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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

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

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