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Sports Today: To rival or not to rival? That is the question for Bengals-Steelers

Rivalry, what rivalry?   That was the general reaction of the two most visible Cincinnati Bengals to speak to reporters Tuesday.   Andy Dalton kicked it off, and Marvin Lewis took it to the house during their press conferences that bookended the weekly open locker room session.   In between, there was some evidence to support each side.  Chris Smith, a first-year...
Sports Today: Bengals get some good news, some bad while sitting idle

Sports Today: Bengals get some good news, some bad while sitting idle

The Cincinnati Bengals did not play Sunday, but they got some good news.  And bad.  We’ll start off on the positive: For the second time in four weeks, the Chicago Bears did the Bengals a solid by beating an AFC North opponent in overtime.  This time it was the Baltimore Ravens, who already have a win in hand against the Bengals thanks to Cincinnati’s terrible start to the...
College football: 5 takeaways from Week 7, including Ohio State’s blowout of Nebraska

College football: 5 takeaways from Week 7, including Ohio State’s blowout of Nebraska

We are past the midway point of the college football season.  Here’s what we know after week seven:  For the last two weeks, I have thought the competition was going to ratchet up at least somewhat. It hasn’t looked that way, but that might say more about the Buckeyes than Maryland or Nebraska.  I’m also not sure it matters.  The Buckeyes (coaches and...
College Football: Barrett, Buckeyes blow out Cornhuskers

College Football: Barrett, Buckeyes blow out Cornhuskers

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett led eight straight touchdown drives against Nebraska before his night ended early in the fourth quarter Saturday night. The wind had kicked up and the temperature had dropped into the 40s as he stood with punter Drue Chrisman while the clock wound down. “It’s cold here on the sideline,” Barrett recalled saying. That’s when Chrisman reminded...
3 simple keys to beating the NCAA if you want to break the rules

3 simple keys to beating the NCAA if you want to break the rules

The major driver of the social media outrage machine (sports category) Friday morning was the announcement North Carolina won’t face any serious consequences despite some Tar Heels taking part in fake classes over a matter of years.  Confusion often reins after any major NCAA decision, but we suspect now more than ever there will be people out there who conclude following the rules...
Ohio State vs. Nebraska: Five storylines to watch

Ohio State vs. Nebraska: Five storylines to watch

The No. 9 Ohio State Buckeyes will play their third night game on the road in Big Ten play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Nebraska. They could have a fourth road night game later this season. The conference hasn’t announced a time for the Iowa game on Nov. 4. That doesn’t sit well with Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, who said Wednesday teams shouldn’t have to play more than two games on...
College Football: Ohio State at Nebraska for first time since 2011

College Football: Ohio State at Nebraska for first time since 2011

Who: No. 9 Ohio State (5-1, 3-0) at Nebraksa (3-3, 2-1) When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Neb. TV/Radio: FS1/1410 Series history: Ohio State leads 4-1. Ohio State won 62-3 last season in Columbus. Nebraska won the last meeting in Lincoln, 34-27 in 2011. RELATED: Buckeyes expect hostile environment at Nebraska Last game: Last weekend, Ohio State beat Maryland 62-14, and Nebraska...
Sports Today: Nebraska could be the perfect next test for Ohio State

Sports Today: Nebraska could be the perfect next test for Ohio State

On paper, Nebraska represents exactly the challenge Ohio State needs next.  Advanced stats (via FootballStudyHall.com) show a defense that is great at limiting big plays (20th in the country) but bad at preventing solid gains (112th in opponents’ success rate).  That’s consistent with what Urban Meyer described this week when he described the Cornhuskers’ base 3-4...
Fairmont’s Waterman readying for bigger role at Ohio State

Fairmont’s Waterman readying for bigger role at Ohio State

Makayla Waterman was one of Kevin McGuff's most important early recruits.  Four years later, she wants to remind Ohio State basketball fans why.  “I talk with my teammates all the time: I can finally show people the reason why they recruited me,” said Waterman, a fourth-year junior who was a four-year starter at Fairmont, where she was a four-star recruit and one of the catalysts...
Buckeyes expect ‘hostile environment’ at Nebraska

Buckeyes expect ‘hostile environment’ at Nebraska

Twenty years ago, the Nebraska Cornhuskers finished 13-0 and won a national championship — in the coaches poll, at least. That is not the program the Buckeyes will see Saturday in Lincoln, Neb. The Nebraska of 2017 lost to Northern Illinois last month. The Cornhuskers are 3-3. In their first six years in the Big Ten, they reached 10 victories once. They achieved their highest ranking since entering...
Nick Bosa ‘a force’ for Buckeyes on D-line

Nick Bosa ‘a force’ for Buckeyes on D-line

Nick Bosa long ago put aside most thoughts of a 20-sack season. Sometimes he thinks about numbers like that. He knows with the defensive line rotation the Ohio State Buckeyes use, his numbers will never reach that level — not in 2017, at least. “We’ll see next year,” Bosa said. Bosa’s older brother Joey, now in his second season with the San Diego Chargers, recorded 26...
Sports Today: 2 football trench trends having huge effect on Bengals

Sports Today: 2 football trench trends having huge effect on Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals don’t play this week, but that hasn’t stopped the offensive line from being a point of discussion.  And with good cause.  This was the biggest area of concern entering the season, and through five weeks it remains so now that Andy Dalton has remembered how to play quarterback.  Football Outsiders ranks the Bengals 29th in adjusted line yards (a metric...
Meyer concerned targeting issue could affect bigger game

