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Haskins still growing as he returns to his home state leading Buckeyes

History will be the theme of the day for Dwayne Haskins when Ohio State plays at Maryland on Saturday. That could turn out to be true in more ways than one. RELATED: Meyer wants Maryland, not Michigan, on minds of Buckeyes this week This much we know: Haskins will enter the game against the Terrapins needing 51 passing yards to break Joe Germaine’s single-season school record of 3,330 set in...
Ohio State looking to extend noon dominance

Ohio State looking to extend noon dominance

Ohio State and Maryland are set to kick off at noon Saturday — the perfect time for the Buckeyes so far in the Urban Meyer era.  Perfect as in they haven’t lost a noon kickoff yet since he took over as the coach in Columbus.  The Ohio State sports information department produced that eye-opening stat this week: 29-0 in games that kick off at noon since the start of the 2012 season...
Wayne’s Landers on OSU defense: ‘Lot of things we still need to clean up’

Wayne’s Landers on OSU defense: ‘Lot of things we still need to clean up’

The Ohio State defense has been under fire throughout the 2018 season. The troubles started on opening day when Oregon State scored 31 points and totaled nearly 400 yards. That included 196 yards on the ground, touchdown runs of 78 and 80 yards plus a 49-yard score through the air. Although some of that damage was done against reserves, the seeds for season-long struggles were sown. Big plays continued...
Ranked win does not give Buckeyes a bump in College Football Playoff rankings

Ranked win does not give Buckeyes a bump in College Football Playoff rankings

Ohio State might have taken a step forward with a win at then-No. 24 Michigan State last weekend, but the College Football Playoff committee still views the Buckeyes the same.  Ohio State is No. 10 in the updated playoff rankings released Tuesday night.  That is also where the Buckeyes found themselves in each of the first two weeks of the rankings, but it won’t really matter much...
Urban Meyer: Buckeyes ‘over-the-top irate’ about allegations Ohio State hid racial incident 

Urban Meyer: Buckeyes ‘over-the-top irate’ about allegations Ohio State hid racial incident 

Urban Meyer said Ohio State is considering legal action against a reporter who published a story accusing him and others of covering up a racially charged altercation between an assistant coach and a player last season.  “My first reaction was like everyone around here: Irate,” Meyer said on the weekly Big Ten coaches teleconference. “Our players were over-the-top irate. They...
Ohio State officials, players deny accusation former assistant used racial slur against player at practice

Ohio State officials, players deny accusation former assistant used racial slur against player at practice

The father of former Ohio State receiver Trevon Grimes says former Ohio State receivers coach Zach Smith called him the N-word during an altercation at practice in 2017, according to a report published this week by the digital television network Stadium. Multiple Ohio State football players past and present quickly posted Tweets defending coach Urban Meyer and the article’s implication...
Ohio State football: Everything Urban Meyer said previewing Maryland

Ohio State football: Everything Urban Meyer said previewing Maryland

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer kicked off Maryland week with his usual Monday press conference.  Here is a transcript of the coach’s interview with local reporters:  COACH MEYER: Thanks for coming. As we do, I'll go through the champions on defense. Coop -- Jonathon Cooper, B.B. Landers, these are guys that graded out champions. Tuf Borland, Malik Harrison, Pete Werner, Damon...
Meyer says Buckeyes won’t have trouble focusing on Maryland this week

Meyer says Buckeyes won’t have trouble focusing on Maryland this week

Ohio State began its 11th game week of the season Monday, and that can only mean one thing. Urban Meyer needed to talk to his team about not thinking about the ninth-ranked Buckeyes’ 12th game week of the season yet. The latter, of course, will lead up to a game against Michigan. With the Buckeyes and Wolverines (No. 4) both in the top 10 this week, the 115th meeting between them looks like...
Urban Meyer endorses play of Ohio State offensive line

Urban Meyer endorses play of Ohio State offensive line

The play of Ohio State’s offensive line has been a bit of a lightning rod among the fan base this season.  The head coach provided an endorsement of the group Monday — but he wants to see more. “I think we could play a little bit better,” Meyer said two days after the Buckeyes beat Michigan State 26-6. “That was a rugged day now…”  The Buckeyes...
Ohio State’s win at Michigan State brings needed shot of confidence

Ohio State’s win at Michigan State brings needed shot of confidence

Ohio State picked up more than another win over a ranked team in a competitive series Saturday. In downing No. 24 Michigan State 26-6, the 9-1 Buckeyes also got something that has eluded them through most of a somewhat strange season: Something to feel good about. “That was a big win,” coach Urban Meyer said. “We’re very satisfied. I agree — the other ones, people didn&rsquo...
Punter Chrisman gets redemption and then some for Ohio State at MSU

Punter Chrisman gets redemption and then some for Ohio State at MSU

Drue Chrisman’s day at Michigan State on Saturday could not have started much worse. It could not have ended much better. The Ohio State punter took the Spartan Stadium field for the first time with about 10 minutes to go in the first quarter hoping to pick up the offense for going three-and-out on its first possession. With the line of scrimmage the OSU 31, he had a chance to really boom one...
Ohio State beats Michigan State with special teams, running game

Ohio State beats Michigan State with special teams, running game

Ohio State used a familiar formula to beat Michigan State on Saturday. Well, at least one familiar to fans from a decade ago. Coach Urban Meyer’s squad relied heavily enough on defense and special teams to knock off the Spartans 26-6 and one could be forgiven for thinking Jim Tressel had returned to the sidelines. Here are five things to know about the game: The Buckeyes didn’t run for...
Ohio State punts its way to win at Michigan State

Ohio State punts its way to win at Michigan State

Ohio State dominated the second half en route to a 26-6 win at Michigan State.  The eighth-ranked Buckeyes scratched out what they could offensively against a stout Spartans defense, but they didn’t need much thanks to a stellar outing by the special teams and defense.  Punter Drue Chrisman and his coverage unit pinned the 24th-ranked Spartans inside their 10-yard line on five consecutive...
Ohio State football: Can Buckeyes solve rugged Michigan State defense?

