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Ohio State Finally Gets Style Points It Needed for BCS Push in Blowout of PSU

The words Ohio State and style points have become synonymous with each other as of late, and not in the good way, but all of that may have changed on Saturday night as Ohio State trounced Penn State, 63-14. Nationally, the narrative was that the Buckeyes needed a dominating win to prove they belonged in the conversation with the likes of Alabama, Oregon and Florida State at the top of the BCS rankings. After a narrow win at home versus Wisconsin, the style points were lacking. The next week Ohio State won by 10 at Northwestern, and once again, the style points were lacking. Iowa came to town last week, and again the Buckeyes were tested and passed said test, but it wasn’t impressive enough. Sensing a theme for the 2013 Buckeyes season, yet? Well, consider that talk over as of Saturday night. The question now is whether or not a performance like this will be enough to make a difference in the polls? Ohio State trails by a good margin in both the human and computer polls part of the BCS formula. So much so that it needed all the style points it could get the rest of the way. Just when it needed it the most, Ohio State not only got great performances out of the usual subjects of Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde, but the Buckeyes defense also made an appearance. Besides only giving up 14 points, Ohio State’s defense recorded four sacks, forced three turnovers and allowed Penn State to average just 3.0 yards per run and pass in the…

Why Christian Hackenberg Is Keeping Urban Meyer Up at Night

A name like Christian Hackenberg isn’t the kind that automatically strikes fear in the hearts of men, unless maybe if you’re an underdog character in a 1980s college movie. Then why would someone as successful and established in the game of college football be so worried about a guy with a evil frat boy villain kind of name? Because when you’re Urban Meyer, and you’ve never lost at Ohio State—yet still are looked at nationally as a question mark of a national title contender—you fear anything that can derail those championship plans. Especially something that likely will exacerbate the Buckeyes’ already struggling pass defense. OSU is 79th nationally in pass defense, allowing 240.7 yards per game, and its pass efficiency defense is 72nd. Not the kind of numbers you’d expect from the defense of a Top 5 team. Meyer referred to his pass defense situation this week as “alarming,” acknowledging how his team’s 4-2-5 defense is getting burned a lot. And that’s even before facing the combo of Hackenberg and Allen Robinson, PSU’s top receiver who has four games with more than 120 yards this season. Hackenberg, a true freshman quarterback who came to Penn State as the top-rated passer in last year’s recruiting class, has so far done little to disappoint Nittany Lions fans. He’s already won the Big Ten Freshman of the Week award three times, most recently in PSU’s last game when he piloted the team to a thrilling 43-40, four-overtime win over Michigan. The 6’4″, 220…

Ohio State Footall: PSU’s Allen Robinson Poses Big Challenge for Bradley Roby

When Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby turned down a likely first-round selection in last year’s NFL draft, he returned to Columbus with the plans to improve as a player and help the Buckeyes win a national championship. While No. 4 Ohio State is still in contention for a national title bid, Roby’s production has slipped dramatically on the field. This week against Penn State, Roby will be facing his stiffest test of the year when he lines up against Allen Robinson. Robinson, fresh off a breakout sophomore campaign that netted first-team All-Big Ten honors, has continued his solid play to become the Big Ten’s most consistent wide receiver. The 6’3″, 210-pound playmaker is averaging 117 receiving yards per game, good for 10th nationally, and paces a dynamic Nittany Lions passing attack. Roby, who also earned first-team All-Big Ten honors as a redshirt sophomore, hasn’t carried over that consistency. The Buckeyes’ pass defense, which was supposed to be one of the team’s strengths, is giving up a bloated average of 240 yards per game. Roby has been picked on—first in Week 3 against Cal when he gave up two touchdown passes, then two weeks later against Wisconsin, when Jared Abbrederis torched him for 10 catches, 207 yards and a touchdown. Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell told Eric Seger of The Lantern that part of Roby’s struggles stem from the Buckeyes’ efforts to stop the run. We gotta do some things to give…

Juco OT Eluemunor enjoys visit to PSU

Jermaine Eluemunor craned his neck from the passenger seat of his black SUV. He knew he was close to Penn State, so he hoped to catch a glimpse of the mammoth stadium he had heard so much about. About a mile or two from campus, the junior college offensive tackle out of Scranton (Pa.) Lackawanna saw Beaver Stadium loom over the rolling hills. He said he actually rubbed his eyes around 10 a.m. to make sure he wasn’t dreaming. “When I saw it, I’m like, ‘Damn, that’s big.

Instant analysis: Ohio State 35, PSU 23

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The Ineligi-Bowl turned into an indelible moment for Ohio State.

The Buckeyes came into a frenzied Beaver Stadium and sliced up a red-hot Penn State team 35-23, leaving no doubt which team is the best in …

Ohio State Football: Miller Needs Big Game vs. PSU to Remain in Heisman Race

Not many expected Braxton Miller to be a serious Heisman contender at the beginning of the year but following the Nebraska game, Miller was near the top of the Heisman watch. After his offensive explosion against the Cornhuskers, the Buckeyes …

Ohio State Football: Miller Needs Big Game vs PSU to Remain in Heisman Race

Not many expected Braxton Miller to be a serious Heisman contender at the beginning of the year but following the Nebraska game, Miller was near the top of the Heisman watch. After his offensive explosion against the Cornhuskers, the Buckeyes …

PSU birthday boy O’Brien has eye on Buckeyes

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Didn’t get Bill O’Brien a birthday gift? Don’t worry, he won’t mind one bit. Penn State’s first-year coach is so focused getting his team ready for Saturday’s Big Ten tilt against No. 9 Ohio State that he forgot he was turning 43 on Tuesday. That is, until his brother sent him a text Tuesday morning. A few of his players followed suit on Twitter. ”I don’t know, I’m not a big birthday guy,” O’Brien said. ”My wife will list all the things that I really don’t enjoy- birthdays, weddings, theme parks, the beach.” There’s no danger of football falling on that list any time soon, not with Penn State (5-2, 3-0) on a five-game winning streak and surging as the unbeaten Buckeyes (8-0, 4-0) visit Happy Valley this weekend. Harsh NCAA offseason sanctions on Penn State for the school’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal included significant scholarship cuts and a four…

Division title for OSU, PSU always in play

When ESPN.com first reported earlier this month that both Ohio State and Penn State are eligible to be official Leaders Division champions, it created a stir around the Big Ten — and quite a few eye-rolls and chuckles from the …

OL Ryan Nowicki leaves PSU for Illinois

Illinois made waves last week by sending eight assistant coaches to State College to try to lure Penn State players. The aggressive and controversial approach has yielded at least one Nittany Lion.

Offensive lineman Ryan Nowicki, a redshirt freshman guard, …

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