Meyer concerned targeting issue could affect bigger game

Ohio State Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer planned to right a wrong and honor cornerback Denzel Ward at practice Tuesday for a big play he made Saturday. Officials on the field and in the replay booth robbed Ward of his moment in a 62-14 victory against Maryland at Ohio Stadium. Ward hit Maryland wide receiver Taivon Jacobs after a catch, forcing a fumble. Ward picked up the...
Ohio State explains why Urban Meyer’s weekly press conference was canceled

Ohio State explains why Urban Meyer’s weekly press conference was canceled

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer typically meets with local media in Columbus on Monday mornings, but that appearance was canceled this week.  A school spokesperson explained the schedule had to be altered because Meyer is out of town to be with a current player who has a family member going through a serious health issue.  The player was not identified.  Meyer is scheduled to...
Sports Today: AFC North race wide open for Bengals

Sports Today: AFC North race wide open for Bengals

Here’s an understatement to start the week: The AFC North race is looking a lot better for the Cincinnati Bengals than it did three weeks ago.  The Orange and Black were already two games out two games into the season despite playing both games at home against beatable teams.  (They looked awful in both games, by the way.)  The Steelers slogged by the Browns in Week 1 then beat...
Ohio State bowl projections: Are Buckeyes poised to return to College Football Playoff?

Ohio State bowl projections: Are Buckeyes poised to return to College Football Playoff?

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 (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten) steamrolled Maryland (3-2, 1-1) 62-14 at Ohio Stadium for the program’s fourth straight victory. Quarterback J.T. Barrett threw for 261 yards and accounted...
College football: 5 takeaways from Week 6

College football: 5 takeaways from Week 6

The second Saturday of October was one full of surprises across the country.   Here are five college football takeaways from Ohio State’s blowout of Maryland, Michigan State’s upset of Michigan and beyond.  The biggest games in the league so far this season have had something in common: They were all defensive slugfests.   Penn State topped Iowa because Trace...
5 things to know about Ohio State’s thrashing of Maryland

5 things to know about Ohio State’s thrashing of Maryland

Ohio State turned another game into a laugher early Saturday against Maryland, but it was still an eventful afternoon at the Horseshoe.  Here are five things to know about the Buckeyes’ 62-14 win:  Maryland does not have a good defense, but what the Buckeyes have done over the past month would be impressive against anybody.  They posted 584 total yards against Maryland, including...
Everything that was wrong with the targeting call against Ohio State

Everything that was wrong with the targeting call against Ohio State

An eventful first quarter in the Ohio State-Maryland game Saturday included a heavily criticized targeting penalty on Buckeye defensive back Denzel Ward.  Ward was ejected after laying out Maryland receiver Taivon Jacobs on short throw in the flats.  This call appears to be incorrect for multiple reasons. It also exhibits all of the problems with the targeting rule as it is written...
College Football: Ohio State mauls Maryland, 62-14

College Football: Ohio State mauls Maryland, 62-14

Ohio State football ran its winning streak to four games with a 62-14 demolition of Maryland on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. For the third week in a row, the outcome was all but decided by halftime. J.T. Barrett threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score while the Ohio State defense was nearly flawless. J.K. Dobbins, Mike Weber, Antonio Williams and Parris Campbell also ran for touchdowns...
Ohio State Buckeyes: 5 things to know about Saturday’s game vs. Maryland

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

The next step on Ohio State football’s redemption tour is back at Ohio Stadium, where the 10th-ranked Buckeyes will host Maryland at 4 p.m. Saturday. Here are five things to know as Ohio State looks for its fourth straight win: 1. This should be a step up in competition for Ohio State. Since losing to Oklahoma 31-16 on Sept. 9, the Buckeyes have crushed Army, UNLV and Rutgers by a combined score...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals key to victory against the Bills

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals key to victory against the Bills

The Cincinnati Bengals are back home this weekend after breaking into the win column against the Browns.  Will the rejuvenating effects of a weekend vacation on Lake Erie carry over against the 3-1 Buffalo Bills?  There’s no doubt the vibe around the team was different this week, but this is a sneakily big game.  For all the positives of the past two games following a disastrous...
College Football: Maryland at Ohio State preview

College Football: Maryland at Ohio State preview

Who: Maryland (3-1, 1-0) at No. 10 Ohio State (4-1, 2-0) When: 4 p.m. Saturday Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio. TV/Radio: FOX/1410 Series history: Ohio State leads 3-0. The Buckeyes won 62-3 last season in College Park, Md. They won the only previous meeting at Ohio Stadium 49-28 in 2015. RELATED: Freshman contributions; True tests ahead; Mike Weber Last game: Ohio State beat Rutgers 56-0; Maryland...
Sports Today: There’s never enough football talk

Sports Today: There’s never enough football talk

Are we too obsessed with the Ohio State passing game?  Nah.  This is football. That’s how it works.  One of several reasons the game became the preeminent spectator sport in America decades ago was that it provides not only a lot to talk about but a lot of time to do it.  Yeah, it’s a brutal ballet and all, but it’s also weekly like our other favorite TV shows...
Buckeyes’ Barrett sees much-criticized passing game clicking