Ohio State football: Can Buckeyes solve rugged Michigan State defense?

Ohio State and Michigan State usually have met with something on the line lately. For the sixth time in the last seven meetings, both teams will be ranked entering the contest at noon Saturday in East Lansing. 5 things to know about the Ohio State-Michigan State series The eighth-ranked Buckeyes need a win to remain within a game of Michigan in the Big Ten East race, and of course a second loss this...
Ohio State at Michigan State: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Ohio State at Michigan State: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Who: No. 8 Ohio State (8-1, 5-1 Big Ten) at No. 24 Michigan State (6-3, 4-2) When: 12 p.m., Saturday Where: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Mich. TV/Radio: FOX/1410 Series history: Ohio State leads 31-15, including 16-5 in East Lansing. The Buckeyes have won six in a row at Spartan Stadium. Last game: Ohio State won 48-3 last season in Columbus. That was an important outcome following a blowout...
7 things to know about Ohio State’s season-opening win at Cincinnati

7 things to know about Ohio State’s season-opening win at Cincinnati

Ohio State’s 64-56 season-opening win at Cincinnati offered plenty of proof why the Buckeyes and Bearcats should do this on a basketball floor more often. Here are seven things to know about the game: Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said the atmosphere was even better than he anticipated as 12,012 fans packed the house. “It was tremendous,” he said. “I’m sure...
7 takeaways from reviewing Ohio State’s win over Nebraska

7 takeaways from reviewing Ohio State’s win over Nebraska

Ohio State’s deficiencies were fairly under control against Nebraska.  What prevented this game from being a more decisive win were disappointing performances from two areas that are expected to be strengths.   1. The defensive line is supposed to be wrecking people, and that just has not happened consistently.  As everyone knows, the loss of Nick Bosa looms large here...
College basketball: Ohio State beats Cincinnati to open season

College basketball: Ohio State beats Cincinnati to open season

Ohio State traveled to Cincinnati and picked up a big win to start the season.  The Buckeyes led by as many as 16 then had to hold on in the final minute for a 64-56 win.  The Bearcats cut the lead to four with 59 seconds left but couldn’t get any closer.  C.J. Jackson’s layup high off the glass with the shot clock running down and 29 seconds left in the game essentially...
Ohio State football: 5 things to know about the series vs. Michigan State

Ohio State football: 5 things to know about the series vs. Michigan State

Ohio State and Michigan State are set to play football for the 47th time Saturday. Here are five things to know about the series between the Buckeyes and the Spartans. The Buckeyes are 31-15 against Michigan State despite losing the first three times the schools played. After losing to the Spartans in 1912, ’51 and ’53, Ohio State got its first win in the series in 1959 when the 20th-ranked...
College Football Playoff rankings: Ohio State 10th again

College Football Playoff rankings: Ohio State 10th again

Ohio State is ranked 10th in the College Football Playoff rankings for another week.  The Buckeyes, who beat Nebraska 36-31 last week, were also No. 10 when the first rankings were released last week.  They are the lowest-rated one-loss team in a major conference, but the Buckeyes will have multiple chances to impress the committee in the coming weeks.  After a visit to Maryland on...
Ohio State football: Depth could boost beleaguered secondary

Ohio State football: Depth could boost beleaguered secondary

Secondary play has been a sore spot all season for Ohio State.  Finding a set lineup might help, and Urban Meyer sounds hopeful that is about to happen.  When asked if the staff has found solutions to its problems, he replied: “That’s what we practice Tuesday and Wednesday for. The good news is I think we’re going to be relatively healthy back there. We’ll have all...
Ohio State football: Running game to face major test at Michigan State

Ohio State football: Running game to face major test at Michigan State

Is Ohio State’s running game fixed? The eighth-ranked Buckeyes won’t have to wait long to find out. The nation’s No. 1 rush defense awaits when Ohio State faces No. 24 Michigan State in East Lansing on Saturday. The Buckeyes will head north coming off their second-best rushing performance of season, a 229-yard outburst against Nebraska last Saturday. RELATED: Everything Urban Meyer...
Football recruiting: Ohio State offers scholarship to Northmont standout

Football recruiting: Ohio State offers scholarship to Northmont standout

Ohio State is looking to flip a local player already committed to a Big Ten foe.  Jestin Jacobs, a senior linebacker at Northmont, announced Monday night he has received a scholarship offer from Ohio State.  The four-star prospect verbally committed to Iowa in May.  He has since moved up to the No. 12 prospect in Ohio according to the 247Sports Composite rankings and the No...
Ohio State basketball: Buckeyes lose big man to transfer

Ohio State basketball: Buckeyes lose big man to transfer

Ohio State basketball will begin the season Wednesday with one less player than expected.  The school announced Monday the decision of Micah Potter to transfer before the start of what would have been his junior season for the Buckeyes “We appreciate Micah’s contributions to our program and we wish him the very best moving forward,” Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said in a...
Ohio State-Michigan State: Everything Urban Meyer said during his Monday press conference

