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COMMENTARY | The Ohio State Buckeyes have finally made a change that was long overdue — upgrading their non-conference schedule.
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COMMENTARY | After a disappointing finish to the 2013 season, a lot will be expected out of the Ohio State Buckeyes this fall.
Updated: December 29, 2013, 7:02 PM ET By Austin Ward | ESPN.com Ohio State’s top pass-rusher wasn’t on the flight with the team to the Discover Orange Bowl, but there is still a chance Noah Spence could play in the game as he deals with “personal issues.” Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer confirmed Sunday that the All-Big Ten defensive end was absent as the final preparations shifted south to Florida ahead of Friday’s matchup with No. 12 Clemson, but he didn’t provide any details about the sophomore’s situation or offer a definitive update on his availability this week. “Spence didn’t fly down with us,” Meyer told reporters after the team’s flight landed. “He’s working through some personal issues at home.” Meyer said he “hoped” Spence would be able to rejoin the No. 7 Buckeyes in time for the final game of the season, but he didn’t offer anything else about the star sophomore. Spence finished his breakout campaign with 14.5 tackles for a loss and eight sacks, leading a defensive line that had to be completely rebuilt before the season after losing all four starters from 2012.Covers Ohio State and the Big Ten.Joined ESPN in 2012.Attended the University of Wyoming.
COMMENTARY | Heading into the Big Ten championship game as a six-point favorite, the Ohio State Buckeyes walked away with a 34-24 loss at the hands of the #10 Michigan State Spartans.
Ohio State (12-0) is a win away from playing for its first national championship since 2008. But the Buckeyes still have to get past Michigan State (11-1) in Saturday’s Big Ten title game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. OSU cruised to the Leaders Division title, and after beating Wisconsin early it spent most of its games trying to beef up its profile for the possibility of a national title appearance. The Buckeyes nearly fell out of the championship race, though, but thwarted Michigan’s late two-point try to beat the Wolverines 42-41 last week to remain undefeated. Michigan State won the Legends Division thanks to a swarming defense that has allowed just 11.8 points per game. The Spartans haven’t lost since a 17-13 defeat at Notre Dame in September. The game is being shown live at 8:17 p.m. ET on Fox, but check back here at halftime for our grades and analysis of Ohio State’s first-half performance. Then, come back right after the game to see a full review of the Buckeyes’ effort against Michigan State. Read more Ohio State Football news on BleacherReport.com
“This is a one-game season for both teams.” That was Urban Meyer on Tuesday, speaking to the media during the Big Ten teleconference, explaining the significance of Saturday’s matchup between No. 3 Ohio State and Michigan. The Buckeyes (11-0) come into the game still very much alive in the national title race. The Wolverines (7-4) are spiraling toward their worst season under Brady Hoke. For three-and-a-half hours on Saturday afternoon, none of that will matter. Two rivals will take the field at Michigan Stadium with a year’s worth of bragging rights on the line. Ohio State, favored by 14.5 points according to Vegas Insider, will be looking for its second consecutive victory over Michigan. Will the Buckeyes take care of business? What do the Wolverines need to do to spring the upset? Get all the details with this complete game preview. Date: Saturday, Nov. 30 Time: Noon ET Place: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Mich. TV: ABC Radio: Ohio State football radio affiliates, Michigan football radio affiliates Begin Slideshow
The Michigan vs. Ohio State rivalry has been pretty one-sided in the past decade, with the Buckeyes boasting an 8-1 mark—both straight up and against the spread—in this annual clash. The Wolverines catch 14 points here from Vegas, but their history of covering home spreads against Ohio State isn’t anything to be proud of (1-6 ATS in seven recent tries). Point spread Ohio State opened as 14.5-point favorites in The Game; the total was 58 early in the week. (Line updates and matchup report) Odds Shark computer prediction 47-26 Buckeyes Why Ohio State can cover the spread As long as the Buckeyes have an outside chance at sneaking into the BCS Championship picture, they’re worth a look in any game. While the line is big for such a heated rivalry, keep in mind Ohio State has won and covered eight of the last nine meetings, and if there’s one thing coach Urban Meyer takes to heart, it’s rivalry week. Why Michigan can cover the spread It’s one thing to play a spoiler role in a conference game, it’s another to ruin the title hopes of your biggest rival ever. The Wolverines have lost three of four straight-up, yes. But this is an entirely different animal, and the approach for this game is always the same: win outright. At their best, the Wolverines can stay within this big number, something they have failed to do in six of seven tries at home against the Buckeyes. Smart Pick Not only are the Buckeyes on an 8-1 SU…