Buckeyes’ Barrett sees much-criticized passing game clicking

J.T. Barrett has talked about the deep pass long enough. He can’t escape the doubts. He’s sick of the questions. No matter what the Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback does against the likes of Army, UNLV, Rutgers — or even this week’s opponent, Maryland — no one will believe the passing game is strong enough to beat a top-10 team until it does. That chance doesn’t...
Ohio State’s Weber healthy and ready to share load with Dobbins

Ohio State’s Weber healthy and ready to share load with Dobbins

Mike Weber is not Wally Pipp — not by a longshot. Pipp became famous for losing his job to New York Yankees legend Lou Gehrig in 1925. Pipp missed a game. Gerhig took his job and started the next 2,130 games. Weber, the leading returning rusher for the Ohio State Buckeyes entering the 2017 season, lost his starting job to freshman J.K. Dobbins because of a preseason hamstring injury. Coach Urban...
From the archives: Dayton Flyers enter season with high expectations

From the archives: Dayton Flyers enter season with high expectations

Football pain and basketball optimism are part of five fantastic facts from 50 years ago in the Dayton Daily News archives:  Coming off a season in which they lost the national championship game to UCLA, the Flyers were ranked the No. 6 team in the country by the Basketball Yearbook.  Don May was part of the preseason All-America team, joining Lew Alcindor, Elvin Hayes, Wes Unseld and Cal...
Ohio State, Cincinnati announce basketball series

Ohio State, Cincinnati announce basketball series

Ohio State and Cincinnati gave their basketball fans something to get excited about Tuesday with the announcement of a future home-and-home series between the programs.  The Buckeyes will be the first opponent at UC’s Fifth Third Arena when it re-opens next season after an extensive renovation. That will be Ohio State’s game at UC since 1920.  The Bearcats will make a trip to...
Freshmen making early contributions for Buckeyes

Freshmen making early contributions for Buckeyes

It’s not easy to find playing time as a true freshman for the Ohio State Buckeyes, even if you’re part of the second-ranked recruiting class in the nation and one of the best classes in school history. “This could go down as one of the great classes,” coach Urban Meyer said in February on National Signing Day. RELATED: True tests lie ahead for offense Eight months later, the...
Sports Today: At least Reds have some better problems to face this winter

Sports Today: At least Reds have some better problems to face this winter

Major League Baseball’s postseason starts Tuesday night.  The Cincinnati Reds will not be part of it, as you’re probably aware.  After three consecutive 90-plus-loss seasons, what do the Reds have to do to earn some October baseball in the future?  The Hall of Farmer Hal McCoy laid out the offseason tasks for the Reds pretty well, and we’ve got all winter to debate...
True tests lie ahead for Ohio State’s improved offense

True tests lie ahead for Ohio State’s improved offense

Less than one month after Baker Mayfield claimed the center of Ohio Stadium for the Oklahoma Sooners, planting his flag in the middle of the Block O logo, the Ohio State Buckeyes look like a different team. The Buckeyes buried that 31-16 loss on Sept. 9 under a trio of blowouts: 38-7 over Army; 54-21 over UNLV; and 56-0 Saturday over Rutgers. The passing game had the most to prove, and it has...
Sports Today: What Battle of Ohio blowout means for Bengals, Browns

Sports Today: What Battle of Ohio blowout means for Bengals, Browns

After another Battle of Ohio beatdown, the Cincinnati Bengals have hopes and the Cleveland Browns have none.  Finally the 2017 pro football season has arrived in the Buckeye State.  While the Bengals try to figure out how to catch the Steelers, Browns fans can start putting together their draft boards.  Everything is how it should be.  I wrote Friday I was nervous about how certain...
What Ohio State got from blowing out Rutgers and 4 more college football takeaways

What Ohio State got from blowing out Rutgers and 4 more college football takeaways

Ohio State’s laugher at Rutgers was part of a pretty tame Saturday across the country.  Here are five takeaways from the Buckeyes, Big Ten and beyond.  The oft-maligned position seems to be building swagger over the past couple of weeks, something that could pay dividends later in the season since this is a group that has had a tendency to disappear at key points in the Urban Meyer...
J.T. Barrett makes history as Ohio State crushes Rutgers 56-0

J.T. Barrett makes history as Ohio State crushes Rutgers 56-0

J.T. Barrett became Ohio State’s all-time leading passer as the 11th-ranked Buckeyes crushed Rutgers 56-0 on Saturday night.  The senior quarterback completed 14 of 22 passes for 275 yards and ran for 89 more in a little more than two quarters of action.  He finished the night with 7,622 passing yards, besting Art Schlichter’s school record of 7,547 yards that had stood since...
Ohio State football still trying to right course set on last trip to Rutgers

Ohio State football still trying to right course set on last trip to Rutgers

Not many people noticed it at the time, but Ohio State’s most recent trip to Rutgers marked the first step toward being shut out by Clemson in the College Football Playoff.  Oh sure you probably never thought a 49-7 victory could have a long-standing negative impact, but it most certainly did.  To recap what happened back in 2015:  1. J.T. Barrett was installed as the new quarterback...
Sports Today: Can the Bengals get well in Cleveland?

Sports Today: Can the Bengals get well in Cleveland?