Ohio State-Michigan State: Everything Urban Meyer said during his Monday press conference

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer kicked off another week Monday with his usual press conference.  Next up for the Buckeyes is a trip to Michigan State on Saturday.  Meyer talked about the Spartans and much more.  Here is a transcript:  COACH MEYER: As we do, we will review the champions. On defense Dre'Mont Jones, John Cooper and Jashon Cornell, Tuf Borland and Damon Arnette...
Brendon White’s big day to lead to more playing time for Ohio State

Brendon White’s big day to lead to more playing time for Ohio State

Two days after his breakout performance against Nebraska, Ohio State safety Brendon White was a big topic of conversation at Urban Meyer’s weekly Monday press conference. The sophomore safety was selected the defensive player of the game against the Cornhuskers after he tallied 13 tackles, more than twice as many as he had in the first eight games combined. White’s success begged an obvious...
Braxton Miller shares his success with Springfield ministry that helped shape him

Braxton Miller shares his success with Springfield ministry that helped shape him

Braxton Miller came back to Springfield delivering a $45,000 check from a national nonprofit to one of his favorite local organizations. He presented the check from bluePrint Inc., a national nonprofit to Inside Out, a local ministry that serves at-risk youth and families in need. The ministry plans to use the money for renovations and to continue to develop. Miller is a former Ohio State Buckeye...
Meyer says OSU improved in 36-31 win over Nebraska

Meyer says OSU improved in 36-31 win over Nebraska

Ohio State football got back in the win column Saturday. Now what? With surging Michigan leaving no margin for error in the Big Ten East race, Urban Meyer’s team just has to keep winning — whether the Buckeyes play their best game or not. “Yeah, we did,” Meyer replied when asked if his team improved during a 36-31 win over double-digit underdog Nebraska. “And I get it...
Ohio State defense takes (baby) step forward in win over Nebraska

Ohio State defense takes (baby) step forward in win over Nebraska

For an idea of how the season has gone for Ohio State defensively, consider that allowing 450 yards to Nebraska represented only the fourth-worst performance of the season for the Buckeyes, who allowed 539 yards their last time out, a 49-20 loss at Purdue two weeks earlier. The Cornhuskers’ tallied 31 points, but that was merely tied for second worst through nine games. (Oregon State also tallied...
5 things to know about Ohio State’s 36-31 defeat of Nebraska

5 things to know about Ohio State’s 36-31 defeat of Nebraska

Urban Meyer’s favorite part of Ohio State’s 36-31 win over Nebraska was not surprising. “The biggest thing to get that darned bad taste out of your mouth from a couple weeks ago and go win the game,” Meyer said. “It was a close game against a team that was hitting stride now.” Meyer and the Buckeyes had to wait an extra week to put a 49-20 loss at Purdue behind...
Ohio State takes care of Nebraska in second half for 36-31 victory

Ohio State takes care of Nebraska in second half for 36-31 victory

Ohio State rallied from a halftime deficit to beat Nebraska 36-31 at Ohio Stadium on Saturday.  The eighth-ranked Buckeyes trailed 21-16 at halftime but turned things around in the third quarter.  A J.K. Dobbins 3-yard run put the Buckeyes on top 23-21 with 5:39 left in the third, and Parris Campbell scored from nine yards out less than four minutes later to extend the lead to nine points...
Nebraska at Ohio State: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Nebraska at Ohio State: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Who: Nebraska (2-6, 1-4) at No. 8 Ohio State (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten) When: 12 p.m., Saturday Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio TV/Radio: FOX/1410 Series history: Ohio State leads 5-1. The Buckeyes are undefeated against the Cornhuskers in four games in Columbus. The teams have played only four times since Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011, but they are scheduled to meet every season from now through...
Ohio State football: Freshman earns spot in receiver rotation

Ohio State football: Freshman earns spot in receiver rotation

A week off afforded some players a chance to work their way into the rotation at Ohio State.  Chris Olave took advantage.  Urban Meyer said Wednesday night the freshman will see playing time at receiver Saturday when the Buckeyes take on Nebraska at Ohio Stadium.  The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder from California has been one of the most-praised members of the 2018 recruiting class and takes...
5 options for the Ohio State offense to get better results

5 options for the Ohio State offense to get better results

Urban Meyer has made a habit of reminding everyone more than one issue has caused his high-powered Ohio State offense to break down in the red zone and in short-yardage situations this season.  He’s right, of course, and a few potential solutions have surfaced through interviews with the head coach of the Buckeyes and offensive coordinator Ryan Day over the past two weeks.   Here...
6 takeaways from the first College Football Playoff rankings

6 takeaways from the first College Football Playoff rankings

The first College Football Playoff rankings of 2018 came out this week.  While much could — and likely will — change between now and the first weekend of December when the final four are chosen, here is what to know about the initial top 25, particularly from an Ohio State perspective:  1. CFP rankings have generally differed from the polls, but this year they have the same top...
Ohio State makes top 10 in first College Football Playoff ranking of 2018

Ohio State makes top 10 in first College Football Playoff ranking of 2018

The Ohio State Buckeyes rank 10th in the first College Football Playoff ranking of the 2018 season. The first ranking was released Tuesday. The ranking will be updated every Tuesday in November. The final ranking, in which the four playoff semifinal teams will be announced, will be released Dec. 2. Ohio State sits behind the following teams: No. 1 Alabama; No. 2 Clemson; No. 3 LSU; No. 4 Notre Dame...
OSU’s Meyer address flare-up of “severe headaches”

