hand during the Nebraska game, but said it doesn’t affect his play or how he protects the ball. “I just hold it in my left hand,” Weber said. Weber also was dealing with the aftermath of a collision on the sideline Saturday at Michigan. J...
Big Ten Championship preview: Ohio State vs. Wisconsin

Big Ten Championship preview: Ohio State vs. Wisconsin

Who: No. 8 Ohio State (10-2) vs. No. 4 Wisconsin (12-0) When: 8 p.m. Saturday Where: Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis What: Big Ten Championship TV/Radio: FOX/1410 » BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP: Barrett will play | Laser focus for Buckeyes | SFive storylines | Big Ten history | Rivalry history | Playoff possibility Series history: Ohio State leads 58-15-5 and has won five...
Urban Meyer: J.T. Barrett will play vs. Wisconsin

Urban Meyer: J.T. Barrett will play vs. Wisconsin

J.T. Barrett will play Saturday for the Ohio State Buckeyes. That has been the question all week, and coach Urban Meyer answered it Thursday on his weekly radio show in Columbus. Doctors cleared Barrett for the Big Ten Championship game on Saturday against Wisconsin, even though, according to a report by the Columbus Dispatch, he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Sunday, one day after the 31-20...
ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit on Scott Frost to Nebraska: Not so fast, my friend

ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit on Scott Frost to Nebraska: Not so fast, my friend

Ready to put Scott Frost to Nebraska in stone? Kirk Herbstreit’s got five words for you: Not so fast, my friend. “First, we’re all assuming he’s going to take the job, but then I hear rumors that he’s going to take the Florida State job,” said Herbstreit, the longtime ESPN/ABC college football analyst who spoke with Land of 10 Thursday morning as part...
How Wisconsin has become Ohio State’s weirdest series and unlikely rival

How Wisconsin has become Ohio State’s weirdest series and unlikely rival

Ohio State and Wisconsin are going to play for the Big Ten championship on Saturday night.  Looking at recent history, that makes a lot of sense.  Since the start of divisional play in 2011, the Buckeyes and Badgers have the most division titles with six and four, respectively, but we can go back farther than that.  Since 1993, Ohio State has won or shared 11 Big Ten championships....
Sports Today: What will Ohio State’s ultimate playoff fate be?

Sports Today: What will Ohio State’s ultimate playoff fate be?

Tuesday nights have been kind of weird on the Ohio State beat for the past month or so.  On one hand, various Buckeyes are available to talk about their upcoming game. They often have to insist the next opponent is their sole focus even as we ask them if they were thinking about the postseason.  Then about the time they are finishing up taking questions from reporters, the College Football...
Big Ten championship could get Ohio State into playoff

Big Ten championship could get Ohio State into playoff

The “H word,” as in Heisman, had a brief run for the Ohio State Buckeyes earlier this season. Then the Iowa game happened, and J.T. Barrett dropped out of contention for the trophy. The “P word,” as in playoffs, is even more of a taboo subject this week at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center as the Buckeyes prepare for the Big Ten Championship. While Alabama coach Nick Saban lobbied...
Buckeyes No. 8 in College Football Playoff ranking

Buckeyes No. 8 in College Football Playoff ranking

The Ohio State Buckeyes (10-2) climbed one spot to No. 8 in the second-to-last College Football Playoff ranking, which was released Tuesday night. Among the seven teams ahead of them are three teams from the Southeastern Conference. Clemson is the new No. 1, passing Alabama and Miami, who both suffered their first losses last week. Auburn moved from No. 6 to No. 2 after beating Alabama. Oklahoma,...
Looking back at best of Big Ten title game: 2011-16

Looking back at best of Big Ten title game: 2011-16

On the eve of the 2014 Big Ten Championship, Ohio State Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer called himself a nut job. He said he walks around the day before games staring at players’ eyes. Even when they thought he wasn’t watching them, he was. He wanted to to make sure they were well prepared, hydrated and properly rested. When it came to sleeping the night before a big game, forget about it....
Buckeyes focus on Badgers despite Schiano controversy