The Cincinnati Bengals have a chance to beat the Cleveland Browns for the sixth consecutive time this weekend, and I’m afraid to admit I feel it is likely that will happen.  If following sports has taught me anything, it is that feeling like you know something is always dangerous, but all signs point to a good day on the lake for the men in stripes.  They took some important steps...
College Football Preview: Ohio State vs. Rutgers

College Football Preview: Ohio State vs. Rutgers

Who: No. 11 Ohio State (3-1, 1-0) at Rutgers (1-3, 0-1) When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday Where: High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, N.J. TV/Radio: Big Ten Network/1410 MORE COVERAGE: Greg Schiano; Parris Campbell; Penalty problem; Big Ten controversy Series history: Ohio State leads 3-0. The Buckeyes won 58-0 last season in Columbus, 49-7 in 2015 at Rutgers and 56-17 in 2014 in Columbus. Last game:...
Four storylines to watch in Ohio State vs. Rutgers

Four storylines to watch in Ohio State vs. Rutgers

The No. 5 was everywhere last Saturday for the Ohio State Buckeyes during a 54-21 victory over UNLV. Quarterback J.T. Barrett had it written on one of his sleeves. Center Billy Price wrote the number on the tape wrapped around his hands. Then on Tuesday, as Ohio State practiced at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, the video board above the indoor field read, “Be a 5.” Coach Urban Meyer...
Locker rooms the hot topic in Big Ten football

Locker rooms the hot topic in Big Ten football

Big Ten football coaches gave new meaning to the phrase “locker-room talk” this week. In this instance, the visiting locker rooms were literally the topic thanks to Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh. The Wolverines won 28-10 at Purdue on Saturday. Then on Monday, Harbaugh complained about the accommodations for his team at Purdue’s Ross-Ade Stadium, criticizing the “tight, cramped...
Sports Today: Bengals need to unlock what made Hue Jackson-Andy Dalton duo a success

Sports Today: Bengals need to unlock what made Hue Jackson-Andy Dalton duo a success

The Cincinnati Bengals play the Cleveland Browns this week.  That not only (almost) guarantees at least one of Ohio’s NFL teams will have a win to begin October, it also opens the door to all sorts of interesting subplots thanks to the man who coaches the Browns.  Hue Jackson was honest yesterday on a conference call with Cincinnati reporters when he was asked if he thought both of...
Rutgers has special place in Schiano’s heart

Rutgers has special place in Schiano’s heart

Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano has coached from the sideline for the Ohio State Buckeyes in the last two games. He brings a fiery presence to the bench. He reacts to big plays in the same way his players do, jumping up and banging chests or bumping hips and grabbing players for hugs. Schiano is so enthusiastic Ohio State assigned a strength coach, Quinn Barham, to follow him along the sideline...
From the archives: Bengals are born, UD rocks UC, Big O’s holdout and more

From the archives: Bengals are born, UD rocks UC, Big O’s holdout and more

Here are five fun facts from 50 years ago this week in the Dayton Daily News sports section: Coached by John McVay (grandfather of current Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay), the Flyers used a powerful double-wing attack to crush the Bearcats at Nippert Stadium in what was to be the last meeting on the gridiron between the two schools.  They took great pride in the victory, too, not worrying...
Buckeyes talk about NFL protests during national anthem

Buckeyes talk about NFL protests during national anthem

If you were wondering what some of the Ohio State Buckeyes think about the protests that occurred during the national anthem at multiple NFL games over the weekend, two seniors weighed in Tuesday night. Quarterback J.T. Barrett said he believes the message players are trying to convey has been obscured by how they’ve done it.   “At the end of the day, it's not anything toward the...
College basketball scandal: Is the end coming for big-time college sports?

College basketball scandal: Is the end coming for big-time college sports?

Is it over for big-time college athletics?  That’s my first question from this latest scandal involving NCAA teams, one in which the FBI accuses multiple assistant coaches and others of taking part in a scheme to funnel players to programs and shoe companies.  Unless the FBI is making things up, one has to assume Arizona, Oklahoma State, USC and especially Louisville are in big trouble...
Pass-interference penalties plague Buckeyes

Pass-interference penalties plague Buckeyes

Las Vegas odds-makers favored the Ohio State Buckeyes by 31 ½ points two weeks ago against Army. Last week against UNLV, they were 40 ½-point favorites. This week, Rutgers is a 28-point underdog at home. Tougher games await in October and November for Ohio State, but if this season was a water park, the Buckeyes would be floating down the lazy river right now with few cares in the world...
Landers probable Saturday for Ohio State

Landers probable Saturday for Ohio State

Ohio State Buckeyes defensive tackle Robert Landers’ status for a game Saturday at Rutgers is probable, coach Urban Meyer said Monday. The Wayne grad Landers, a redshirt sophomore, played in the first three games for the Buckeyes, making one tackle and creating a memorable moment with a fumble return that was overturned, but didn’t play last weekend in a 54-21 victory against UNLV. He...
Sports Today: Bengals show what they can be if it’s not too late

Sports Today: Bengals show what they can be if it’s not too late

The Cincinnati Bengals’ 24-21 overtime loss to the Green Bay Packers might have felt a lot different on a different week.  That was the type of game I expected from the Bengals all season.   They played decently on the road against a likely division winner with an elite quarterback and lost a close game.  Too bad it came after they played badly at home and lost to two .500-ish...
Ahrens picks Ohio State, writes ‘There’s no place like home’

Ahrens picks Ohio State, writes ‘There’s no place like home’