OSU’s Meyer address flare-up of “severe headaches”

One day after again assuring the public his health is not an issue, Urban Meyer opened up on the topic. The Ohio State football coach told the Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland.com and LettermanRow.com the headaches from an arachnoid cyst have returned over the past two years. He would have preferred to keep that private, but doing so became impractical over the past month. Beginning with a moment late...
Ohio State football: Wayne’s Robert Landers among Buckeyes getting healthier

Ohio State football: Wayne’s Robert Landers among Buckeyes getting healthier

At least one of Ohio State’s bye-week goals appears to have been accomplished.  The eighth-ranked Buckeyes should be in much better health this weekend than they were when they lost at Purdue on Oct. 20.  Wayne graduate Robert Landers is among a handful who hobbled through, couldn’t finish or missed that contest but are expected to be back in action this weekend against Nebraska...
Ohio State-Nebraska: Everything Urban Meyer said at his Monday press conference

Ohio State-Nebraska: Everything Urban Meyer said at his Monday press conference

Ohio State football is back in action this Saturday against Nebraska.  Urban Meyer kicked off his team’s ninth game week of the season with his usual Monday press conference.  Here is the transcript: URBAN MEYER: I'll answer any questions for you. Q. What player on the roster would you say is the most improved from summertime until now? Somebody that jumps out at you? URBAN MEYER:...
Ohio State football: Urban Meyer anxious to see results from week off

Ohio State football: Urban Meyer anxious to see results from week off

How did Ohio State spend its bye week? First, Urban Meyer said the eighth-ranked Buckeyes had to put an embarrassing 49-20 loss at Purdue on Oct. 20 behind them. “We had a team meeting on Tuesday, you know, and the whole, clear-the-air (meeting), clear the bad taste from your mouth and move forward,” Meyer said. “That was what was the objective of last week, and then as fast...
Urban Meyer to Ohio State fans: ‘I don’t want people to worry about me’

Urban Meyer to Ohio State fans: ‘I don’t want people to worry about me’

Ohio State football was off last week, but that did not stop talk about the Buckeyes.  With ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit, a former Ohio State quarterback who starred at Centerville High School, among those to publicly express concern about Urban Meyer’s state of mind this season, the coach was asked again about his health Monday.  “I appreciate it and I&rsquo...
Schiano says Ohio State defense getting closer to where it wants to be

Schiano says Ohio State defense getting closer to where it wants to be

Ohio State fans hoping to see a different defense when the Buckeyes return from their week off might be disappointed. “I don’t think any of us believe we should make wholesale changes, but you can tweak your scheme to say, ‘How are we going to help this position be better?’” defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said. “And without having a team to get ready for you...
Everything Urban Meyer talked about on the Big Ten coaches teleconference

Everything Urban Meyer talked about on the Big Ten coaches teleconference

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer spoke Tuesday for the first time since his Buckeyes were shellacked at Purdue on Saturday night.  Topics included the health of a significant player, the reaction of the team after the loss to the Boilermakers and the potential for big changes to come out of it.  He also addressed a report regarding “friction” between leaders in Columbus...
Ohio State football: Could bye week bring major changes for Buckeyes?

Ohio State football: Could bye week bring major changes for Buckeyes?

Speaking to the media for the first and likely only time this week, Urban Meyer did not rule out “drastic changes” being made between now and the next time his Ohio State football team takes the field. “This bye week is going to give us an opportunity to evaluate some schemes,” Meyer said Tuesday on the weekly Big Ten coaches teleconference. “There are things we do very...
Ohio State football: 8 takeaways from rewatching the Buckeyes’ loss at Purdue

Ohio State football: 8 takeaways from rewatching the Buckeyes’ loss at Purdue

Upon further review of Ohio State’s 49-20 loss at Purdue: Yes, it was that bad.  Worse maybe?  Let’s break it down:  1. The fourth quarter was almost a game unto itself.  What will the consequences of that final 15 minutes be long term?  When it was 21-6 late in the third quarter, the game felt like one we had seen a few times before: Ranked team goes on the road...
Ohio State football: 5 questions and concerns for Ohio State’s week off

Ohio State football: 5 questions and concerns for Ohio State’s week off

Ohio State’s bye week begins with the realization long-term problems could be presenting themselves for the Buckeyes. Or their struggles are a result of the facts of life in college football, a reality OSU has done a better job than most of avoiding since the turn of the century. RELATED: Takeaways from Ohio State’s stunning loss at Purdue Down years are nearly unheard of in Columbus,...
Ohio State football: Can Buckeyes fix their flaws fast enough?

Ohio State football: Can Buckeyes fix their flaws fast enough?