Buckeyes focus on Badgers despite Schiano controversy

Coach Urban Meyer answered questions about #CameraGate and the fallout from J.T. Barrett’s knee injury on Saturday and again on Sunday and Monday. Meanwhile, a new controversy took center stage as his Ohio State Buckeyes continued preparation for the Big Ten Championship. Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano had a deal in place to be the new head coach at Tennessee when an online backlash...
Meyer on Schiano: ‘I stand by my coach’

Meyer on Schiano: ‘I stand by my coach’

Urban Meyer addressed the Greg Schiano situation on Monday at his weekly press conference at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. One day after reports circulated that Tennessee would hire Ohio State’s defensive coordinator and then a social media firestorm led to Tennessee backing out of the deal, Meyer said he supports Schiano. “He’s an elite person, an elite father, an elite husband...
Greg Schiano: Are we OK with angry social media mob deciding coach’s fate?

Greg Schiano: Are we OK with angry social media mob deciding coach’s fate?

The dangerous power of social media has rarely been on bigger display than it was Sunday when Greg Schiano’s hiring as Tennessee football coach was scuttled by an angry social media mob.  In case you missed it, a bunch of misinformed people (including politicians and media members) got a guy fired before he could really be hired because of an unsubstantiated testimony about...
Sports Today: Bengals win over Browns caps crazy holiday weekend 

Sports Today: Bengals win over Browns caps crazy holiday weekend 

Well that was kind of a wild weekend.  We’ll start with the Cincinnati Bengals’ 30-16 win over the Cleveland Browns. Andy Dalton had another big game against the Browns while the running game finally broke out with Joe Mixon gashing Cleveland for 114 yards on 23 carries.  He proved again he can be a difference-maker in the NFL with his combination of size, speed and general running...
Greg Schiano: 5 things to know about the Ohio State coach pursued then dropped by Tennessee

Greg Schiano: 5 things to know about the Ohio State coach pursued then dropped by Tennessee

The University of Tennessee severed ties with Ohio State’s defensive coordinator after pursuing him for its vacant head coaching job. Tennessee had been pursuing Greg Schiano as a replacement for the fired Butch Jones, but the SEC school backed off negotiations Sunday after widespread complaints. Those complaints focused on Schiano’s background as an assistant at Penn State during Jerry...
College football: 7 thoughts on Ohio State-Michigan and beyond

College football: 7 thoughts on Ohio State-Michigan and beyond

As the last seconds ticked off the clock, the first conclusion I came to about Ohio State’s win over Michigan was this: The Game kind of ended up about the way I expected.  But then of course the revelation J.T. Barrett took a knock in the knee early in the game kind of hijacked the postgame interviews, so I had to put off analysis.  Here are seven thoughts from the last...
Tennessee no longer pursuing Ohio State’s Schiano after protests

Tennessee no longer pursuing Ohio State’s Schiano after protests

Tennessee is no longer pursuing Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano to be the school’s new head coach, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity because none of the negotiations were intended to be made public until a deal was reached. »RELATED: Buckeyes focused on Big Ten title game, not playoff The school...
Ohio State Buckeyes fall in overtime to new coach’s former team

Ohio State Buckeyes fall in overtime to new coach’s former team

The Butler Bulldogs didn’t get rattled by a double-digit deficit against Ohio State, or the presence of their former coach. Kelan Martin hit a layup with 3.8 seconds left and Butler edged the Buckeyes 67-66 in overtime on Sunday for the final day of the Phil Knight Invitational tournament. “We just stayed poised in the moment,” Martin said about keeping cool down the stretch and...
Ohio State bowl projection: Who’s ready for more College Football Playoff chaos?

Ohio State bowl projection: Who’s ready for more College Football Playoff chaos?