Versailles High School senior Justin Ahrens, one of the top basketball recruits in the class of 2018, committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes on Sunday. He visited campus over the weekend. Ahrens narrowed his choices to Ohio State, Michigan and Xavier in August. He made his final announcement on Twitter, writing, “Ohio y’all ready? There’s no place like home.” Ahrens cut...
Five young players who stood out in Ohio State’s win vs. UNLV

Five young players who stood out in Ohio State’s win vs. UNLV

The temperature soared to 93 degrees inside Ohio State on Saturday — no big deal if you’re from south Florida. “It could have been worse,” said defensive end Nick Bosa, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. That may have been true if Ohio State played UNLV in August. In late September, with Halloween decorations going up around Columbus, these were unseasonably warm temperatures. Fortunately...
No contest but plenty of substance in Ohio State’s drubbing of UNLV

No contest but plenty of substance in Ohio State’s drubbing of UNLV

Ohio State’s game against UNLV might have turned out to be a glorified scrimmage, but that is just what the Buckeyes needed.  Nothing beats game reps when it comes to building a football team, and the Buckeyes still have a lot of building to do if they want to accomplish any of their goals for the season.  That is still true after the 54-21 blowout of the Rebels. And yet the Buckeyes...
Ohio State sets single-game passing yards record

Ohio State sets single-game passing yards record

Urban Meyer leads the Ohio State Buckeyes down the ramp and into Ohio Stadium two hours before every home game. He walks with the same pace each time. On Saturday, though, hours before No. 10 Ohio State routed UNLV 54-21, he broke into a jog. Meyer didn’t set any 100-yard dash records in his journey across the turf. He did get a few of his players, who trailed behind him, to chuckle. Then...
Ohio State rides passing game to rout of UNLV

Ohio State rides passing game to rout of UNLV

The No. 10 Ohio State Buckeyes set a Big Ten record with seven touchdown catches by seven different receivers in a 54-21 rout of UNLV on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Star of the game: J.T. Barrett threw all but one of the touchdown passes in the first half, falling one touchdown short of tying his own school record for touchdown passes in a game. Barrett didn’t play the last series of the half...
Three storylines: Ohio State vs. UNLV

Three storylines: Ohio State vs. UNLV

Backup quarterback Joe Burrow created a minor furor Thursday when he responded to a Wall Street Journal story about the Ohio State Buckeyes football program being the most valuable in the country. “Our team is worth 1.5 BILLION dollars,” Burrow wrote on Twitter, “but it wouldn’t be fair to other students if we get a free hamburger.” That started a chain reaction of comments...
Preview: Ohio State plays UNLV for first time

Preview: Ohio State plays UNLV for first time

Who: UNLV (1-1) at No. 10 Ohio State (2-1) When: Noon Saturday Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus TV/Radio: Big Ten Network/1410 »RELATED: Ohio State receivers ready for any shot they get Series history: This is the first meeting. Ohio State is 9-1 against current members of the Mountain West Conference. The Buckeyes last played a Mountain West team in 2015, beating Hawaii 38-0. UNLV is 2-14 against...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Reds following Dayton’s lead with quick netting decision

Sports Today: Cincinnati Reds following Dayton’s lead with quick netting decision

The Cincinnati Reds got it right by acting quickly to announce they will add netting to more areas around the field at Great American Ball Park next season.  I can say that without hesitation because of how the extended netting looks at Fifth Third Field in Dayton.  I don’t know for certain Reds brass took that into account when making their decision one day after Todd Frazier was...
High School Wrestling: Another Jordan headed to Ohio State

High School Wrestling: Another Jordan headed to Ohio State

Ohio State University wrestling coach Tom Ryan made it three-for-three with the Jordan family this week. Rocky Jordan, Graham’s two-time state champ, verbally committed to the Buckeyes after completing his visits – which included one to Big Ten rival Michigan. »RELATED: Jordan dominates to win state title Rocky will be the third Jordan brother to wrestle for the Buckeyes. In March...
Sports Today: Marvin Lewis puts Bengals on notice for a change

Sports Today: Marvin Lewis puts Bengals on notice for a change

Something interesting happened Wednesday at Paul Brown Stadium: Marvin Lewis told us he let his players know it was their fault Ken Zampese was fired.  Lewis, who didn’t want to talk about Zampese anymore than he had to but tolerated more questions than I thought he would, also warned the players they could be next if things don’t turn around.  This is noteworthy because Lewis...
Ohio State receivers ready for any shot they get

Ohio State receivers ready for any shot they get

Two hybrid backs have emerged as Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett’s favorite targets, though it’s still too early to tell who will be the team’s go-to guy in the passing game — or if there will be one at all. Parris Campbell and K.J. Hill, who are splitting time at H-back, lead the team with 15 catches. Barrett has thrown five touchdown passes, all to different...
Safety Smith ‘simply doing my job’ for Buckeyes

Safety Smith ‘simply doing my job’ for Buckeyes

The video board overlooking the indoor field at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center displayed a simple message Tuesday as members of the Ohio State Buckeyes talked to the media after practice. “Improve today,” it read. The Buckeyes see inspiring messages wherever they walk at the Woody, and many of the players themselves have inspiring stories. For every J.K. Dobbins who stars from the moment...
Sports Today: How ‘pumpin bubs’ could save Ohio State’s season