For the third week in a row, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and players spoke in disappointed tones about the game they had just played. For the first time Saturday, the Buckeyes had actually lost. RELATED: 5 things to know from Purdue’s route of Ohio State They will have two weeks to digest a 49-20 TKO by Purdue before taking the field against Nebraska. Is that enough time to fix what has ailed...
ANALYSIS: 5 takeaways from Ohio State’s blowout loss to Purdue

ANALYSIS: 5 takeaways from Ohio State’s blowout loss to Purdue

Ohio State football not only lost Saturday night at Purdue — the Buckeyes were blasted by the Boilermakers.  A wild fourth quarter turned a run-of-the-mill upset into a laugher, leaving Ohio State with more questions than answers.  Few of the questions were new, though.  1. Ohio State remained mistake-prone.  The Buckeyes set the tone when the offense picked up two flags...
Ohio State-Purdue: Boilermakers crush No. 2 Buckeyes

Ohio State-Purdue: Boilermakers crush No. 2 Buckeyes

More than a few people wondered if Ohio State’s trip to Purdue would turn out to be a trap game for the second-ranked Buckeyes.  It ended up being a beatdown.  The Boilermakers scored first and never trailed en route to a 49-20 victory Saturday night.  After controlling most of the first three quarters, they poured it on in the fourth.  The Purdue offense scored three times...
ANALYSIS: 6 storylines to watch in Saturday’s Ohio State-Purdue game

ANALYSIS: 6 storylines to watch in Saturday’s Ohio State-Purdue game

Ohio State heads to Purdue for a game Saturday night that could set quite a tone for the rest of the season. The second-ranked Buckeyes are coming off a pair of lackluster wins at home against Indiana and Minnesota. » WEEK 8 COVERAGE: Ohio State hoping to get healthier| Buckeyes happy to be 7-0 heading to Purdue Here are six things to know about the game: 1. The Boilermakers are just 3-3, but...
Ohio State at Purdue: What you need to know about Saturday night’s game

Ohio State at Purdue: What you need to know about Saturday night’s game

Who: No. 2 Ohio State (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) at Purdue (3-3, 2-1) When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday Where: Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, Ind. TV/Radio: ABC/1410 Series history: Ohio State leads 39-13-2 (A 2010 victory has been vacated because of NCAA sanctions). The Buckeyes are 13-8 in West Lafayette. »RELATED: Former OSU quarterbacks advise Haskins to ‘enjoy the moment’ Last game: Ohio...
Ohio State football: RPOs equal opportunities for Buckeyes passing attack, challenges for run game

Ohio State football: RPOs equal opportunities for Buckeyes passing attack, challenges for run game

The Ohio State offensive line may be paying the price for progress this season. While the passing game soars to heights never seen from the Scarlet and Gray, the Buckeyes’ running game has left something to be desired this season. Offensive line coach Greg Studrawa, whose media appearances are rarer than most of Ohio State’s coaches, held court Wednesday night for a candid discussion about...
Football recruiting: Fairfield’s Jutahn McClain piling up offers

Football recruiting: Fairfield’s Jutahn McClain piling up offers

Fairfield running back Jutahn McClain is having a big year on and off the field.  The junior leads the GMC with 1,222 yards rushing through eight weeks, and he is piling up scholarship offers.  Most recently jumping on board was Penn State on Wednesday night.  That follows an offer from Ohio State on Saturday when McClain was on an unofficial visit in Columbus.  McClain is the...
Former Ohio State quarterbacks advise Haskins to ‘enjoy the moment’

Former Ohio State quarterbacks advise Haskins to ‘enjoy the moment’

Dwayne Haskins got a new cell phone number before the season, so his phone hasn’t blown up after every big performance in his first season as the starting quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Maybe minimizing distractions has played a part in the redshirt sophomore’s success. He leads the nation in passing touchdowns (28) and ranks third in passing yards (2,331). » BOSA NEWS...
Ohio State football: Mid-week update from Urban Meyer

Ohio State football: Mid-week update from Urban Meyer

With his team’s preparations for a trip to Purdue winding down, Urban Meyer confirmed injuries have had a ripple effect on the second-ranked Buckeyes lately.  “The scout team starts getting watered down because you take your redshirt guys or potential redshirt guys and start moving them into those backup roles and then the trickle-down effect takes place this time of year,”...
For Ohio State Buckeyes, it’s ‘next man up’ after loss of Nick Bosa

For Ohio State Buckeyes, it’s ‘next man up’ after loss of Nick Bosa

Joey Bosa’s college career ended three quarters earlier than expected when he was ejected for targeting in the first quarter of the Fiesta Bowl in 2016. His brother Nick’s college career came to a sudden end, too, when Ohio State announced Tuesday he would withdraw from the university to focus on rehabbing a core muscle injury and preparing for the NFL Draft. After having...
Ohio State football: New week, similar questions surround Buckeyes

Ohio State football: New week, similar questions surround Buckeyes

Urban Meyer was a good sport. Meyer took questions about his undefeated football team, more negative than positive, for the usual 15 minutes or so Monday. He pushed back at times, but lightly at most. The Ohio State coach did not look like someone under attack. Just maybe feeling deja vu. The questions he was hearing from reporters had already been topics of discussions elsewhere in the Woody Hayes...
Schiano on Ohio State’s loss of Bosa: ‘You have to go and move on and play with who you have’

Schiano on Ohio State’s loss of Bosa: ‘You have to go and move on and play with who you have’

Nothing appeared different about the Ohio State Buckeyes as they left the practice field Tuesday. They headed to the locker room at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center without one of their best players and captains, junior defensive end Nick Bosa, but they’ve been doing that for weeks. What was different Tuesday was the Buckeyes knew they would never practice or play with Bosa again. The Bosa era...
LISTEN: Urban Meyer, Jeff Brohm preview OSU-Purdue on Big Ten teleconference

LISTEN: Urban Meyer, Jeff Brohm preview OSU-Purdue on Big Ten teleconference

On the Big Ten coaches teleconference Tuesday, Urban Meyer talked about more than the news Nick Bosa’s Ohio State career is over.  (For those comments, see here.)  He also answered questions about his health one week after he appeared to have some difficulties during Ohio State’s win over Indiana and one day after he appeared to be in discomfort during his weekly Monday press...
Teammates use Twitter to show support Nick Bosa’s decision to leave Ohio State

