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Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett playing through the pain

October 30, 2014
When Urban Meyer said his quarterback had a sprained MCL, some Ohio State fans might have cringed — for good reason. It’s the second straight season the third-year OSU coach has seen his starting quarterback suffer that injury, after all. But unlike then-junior Braxton Miller — who missed two games and all but the opening drive of another with the same injury in 2013 — redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett is expected to play this weekend after hurting his knee on Saturday against Penn State. On Monday, Meyer stressed that Barrett would play in the Buckeyes’ Saturday matchup with Illinois, and the quarterback reiterated the same point — barring unforeseen circumstances —… Read more

Ohio State Buckeyes keeping focus on Illinois with No. 8 Michigan State looming

October 30, 2014
There is a lot going on within the Ohio State football program . Within 48 hours, OSU dismissed redshirt-senior running back Rod Smith for a violation of team rules and dropped in the first ever College Football Playoff rankings three spots from its Associated Press ranking. All this while preparing for a game against Illinois, without looking forward to its matchup against No. 8 Michigan State next week.  But OSU coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday that he is not worried about motivating his players for the game against Big Ten bottom dweller Illinois (4-4, 1-3).  “It depends who you are playing. If they are a really, really bad team or… 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

Urban Meyer doesn’t see big change from BCS to College Football Playoff; Ohio State checks in at No. 16

October 28, 2014
The Ohio State football team came in at No. 16 in the first-ever College Football Playoff rankings — but the man who invests perhaps more time in the team than anyone else might not have known right away. “I’m sure I’ll look at ‘em tomorrow,” coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday afternoon of the rankings, which were announced Tuesday evening. “We’re practicing and tonight’s a heavy game plan night, so I won’t watch it.” The Buckeyes were the third Big Ten team to appear in the rankings, with Nebraska and Michigan State picked at No. 15 and No. 8, respectively. The inaugural rankings were announced via ESPN on Tuesday night. The… Read more

Ohio State offensive ‘slobs’ trying to carry over culture left by former players

October 28, 2014
The Ohio State offense did not perform up to par in Saturday’s 31-24 double-overtime win over Penn State, and the stat book shows it. After four straight weeks of posting 50 or more points, the Buckeyes scored just 17 points in regulation against the Nittany Lions, something sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott said is disappointing. “(We were) very below average. We could have played a lot better. We maybe took a step back from the couple weeks we had before,” he said Monday. Elliott ran for 109 yards on 26 carries and a score in the OSU win. Redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein echoed Elliott’s comments, adding the Buckeyes must… Read more

Ohio State No. 16 in inaugural College Football Playoff Rankings

October 28, 2014
The Ohio State football team — ranked No. 13 in both the Associated Press top 25 and the USA Today coaches poll — came in at No.16 in the first-ever College Football Playoff standings, announced via ESPN on Tuesday evening. The Buckeyes (6-1, 3-0) are one of three Big Ten teams listed in the standings, which consist of 25 teams total. Nebraska is No. 15 while Michigan State ranks No. 8. Mississippi came it at No. 1 while Florida State, Auburn and Mississippi round out the top four. At the end of the season, the top four teams in the College Football Playoff standings are set to compete in the… Read more

Urban Meyer addresses Rod Smith departure, College Football Playoff; says J.T. Barrett will be ‘full go’ Wednesday

October 28, 2014
Less than 24 hours after news broke that redshirt-senior running back Rod Smith had been dismissed from the Ohio State football team, coach Urban Meyer closed the door on a potential return to the team during the Big Ten teleconference. Meyer also addressed the College Football Playoff rankings — which are set to be released Tuesday at 7 p.m. — and talked about the status of redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett, who he said suffered a sprained MCL against Penn State over the weekend. Rod Smith Updates: Just a matter of minutes before going on the teleconference, Meyer released a statement regarding Smith’s departure from the team: “Rod Smith has left… Read more

Ohio State running back Rod Smith dismissed from team

October 27, 2014
Ohio State redshirt-senior running back Rod Smith has been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules, sources close to the team told Lantern TV on Monday evening. The Fort Wayne, Ind., native rushed for 549 yards during his OSU career, including 101 yards and four touchdowns on 24 attempts this season. Smith played, but did not touch the ball during the Buckeyes’ 31-24 double-overtime win against Penn State on Saturday in State College, Pa. Sources confirmed Smith’s departure to Lantern TV following an initial report by Eleven Warriors. An Ohio State spokesman didn’t have any information to provide regarding Smith’s status with the team. Smith did not… Read more

J.T. Barrett put pain, past behind him to carry Ohio State in overtime

October 27, 2014
Redshirt-freshmen who enter spring camp as the third-string quarterback aren’t necessarily expected to lead their team to a double-overtime victory on the road. Especially not in the midst of their worst statistical game as a collegiate player, and certainly not while playing on a sprained MCL. But that’s what J.T. Barrett did for Ohio State during its 31-24 win against Penn State on Saturday. His coach, Urban Meyer, said Barrett’s overtime heroics — which included 32 rushing yards and both OSU touchdowns — are something he’ll likely remember forever. “I’ll probably never forget that look when I saw our offense taking the field against the white out of the student… Read more

Tyvis Powell making dreams a reality as an Ohio State Buckeye

October 27, 2014
Tyvis Powell is living a dream. The redshirt-sophomore safety and Bedford, Ohio, native, who came to OSU in 2012 as a top-100 defensive back according to ESPNU, committed to the Buckeyes when Luke Fickell was the interim coach in 2011, amidst the Tattoo-Gate scandal. Powell said Monday that it didn’t matter who the coach was, he was set on being a Buckeye from day one. “This is a dream. You’re not going to give up your dreams. No matter who is the coach, you grow up your whole life and you watch one certain team, and you root for this team all your life, that’s where you want to go,”… Read more