Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a resolution today proclaiming Saturday "Scarlett Letter Saturday" and asked people to "avoid using the letter M when possible."
The resolution was passed as Ohio State prepares to play rival Michigan on Saturday.To read more or comment...
Sailors and Marines from Ohio spell out the state's name on the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) to show support for the Ohio State Buckeyes during rivalry week. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S.Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dennis Grube /Released)To read more or comment...
This game was closer than it should have been and competitive for far too long if the Ohio State Buckeyes are to keep their arguments for being included in the College Football Playoff intact. Saturday’s outing against Indiana University didn’t exactly provide a ringing endorsement given the Bucks currently sit on the outside at No. 6 looking in at the five schools ahead of them.
Given Florida State’s performance – barely escaping Boston College – perhaps they have little to worry about. The Seminoles only have Florida left to play in the regular season, but each week it looks as if that nut is closer to cracking. We shall see. In the meantime, here are some final observations from the victory.
The turnovers have to stop: The Bucks coughed up another three turnovers in this game and they were indeed momentum killers. Luckily, they only directly translated to six Indian Hoosier points. Still they nearly beat them in the butt against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. They definitely contributed to the offense’s malaise well into the third quarter. Don’t believe me? Ask running back Ezekiel Elliott:
“That’s just what turnovers do,” he said. “We had three turnovers and turnovers are just like momentum killers…it’s just something we’ve got to work on.”To read more or comment...
COLUMBUS: The Ohio State Buckeyes continued a trend – not a good one - against Indiana University.
They turned the ball over three times against the Hoosiers – all of them in the first half of Saturday’s 42-27 victory. Those turnovers mired the team’s offense in a funk for much of the game after opening with a 14-0 advantage.
“Sometimes a guy hits the ball perfectly and there’s nothing you can do. The defense makes a great play. We have to tighten it up,” said running back Ezekiel Elliott, who had 107 yards on the ground including a 65-yard run in the game’s opening drive.
Coach Urban Meyer said that a lot of the team’s turnovers come out of effort on the part of the player involved and he doesn’t want a player to temper aggressiveness completely.To read more or comment...
COLUMBUS: It took a Herculean effort from receiver-kick returner Jalin Marshall to help the Ohio State Buckeyes stave off a feisty Indiana University team 42-27.
Marshall, much-maligned for last week’s performance against the Minnesota Golden Gophers via social media, scored on a punt return and via three touchdown receptions in the second half to help lift the Buckeyes from an offensive malaise that persisted well into the third quarter.
Marshall finished with 95 yards on five receptions. Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett hit 25-of-32 passes for 302 yards four touchdowns and two picks against a Hoosiers defense that made his life difficult for much of the afternoon. He rushed for 78 yards as well.
Hoosiers quarterback Zander Diamont completed 11-of-27 passes for 114 yards with one interception, while Hoosiers running back Tevin Coleman rushed for 27 carries for 228 yards, including runs of 90 and 52 yards.To read more or comment...
Ohio State defensive lineman Joey Bosa has been named one of four finalists for the Lombardi Award.
The award is given annually to college football's best lineman or linebacker.
The other three finalists are Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley, Washington linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha and Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright.To read more or comment...
Mandel on Ohio State's ascension in the CFB playoff rankings.
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Ohio State sophomore Cameron Johnston has been named a Ray Guy Award semifinalist, given annually to the nation's top punter.
Johnston has a 43.4-yard punt average this season. According to a relase by Ohio State, Johnston has been the national leader in dropping punts inside the 20-yard line.
Johnston has punted a nation-low 22 times, or 2.4 times per game.
His longest punt this season is 71 yards.To read more or comment...
Ohio State officially received National Letters of Intent from basketball recruits Daniel Giddens, Austin Grandstaff, AJ Harris and Mickey Mitchell on Wednesday, the first day players can sign with a school.
According to 247Sports, Ohio State has the nation's seventh-best class and the top one in the Big Ten.
Recruiting websites view Grandstaff, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound shooting guard as the team's top recruit. He's rated by 247Sports as the 44th best recruit in the nation and regarded for his shooting.
Giddens is right behind him at No. 45. The 6-foot-10 center plays for Oak Hill Academy in Virginia and will give the Buckeyes presence in the post. Harris, a point guard, is the nation's No. 81 overall player.To read more or comment...
During Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer's Monday news conference, he confirmed that H-back Dontre Wilson suffered a broken foot against Michigan State.
The injured required surgery will keep Wilson out a "few weeks," Meyer said.
Eleven Warriors initially reported on Wilson's injury.
Wilson has been used in a variety of roles for Ohio State this season. He has 100 yards rushing, 300 yards receiving and returns kicks and punts for the Buckeyes.To read more or comment...
By The Associated Press
No. 13 Ohio State (7-1, 4-0 Big Ten) at No. 7 Michigan State (7-1, 4-0), 8:14 p.m. (ABC)
Line: Michigan State by 3½.
Series Record: Ohio State leads 28-14.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
This might be the most significant game of the season in the Big Ten. The winner has the inside track to the East Division title and remains in the mix for college football’s new four-team playoff. The loser becomes an afterthought. For Ohio State, there is extra incentive after the Buckeyes missed a chance to play for the national title last season because of their loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game.
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett vs. Michigan State’s secondary. The Buckeyes were able to run the ball on the Spartans last year, but Ohio State’s Braxton Miller completed only eight passes and Michigan State prevailed 34-24. Miller is injured this year, leaving Barrett taking the snaps as a redshirt freshman.
Ohio State freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett is one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien Award, given annually to the nation's top quarterback.
Barrett is the only freshman on the list. He and Michigan State's Connor Cook are the only Big Ten players on the list.
Barrett is third in the country in passing efficiency (172.7), eighth in passing touchdowns (23) and fourth in points responsible for (174).To read more or comment...
Ohio State sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa has been named a semifinalist for two of college football's top awards.
Bosa was named one of 12 semifinalists for the Lombardi Award, given annually to the nation's top lineman. Prior to that, he was put on the semifinalist list for the Bednarik Award, given to the nation's most outstanding defensive player. He is one of 20 Bednarik semifinalists.
Finalists will be named for the Lombardi Award on Nov. 17 while Bednarik finalists will be named on Nov. 24.To read more or comment...
As expected, quarterback Torrance Gibson of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. committed to Ohio State on Monday.
With the commitment of Gibson, the nation's third-best athlete and No. 45 prospect according to 247Sports composite rankings, Ohio State now has 19 players in the 2015 class.To read more or comment...
This Ohio State Buckeyes 55-14 win over the Illinois Fighting Illini was never close. It was over in the first quarter for all practical purposes and anyone who watched it objectively knew it at halftime when it was 31-0.
So what exactly was it? A scrimmage. One that made observers wish for a running clock. Here are some observations through weary eyes.
This was little more than a practice session for next week against the Michigan State Spartans: Offensively the Buckeyes played like it and Urban Meyer coached like it. How else can two fourth down tries [both failed] be explained? They broke open the playbook to give Mark Dantonio and his team a lot to look at, analyze and think about.To read more or comment...