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Opinion: Braxton Miller deserves to return as starter in 2015

November 11, 2014
Ohio State has what some might call a perfect problem looming in the 2015 season as two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Braxton Miller could return for his final season of eligibility. The No. 8 Buckeyes (8-1, 5-0) are currently in the midst of the College Football Playoff race behind the play of redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett. Since losing to Virginia Tech at home Sept. 6, the Wichita Falls, Texas, native has been sensational under center. Barrett led the Buckeyes to four consecutive games of 50 or more points and 500 or more yards — both school records. Barrett’s 64.4 percent completion percentage and 34 total touchdowns through… Read more

Ohio State field hockey season comes to a close with tourney loss

November 6, 2014
Ohio State field hockey fell short against top-seeded Maryland, 5-0, in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals Thursday morning in Ann Arbor, Mich. Maryland’s Sarah Sprink, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, scored a pair of goals in the victory. The junior defender started off the scoring 17 minutes into the game with a goal off a penalty corner from Big Ten Freshman of the Year, midfielder Moira Putsch. With less than 10 minutes to play in the half, Sprink was awarded a penalty stroke, and she connected to give Maryland a 2-0 lead at the half. The Terrapins (17-2, 7-1) didn’t hold up on their attack coming out… Read more

Ohio State field hockey set for Big Ten tournament

November 6, 2014
Ohio State field hockey has earned the right to face top-seeded and No. 2 Maryland in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament after sneaking into the bracket because of a head-to-head tiebreaker with Indiana. In Maryland’s first season as a Big Ten member, the Terrapins dominated the conference. Maryland (16-2, 7-1) finished the season on an 11-game winning streak, including seven against intraconference foes to finish as the Big Ten regular season champions. Before Maryland took the reins of the Big Ten, the Buckeyes (6-11, 1-7) and Terrapins squared off Oct. 3 in College Park, Md., in a game where OSU kept the score tied for 25 minutes… Read more

Opinion: 1-loss Big Ten champion deserves a spot in inaugural College Football Playoff

November 4, 2014
The new College Football Playoff system revealed its first ever rankings Oct. 28 with an emphasis on who team’s have played and who they’ve beaten. Three teams from the Southeastern Conference were included the top four of the rankings, which will ultimately be where every team aspires to be in the end. Despite posting four consecutive games of 500 or more yards of offense and defeating Penn State in a tough road environment, Ohio State debuted at No. 16 in the rankings, which is relatively low for one of the best teams in the Big Ten and a team ranked No. 13 in the Associated Press top 25. OSU and… Read more

Ohio State field hockey falls to rival No. 14 Michigan on Senior Day

November 2, 2014
A late goal from Ainsley McCallister with 1:33 left on the clock boosted No. 14 Michigan to a 2-1 victory against Ohio State field hockey on senior day at Buckeye Varsity Field. The redshirt-senior midfielder from Ann Arbor, Mich., struck on a penalty corner for her fifth goal of the season to stun OSU (6-11, 1-7) late in the game Sunday. “Michigan was able to execute their (penalty) corners,” OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said after the game. “They were able to sniff out where our weakness was and they capitalized on it.” Despite the loss, OSU’s season is set to continue in the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes and Wolverines… Read more

Buckeye field hockey prepares for Michigan on Senior Day

October 31, 2014
Four Ohio State field hockey players are set to see their final career home games during Senior Day at Buckeye Varsity Field. Emotions are likely be running high as OSU (6-10, 1-6) faces its rival, No. 14 Michigan (11-6, 5-2) on Sunday with a spot in the Big Ten Tournament on the line. Eight teams make it to the Big Ten Tournament out of the nine conference members. OSU is currently in a three-way tie with Indiana and Rutgers for the last spot in the conference. It would mean the world for OSU to get a win for its seniors and continue on to the Big Ten Tournament, coach Anne… Read more

Anne Wilkinson still going strong after 300 career victories

October 30, 2014
As junior forward Peanut Johnson was darting in front of the net to score a game-winning overtime goal, Ohio State field hockey coach Anne Wilkinson went on as if nothing special was happening. Johnson’s goal gave OSU its first Big Ten win of the season against Indiana, and — more importantly — gave Wilkinson her 300th career victory. “That’s all we were thinking about,” Johnson said. “Just win for Anne. We’re really happy we got to be a part of her 300th.” Wilkinson, a West Chester, Pa., native, became the 15th coach in Division I field hockey history to reach the mark. Wilkinson’s assistant coach Homero Pardi picked her up… Read more

Ohio State field hockey falls to No. 9 Northwestern

October 26, 2014
A pair of Northwestern goals in each half was enough to take down Ohio State field hockey, 4-1, Saturday afternoon in OSU’s final road game of the regular season. With the victory, the No. 9 Wildcats (12-5, 6-1) stayed tied with Maryland atop the Big Ten standings with one game remaining in the regular season. OSU coach Anne Wilkinson stressed in recent weeks that the Buckeyes need to get out to a fast start against top ranked competition, but OSU (6-10, 1-6) fell behind early to Northwestern. A little more than two minutes into the game, Northwestern forced a penalty corner against OSU’s defense. Sophomore midfielder Dominique Masters capitalized, scoring… Read more

Ohio State field hockey gearing up for No. 9 Northwestern

October 23, 2014
The Ohio State field hockey team is set to play its final road game of the season against a top-10 opponent. OSU (6-9, 1-5) is scheduled to travel to Evanston, Ill., on Saturday to take on No. 9 Northwestern at 1 p.m. The Wildcats are coming off a 5-2 victory against Michigan State on Sunday, which helped them regain a share of first place in the conference. Northwestern (11-5, 5-1) used its speed and set plays to take down the Spartans, connecting on two penalty corners to help put Michigan State away. The Wildcats could pose some problems for OSU in the midfield as they boast two of the top… Read more

Opinion: State of Mississippi dictating college football landscape

October 20, 2014
With all due respect to Buckeye nation, college football lives in the Magnolia State in 2014. The newest Associated Press Top 25 Poll shows that the state of Mississippi holds all the cards in the first-ever College Football Playoff. The Mississippi State Bulldogs remain No. 1 in the poll after making a meteoric rise to the top. The Bulldogs became the first team in the AP Poll’s history to go from unranked to No. 1 in five weeks. Their rivals from Oxford, Miss., are the only team that can match Mississippi State’s impressive résumé, consisting of wins against three top-10 opponents. Ole Miss stands at No. 3 in the country… Read more