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Helmet stickers: Week 9

October, 27, 2013 Oct 27 9:00 AM ET COLUMBUS, Ohio — A closer look at the standouts in No. 4 Ohio State’s 63-14 thrashing of Penn State on Saturday night at the Horseshoe. QB Braxton Miller: The bar is being raised seemingly every single week, and the junior just keeps on clearing it. Miller made it look routine to carve up the Nittany Lions, and for the second consecutive week, he made a strong case that he had turned in the most complete performance of his career. The latest one included 252 yards and three touchdowns through the air and 68 more yards and two scores on the ground, as Miller looked exactly like the Heisman Trophy favorite he was expected to be in the preseason.

DE Noah Spence: A pass rush that had been inconsistent at best and nonexistent at worst finally arrived, with the sensational sophomore almost single-handedly providing the type of disruptive effort the Buckeyes have been craving. Spence was a force on the edge, bulling his way to two sacks, adding another tackle for loss and a forced fumble as Ohio State flustered the Nittany Lions from start to finish.

RB Carlos Hyde: The streak without losing any yardage continued, but it was what Hyde did when he got past it that really turned heads as he showed yet another dimension to his game against the Nittany Lions. The senior was more than just a bullish, short-yardage threat during his short outing, breaking off a season-long rush of 39 yards for a touchdown on the way to 147 yards for the game, flashing his improved athleticism and ability to hit a home run to complement his ruthlessness in the red zone. Covers Ohio State and the Big Ten.Joined ESPN in 2012.Attended the University of Wyoming.

What we learned: Week 9

October, 27, 2013 Oct 27 10:00 AM ET COLUMBUS, Ohio — Lessons from No. 4 Ohio State’s 63-14 rout of Penn State on Saturday night at the Horseshoe. Style points are starting to matter: Just one week earlier, the conversation was centered around simply taking care of business, staying undefeated and letting everything else fall into place. The discussion from the Buckeyes after thrashing the Nittany Lions remained the same, but now that the BCS standings are out, their actions delivered a totally different message. Ohio State racked up style points early and with frightening consistency, and it would be tough for voters or computer formulas to ignore what it accomplished against Penn State. Whether the Buckeyes admit it, those style points could be critical if they don’t start seeing the teams ahead of them lose.

Spence is special: The potential has always been obvious, and playing in certain situations as a freshman was supposed to help speed up the learning curve for Noah Spence. But it still takes experience to help unleash potential, and midway through his sophomore season, the talented defensive end is starting to show that he’s truly capable of rushing the passer. Spence was close to unblockable against the Nittany Lions, and while he finished with only a pair of sacks, he was seemingly in the backfield on every snap and made life miserable in the pocket for Christian Hackenberg.

The rushing game is ruthless: The Buckeyes were tough enough to contain when it was just Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde in the backfield. Now Ohio State is incorporating even more weapons from its deep arsenal, and it’s getting more and more difficult to figure out what’s coming when it steps to the line of scrimmage. Dontre Wilson has been more valuable as a decoy than with the ball actually in his hands over the last two weeks, and his 26-yard touchdown catch against the Nittany Lions might make the mere threat of him getting a touch more terrifying for defenders moving forward. On top of that, Jordan Hall showed he’s healthy and capable of lending a hand when needed, rushing for 81 yards on eight carries and giving opponents yet another option to prepare for heading into the final month of the season. Covers Ohio State and the Big Ten.Joined ESPN in 2012.Attended the University of Wyoming.

Penn State vs. Ohio State: 10 Things We Learned in Buckeyes’ Win

The No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes destroyed the Penn State Nittany Lions 63-14 in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday night, pushing the nation’s longest winning streak to 20 while making a big push in the race for a national title. The Buckeyes (8-0) handed the Nittany Lions (4-3) their worst loss in 114 years, according to ESPN.com, while solidifying their status as the Big Ten’s best team. Here are 10 things we learned from the historic blowout. Begin Slideshow

Five things: Ohio State-Penn State

October, 26, 2013 Oct 26 7:00 AM ET COLUMBUS, Ohio — Critical areas and key players as No. 4 Ohio State looks to extend the nation’s longest winning streak and stay on top of the Big Ten Leaders Division as it hosts Penn State at the Horseshoe (ABC, 8 p.m.). Getting defensive: The Buckeyes haven’t minced words about their effort before halftime in the last couple weeks, and it clearly hasn’t met their high standards based on the profanity assistant Mike Vrabel needed to describe it. Ohio State was pushed around up front and had issues defending play-action passes last week against Iowa, and it was following a similar first-half script from its previous road victory over Northwestern that required some critical adjustments at halftime. Down the stretch, the Buckeyes have been fantastic and overall they still rank No. 15 in the nation in total defense. But they could use a complete game against a Penn State offense averaging more than 33 points per game.