Updated: November 20, 2013, 8:13 PM ET By Austin Ward | ESPN.com COLUMBUS, Ohio — Bradley Roby has made his intentions to declare for the NFL draft after this season well known for a while, and the Ohio State cornerback has the blessing of his coach and permission to participate in the senior activities ahead of his last home game. Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer confirmed that his star cornerback will be forgoing his final year of eligibility after his redshirt junior campaign is over and said he has no problems with either Roby’s decision or honoring him before Saturday’s game against Indiana. “He’s cleared,” Meyer said after practice Wednesday. “We talked, and he’s going to go, going to move on. But that’s all you ask — you don’t ask for five years nowadays. “It’s no secret. I think it’s great for him and good for Ohio State.” Roby flirted with leaving the Buckeyes after a banner 2012 season in which he earned first-team All-America honors from ESPN.com and led the nation in passes defended while helping the program to an undefeated record. But Roby left little doubt that he wouldn’t be putting off his professional career twice, saying as far back as April that “this is going to be my last year, everybody knows that.” Roby has had a bit of an up-and-down season for the No. 3 Buckeyes and has been part of a few rough outings for a secondary that has allowed some prolific passing performances this year, including a 207-yard outing by Wisconsin receiver Jared Abbrederis. Roby also was suspended for the season opener after an offseason incident at an Indiana bar in July. However, he has looked the part of one of the most athletic defensive backs in the nation. He leads the team with three interceptions, has contributed 45 tackles, has blocked a punt and has scored a pair of touchdowns to help keep the Buckeyes in contention for a potential berth in the BCS national championship game. And despite some of that early inconsistency, a renewed focus appears to have him back on track to be a high draft pick in the spring. “I’m just concentrating on doing my job and making plays for my teammates,” Roby said last month. …
The last time Ohio State and Indiana met on the field, the two teams combined for 1,059 total yards and 101 points in a thrilling 52-49 Buckeyes victory. This year’s edition will again feature two explosive offenses, but No. 3 Ohio State is hoping for a more lopsided victory to keep pace in a crowded national title race. The Buckeyes (10-0) are coming off a 60-35 victory over Illinois. Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde put up historic numbers as they ripped the Fighting Illini with 430 rushing yards in the 25-point victory. The Hoosiers (4-6) were averaging more than 43 points per game, but that was before last week’s 51-3 blowout loss to Wisconsin. Indiana’s offense will be looking to get back on track against an injury-plagued Ohio State defense that struggled against Illinois. Who are the players to watch? How can Indiana pull off the upset of the year? Get all the details with this complete game preview. Date: Saturday, Nov. 23 Time: 3:30 p.m. ET Place: Ohio Stadium; Columbus, Ohio TV: ABC/ESPN2 Spread: The Buckeyes are favored by 34 points, according to Vegas Insider. Radio: Ohio State football radio affiliates and Indiana football radio affiliates. Begin Slideshow
Ohio State won in impressive fashion, 60-35, over Illinois this past weekend, but the 35 points given up were the most by the Buckeyes all season long. As we head into the final stretch run of the season, should that point total be cause for concern for the Buckeyes? Indiana’s passing attack is on the horizon this weekend, and there has been a disturbing trend for Ohio State against high-powered passing attacks so far this season. Against Cal, the Buckeyes allowed 34 points, the previous season high by an opponent. In that game, Cal quarterback Jared Goff had 371 yards, which is the most given up by the Buckeyes all season long. Wisconsin put up 295 yards through the air, but also scored four touchdowns in the passing game. The Illinois game was the third-highest total given up by Ohio State through the air, at 288 yards. But the Buckeyes defense wasn’t the only group the Illini have put up points against in Big Ten play. Illinois did put up 32 points on Wisconsin at home as well—and the Badgers are widely considered the second-best defense in the conference. However, there is another factor in favor of the Buckeyes defense. All three of the highest passing games had something in common—the opponents were behind the eight ball from nearly the word go. Ohio State put both Cal and Illinois in 21-0 holes in the first quarter. Whether you have a run game or not, it doesn’t matter when you are down three touchdowns in less than 15…