COLUMBUS: Sam Thompson is an easy-going guy.
The Ohio State swingman smiles a lot, likes talking and has a lot of friends. But mention that some think this might not be a great Buckeyes team and he clearly grows agitated.
“No. I don’t agree at all,” he said, an edge to his voice. “This is one of the best teams I’ve been on since I’ve been here. It has some competition from my freshman year team just because it went to the Final Four. But we have a great team this year.”
Attempt to replace 57 percent of the points, 66 percent of the 3-pointers, 60 percent of the assists and 55 percent of the steals from most teams and it would be a reasonable expectation that there would be a falloff.To read more or comment...
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer confirmed in an email Tuesday that running back Rod Smith has been dismissed from the team.
Meyer said that Smith was off the team "in order to deal with some personal issues." Smith, a senior, will remain on scholarship with the school.
On Monday the Columbus Dispatch reported that Smith failed a drug test.
Smith had 24 carries for Ohio State this season, rushing for 101 yards and four touchdowns. He also had a touchdown receiving.To read more or comment...
By The Associated Press
No. 13 OHIO STATE (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) at PENN STATE (4-2, 1-2), 8 p.m. ET (ABC)
Line: Ohio State by 13½
Series Record: Ohio State leads, 15-13
WHAT’S AT STAKE
The Buckeyes have won four in a row by an average score of 56-17. They can’t afford a slip with two weeks left to their big showdown against No. 8 Michigan State. The Nittany Lions, after a 4-0 start, have dropped two in a row. They are bowl eligible for the first time since 2011 after NCAA sanctions were lifted.
Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg against Ohio State’s secondary. The Buckeyes have been burned by a lot of quick-strike, long TD passes this season and toward the end of last year. But they seem to have eliminated some mistakes in allowing just one score through the air (and from only 4 yards out) in the last two games. For the Nittany Lions to win, Hackenberg must have time to throw.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Ohio State: QB J.T. Barrett has thrown 17 TD passes with one pick over the last four games. DE Joey Bosa has 9 tackles for a loss, including 5.5 sacks with three forced fumbles.
Penn State: TB Bill Belton leads the Nittany Lions in rushing but with a meager 43 yards per game. Frosh WR DaeSean Hamilton is averaging seven catches for over 90 yards. LB Mike Hull has 64 tackles for the top-ranked run defense in the country.
COLUMBUS: First, Ohio State provided the opposition in Maryland’s first Big Ten home game two weeks ago.
Now the 13th-ranked Buckeyes host Rutgers in its first conference road trip.
“That’s another monumental game right there,” said Scarlet Knights offensive tackle Keith Lumpkin. “It’s a dream to play in that stadium. Some people might find it nerve-wracking or kind of scary. It’s just 100,000 watching me about to kick their team’s butt, so that’s how I see it.”
Another week, another milestone and another bit of extra incentive for an Ohio State opponent.To read more or comment...
No. 20 OHIO STATE (3-1, 0-0 Big Ten) at MARYLAND (4-1, 1-0), 12 noon ET (ABC)
Line: Ohio State by 7 1/2
Series Record: First meeting.To read more or comment...