At the start of each week, Land of 10 will break down the postseason implications, and projections, to come out of the Ohio State Buckeyes’ latest contest … What happened: The Buckeyes (10-2, 8-1 Big Ten) rallied behind redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. to knock off Michigan for a sixth straight year, 31-20. A strange game with strange subplots...
Ohio State has ‘laser focus’ on Wisconsin, not on playoff hopes

Ohio State has ‘laser focus’ on Wisconsin, not on playoff hopes

Ezekiel Elliott said it best Saturday, summing up the feelings of all the Ohio State Buckeyes and their fans. “Unlimited gold pants,” the former Ohio State running back wrote on Twitter. It does seem as if Ohio State will keep on beating its rival from the north, Michigan, forever. The streak stands at six games. The Buckeyes won 31-20 on Saturday in Ann Arbor despite falling behind 14-0...
One photographer’s view of #CameraGate and J.T. Barrett’s sideline injury

One photographer’s view of #CameraGate and J.T. Barrett’s sideline injury

The dozens of reporters who cover the Ohio State Buckeyes had never seen Urban Meyer so angry — not after the 31-0 loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl or the 55-24 loss at Iowa earlier this month. At least, the Buckeyes suffered self-inflicted wounds on those days. This was different. Meyer left the sideline after a 31-20 victory against Michigan on Saturday with a big smile on his face, heading...
Ohio State notes: Mack’s catch one of the big plays

Ohio State notes: Mack’s catch one of the big plays

Austin Mack believed in Dwayne Haskins. He knew he could get the job done in the second half Saturday at Michigan after J.T. Barrett left the game with an injury. If Haskins plays next week against Wisconsin in the Big Ten championships, Mack knows he can lead the Ohio State Buckeyes to victory. Mack is Haskins’ roommate, so he knows the redshirt freshman quarterback better than anyone. The...
Pregame run-in with photographer nearly shelved Barrett from the start

Pregame run-in with photographer nearly shelved Barrett from the start

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, the Ohio State-Michigan game comes up with something new. The Buckeyes finished their 31-20 win over the Wolverines on Saturday without J.T. Barrett. Ironically, that has happened before, but this time the circumstances were different. The senior quarterback limped off the field at Michigan Stadium after a scramble in the third quarter and went straight...
Ohio State wins a ‘street fight’ against Michigan

Ohio State wins a ‘street fight’ against Michigan

Four of Ohio State’s seniors climbed the wall in front of the stands at Michigan Stadium and made the most of a sixth straight victory over Michigan. Defensive linemen Tyquan Lewis, Jalyn Holmes and Tracey Sprinkle and linebacker Chris Worley posed for a photo as fans cheered behind them, celebrating a 31-20 victory over the Wolverines on Saturday. Their careers aren’t over, but they closed...
Ohio State loses J.T. Barrett to injury during Michigan game

Ohio State loses J.T. Barrett to injury during Michigan game

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett left the Buckeyes’ game at Michigan in the third quarter Saturday.  The senior captain got up after a scramble then went back to the ground and was tended to by trainers for a few minutes.  He walked gingerly off the field and never stopped on his way to the tunnel.  He told reporters after the game someone ran into him on the sideline before...
Ohio State rallies to record sixth straight win vs. Michigan

Ohio State rallies to record sixth straight win vs. Michigan

Dwayne Haskins led the Ohio State Buckeyes to a comeback victory at Michigan on Saturday, subbing for an injured J.T. Barrett in the second half with Ohio State trailing 20-14. The Buckeyes won 31-20 at Michigan Stadium. It’s their sixth straight victory in the series. Haskins completed 6 of 7 passes for 94 yards and rushed for 24 yards on three carries. He made several big plays to set up the...
Buckeyes show off alternate jerseys before Michigan game

Buckeyes show off alternate jerseys before Michigan game

Thousands of fans had staked out tailgating spots around Michigan Stadium by the time the sun rose Saturday morning. They will enjoy a perfect day for football. Temperatures for the 114th edition of The Game between Ohio State and Michigan should hover in the low 40s, but the sun is out and no rain is forecast. The Buckeyes and Wolverines play at noon. Here are some pregame observations: 1. Former...
Wayne grad/Wolverine on Michigan-Ohio State: ‘We want to ruin their season’

Wayne grad/Wolverine on Michigan-Ohio State: ‘We want to ruin their season’