Sports Today: How ‘pumpin bubs’ could save Ohio State’s season

Will Ohio State’s season come down to pumpin bubs?  Quite possibly yes.  In which case I guess we should explain just what pumpin bubs means.  The phrase set to sweep the nation came from J.T. Barrett on Tuesday night at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center when asked about some new wrinkles the Buckeyes unveiled in a win over Army last weekend.  Bub is short for “bubble&rdquo...
Dobbins bringing energy to Ohio State offense

Dobbins bringing energy to Ohio State offense

J.K. Dobbins hit the hole opened by left tackle Jamarco Jones and tight end Marcus Baugh, planted his left foot and turned up the field. Army cornerback Mike Reynolds lost his footing when Dobbins made his move and made a desperate tackle attempt. Dobbins did his best Ezekiel Elliott impression in the last 40 yards of his 52-yard touchdown run Saturday at Ohio Stadium. He showed Elliott’s breakaway...
Tuf Borland has ‘personality that matches his name’

Tuf Borland has ‘personality that matches his name’

Tuf Borland has the best football name on the Ohio State Buckeyes roster. He just doesn’t hear his name very often in the locker room. His teammates call him anything but Tuf. “Pretty much whatever they feel like calling me,” Borland said. The redshirt freshman from Bolingbrook, Ill., doesn’t expect that to change even though he is now a more household name for college football...
Sports Today: Who wants to be a quarterback, anyway?

Sports Today: Who wants to be a quarterback, anyway?

OK, so football turned out a little better in The Heart of It All this weekend, but not by much.  Especially if you’re a quarterback.  Andy Dalton kicked things off by getting outplayed on his home field by a rookie making his first start Thursday night.  J.T. Barrett went next, playing a key role in Ohio State’s 38-7 win over Army on Saturday. The Buckeyes won comfortably...
Barrett passes Brees to become Big Ten’s touchdown king

Barrett passes Brees to become Big Ten’s touchdown king

A lot can change in a week. The Ohio State Buckeyes didn’t prove they belong in the national championship picture with their 38-7 victory Saturday over Army, but they did provide a feel-good moment for a player in need one of one. J.T. Barrett threw touchdown passes and ran for another at Ohio Stadium. He has thrown 74 touchdown passes and rushed for 33 scores in 39 career games. No one...
5 college football takeaways: Ohio State and Michigan have something in common

5 college football takeaways: Ohio State and Michigan have something in common

Another thrilling week of college football is in the books. Here are five things to know about what went down across the country, starting close to home: 1. Ohio State and Michigan are both in weird spots at quarterback. The bitterest rivals in college football both have veteran quarterbacks who have struggled to maximize the talent around them, although Jim Harbaugh has done a better job of building...
Five takeaways from Ohio State’s victory over Army

Five takeaways from Ohio State’s victory over Army

Parris Campbell wore an American flag mouthguard Saturday at Ohio Stadium. He wore it once last season and couldn’t have picked a better time to flash the red, white and blue this season. It stood out in a big way when he While the No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes routed Army 38-7, their respect for the Black Knights increased with every possession, culminating in a touching moment after the game....
Ohio State football: 5 encouraging signs for the offense and 1 reason for concern

Ohio State football: 5 encouraging signs for the offense and 1 reason for concern

Ohio State needed more than a win Saturday against Army. The Buckeyes left last week’s loss against Oklahoma facing questions about their offense that went beyond personnel to the soul of Urban Meyer’s offensive philosophy.  Here are five encouraging developments from Ohio State’s 38-7 win over the Black Knights, and one thing still to worry about.  A week after running...
Barrett breaks record as Buckeyes win big

Barrett breaks record as Buckeyes win big

J.T. Barrett quieted the critics — for one week at least — and passed a Big Ten legend in the record books as the No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes bounced back from their first loss with a 38-7 rout of Army on Saturday at Ohio State. Barrett threw two touchdown passes and ran for another. He has been responsible for 107 touchdowns (rushing and passing in his career. He broke the record of 106...
Everyone has opinion on Ohio State quarterback situation

Everyone has opinion on Ohio State quarterback situation

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett had to hear the talk all week, even if he kept his ears covered by those Beats by Dre headphones LeBron James gave to the team three seasons ago before the national championship game. Everyone had something to say about whether Ohio State should stick with its fifth-year senior starter in the next game Saturday against Army or give one of the younger quarterbacks...

Ohio State football vs. Army: 3 keys, predictions

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer knows just what kind of challenge Army presents, especially for a team coming off a tough loss. “Army, very unique issues you deal with,” he said in his Monday news conference. “They are very good on offense. Second in the country, I believe, rushing. The wishbone creates its own identity of issues...
Ohio State vs. Army: Seven storylines to follow

Ohio State vs. Army: Seven storylines to follow

The Ohio State Buckeyes should have avoided social media at all costs this week. At the very least, they should have donned eclipse glasses before checking their mentions on Twitter. Any player who did sneak a peak saw the worst of the fan reactions following the 31-16 loss to Oklahoma. A few responded to the critics. “Don’t jump on the bandwagon when everything start clicking,”...
College Football Preview: Ohio State vs. Army

College Football Preview: Ohio State vs. Army

Who: Army (2-0) at No. 8 Ohio State (1-1) When: 4:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus TV/Radio: FOX/1410 Series history: This is the first meeting. Ohio State will be the ninth current Big Ten team Army has played in its history. Army is 43-50-1 against the Big Ten. Last week: Ohio State lost 31-16 at home to Oklahoma. Army beat Buffalo 21-17 in West Point, N.Y. Coaches: Ohio State&rsquo...
Ohio State’s Kevin Wilson on loss to Oklahoma: ‘I was awful’

