Ohio State needs to stay unbeaten to have a shot at playing in the BCS national championship game. Michigan is playing for pride and postseason positioning.
Chantel Jennings and Austin Ward preview the Big Ten Game of Week and point out that the hatred Ohio State and Michigan have for each other will always make for an intriguing rivalry game.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A closer look at the developments from No. 3 Ohio State’s 42-14 win over Indiana on Saturday at the Horseshoe as it clinched a spot in the Big Ten title game and set a school record with its 23rd victory in a row.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The preliminaries are over for the third-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes after using the arm and legs of quarterback Braxton Miller to beat the Indiana Hoosiers 42-14 in snowy Ohio Stadium on Saturday.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — – Ohio State offensive lineman Jack Mewhort vividly recalls the last time the Buckeyes played at Illinois.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — It feels to Carlos Hyde as if he’s been here before. His junior year in high school back in Naples, Fla., he rushed for 970 yards – just like he did a year ago as a junior for Ohio State. ”In my senior year I just came out on another level,” he said of topping the mile mark with 1,653 yards rushing.
Don’t recall Knope, NBC. Aside from getting healthy, Braxton Miller has also rediscovered his passion for the game and has had plenty to smile about recently for Ohio State.
The Penn State defense has seen up close what Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde can do offensively for the Buckeyes, and its plan to spring an upset revolves around containing those rushers.
Brady Hoke is much happier with Michigan’s turnover margin since league play began, and he can thank quarterback Devin Gardner for altering the numbers with smarter play recently.
Connor Cook’s footwork graded out just fine from the ugly win last weekend over Purdue. So why did the Michigan State quarterback struggle with his accuracy?
The loss of right guard Spencer Long will be a significant blow and could make it uncomfortable for a Nebraska team that has counted on him to make 33 consecutive starts, but it’s emphasis on running the ball won’t change.
A foot injury for Rodrick Williams will likely give David Cobb the start in the Minnesota backfield for the second consecutive game, but the starter at quarterback remains undecided.
Illinois can see what its defense is capable of when it breaks down film, but the frustration is growing with the lack of consistency.
After losing the fewest starts to injury of any team in the Big Ten in 2012, Northwestern’s been ravaged by injuries this season as it tries to snap a three-game losing streak.
Iowa rehashed its loss to Northwestern last season plenty over the offseason. Its defensive struggles in that loss providing a learning opportunity and some motivation to improve.
Has Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon done enough to warrant Heisman Trophy talk?
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When people caught wind of Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde’s suspension for allegedly slapping a woman at a Columbus night club this summer, the reaction was interesting to say the least. Some thought it wasn’t a big deal because Ohio State was loaded at the running back position and Hyde wasn’t that good to begin with. His numbers in 2012 (970 yards and 16 touchdowns) were just a byproduct of teams having to focus on Braxton Miller all the time. At least that was the spin by some in Buckeye nation. Yet, over the past three games one could easily argue that without the results Hyde put up, Ohio State isn’t sitting here 7-0 heading into a matchup with Penn State this week. The Buckeyes have won each of their three Big Ten games to date by 10 points or less and Hyde’s importance to each of those results has increased by the week. In the Buckeyes’ Big Ten opener at home against Wisconsin, Hyde was a huge part of the way things went down at the start of the game when Ohio State jumped out to a 17-7 lead by the early parts of the second quarter. On the night, Hyde managed 85 yards on 17 carries, but he had 38 of those 85 yards on three key carries in the first three OSU drives as the Buckeyes went up 14-7. He went for 15 yards for a first down on a 2nd-and-4 on the opening drive that ended in a touchdown, then went for 11 yards on another 2nd-and-4 on the second drive for Ohio State and capped it all off with a 12 yard run on the third drive, which also ended…
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — There’s a joke making the rounds in the Big Ten that maybe they ought to just name the freshman-of-the-week honors in the conference the Christian Hackenberg Award. After all, it seems he wins it every week.
Some outside help was always likely to be necessary. Now Ohio State knows it for sure, and also exactly where the assistance will have to come from.
The top priority for the Buckeyes remains unchanged after the unveiling of the first BCS standings on Sunday night, since it was clear before the season even started that posting another perfect record was going to be the minimum requirement given the soft perception of their schedule. But even if they keep handling their business like they did in a 34-24 win over Iowa, it’s a safe bet they’ll need at least two teams ahead of them to lose a game after checking in at No. 4 behind top-ranked Alabama, Florida State and Oregon in the chase for a crystal football.
“I’d be lying to you if I told you that we don’t pay attention to it all,” Ohio State tight end Jeff Heuerman said after the victory on Saturday. “We obviously look at it, but we don’t make the schedule, we don’t control the people who do that, so all we can do is go out and keep winning. “We’ve done that for 19 straight games, and if we just keep doing that, everything will take care of itself in the end.”
There’s still plenty to be sorted out with five games left in the regular season and a potential appearance in the Big Ten championship looming after that. But considering the relative lack of conference company in the BCS standings and with much of their heavy lifting already behind them, the Buckeyes are already running low on chances to impress the voters and computers and will need to do more than just handle their own business.
Michigan and Nebraska are the only other teams in the league ranked in the initial top 25, but both are well behind Ohio State and a long way from the national title picture after already dropping a game each. The No. 22 Wolverines are obviously on the schedule for the Buckeyes at the end of the regular season, and they could conceivably play the No. 24 Huskers a week later for the conference crown.
But as it stands now, Ohio State is effectively carrying the flag for the Big Ten. And if it’s going to be waved in the national title game, the Buckeyes can now see exactly who is in the way.
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