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Ohio State Football: Complete Spring Game Preview

When Ohio State takes the field Saturday to kick off its annual spring game, Urban Meyer will be showcasing a new culture for his football team. The Buckeyes haven’t lost a regular-season game since 2011, but they’re trying to rinse the taste of defeat out of their mouths after suffering back-to-back postseason losses. Those losses have lingered with the players and the coaches through winter conditioning and spring drills, and they triggered a much-needed overhaul of the Ohio State program. “You can try to fix behavior, but it’s unsustainable unless you fix the culture,” Meyer recently told Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated. “I believe in that from the bottom of my gut.” That belief led to a defensive makeover. New coaches and a new scheme will have the Buckeyes playing much more aggressively, especially in pass coverage. On the other side of the ball, Ohio State is replacing four starting offensive linemen, its leading rusher and leading receiver. The new-look Buckeyes are hoping to jump-start a title run this Saturday. Here’s a complete preview of Ohio State’s spring game. Begin Slideshow

Big Ten Football Position Battles 2014: How Ohio State Replaces Ryan Shazier

As spring practice reaches a midpoint and begins to wind down around Big Ten country, now is a perfect time to take a look at some of the position battles that will be critical to winning a Big Ten championship this autumn. To start this series, let’s begin with the defending Leaders Division champion Ohio State and the Buckeyes’ most important hole to fill in 2014. That would be the linebacker slot. Just two years ago, Urban Meyer and his defensive staff decided at midseason to convert fullback Zach Boren to linebacker to fill the gaping hole in the middle of the defense. Last year Ohio State played primarily a nickel defense to avoid having to put a third linebacker on the field for most plays. And now, all-conference star and leader of the defense Ryan Shazier has left for the NFL. Shazier racked up 144 tackles in 2013 to go with 115 in 2012, great numbers even for the playmaking Will (weak-side) linebacker role. That production does not just replace itself, especially when the Buckeyes struggled to find any other consistent performer over the past two seasons. In addition, new defensive coordinator Chris Ash plans to have the Buckeyes play much more of a base defense with three linebackers on the field rather than the nickel formation used frequently in the past two seasons. No proven options and three regular spots to fill in the middle of the defense. Sounds like a recipe for disaster. So how will the Buckeyes address this important concern and return to…

Biggest Challenges Ohio State Faces in NCAA Tourney Matchup vs. Dayton

Ohio State faces a nightmarish challenge from Dayton in their much-anticipated matchup in the NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes finished fifth in the Big Ten this year, and while they may not have the offensive firepower of some of the top teams in the tournament, they are known for their dominance on defense and their ability to shut opponents down with frequency. However, Dayton will be among the most motivated lower seeds in the tournament. The Flyers get a chance to play an in-state power opponent, one that they have wanted to play for several years. They finally get their opportunity to confront the Buckeyes, and it’s in the NCAA tournament. Here are the biggest challenges Ohio State faces in its NCAA matchup with Dayton. Begin Slideshow

No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 11 Dayton: March Madness Preview

The quest for the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship has officially arrived! In the second round, the No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes go head to head against No. 11 Dayton. The Buckeyes finished the season with a 25-9 record and are led by junior forward Laquinton Ross, who averages 15.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Dayton finished the season with a 23-10 record and averaged 73.4 PPG thanks to guard Jordan Sibert and forward Devin Oliver, who each averaged over 12 PPG. See who our experts think will win and how far they will go! Who do you think will win? Let us know in the comments below. Bleacher Report will have around-the-clock coverage of the tournament as March Madness celebrates its 76th year of competition! Read more Ohio State Basketball news on BleacherReport.com

Ohio State’s Blueprint for Deep Run in 2014 NCAA Tournament

After falling short against Michigan in the Big Ten tournament semifinals, the Ohio State Buckeyes were handed the No. 6 seed in the South Region. The Buckeyes will get a chance to renew a rivalry with No. 11 Dayton in the second-round matchup to be held in Buffalo. Thad Matta’s team did not get an easy draw with No. 3 Syracuse ahead in the third round if they get past the Flyers. For the Buckeyes to make a deep run in March, they must be firing on all cylinders. Here is a look at a blueprint for the Buckeyes to extend their season in the field of 68. Begin Slideshow

Predicting Former Ohio State Players’ 2014 NFL Combine Performance

Ohio State trails only USC for the number of first-round draft picks it has produced, but the Buckeyes could cover some ground in 2014 when they send six alumni to Indianapolis for the NFL combine. Of those six players, three (Ryan Shazier, Bradley Roby and Carlos Hyde) have a realistic shot of getting their names called on opening night of the draft. In order for that to happen, though, they’ll need to put together outstanding performances this weekend. What kinds of numbers will these former Buckeyes put up at the NFL Scouting Combine? Begin Slideshow

Predicting Former Ohio State Players’ 2014 NFL Combine Performance

Ohio State trails only USC for the number of first-round draft picks it has produced, but the Buckeyes could cover some ground in 2014 when they send six alumni to Indianapolis for the NFL combine. Of those six players, three (Ryan Shazier, Bradley Roby and Carlos Hyde) have a realistic shot of getting their names called on opening night of the draft. In order for that to happen, though, they’ll need to put together outstanding performances this weekend. What kinds of numbers will these former Buckeyes put up at the NFL Scouting Combine? Begin Slideshow

Ohio State Basketball: How Buckeyes Stack Up with Michigan Ahead of B1G Clash

The Ohio State basketball team’s roller coaster of a season has taken a turn for the better with a date against archrival Michigan on Tuesday looming. The Buckeyes are in the midst of a three-game winning streak after victories at Wisconsin, at Iowa and over Purdue. However, it was just a mere two weeks ago that it appeared as if Thad Matta’s squad was heading straight to the bubble with five losses in six games, including two inexplicable defeats against Penn State and Nebraska. Matta’s decision to insert Sam Thompson into the starting lineup has proven to be genius in the short term. While Thompson has helped the starting lineup by hitting all four of his three-point attempts in the last two games and providing solid defense, the primary reason the rotation shift has been so beneficial is Shannon Scott’s effectiveness off the bench. Kyle Rowland of Eleven Warriors breaks down Scott’s recent play: The statistical production has been welcomed in the past three contests, but the spark that Scott generates off the bench has been even more impressive. He plays lockdown defense and completely changes the tempo of the game just as the opponent is getting settled into the early flow of the proceedings. So with Scott off the bench and Thompson starting, how do the new-look Buckeyes stack up against Michigan heading into the Big Ten showdown? Record-wise, Ohio State is 19-5 overall and 6-5 in the conference while Michigan is 17-6 and 9-2 in…

College Basketball Picks: Michigan Wolverines vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

The Ohio State Buckeyes have won and covered the number in their last three games, which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks Tuesday, as they prepare to take on the Michigan Wolverines at Value City Arena. Sports bettors will find that the Buckeyes are 3.5-point home favorites in the NCAA basketball odds, with the betting total sitting at 129 in the market. Let’s take a closer look at this Big Ten Conference matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way. Gambling stats via SBR Forum Begin Slideshow

College Basketball Picks: Michigan Wolverines vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

The Ohio State Buckeyes have won and covered the number in their last three games, which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks Tuesday, as they prepare to take on the Michigan Wolverines at Value City Arena. Sports bettors will find that the Buckeyes are 3.5-point home favorites in the NCAA basketball odds, with the betting total sitting at 129 in the market. Let’s take a closer look at this Big Ten Conference matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way. Gambling stats via SBR Forum Begin Slideshow

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