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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 hostile environment

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

Opinion: Cleveland Cavaliers fans do not have reason to celebrate — yet

October 23, 2014
Cleveland sports can be described as many things. Depressing, gut-wrenching and eternally simultaneously optimistic and pessimistic are just a few. One thing the three major professional teams in Cleveland cannot be called with a straight face is cool. Being uncool comes with the territory of the city’s championship drought, turning old enough to receive an AARP card this coming December. And yet, the Cavaliers are somehow now the “cool” team in the NBA. And I’m not sure I’m crazy about the way that feels. It goes beyond being the title favorites in Las Vegas the season after receiving the first overall pick in the draft. There’s nothing I want to… Read more

Ohio State men’s soccer wins in shutout over Bowling Green

October 23, 2014
An intrastate game against a team with one of the top scorers in the nation turned into a laugher, as the Ohio State men’s soccer team had no problem at home Wednesday night. The Buckeyes (6-5-3, 3-2-0) defeated Bowling Green (9-4-1), 3-0, to kick off a three-game homestand. “We need to win games like this, our in-state games against the big-name schools,” senior midfielder Ryan Ivancic said. “This was a big win for us, decisively.” About three minutes into the contest, a wild sequence around the net led to OSU opening up the scoring. The Buckeyes took six shots in a roughly ten-second sequence following a corner kick. The ball… Read more

Football season ticket holders to be able to pick their seats

October 22, 2014
Ohio State football season ticket holders will soon be able to select their specific seats online, akin to the way one would buy concert tickets on a virtual map. In the past, seats could be changed by making a request during the renewal process. OSU would then consider the request and possibly make accommodations, said Martin Jarmond, OSU executive associative athletic director. The ability for specific ticket holders to improve their seats depends on their standing within the university’s “donor priority system.” The point system, which is based on a weighted calculation of the ticket holder’s current, past and revocable donations, will not change, said Martin Jarmond, OSU executive associate… Read more

Jim Tressel, 3 former Ohio State players on College Football Hall of Fame ballot

October 22, 2014
Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel and three former OSU players are listed on the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame ballot, according to an OSU release. Alongside Tressel — who is the current president of Youngstown State University — on the ballot are former Buckeye running back Keith Byars, linebacker Tom Cousineau and fullback Jim Otis. The former coach and three players are among 193 names on the ballot. The 2015 class is set to be announced on Jan. 9 in Arlington, Texas, three days before the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship Game, according to the release. Tressel coached at Youngstown State from 1986-2000 before joining the… Read more

Jalin Marshall morphing into all-around playmaker for Ohio State

October 21, 2014
When Jalin Marshall arrived at Ohio State, he found himself adjusting to not only a new level of football, but a new position as well. The redshirt-freshman H-back played quarterback at Middletown High School in Middletown, Ohio, but chose to change positions with his future on the gridiron in mind. “I felt like the next level for me wouldn’t be at quarterback,” the 5-foot-11-inch Marshall said Monday. “Just because of the height and all that stuff. I felt like it was a lot of challenges there for me to play at the next level.” Ranked the No. 1 recruit in the state by 247Sports coming out of high school, Marshall… Read more

Ohio State defense preparing for aerial assault from Penn State

October 21, 2014
Anyone who has paid attention to the Ohio State football team in the last three years under coach Urban Meyer is likely aware of the scrutiny the Buckeye defense has undergone. The 2014 edition of the OSU defense has improved statistically from last season as the Buckeyes, which ranked 47th in total defense last season, now fall in at 15. The pass defense, which finished the 2013 season ranked 112th overall (out of 125 teams) has made the jump to No. 16 in the country. While the numbers show drastic improvement, junior linebacker Joshua Perry said the Buckeyes can play even better than they have to this point. “We all… Read more