Teammates use Twitter to show support Nick Bosa’s decision to leave Ohio State

A quiet Tuesday in the middle of the college football season erupted with opinions when Ohio State announced injured defensive end Nick Bosa will “withdraw from school in order to devote more time to his rehabilitation and training efforts.” Bosa underwent surgery after suffering a core muscle injury against Texas Christian in September. It turned out to be his last play. He&rsquo...
ANALYSIS: What losing Nick Bosa for good means for Ohio State football

ANALYSIS: What losing Nick Bosa for good means for Ohio State football

The revelation Nick Bosa will not play for Ohio State again is a devastating blow to the Buckeyes’ national championship hopes.  Since Bosa went down with a core muscle injury in week three, the difference between good, great and elite players has been on display for the now second-ranked Buckeyes.  Urban Meyer has recruited lots of a great player players, but few anywhere are...
Nick Bosa will not play for Ohio State again, plans to withdraw from school

Nick Bosa will not play for Ohio State again, plans to withdraw from school

Hours after news broke Nick Bosa’s Ohio State career is over, his father told a Columbus TV station he would not have been able to return until December at the earliest.  John Bosa also revealed to WBNS his son had played the first two games of the season with some groin damage:  He added that the family has great affection for both OSU head coach Urban Meyer and defensive line coach...
Ohio State football: Buckeyes getting healthy for Purdue game

Ohio State football: Buckeyes getting healthy for Purdue game

Despite an October heatwave in the Midwest finally breaking, the Ohio State football resembles a first-place baseball team slogging through the dog days of summer. An odd August and a challenging September are behind the Buckeyes. November, the month when so much is usually determined in college football, is not far away. First, though, coach Urban Meyer’s team has a trip to Purdue for a 7:30...
Ohio State football: Urban Meyer provides injury updates

Ohio State football: Urban Meyer provides injury updates

Ohio State finished its win over Minnesota with a lengthy injury list.  Urban Meyer indicated it won’t be quite as long when the second-ranked Buckeyes head to Purdue for a Saturday night game.  >>Five things to know about Ohio State’s victory  Defensive end Jonathon Cooper and linebacker Malik Harrison will be back this week after missing last week’s game with...
Ohio State football: Buckeyes happy to be 7-0, but need ‘to get to work’ to fix weaknesses

Ohio State football: Buckeyes happy to be 7-0, but need ‘to get to work’ to fix weaknesses

Ohio State started its second half of the college football season much like it ended the first. Coach Urban Meyer’s third-ranked Buckeyes downed a solid but overmatched Big Ten opponent. The 30-14 victory over the Golden Gophers on Saturday was far from a carbon copy of the 49-26 defeat of the Hoosiers, but there were similarities. Both opponents played far better on offense than their...
5 takeaways from Ohio State’s win over Minnesota

5 takeaways from Ohio State’s win over Minnesota

Ohio State improved to 7-0 with a 30-14 win over Minnesota on Saturday. The third-ranked Buckeyes shut out the Golden Gophers in the second half, but some issues that have bothered coach Urban Meyer’s team through much of the season persisted. So did the excellence of Meyer’s quarterback, though. Here are five things to know about the game: 1. Dwayne Haskins starred again. The sophomore...
‘Crazy play’ by K.J. Hill a highlight in Ohio State’s victory

‘Crazy play’ by K.J. Hill a highlight in Ohio State’s victory

K.J. Hill made the play of the game Saturday for the Ohio State Buckeyes, catching a pass across the middle from Dwayne Haskins with one hand and then acting as if the ball was stuck to his hand as he celebrated in the end zone. The third-ranked Buckeyes didn’t play anything close to their best offensive game, but Hill did. He finished with nine catches for 187 yards and two touchdowns. His...
Ohio State holds off Minnesota for another Big Ten victory

Ohio State holds off Minnesota for another Big Ten victory

Ohio State outlasted a challenge from Minnesota on Saturday, improving to 7-0 with a 30-14 wi over the Golden Gophers.  A crowd of 100,042 fans experienced more nervous moments than they probably expected.  The Golden Gophers (3-3, 0-3) had a chance to make it a one-score game with 5:45, but Emmit Carpenter missed a 49-yard field goal.  His second miss of the half left Minnesota down...
Ohio State-Minnesota: 5 storylines to watch in Saturday’s game

Ohio State-Minnesota: 5 storylines to watch in Saturday’s game

P.J. Fleck knows how intimidating Ohio Stadium can be. The Illinois native was a graduate assistant at Ohio Stadium in 2006 when the Buckeyes went unbeaten at home, including a 42-39 win over No. 2 Michigan that remains one of the most memorable games in the series. Now the Minnesota head coach, he hopes to get as many butterflies out as he can before the Golden Gophers take on the No. 3 Buckeyes...
Minnesota at Ohio State: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Minnesota at Ohio State: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Who: Minnesota (3-2, 0-2) at No. 3 Ohio State (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) When: 12 p.m., Saturday Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio TV/Radio: FOX/1410 Series history: Ohio State leads 44-7 and has won 37 of the last 39 against the Golden Gophers. Last game: Cardale Jones threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Michael Thomas and also ran for a 38-yard touchdown as Ohio State beat Minnesota 28-14 in Columbus in...
6 things to know about Ohio State’s 1968 national championship team

