COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — There is almost no one – except for maybe a deluded fan somewhere – who believes Florida A&M has a remote chance against fourth-ranked Ohio State on Saturday.
With a Big Ten opener a week later against rival Wisconsin, the Buckeyes will use the Rattlers as a full-dress scrimmage to iron out the final wrinkles before embarking on the games that really count.
”We don’t make the schedule, we don’t choose the teams we play each and every week,” safety Christian Bryant said. ”They come into Ohio Stadium, they’ll see what the Ohio State Buckeyes are about.”
Coach Urban Meyer had expected his players to be complacent, and was prepared to have his assistants jump down their throats to get them to focus. But that wasn’t necessary. The Buckeyes have been efficient and businesslike all week.
”It’s not really about the opponent,” senior safety C.J. Barnett said. ”It’s about us.”
Here are five things to note about Saturday’s game:
‘LOS IS MORE: The big news around Ohio State isn’t who the opponent is but rather who’ll be back on the field: tailback Carlos Hyde and quarterback Braxton Miller.
Hyde, who ran for 970 yards while leading the team in scoring in 2012, was suspended for the first three games after an alleged altercation with a woman at a Columbus bar this summer. He’ll step into the rotation behind starter Jordan Hall, ninth in the nation at 134 yards a game.
”It’ll be hard to prepare for us,” Hall said. ”Carlos is like my brother, so we’re happy to be back out there with each other. I told him on Tuesday in the meeting room, ‘Let’s go, man.”’
FAMU gets $900,000 for the trip to Columbus, which will cover more than half of the school’s $1.6 million budget for football and will put a dent in the Tallahassee university’s $10.5 million operating budget for the school’s 18 varsity sports.
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