Michigan safety Tyree Kinnel, a junior from Wayne High School, did not beat around the bush when asked about motivation for the Wolverines when facing Ohio State on Saturday.  “We want to beat them,” Kinnel said early in the week per the Detroit News. “We want to ruin their season. We want to go into bowl prep with a great win and confidence for our bowl game.”  Kinnel...
Ohio State vs. Michigan: 3 storylines to watch

Ohio State vs. Michigan: 3 storylines to watch

Former Ohio State Buckeyes wished the current players well this week in advance of The Game. The themes of the videos they posted to Twitter were familiar: • “It’s more than just a game. It’s more than just a rivalry,” linebacker Bobby Carpenter said. “It is the hardest-hitting, most physical football game you will be a part of.” • “People remember...
Ohio State-Michigan: Everything you need to know about Saturday’s 114th meeting

Ohio State-Michigan: Everything you need to know about Saturday’s 114th meeting

Who: No. 9 Ohio State (9-2, 7-1) at Michigan (8-3, 5-3) When: Noon Saturday Where: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Mich. TV/Radio: FOX/1410 Series history: Michigan leads 58-48 with six ties. This is the 114th meeting and the 100th straight year the teams have played. Ohio State has won five straight games in the series and 12 of the last 14. Since 1951, Ohio State leads 36-27-2. The Buckeyes won...
What Ohio wine pairs best with Wolverine meat? We have the answer!

What Ohio wine pairs best with Wolverine meat? We have the answer!

The Ohio State-Michigan football rivalry has been a wee bit lopsided in recent years — thank you, Urban Meyer, and thank YOU as well, Jim Harbaugh — so since this Buckeye fan and OSU alum has a keen interest in food and wine as well as football, that leads us to one and only one question as the two teams prepare to battle on Saturday: What kind of Ohio wine goes with Wolverine meat? We...
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...
Michigan can knock off Ohio State if it does these 5 things

Michigan can knock off Ohio State if it does these 5 things

STORY FROM: LAND OF 10 Vegas doesn’t trust John O’Korn anymore than you do right now. The betting line for The Game has hovered between 12 and 13 points all week, which means, according to Oddsshark, that Michigan’s a double-digit underdog for the first time in the Jim Harbaugh Era. The Wolverines (8-3, 5-3 Big Ten) have landed as a double-digit ‘dog five times against...
Michigan can knock off Ohio State, experts say — if they follow these 5 steps

Michigan can knock off Ohio State, experts say — if they follow these 5 steps

Vegas doesn’t trust John O’Korn anymore than you do right now. The betting line for The Game has hovered between 12 and 13 points all week, which means, according to Oddsshark, that Michigan is a double-digit underdog for the first time in the Jim Harbaugh Era. The Wolverines (8-3, 5-3 Big Ten) have landed as a double-digit ‘dog five times against Ohio State...
Five ways Michigan week is different for Ohio State

Five ways Michigan week is different for Ohio State

Maize and blue mixed with scarlet and gray Tuesday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. That meant one thing: Michigan week for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Members of the scout team will wear the Wolverines’ colors all week in preparation for the regular-season finale at noon Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich. “You see those ugly colors, and you might want to hit them a little bit more,” Ohio...
Buckeyes stay at No. 9 in playoff ranking

Buckeyes stay at No. 9 in playoff ranking

The Ohio State Buckeyes will have to jump five teams in the next two weeks to land in the College Football Playoff for the third time in four seasons. In the fourth ranking released Tuesday, Ohio State (9-2) stayed at No. 9. Alabama remains No. 1. Miami moved to No. 2. Clemson dropped from No. 2 to No. 3. Oklahoma stayed at No. 4. Just in front of Ohio State and outside the top four are: No. 5 Wisconsin...
Looking back at Ohio State coach Urban Meyer’s five wins vs. Michigan

Looking back at Ohio State coach Urban Meyer’s five wins vs. Michigan

The Ohio State-Michigan rivalry has always been important to Urban Meyer. Long before he became head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes, he knew what The Game meant because’s an Ohio native. “As a fan, you sit back and you think it’s one of the coolest things in the world, and you never miss it,” Meyer said Monday. “I remember I was coaching at Colorado State and we were...
Sports Today: What will Bengals do with new lease on life?