6 things to know about Ohio State’s 1968 national championship team

The 1968 national champion Ohio State football team is holding a reunion this weekend in Columbus.  Dubbed the team that saved Ohio State football by Author David Hyde in 2008, the Buckeyes went 10-0, crushing No. 4 Michigan 50-14 before upending No. 2 USC 27-16 in the Rose Bowl.  Here are six things to know about that team: 1. The squad had numerous connections to the Miami Valley. ...
Ohio State: Chris Holtmann talks Buckeyes basketball at Big Ten Media Day

Ohio State: Chris Holtmann talks Buckeyes basketball at Big Ten Media Day

Ohio State basketball coach Chris Holtmann is heading into year two with the Buckeyes.  Here’s what he had to say at the annual Big Ten Basketball Media Day in Rosemont, Ill.  The Buckeyes kick off the season Nov. 7 at Cincinnati.   THE MODERATOR: Joining us at the podium is Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann. Chris enters his second season with the Buckeyes after advancing...
Ohio State football: Minnesota’s Fleck got his start with Buckeyes

Ohio State football: Minnesota’s Fleck got his start with Buckeyes

Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck will return to Ohio Stadium on Saturday 12 years after getting his start in coaching as a graduate assistant on Jim Tressel’s staff. The Golden Gophers (3-2, 0-2) play the third-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0, 3-0) at noon. “I got a chance to see Jim Tressel go 12-0, and every game we won, I was like, ‘Man, this coaching thing is easy,” said...
Ohio State football: Third-and-1 no fun for Buckeyes’ offense

Ohio State football: Third-and-1 no fun for Buckeyes’ offense

The question stopped Urban Meyer in his tracks. Is the Ohio State offense more comfortable on third-and-7 than third-and-1? “That’s a great question,” Meyer said after pausing to think about it. “Third-and-1 is tough right now. That’s another weakness. So a weakness right now is balance on offense and those short-yardage (plays). We had a couple of close ones Saturday...
Ohio State football: Robert Landers finding ways to contribute on and off field

Ohio State football: Robert Landers finding ways to contribute on and off field

Robert Landers is back to 100 percent — and 100 percent fine staying at defensive tackle for the third-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes.  “That’s too much running,” the Wayne High School graduate said Wednesday night when asked if he might like a chance to move out to end.  Defensive end — more specifically edge pass rusher — has become one the glamour positions...
Ohio State football: First half superlatives and second half predictions

Ohio State football: First half superlatives and second half predictions

Here are some ideas:  Most Valuable Player: Dwayne Haskins Let’s start with an easy one. Football may be the ultimate team game, but the quarterback always gets the most attention. In the case of Haskins, that is well-deserved.  With a nation-leading 25 touchdown passes and a completion percentage of 71.7, the sophomore has been simply outstanding. He has a great supporting cast, but...
Ohio State Buckeyes receivers putting up big numbers

Ohio State Buckeyes receivers putting up big numbers

Johnnie Dixon and Parris Campbell perform in front of big crowds on Saturdays and in front of smaller groups on weeknights. The Ohio State Buckeyes wide receivers sometimes have their own two-man show after practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, entertaining the reporters who cover the team. Ohio State’s interview sessions almost always feature large groups of writers, cameramen, photographers...
Ohio State-Minnesota: 5 fun facts about the series between the Buckeyes and Gophers

Ohio State-Minnesota: 5 fun facts about the series between the Buckeyes and Gophers

Ohio State is set to host Minnesota on Saturday.  Before the first meeting between the teams in three years, here is a look at the all-time series.  1. Ohio State leads 44-7*.  The Buckeyes won the first meeting 27-0 in Columbus in 1921.  The Golden Gophers won the next meeting 9-0 in Minneapolis the next season, then the series went dormant for nine seasons before Ohio State traveled...
Ohio State, Alabama quarterbacks talk each week as Heisman hype increases

Ohio State, Alabama quarterbacks talk each week as Heisman hype increases

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins hears the Heisman Trophy talk. He tries not to pay any attention to it. That will be harder if he continues to throw touchdowns at his current pace and his team keeps winning. “It’s not my main focus right now,” Haskins said Tuesday. “My main focus is every day getting better so I can be in that conversation for the rest of...
Ohio State football: Buckeyes at a crossroads with their pass defense

Ohio State football: Buckeyes at a crossroads with their pass defense

At the midway point of the regular season, Ohio State could be at a crossroads when it comes to pass defense. Do the third-ranked Buckeyes press on with their press-man coverage tactics, or do they need to back off in light of repeated breakdowns in the back end? Quarterback Peyton Ramsey completed 26 of 49 passes for 322 yards and three touchdowns. He had eight completions of 15 yards or more, and...
Ohio State football: What are Buckeyes doing to combat penalty problems?

Ohio State football: What are Buckeyes doing to combat penalty problems?

