September 3, 2014

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Despite winning opener by 20, Ohio State has its share of problems to clean up before San Diego State comes to town

COLUMBUS — The coaches at San Diego State and Ohio State have two things in common. First, their teams meet Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Second, neither was particularly thrilled with the way their teams played in the opener. That’s about where the similarities end. Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer repeatedly told everyone he saw that, although Read More…

Ohio State perfectly … OK: Fast start yields big lead, but Buckeyes let Buffalo back in game before finishing off win

COLUMBUS — Urban Meyer is a perfectionist. His second-ranked Ohio State team was less than perfect. Braxton Miller threw two touchdown passes before fighting leg cramps and Jordan Hall ran for two more scores to lead the Buckeyes to a 40-20 victory over Buffalo on Saturday in the season opener for both teams. “I preached Read More…

Ohio State’s Jordan Hall more than happy to carry the load after injury-riddled season

COLUMBUS — A lacerated foot cost Jordan Hall his starting spot last year. When he returned, a knee injury knocked him out for the rest of his senior season. Hall applied for and was granted a medical redshirt and a fifth year of eligibility. During Ohio State’s 40-20 victory over Buffalo on Saturday, Hall took Read More…

Safety not a concern: Ohio State counting on veterans Christian Bryant and C.J. Barnett to lead defense, entire team

COLUMBUS — Safeties are the players farthest removed from the action. Yet they’ll be in the middle of Ohio State’s hopes this fall. Starters Christian Bryant and C.J. Barnett account for 50 percent of the seniors on the defensive side for the Buckeyes. They’ve been through a lot, with three coaches in their college careers, Read More…

Urban Meyer says he has to wait until practices get ‘a lot harder’ to find out how good Buckeyes can be

COLUMBUS — Urban Meyer doesn’t know what to make of his current crop of Buckeyes yet. He believes he’ll have a better handle on them when practices get harder. A lot harder. “It’s the first day in pads. So right now this is all candy,” he said, flashing a wicked grin. “Come back in about Read More…

College football: Ohio State players pumped to begin camp, put focus back on field

COLUMBUS — Finally, the focus turns to the field. After several weeks of questions and controversy, the Ohio State Buckeyes open fall training camp today with concerns like every team, but also with strengths pointing to a run at a Big Ten title and maybe even a national championship. “I’m going to focus on the Read More…

College football: Ohio State ranked second in coaches’ preseason poll; Alabama overwhelming choice for No. 1

Ohio State is back with a vengeance … at least in the USA Today preseason coaches’ poll. While two-time defending champion Alabama was an overwhelming choice, receiving 58 of 62 first-place votes, the Buckeyes checked in at second and received three first-place votes. Oregon is No. 3, Stanford is 4, Georgia is five and No. Read More…

One week, two tests: No. 10 Ohio State has No. 3 Michigan, No. 1 Indiana on tap

COLUMBUS — As he was preparing to speak with reporters Monday, Ohio State coach Thad Matta coughed and sneezed. He said several of his players also had bad colds. Someone said, “At least you don’t have any big games to play.” “No,” he said with a grin. “It’s another week.” Far from it. The 10th-ranked Read More…

Ohio State begins the Luke Fickell Era with blowout of Akron

COLUMBUS – Even missing eight players suspended for breaking NCAA rules, No. 18 Ohio State had more than enough talent left behind. Joe Bauserman, a quarterback starting his first game in eight years, ran for a touchdown and threw for three to tight end Jake Stoneburner to lead No. 18 Ohio State to a 42-0 Read More…

Ohio State quarterbacks get passing grades

COLUMBUS – The scoreboard read: Ohio State 42, Akron 0. But the Buckeyes were expected to win big in their season opener Saturday, and the result most Ohio State fans were looking forward to was nearly as lopsided: Joe Bauserman 4, Braxton Miller 1. That was the number of touchdowns each Ohio State quarterback scored Read More…