Miller magic: Even when he didn’t have his best stuff last year against the Nittany Lions, Braxton Miller still found a way to lead a relatively easy victory on the road and supply perhaps the highlight of his season with one of the more electrifying 1-yard runs you’ll ever see. The junior quarterback was somewhat slowed down by a Penn State defense that was intent on making Miller throw, and he wasn’t nearly as proficient as a passer at this time a year ago as he appears to be now. The Nittany Lions could have their hands full with an improved version of Miller who is healthy and playing arguably the best football of his career.

Taking back the corner: Extra motivation for a divisional showdown in prime time that features a one-on-one matchup with perhaps the best wide receiver in the Big Ten probably wasn’t necessary. But just in case, the ejection that cut Bradley Roby’s day short last week against Iowa gave him a little fuel for the competitive fire this week, and the redshirt junior will certainly be needed at his best against Allen Robinson. Roby has had something of a mixed bag so far in Big Ten play, missing a few assignments during a huge passing night for Wisconsin while also picking off a pass, then blocking a punt for a touchdown against Northwestern before getting tossed against the Hawkeyes. He might not get a better opportunity to impress NFL scouts this season than he will have against the Nittany Lions.

Pressure building: The Buckeyes have acknowledged where they stand in the BCS rankings, and they are well aware that they need help from teams across the country and potentially some style points to impress voters…

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Penn State Nittany Lions Complete Game Preview

Rivals will reunite in Columbus, Ohio this Saturday when the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes host the Penn State Nittany Lions for a prime-time Big Ten matchup. The Buckeyes (7-0) are coming off a 34-24 victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes. Braxton Miller was brilliant, completing 81 percent of his passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns while adding 102 yards on the ground. The Nittany Lions (4-2) had last week off, which gave them time to come down from the high of beating Michigan in a quadruple-overtime thriller in Beaver Stadium. Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes will look to extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 20 with a win over the Nittany Lions. A victory will also keep Ohio State in the thick of the national title race. Bill O’Brien is hoping to continue the Nittany Lions’ surge despite the NCAA sanctions that have crippled their scholarship numbers and banned them from postseason play. A lot will be on the line this Saturday in Columbus. Get all the details with this complete game preview. Date: Saturday, Oct. 26 Time: 8 p.m. ET Place: Ohio Stadium; Columbus, Ohio TV: ABC Spread: The Buckeyes are favored by 14.5 points, according to Vegas Insider. Radio: Ohio State football radio affiliates and Penn State football radio affiliates. Begin Slideshow

Why Ohio State Fans Need to Be Rooting for Michigan

Last Saturday night in Beaver Stadium, the undefeated Michigan Wolverines led a two-loss Penn State team by a touchdown in the waning moments of the fourth quarter. The Nittany Lions were pinned at their own 20-yard line with less than a minute to go, and any chance of tying the game was largely dependent on a combination of skill and luck that almost never align in those desperate situations. It did for Penn State, though, when freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg orchestrated a brilliant drive to tie the game. The Nittany Lions would go on to win in a quadruple-overtime thriller, all to the delight of many Ohio State fans. It’s easy for fanbases to revel in the misery of their rival’s failures, but in this scenario, Buckeye Nation should have been rooting for the Wolverines. * * * Almost seven years ago to the day in Beaver Stadium, on October 14, 2006, the undefeated Michigan Wolverines led a two-loss Penn State team by a touchdown in the waning moments of the fourth quarter. The Nittany Lions were pinned at their own 19-yard line with less than two minutes to go, and the odds of tying the game against a Wolverines defense that had been stout all night were, in a word, slim. Those odds diminished almost instantly as Michigan surrendered just nine yards on four plays. The Wolverines took over, quarterback Chad Henne took a knee, and Michigan survived to preserve its undefeated season. It was the Wolverines’ seventh victory of the year, and it also…