Among Ohio State’s tasks for the second half of the season: Cut down on penalties.  “That’s always a concern,” coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday on the Big Ten coaches teleconference.  The third-ranked Buckeyes are 118th in the country in penalties per game (8.5) and 119th in penalty yards per game (80.8).   >>RELATED: Unbeaten, imperfect Ohio...
Ohio State hockey claims top spot in national polls

Ohio State hockey claims top spot in national polls

Ohio State hockey hasn’t played a game yet this season, but the Buckeyes have already made history.  The USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls both have Ohio State on top, marking the first time the program has been No. 1 in either.  With 21 players returning from a team that went 26-10-5, Ohio State is the preseason favorite in the Big Ten.  The Buckeyes begin...
Ohio State football: Everything Urban Meyer talked about during his Monday press conference

Ohio State football: Everything Urban Meyer talked about during his Monday press conference

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer kicked off the second half of the season with his weekly Monday press conference.  Here’s what Meyer had to say about his team’s win over Indiana, his health, where the Buckeyes need to improve and more as preparations begin for a game Saturday against Minnesota:  COACH MEYER: Thanks for coming. I'll give you, as we do, the player of the...
Ohio State football: Dwayne Haskins nears history with another Big Ten honor

Ohio State football: Dwayne Haskins nears history with another Big Ten honor

Sooner or later the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week might have to be named after Dwayne Haskins.  The Ohio State quarterback received the honor for the third consecutive week, this time after throwing for 455 yards in a 49-26 win over Indiana.  The sophomore from Maryland, who tied school records with 33 completions (on 44 attempts) and six touchdown passes, has won the award four times...
Urban Meyer on health: ‘Just something I’ve got to monitor’

Urban Meyer on health: ‘Just something I’ve got to monitor’

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer reiterated Monday he is fine after going through a brief medical episode late in the Buckeyes’ win over Indiana on Saturday afternoon.  “I’ve been dealing with that cyst for many years and we had that surgery several years ago,” Meyer said, referring to a 2014 procedure to remove fluid from a cyst that had been causing him headaches. ...
Despite perfect record, Ohio State Buckeyes have ‘problem child’ areas of concern

Despite perfect record, Ohio State Buckeyes have ‘problem child’ areas of concern

Most, if not all, of the questions raised last week about Ohio State football will probably be raised again this week. Above all, everyone who is interested will continue wondering just how good these Buckeyes can be — and if they will realize that potential. Also carrying over: A zero in the loss column after the third-ranked Buckeyes beat Indiana 49-26. “How would I rate it?...
Ohio State football: Buckeyes’ two late TDs were things of beauty

Ohio State football: Buckeyes’ two late TDs were things of beauty

Linebacker Tuf Borland stole one of coach Urban Meyer’s favorite lines Saturday. “We always say the best thing about 6-0 is a chance to go 7-0,” Borland said, “so we did that.” The No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes reached the midway point of the regular season with a 49-26 victory over Indiana at Ohio Stadium. The Hoosiers have lost 23 straight games to the Buckeyes, though...
5 takeaways from Ohio State’s win over Indiana 

5 takeaways from Ohio State’s win over Indiana 

Ohio State football is bowl-eligible after a 49-26 win over Indiana on Saturday.  Lots of factors will determine what caliber of bowl they will be invited to, and several were more apparent Saturday than others.  Here are five takeaways from Ohio State’s victory:  1. Dwayne Haskins is still really good.  New superlatives are already running low to use on the scintillating...
Haskins, Ohio State pull away from Indiana in the second half

Haskins, Ohio State pull away from Indiana in the second half

Ohio State improved to 6-0 with a 49-26 win over Indiana on Saturday. The Hoosiers (4-2) were game for nearly a half but couldn’t recover from a 21-point Buckeye barrage covering the last five minutes of the second quarter and the first minute of the third. READ MORE: 5 takeaways from Ohio State’s victory  Dwayne Haskins put the Buckeyes on top 21-17 with an 18-yard touchdown pass...
Ohio State football: What is the ceiling for the Buckeyes as Indiana comes to town?

Ohio State football: What is the ceiling for the Buckeyes as Indiana comes to town?

The inquiry seemed to interest Urban Meyer, but he was hesitant to go into great detail. One month into the season, how close is his seventh Ohio State football team to its ceiling? “I think that’s a great question — because you’re 5-0 and we haven’t played close to our best game,” he said. “It’s all relative.” The Buckeyes are ranked No. 3 in...
Indiana at Ohio State: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Indiana at Ohio State: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Who: Indiana (4-1, 1-1) at No. 3 Ohio State (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) When: 4 p.m., Saturday Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio TV/Radio: FOX/1410 Series history: Ohio State leads 73-12-15 and has won 22 games in a row against the Hoosiers. Last game: In the season opener last season, Indiana had a 14-13 lead at halftime, but the Buckeyes outscored the Hoosiers 36-7 in the second half to win 49-21...
Despite big plays allowed, Ohio State committed to aggressive defensive style

Despite big plays allowed, Ohio State committed to aggressive defensive style

To press or not to press, that is the question. Whether it is nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of an offense methodically driving the length of the field for scores, or take arms against a sea of troubles by challenging every throw and, by opposing, end them. That is the dilemma Ohio State faces defensively as the second month of the season begins. Of course, no less a talent than...
Wayne grad Smith hits freshman milestone at Ohio State

Wayne grad Smith hits freshman milestone at Ohio State

L’Christian “Blue” Smith reached another milestone in his Ohio State Buckeyes career. The Wayne graduate, who made his college debut in the fourth quarter against Tulane on Sept. 22, had the black stripe removed from his helmet this week. Coaches make freshmen wear the black stripe until they have proved themselves in practice. The Ohio State football Twitter account shared video...
Ohio State-Indiana: Fun facts from a series more than a century old

Ohio State-Indiana: Fun facts from a series more than a century old

Ohio State and Indiana play for the 92nd time on Saturday, renewing one of the Buckeyes’ oldest and least-competitive active series.  Here are six things to know about the history of IU-OSU:  1. Ohio State has more wins against Indiana than any other school.  The Buckeyes have beaten the Hoosiers 73 times (not including a 38-10 victory that was vacated in 2010). That is five more...
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