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Five things: Ohio State at Michigan

COLUMBUS, Ohio — We look at critical areas and key players, as No. 3 Ohio State heads to Michigan for The Game in hopes of keeping pace in the BCS standings and trying to wrap up another perfect regular season (ABC, noon).

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Austin Ward previews the final home game of the season for No. 3 Ohio State as it looks to keep pace in the BCS standings as it hosts Indiana (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN2).

Roby gets another crack at prime time

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The chance to win a championship was right there at the top of the list for the team. Not far behind that, developing better leadership skills was critical as an individual.

But even when he was rattling off the reasons he elected to return for another year at Ohio State way back in the spring, Bradley Roby, a fourth-year junior, didn’t exactly hide from the fact that this likely will be his last season in Columbus. And while the chance to boost his professional stock might not have been among the most important factors in his return, Roby certainly has been aware all along that he would have plenty of high-profile opportunities to audition when the lights were on and all the attention would be on him.

“This is definitely one of the games that I came back for — prime time, ABC, night game, nobody else playing. Why not?” Roby said just before opening Big Ten play against Wisconsin last month. “That’s why I play football, to play in big games against good opponents, versus very good opponents when everybody is watching.

+ EnlargeChuck Rydlewski/Icon SMIBradley Roby stayed in school for a lot of reasons. Playing prime-time, spotlight games was one.”I love to make plays when everybody is watching.” Those turns in the spotlight and a decision to stick around at Ohio State don’t come without risk, though, since just as many people are tuned in and watching closely when things don’t go quite as well as planned.

Roby certainly hasn’t been bad for the No. 4 Buckeyes so far, currently sitting fourth on the team in tackles with 32, making two interceptions and breaking up six other passes. Heading into his third crack at a primetime showcase in four games, he has offered more than a few reminders why he was a first-team All-American a year ago while showing the kind of natural talent that allowed him to flirt with the NFL in the first place.

But like his season as a whole, the two previous outings in front of a national audience have been a mixed bag, and Ohio State certainly could use something more closely resembling the consistently elite version of Roby from a year ago when it hosts Penn State and star receiver Allen Robinson on Saturday night (8 p.m. ET, ABC).

“I think he did set a high standard last year, and he sets a high standard for himself,” Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said. “He’s not playing at the same level he did a year ago. At times he plays fantastic, but when there’s a mistake at the corner position, it’s glaring.”

Roby obviously can’t shoulder the blame for every breakdown in the secondary, particularly since Ohio State is asking a lot of its most skilled cover guy as it makes an emphasis to stop the run while also dealing with a significant injury to safety Christian Bryant that has cut down on the depth in the backend.

And while there still have been highs that perhaps only Roby could provide, like a timely interception against Wisconsin or the punt he blocked with his freakish athleticism before recovering it for a touchdown against Northwestern, there have been more lows than expected as well.

There was a one-game suspension for an offseason incident at a bar in July

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Ohio State Will Play 3 Night Games This Season

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State will play three Big Ten Conference games in prime time this season on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. The slate of Big Ten prime time games televised on those networks was released today and the …

Ohio State Football: Buckeyes to Play 3 Conference Games in Prime Time This Year

For those Ohio State fans out there who struggle getting their tailgating in before the typical noon kickoffs at Ohio Stadium, some good news was just announced that will surely lift your already-growing excitement for the upcoming college football season.…

Ohio State Football: Buckeyes to Play 3 Conference Games in Prime Time This Year

For those Ohio State fans out there who struggle getting their tailgating in before the typical noon kickoffs at Ohio Stadium, some good news was just announced that will surely lift your already-growing excitement for the upcoming college football season.…

ESPN/ABC announce B1G prime-time slate

You’ve waited for it, and the Big Ten prime-time schedule for the 2013 season is finally here. Well, at least the first part of it. ESPN/ABC has made its six prime-time picks for the upcoming season. One game already had been announced: Notre Dame at Michigan on Sept. 7. Here’s the full Big Ten prime-time schedule on ESPN/ABC: Sept. 7: Notre Dame at Michigan, 8 p.m. ET, ABC or ESPN or ESPN2 Sept. 14: Notre Dame at Purdue, 8 p.m. ET, ABC or ESPN or ESPN2 Sept.

Ohio State-Wisconsin Preview Capsule

No. 6 Ohio State (10-0, 6-0) at Wisconsin (7-3, 4-2), 3:35 p.m. (ABC/ESPN2)

Kickoff times, TV plans for final weekend

The Big Ten and its television partners have finalized kickoff times and TV plans for the final Saturday of the regular season. All 12 Big Ten squads are in action.

Here are the vitals …

Nov. 23

Noon ET

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