COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio State's players are embarking on the equivalent of a weeklong obstacle course.
''This next week is tough,'' coach Urban Meyer said on Sunday. ''We've got nine practices in six days. The 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes will be determined by this week coming up.''
It'll be a grueling test. The Buckeyes are just hoping to get through the workouts held a half mile or so away from the team's usual home base at the Woody Hayes facility.
To a man, they talk about simply surviving what figures to be a torturous time.
''Two-a-days are built for you to get tougher mentally because physically your body is just going to get broken down,'' defensive lineman Michael Bennett said. ''That's the whole goal. Physically, yeah, we'll be tougher. We'll be able to withstand more pain like you expect a football player to do. Mentally, though, that's what it's all about.''
To give the workouts a different feel, they'll take place at a temporary camp set up off Ackerman Road, just west and north of the faux-grass fields where the team usually plays.
Temperatures are expected to be moderate, in the 70s most days. But that doesn't mean it will be a day in the park for the Buckeyes.
With a glint in his eye, Meyer calls the week's work ''awful'' - yet he doesn't plan on making it any easier.
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