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Opinion: Cardale Jones has the early edge to start for Ohio State in 2015

January 15, 2015
It turns out that Cardale Jones wants to keep playing school after all, and right now he’s the favorite to keep playing football, too. The redshirt-sophomore Ohio State quarterback announced his decision to return to the Buckeyes — and his coursework — for the 2015 season during a Thursday press conference in Cleveland, forgoing the NFL Draft. Two months ago, Jones didn’t have a future on the field, but after leading the Buckeyes to three straight postseason wins in his first three collegiate starts — including a victory in the College Football Playoff National Championship — a future at the next level was an immediate possibility. But to the surprise… Read more

Opinion: 5 keys to Ohio State’s title bout with the Oregon Ducks

January 12, 2015
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DALLAS — Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer has been here before. Oregon coach Mark Helfrich has too, but not as the man in charge, and with less success. As the two coaches get their teams ready to face off in the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship, they’ll be looking to leave a mark in the history books for their respective schools. No. 4 OSU (13-1, 8-0) is looking for its eighth national title, while the No. 2 Ducks (13-1, 8-1) are hoping to pick up their first championship in school history. With the matchup just over the horizon, The Lantern sports editors picked five keys to the game… Read more

Urban Meyer not concerned about rankings, looks toward November schedule

October 29, 2014
Just a day after the announcement of the first-ever College Football Playoff rankings, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said he hadn’t done anything more than glance at where the Buckeyes stand in the playoff picture. Meyer also gave an update on the health of redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett — who suffered a sprained MCL in OSU’s Saturday win against Penn State. When he checked the College Football Playoff rankings, Meyer said he “looked down to see where we’re at, that’s it.” OSU — despite being ranked No. 13 in both the Associated Press top 25 and the USA Today coaches’ poll — checked in at No. 16 when the rankings… Read more

Ohio State hurt, but encouraged after loss to Virginia Tech

September 8, 2014
A loss can be a painful experience, but positives can still be taken from a failure on the field. That’s especially true for the Ohio State football team after its 35-21 loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday. “Yes, this hit us hard, and yes, we are hurting and licking our wounds from it right now,” OSU running backs coach Stan Drayton said Monday. “But at the same time, we had a very high-energy practice (Sunday) with a lot of kids motivated to move forward.” The loss marked the first regular-season stumble for the Buckeyes since coach Urban Meyer took over in 2012, and the first loss in a home opener… Read more