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Opposition takes notice of Joey Bosa’s play for Ohio State

October 23, 2014
When the Ohio State football team rolls into town on Saturday, Penn State coach James Franklin knows which player to keep a close eye on. And when it comes to that particular player, he knows the numbers down to the last detail. “Joey Bosa, No. 97, is the guy that jumps out to us the most,” Franklin said at a Tuesday press conference. “He’s a 6-foot-5, 280 pounds defensive tackle and has a team-high nine tackles for a loss and five and a half sacks.” It was a good try by Franklin, but he didn’t quite have Bosa’s measurables correct. The sophomore defensive lineman is actually listed at 278 pounds… Read more

Opinion: Struggling Michigan football program is contributing to mediocre Big Ten

October 23, 2014
Anyone who follows college football even a little knows that the Southeastern Conference dominates the landscape. But it wasn’t always that way. As I sat in my living room late Wednesday night after coming home from work, I turned on the TV, and after a few minutes of channel surfing (us men are so good at that, right, ladies?) I came across the 2004 Michigan-Michigan State football matchup and began to watch. In the game itself, No. 12 Michigan defeated unranked Michigan State in what is arguably one of the best games Michigan Stadium has ever seen. The Wolverines won in triple overtime, 45-37, behind 224 yards on the ground… Read more

Buckeye women’s volleyball set for pair of Michigan-based opponents

October 23, 2014
It’s Michigan week for the No. 20 Ohio States women’s volleyball team (14-6, 5-3) as it’s scheduled to face Michigan State and Michigan this weekend. While many fans might associate Michigan with the football rivalry, the women’s volleyball team approaches the matchup the same way in their sport, senior defensive specialist Alyssa Winner said. “We came in here on Monday and we were all saying it was Michigan week,” Winner said. “It’s big for us and it means a lot to the school too.” And while the games this weekend have meaning to the team, they also have some personal significance for junior middle blocker Tyler Richardson, a native of… 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

Ohio State men’s soccer preparing for first ever matchup with Rutgers

October 23, 2014
In the final stretch of the season, the Ohio State men’s soccer team seems to be getting hot at the right time — or at least taking advantage of a more manageable schedule. After 11 of the Buckeyes’ (6-5-3, 3-2-0) first 12 opponents ranked in the top 60 of the RPI, OSU took care of business against No. 138 Wisconsin and No. 99 Bowling Green in its last two. “This could be one of the most important parts of the season,” senior midfielder Max Moller said. “We want to show for this university and really represent this university really well. This could be the difference for the NCAA Tournament and… Read more

Ohio State women’s soccer set for weekend series against Iowa, Nebraska

October 23, 2014
With only three games left in the regular season, the Ohio State women’s soccer team is looking to make a push into the Big Ten tournament with a pair of home games this weekend against Iowa and Nebraska. The Buckeyes are 5-8-3 overall and 2-5-3 in the Big Ten following a double overtime draw against then-No. 24 Michigan. With OSU ending three of its last four games with ties, coach Lori Walker said the team has learned how to overcome mistakes made on the field. “What we’ve tried to focus in on is, everybody’s going to make a mistake in a soccer game,” Walker said. “It’s how we respond to… Read more

Ohio State unafraid of hostile environment at Penn State

October 23, 2014
When the Big Ten’s top offense is pitted against the conference’s No. 1 defense, home field advantage could go a long way in deciding the outcome of a game. On paper, that would suggest Penn State (4-2, 1-2) has an edge on No. 13 Ohio State (5-1, 2-0) heading into their Saturday matchup in State College, Pa. But for at least one Buckeye, a road game in a hostile environment is exactly what he wants. “I’ve been waiting to play in this stadium, because apparently it just erupts and is crazy,” Joey Bosa said Wednesday of the Nittany Lions’ Beaver Stadium. “So I’m super excited.” The sophomore defensive lineman said… Read more

Communication will be key for Ohio State offense in Beaver Stadium

October 23, 2014
Simulated crowd noise, accompanied by the famous song “Zombie Nation,” could be heard bellowing from the Woody Hayes Athletic Center as the Ohio State football team wrapped up practice Wednesday evening. The Buckeyes, who have not played a true road game in front of more than 52,000 people this season, are set to play a game in front of what most are expecting to be a sellout crowd of more than 106,000 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., Saturday night. OSU coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday that the simulated crowd noise is one of the things the Buckeyes are doing to prepare for the traditionally hostile crowd. “This is… Read more

Opinion: Thursday Night Football negatively affecting the NFL

October 23, 2014
American football is loved by millions across the country. It’s the most popular sport by far and has the most television viewers. It’s so popular that we have NFL games on more days than just Sundays and Mondays. The highly anticipated Monday Night Football game takes place each week — as it has since 1970 ­— and typically draws the attention of millions of Americans. Then there’s Thursday Night Football, which began in 2006. Prime-time matchups that are supposed to be as thrilling and exciting as the ones on Monday night. This season, however, that has not been the case. But the thing is, I don’t think those Thursday games… Read more

Opinion: 5 keys to Ohio State’s matchup with the Nittany Lions

October 23, 2014
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In 2013, the Ohio State football team beat a reeling Penn State squad, 63-14, at Ohio Stadium. About a year later, the Buckeyes (5-1, 2-0) and Nittany Lions (4-2, 1-2) are set to face off again. But this time around, Penn State is free of NCAA sanctions including a revoked postseason ban and likely looking to avenge its big loss last season. The Lantern sports editors picked five keys to the matchup that could either spark the Buckeyes or help the Nittany Lions turn around their season. 1. J.T. Barrett vs. Christian Hackenberg Barrett is OSU’s redshirt-freshman phenomenon while Hackenberg is a true sophomore with all-world potential. The two are… Read more