Ohio State’s Kevin Wilson on loss to Oklahoma: ‘I was awful’

No Ohio State Buckeyes coach or player will point a finger at anyone else in the program when it comes to the 31-16 loss Saturday to Oklahoma. Urban Meyer has trained them too well for that — Ezekiel Elliott’s outburst after the loss to Michigan State in 2015 being a rare exception. “This is not the first time we’ve had a tough loss,” Meyer said Monday. “Fortunately...
Sports Today: 2 keys to success for the Bengals tonight and beyond

Sports Today: 2 keys to success for the Bengals tonight and beyond

There were no surprising positives in the loss to the Cincinnati Bengals’ loss to the Baltimore Ravens, but there were negatives I didn't see coming.  Of course, Andy Dalton tops the latter list.  The young players on the front seven didn't really do anything.  Everything else was more or less expected.  Those two areas are probably going to be the most important on...
Hartman: College football quarterback controversy Twitter tiffs are the worst

Hartman: College football quarterback controversy Twitter tiffs are the worst

In case you forgot we’re living in the stupidest of times, here’s another reminder.  That it comes at the intersection of sports commentary, college football recruiting and Twitter is no coincidence.  If you missed it (count your blessings), here is what happened:  Ohio State played badly and lost Saturday night to Oklahoma.  Multiple recruits – including...
Sports Today: Ohio State football has to decide what it wants offense to be

Sports Today: Ohio State football has to decide what it wants offense to be

Have you heard the one about how Ohio State football can’t do offense anymore?  Of course you have because if you’re reading this, you’re on the internet, and there is nowhere on the web without someone’s take on how Urban Meyer’s famous attack has broken down.  I found this one from Yahoo! Sports’ Pete Thamel particularly useful as it confirms (albeit...
Army’s wishbone offense presents unique challenge for Buckeyes

Army’s wishbone offense presents unique challenge for Buckeyes

The Ohio State Buckeyes didn’t waste time dwelling on their 31-16 loss to Oklahoma. They have devoted all their time since Saturday getting ready for a unique opponent: Army. “We put that (loss to bed),” coach Urban Meyer said Monday. “We met. We watched it. Then it was — even last night — right on to Army. You need to spend every waking moment from until the foot...
Ranking the 7 losses of the Urban Meyer era at Ohio State: Most surprising to least

Ranking the 7 losses of the Urban Meyer era at Ohio State: Most surprising to least

The Ohio State Buckeyes sing “Carmen Ohio” after every game. Most of the time, you can hear them loud and clear from the stands at Ohio Stadium. On Saturday, singing after a 31-16 loss to Oklahoma, they might as well have been whispering. Even people standing a few feet away couldn’t hear much. The Buckeyes aren’t used to losing, especially at Ohio Stadium. This was the...
Braxton Miller’s greatest hits from Wayne to Ohio State to the NFL

Braxton Miller’s greatest hits from Wayne to Ohio State to the NFL

The Cincinnati Bengals host the Houston Texans this week, meaning a homecoming for Braxton Miller.  A second-year receiver for the Texans, Miller starred as a quarterback at Wayne High School and Ohio State before being taken in last year’s draft by Houston.  He hasn’t carved out much of a niche yet in the NFL as a receiver, but anyone who watched him play over the past...
Sports Today: Anthony Grant hits it big with newest Dayton Flyers verbal commit

Sports Today: Anthony Grant hits it big with newest Dayton Flyers verbal commit

Dayton Flyers basketball fans got a shot of great news yesterday evening with the verbal commitment of Dwayne Cohill.  The senior point guard from Cleveland Holy Name is a top 100 prospect in the country according to Rivals and 247Sports.  Needless to say, this is a huge get for Anthony Grant, who hasn’t coached a Flyers game yet but already has matched predecessor Archie Miller&rsquo...
Urban Meyer: J.T. Barrett ‘has got to play better’

Urban Meyer: J.T. Barrett ‘has got to play better’

Armchair quarterbacks across the country have busied themselves in recent days posting opinions to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. about Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett. “There is nothing complicated about this,” wrote Clay Travis of OutkickTheCoverage.com on Twitter. “J.T. Barrett is just not a good quarterback.” Even a potential future Buckeye, five-star defensive...
Urban Meyer on replacing Barrett: ‘Not even a question’

Urban Meyer on replacing Barrett: ‘Not even a question’

Contruction continues on a $7.8 million addition to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. It will be a work in progress for months A similar thing could be said about the team that practices there. The Ohio State Buckeyes dropped from No. 2 to No. 8 in the Associated Press poll this week after a 31-16 loss to Oklahoma, which moved from No. 5 to No. 2. All the work Ohio State did from January to August...
Sports Today: Bengals loss a blip, or sign of things to come?

Sports Today: Bengals loss a blip, or sign of things to come?

The Cincinnati Bengals’ season-opening loss to the Baltimore Ravens could not have gone worse.  That isn’t hyperbole. There are virtually no positives to take away from it aside from no one being seriously injured.  The way Marvin Lewis’ team looked Sunday, that won’t matter in the long run because they can’t win with this collection of players if they can&rsquo...