Why Ohio State Fans Need to Be Rooting for Michigan

Last Saturday night in Beaver Stadium, the undefeated Michigan Wolverines led a two-loss Penn State team by a touchdown in the waning moments of the fourth quarter. The Nittany Lions were pinned at their own 20-yard line with less than a minute to go, and any chance of tying the game was largely dependent on a combination of skill and luck that almost never align in those desperate situations. It did for Penn State, though, when freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg orchestrated a brilliant drive to tie the game. The Nittany Lions would go on to win in a quadruple-overtime thriller, all to the delight of many Ohio State fans. It’s easy for fanbases to revel in the misery of their rival’s failures, but in this scenario, Buckeye Nation should have been rooting for the Wolverines. * * * Almost seven years ago to the day in Beaver Stadium, on October 14, 2006, the undefeated Michigan Wolverines led a two-loss Penn State team by a touchdown in the waning moments of the fourth quarter. The Nittany Lions were pinned at their own 19-yard line with less than two minutes to go, and the odds of tying the game against a Wolverines defense that had been stout all night were, in a word, slim. Those odds diminished almost instantly as Michigan surrendered just nine yards on four plays. The Wolverines took over, quarterback Chad Henne took a knee, and Michigan survived to preserve its undefeated season. It was the Wolverines’ seventh victory of the year, and it also…

O’Brien ready to lead Penn State into Big 10 play

Penn State coach Bill O’Brien sure enjoys it when the seasons change. Not just summer to fall. But nonconference to Big Ten. ”When the Big Ten season rolls around, fall is beginning, it’s a little cooler out,” O’Brien said, ”and the guys are very aware that is a very important time of the year. It starts with Indiana. I don’t know if there’s extra excitement, but there’s definitely a level of energy and alertness you start to see this time of year.” Penn State (3-1) heads to Indiana (2-2) trying for one more win to build a nice cushion before Michigan rolls in next week in front of a sold-out Beaver Stadium. The Big Ten has a stout first weekend ahead. Ohio State, Northwestern and Michigan are all undefeated and all eyes will be in Evanston, Ill., for the early-season conference game of the season. There might not be much suspense at Indiana. The Nittany Lions are 16-0 vs. Indiana and Penn State won last year, 45-22. The Nittany Lions were off last week – but still may have tallied their biggest win of the season. The NCAA restored some of the scholarships taken from the school as part of the punishment over the Jerry Sandusky scandal, phasing them until the school reaches normal totals in 2016-17. O’Brien, who has steadied the program in the wake of the scandal, had an extra selling point on the recruiting trail. ”I talked to a few of them, we’re only allowed one phone call a week right now,” he said. ”I think it’s positive, and it’s positive news for Penn State. Our guys feel good about it, but we’re focused on Indiana. Our guys are pleased with the news, but we’re focused on the Indiana game.” Penn State has had a nice start to the season, though no one will confuse Syracuse, Eastern Michigan and Kent State with any of the Big Ten teams out of Michigan and Ohio. O’Brien will put the class of the Big Ten up against just about any other conference in the nation. ”The Southeastern Conference is a fantastic league, nobody is going to debate that and probably the best in the country right now,” he said. ”But I think we have some really good players and some really good coaches in this league.” The Big Ten will get to showcase that ahead and these are five things to watch in the first full weekend of conference play: GAME OF THE WEEK: This is the game No. 16 Northwestern (4-0) has been waiting for all season, if not years…

Dowell twins talk about Penn State trip

Before Andrew Dowell (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edward) and his twin brother David impressed the masses at the Columbus Nike Football Training Camp on Sunday, they snuck in a trip to Penn State to participate in the Nittany Lions’ one-day camp. To say the trip was anything less spectacular to the brothers would be understating the importance. While the 6-foot-1, 179-pound David Dowell doesn’t have an offer as yet from Penn State, the 2015 wide receiver put the Nittany Lions in his top three along with Michigan State and Ohio State.

Dowell twins talk about Penn State trip

Before Andrew Dowell (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edward) and his twin brother David impressed the masses at the Columbus Nike Football Training Camp on Sunday, they snuck in a trip to Penn State to participate in the Nittany Lions’ one-day camp. To say the trip was anything less spectacular to the brothers would be understating the importance. While the 6-foot-1, 179-pound David Dowell doesn’t have an offer as yet from Penn State, the 2015 wide receiver put the Nittany Lions in his top three along with Michigan State and Ohio State.

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