Sports Today: What will Bengals do with new lease on life?

The Cincinnati Bengals got a new lease on life with their win in Denver on Sunday.  Or at least a stay of execution.  Whichever way you prefer to view it, they are in much better shape than if they had lost.  And believe it or not, improved play from the offensive line is a factor!  Maybe the limited snaps the offense is getting are a blessing in disguise. Fewer plays mean...
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...
Offensive linemen (and their behinds) take center stage to start Ohio State-Michigan week

Offensive linemen (and their behinds) take center stage to start Ohio State-Michigan week

Urban Meyer started out this special week in just about the most Woody Hayes way possible: Talking about the importance of interior offensive linemen.  More specifically his preference for guys at that position “with big wide asses.” Welcome to Michigan Week 2017.  The 114th edition of The Game will, like many of them, include a big focus on the matchups in the trenches. ...
Sports Today: Bengals remind what their winning formula looks like

Sports Today: Bengals remind what their winning formula looks like

Hey, the Cincinnati Bengals won a football game!  And I even predicted it!  So, what to make of it?  Well, the Bengals’ 20-17 win in Denver stopped the bleeding if nothing else.  We can now say the 2017 season probably won’t be a total disaster (unless they lose to the Browns on Sunday).  I’m not big on tanking, generally, and with this roster I think playing...
Terry Glenn, former Ohio State star, killed in car accident

Terry Glenn, former Ohio State star, killed in car accident

Terry Glenn, a 43-year-old former Ohio State receiver, has died in a car accident near Dallas.  A Columbus native, Glenn won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s best receiver in 1995 when he caught 64 passes for 1,411 yards and 17 touchdowns (still a school record).  He also set the school record for receiving yards in a game with 253 against Pittsburgh that season.  Glenn was...
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...
7 numbers to know about the Ohio State-Michigan series

7 numbers to know about the Ohio State-Michigan series

Ohio State stomped Illinois on Saturday afternoon, but more importantly the final rain-soaked snap against the Fighting Illini means one thing: Michigan Week.  There will be lots of time to dissect the 114th edition of The Game between now and the opening kickoff at noon next Saturday, but it’s never too early to start.  Here are some series numbers to chew on.  (Ohio State fans...
For Michigan, Ohio State is ‘a one-game season’

For Michigan, Ohio State is ‘a one-game season’

MADISON, Wis. — There were positives at Camp Randall Stadium, laying about in bits and pieces like the orphaned parts of a jigsaw puzzle. The hard part for Michigan was stringing them together against a Wisconsin side that delights in sledgehammering away until you break. Badgers 24, Wolverines 10 was closer than the scoreboard, for whatever that’s worth. Another...
Ohio State dominates Illinois; clinches spot in Big Ten title game

Ohio State dominates Illinois; clinches spot in Big Ten title game

Ohio State had as little trouble as expected dealing with Illinois on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The eighth-ranked Buckeyes scored on their first six possessions while building a 38-0 halftime lead. Favored by as many as 41 points during the week, they cruised to a 52-14 win, clinching a berth in the Big Ten Championship Game in the process. In his last game at Ohio Stadium, quarterback J.T. Barrett...
Ohio State Buckeyes: 5 things to know about Saturday’s game vs Illinois

Ohio State Buckeyes: 5 things to know about Saturday’s game vs Illinois

Ohio State plays its last home game of the season Saturday when Illinois comes to town. The Buckeyes began the home slate with a 31-16 loss to Oklahoma but bounced back with six straight wins. They started November with a stunning loss at Iowa, but blew out then-No. 12 Michigan State last week to regain control of their own destiny in the Big Ten East race. Was that the start of another winning streak...
Sports Today: Bengals get shot at a Broncos team with even more issues