Ohio State Buckeyes bowl projections: Week 2

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 (1-1) fell at home to No. 5 Oklahoma, 31-16, in the largest margin of defeat in Columbus for an Urban Meyer team and the largest margin at Ohio Stadium since 1999. In what was...
Ohio State falls in Top 25 poll

Ohio State falls in Top 25 poll

Oklahoma moved up to No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll behind Alabama after the Sooners scored the most impressive victory of week two. Three of the top six teams from last week defeated other ranked teams on Saturday, creating an early shake-up near the top of the AP Top 25. The Sooners jumped three spots after winning 31-16 at Ohio State. The last time the Sooners were this close...
Three reasons Ohio State lost to Oklahoma

Three reasons Ohio State lost to Oklahoma

Current and former Ohio State Buckeyes tried to put their best spin on the 31-16 loss Saturday to Oklahoma, even as their fans woke up Sunday morning hoping it was all a bad dream. “Buckeye fans, y’all kill me sometimes,” former linebacker Joshua Perry wrote on Twitter. “It’s one game. One loss. It’s not over. It’s still early. We’re good. Trust...

Three reasons Ohio State lost to Oklahoma

Current and former Ohio State Buckeyes tried to put their best spin on the 31-16 loss Saturday to Oklahoma , even as their fans woke up Sunday morning hoping it was all a bad dream. “Buckeye fans, y’all kill me sometimes,” former linebacker Joshua Perry wrote on Twitter. “It’s one game. One loss. It’s not over. It’s still early...
Tom Archdeacon: Barrett, not Mayfield, riles up Buckeye fans

Tom Archdeacon: Barrett, not Mayfield, riles up Buckeye fans

The quarterback who had Ohio State backers most riled up late Saturday night was not Baker Mayfield. Never mind that after leading Oklahoma to a 31-16 blowout of OSU at Ohio Stadium, the swaggering Sooner then rubbed more salt in the wounds of the Buckeye fans who stayed – and many didn’t – until the end of the game. As soon as the clock drained, Mayfield – wearing a white...
Urban Meyer on Ohio State loss: ‘It was awful’

Urban Meyer on Ohio State loss: ‘It was awful’

Baker Mayfield ran the Oklahoma flag to midfield at Ohio Stadium, planted it in the center of Ohio State’s logo and celebrated with his teammates. He might as well have stuck it right in the hearts of the 109,088 fans — minus the few Sooners fans in attendance — who watched him lead the No. 5 Oklahoma Sooners to a 31-16 victory over the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday...
Sooners shock Buckeyes with second-half rout

Sooners shock Buckeyes with second-half rout

Fifth-ranked Oklahoma stunned No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday night, pulling away in the second half for a 31-16 victory and handing the Buckeyes their third loss at Ohio Stadium in the Urban Meyer era. Star of the game: Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield outplayed Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett by a wide margin. Mayfield threw three touchdown passes in the second half. He completed 27 of 35 passes...
Former Buckeye Cris Carter: 'Smash Oklahoma’

Former Buckeye Cris Carter: 'Smash Oklahoma’

Cris Carter guest starred at Ohio State’s tradition pregame Skull Session on Saturday, two hours before the No. 2 Buckeyes played No. 5 Oklahoma in the home opener at Ohio Stadium. The Middletown High School graduate and Ohio State legend Carter addressed a packed St. John Arena, taking the microphone after head coach Urban Meyer and defensive end Tyquan Lewis. “Over 30 years ago, I made...
S’mores on a stick, dinner in a cone: Ohio Stadium’s new must-try game-day foods

S’mores on a stick, dinner in a cone: Ohio Stadium’s new must-try game-day foods

Not so very long ago, the concession-stand menu for football fans at Ohio Stadium consisted of little more than hot dogs and popcorn. The addition of cheese-smothered nachos was a revelation. The times, they are a-changing. When fans pour into the Horseshoe on Saturday for the Buckeyes’ first home game of the 2017 season, they’ll have several tasty new options to choose from. The most...
Urban Meyer cringes when new coaches criticize their own roster

Urban Meyer cringes when new coaches criticize their own roster

Urban Meyer often chooses his words carefully. He didn’t hold back this week, however, when he was asked his thoughts about Tom Herman’s comments following a loss to Maryland. Herman, Ohio State’s former offensive coordinator, lost his first game as Texas head coach 51-41 at home to Maryland. He’s trying to turn around a program that has experienced three straight losing seasons...
Sports Today: Oklahoma stakes out territory in Ohio early

Sports Today: Oklahoma stakes out territory in Ohio early

How about that NFL opener last night?  The Kansas City Chiefs beat the New England Patriots 42-27 in a game that included 908 total yards.  Urban Meyer’s old quarterback, Alex Smith, ran what could almost be called the pro version of what Meyer might like his offense to be nearly to perfection. Smith hit a couple of deep balls, found playmakers running in stride and even ran a few...
Preview: Ohio State vs. Oklahoma

Preview: Ohio State vs. Oklahoma

Who: No. 5 Oklahoma at No. 2 Ohio State When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus TV/Radio: ABC/1410 Series history: Ohio State leads 2-1. The Buckeyes lost 29-28 in 1977 in Columbus. Ohio State won 24-14 in 1983 in Norman, Okla., and 45-24 last season in Norman. Last week: Ohio State won 49-21 at Indiana. Oklahoma won 56-7 at home against UTEP. Coaches: Urban Meyer is 62-6 in his sixth...
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