Sports Today: Bengals get shot at a Broncos team with even more issues

This weekend the Cincinnati Bengals actually play a team in a worse funk than they are.  The Broncos are only 2.5-point favorites despite playing at home against a team that has lost two in a row and three of its last four games.  This has all the earmarks of an ugly slugfest between two teams that have major issues on offense and pretty good defenses.  The Bengals are No. 22 over at ...
Kettering native, Arkansas AD Jeff Long fired by university

Kettering native, Arkansas AD Jeff Long fired by university

Jeff Long, a Kettering native, was fired by the University of Arkansas on Wednesday where he had served as athletic director for 10 years.  ESPN reported school leadership lost confidence in Long after the Razorbacks lost to Missouri and Mississippi State. Arkansas will continue to pay Long through the length of his contract, which runs through 2022. Long’s firing signals the end for football...
Ohio State football: Buckeyes move back into College Football Playoff top 10

Ohio State football: Buckeyes move back into College Football Playoff top 10

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer insisted there would be no talk about the College Football Playoff this week inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Facility, but the CFP committee released its updated rankings anyway.  The Buckeyes are ranked ninth this week after being No. 13 a week earlier.  Ahead of Ohio State are No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Miami (Fla.), No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 5...
Ohio State football: Urban Meyer only wants to talk about one thing this week

Ohio State football: Urban Meyer only wants to talk about one thing this week

If you run into Urban Meyer on the street this week, here’s a suggestion: Don’t ask about the College Football Playoff.  “No,” the Ohio State football coach said Monday when asked if potential postseason destinations would be a topic of conversation in his locker room as the Buckeyes prepare to play Illinois at 3:30 Saturday afternoon at Ohio Stadium.  “No,&rdquo...
Sports Today: Bengals, Browns ruin great weekend by being Bengals, Browns

Sports Today: Bengals, Browns ruin great weekend by being Bengals, Browns

I guess I should lead off with the Bengals today, but then again what’s the point?  This team is dead in the water.  If I put the over/under on the remainder of Marvin Lewis’ tenure at two weeks, which one are you taking?  I’d go under.  There’s one more game on this three-game road trip, and I think that will pretty much seal the deal.  After the Bengals...
Ohio State bowl projections: Win out, win big, and hope playoff chaos ensues

Ohio State bowl projections: Win out, win big, and hope playoff chaos ensues

At the start of each week, Land of 10 will break down the postseason implications, and projections, to come out of the Ohio State Buckeyes’ latest contest … What happened: Iowa loss? What Iowa loss? The Buckeyes (8-2, 6-1 Big Ten) unloaded/exorcised its Hawkeye demons out on Michigan State on Saturday at the Shoe with a 48-3 thrashing of the Spartans &mdash...
Ohio State’s defense gets back to basics in rout of Michigan State

Ohio State’s defense gets back to basics in rout of Michigan State

Michigan State offensive lineman David Beedle demolished Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Sam Hubbard, a man used to dealing such blows, with a blind-sided block Saturday. “I got hit pretty good,” Hubbard said. “It happens in this game. I popped right back up, but I’m pretty sore.” That was one of the few blows the No. 12 Spartans (7-3, 5-2) struck during a 48-3 loss...
Archdeacon: ‘Cornerstone’ Price clears path to victory for Buckeyes

Archdeacon: ‘Cornerstone’ Price clears path to victory for Buckeyes

In the world of college football — where bruises and bravado often dominate — Ohio State regularly gives one nod to sentimentality after each game when the team gathers in front of the band and sings the cherished alma mater, Carmen Ohio, as the fans chime in. With that in mind, Billy Price — on what had been a historic performance for him Saturday at Ohio Stadium — was asked...
Ohio State puts Iowa loss behind it by hammering Michigan State

Ohio State puts Iowa loss behind it by hammering Michigan State

The pendulum in a season of extremes swung in the right direction for the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday. One week after losing 55-24 at Iowa, a defeat that ranks as the most lopsided of coach Urban Meyer’s career, No. 13 Ohio State beat No. 12 Michigan State 48-3 at Ohio Stadium. It’s the largest margin of victory in the history of a series that began in 1912. Ohio State’s College...
Hartman: Ohio State saved more than face by blasting Michigan State

Hartman: Ohio State saved more than face by blasting Michigan State

Ohio State restored order in the Big Ten East on Saturday afternoon.  Unfortunately for the 11th-ranked Buckeyes, their 48-3 evisceration of No. 13 Michigan State will probably be too little, too late when it comes to the 2017 national championship.  I guess they’ll have to settle for saving the program.  Is that being overdramatic?  Maybe.  But as we said two weeks...
Ohio State bounces back with rout of Michigan State

Ohio State bounces back with rout of Michigan State

The Ohio State Buckeyes treated Michigan State on Saturday at Ohio Stadium as Iowa treated the Buckeyes a a week ago in Iowa City. A series featuring games decided in the final minutes the last two years now includes a massive blowout. Ohio State’s 48-3 victory is the most lopsided game in 36 matchups in a series that began in 1912. The No. 13 Buckeyes (8-2, 6-1) rebounded from the worst loss...
Five storylines to watch in Ohio State’s game vs. Michigan State

Five storylines to watch in Ohio State’s game vs. Michigan State

So much can change in one week. So much did change in one week for the Ohio State Buckeyes. One of the great victories of the Urban Meyer era, a 39-38 win over Penn State, preceded the worst loss of his career, a 55-24 setback at Iowa. A team on the doorstep of breaking into the top four in the College Football Playoff ranking dropped out of the conversation. J.T. Barrett’s Heisman Trophy hopes...
Sports Today: Can Bengals, Buckeyes bounce back? Weekend forecast

Sports Today: Can Bengals, Buckeyes bounce back? Weekend forecast

The Cincinnati Bengals begin the second half of their season this week in Tennessee, but it’s hard to imagine Marvin Lewis’ team creating any beautiful music while they’re down there.  The 5-3 Titans aren’t great, but what signs of life have the Bengals shown? (Aside from this.) Lewis insisted he saw progress from the offense last week even as they had arguably one of...
PREVIEW: Ohio State Buckeyes seek bounce back vs. Michigan State

PREVIEW: Ohio State Buckeyes seek bounce back vs. Michigan State

Who: No. 12 Michigan State (7-2, 5-1) at No. 13 Ohio State (7-2, 5-1) When: Noon Saturday Where: Ohio Stadium in Columbus TV/Radio: FOX/1410 Series history: Ohio State leads 30-15. The Buckeyes on 17-16 last season in East Lansing, Mich. The Spartans won 17-14 two seasons ago in Columbus. This is the sixth time in the last eight meetings both teams have been ranked in the top 20. Last game: On Nov...
Ohio State football and the mysterious disappearing tailback runs

Ohio State football and the mysterious disappearing tailback runs

Ohio State’s shocking blowout loss at Iowa created a lot of questions.  One interests me more than the others, and not just because I was born in the same county as Woody Hayes (probably).  What’s up with Ohio State’s running game?  Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, who idolized Hayes growing up in northeast Ohio, acknowledged Monday that the Buckeyes need to get the ball...
Sports Today: Marvin Lewis’ predictably uninspiring prescription for a Bengals turnaround

Sports Today: Marvin Lewis’ predictably uninspiring prescription for a Bengals turnaround

Marvin Lewis met with the media in Cincinnati yesterday and confirmed there’s not much reason to be excited about the rest of the Bengals season.  “We’ve got enough ability to get it done, but we got to go do it,” he said when asked why he believes this team has what it needs to make a run in the second half of the season.  Well, glad that’s settled! ...
Wayne’s Blue Smith, an Ohio State football commit, changes winter plans

Wayne’s Blue Smith, an Ohio State football commit, changes winter plans

L’Christian “Blue” Smith’s high school football career is over, but he’s not done suiting up for the Wayne Warriors. The Ohio State verbal commitment plans to play basketball this season instead of graduating early and enrolling in college in January. He tweeted the news Monday afternoon.  The 6-foot-6, 205-pound Smith is a four-star football prospect rated No. 119...
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