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Ohio State suffering a power outage?

For all the talk about the added speed on this Ohio State roster, a power outage may be more to blame for the loss to Virginia Tech. After finishing my video review Ohio State lost to Virginia Tech, I filed my usual report with BuckeyeSports.com. The conclusion was that Virginia Tech had a good plan considering all the factors going into the game, both from their personnel standpoint...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Ohio State Football Week 3: Turn, Turn, Turn

Urban Meyer has shown half of why many thought he could combine the best qualities of the last two full-time head coaches to build a new dynasty at Ohio State. How did he do that? By mimicking John Cooper and recruiting three straight highly regarded recruiting classes full of players from across the country.  After Virginia Tech exposed a bunch of deficiencies in his young Buckeye...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Ohio State Football Week 2 in review

The blog has been quiet this week, but I have been busy. Here’s a rundown of coverage following Ohio State’s season-opening win over Navy and in preparation for the Buckeyes’ visit from Virginia Tech.  From BuckeyeSports.com:  Ohio State Football: Scouting Virginia Tech – We take a look at the players and schemes the Buckeyes will face this week Second Thoughts: Navy ...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Big Ten football picks

I think this will be one of the better Big Tens we’ve seen in the past decade or so, but I’m not sure there is an elite team in the league. There should be depth, and that could set things up for a strong 2015, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Ohio State is rebuilding on defense, but that unit could hardly be worse than it was when the ’13 season concluded, so it’s...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Johnny Manziel on Braxton Miller

Johnny Manziel has only been a Cleveland Brown since May, but he seems to be doing a good job of getting in good with the stars of some of the state’s other teams in relatively short order. First there was LeBron James (even before he returned to the Cavaliers), now it is Braxton Miller. “First and foremost, it’s tough to see a friend like Braxton…I mean, it’s rough,...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Ohio State football: The Song Remains The Same

The first game week of the season brings with it the first 2014 edition of my “Cus Words” column at BuckeyeSports.com. After an eventful offseason that took a surprising turn toward the end, where do the Buckeyes stand heading into the Navy game? I am curious to see the effects of Urban Meyer’s intense efforts to remake the culture of the program. Although he took responsibility...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Ohio State football 2014: Potential pitfalls

I wrote for FOXSports.com after the Braxton Miller news became official that his absence need not mean all of Ohio State’s hopes for the season go down the drain, and I do believe that. But it would be foolish to ignore the fact that plenty of the questions facing this team, both before and after Miller got hurt, could go either way. That was true with or without him. Ohio State could...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Previous Ohio State surprise starters have performed pretty well

So, Ohio State is going to play the 2014 season with a new starting quarterback despite starting an underclassman the previous season. This might seem unusual, but it has happened for the Buckeyes what seems like a rather remarkable five times in the past 50 years. The reasons have varied but don’t include the previous season’s starter going pro (at least not for positive reasons...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Overheard at Ohio State football Aug. 18

Cleaning out the reporter’s notebook from another day on the Ohio State football beat…  The always interesting Tom Herman, Ohio State’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, told us quarterback Braxton Miller did not throw in the morning practice but ran the offense as they concentrated on the running game. He agreed with a questioner who asked if the reps have been...
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August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Buckeye defense hoping for 1996 redux

On the second day of Ohio State’s 2014 preseason football camp, Luke Fickell said this was the first offseason since he returned to his alma mater as a coach in 2002 that there was reason to feel bad about how the defense had finished the season. That got me thinking about another season that ended with national title hopes going up in smoke in large part because of a defensive...
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

On the O’Bannon decision and NCAA autonomy

The NCAA does itself no favors by continuing to keep up the PR front that it is all about preserving amateurism because that word has lost whatever power it ever had, but maybe U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken did the organization a favor by weeding out such arguments up  front.  Even before the forward pass was legalized, there were those in the press arguing simply...
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Miller says he will be ready for Ohio State opener | FOX Sports

Ohio State’s senior quarterback and head coach worked to quiet concerns Braxton Miller’s surgically repaired shoulder will hinder him at the start of the regular season. Miller says he will be ready for opener | FOX Sports. The post Miller says he will be ready for Ohio State opener | FOX Sports appeared first on Cus Words.
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Ohio State football: Preseason Day 2 highlights

Ohio State did not allow media to watch any part of day two of preseason football practice, but the school published a YouTube video of highlights. Because this is the Internet and pixels cost little compared to ink and paper, here are about 30 seconds worth of takeaways from two minutes of clips: Braxton Miller can still throw, and Devin Smith can still make one-handed catches...
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August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Ohio State football 2014: Preseason thoughts

The dawn of another Ohio State football season is upon us, and 2014 figures to be an unpredictable year with so much change on both sides of the ball. Most indications are the DNA is going to be different with the offense and the defense, one change being personnel-driven and the other caused by extreme struggles of a year ago. Both ways, Ohio State is going to have to count on...
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August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Ohio’s latest football export to the north? Michigan State’s defense

Most avid fans of Ohio State football know Michigan football has long made a living off talent from the Buckeye State. Mark Dantonio has taken up the practice at Michigan State over the past seven years, too, but that’s not all. Turns out the Spartans’ defensive strategy is a direct import from Ohio as well. Dantonio, of course, first became well known nationally when the defense...
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August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Buckeyes defense banking on more togetherness

One of the biggest topics of the Ohio State football offseason has been rebuilding a defense that regressed as the year went on into one of the worst in memory. Ohio State defensive line drills Chris Ash was brought in as a new co-coordinator of the defense and safeties coach, bringing with him an aggressive style of play in the secondary that has fans champing at the bit to see...
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July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Urban Meyer on Ohio State-Michigan State (and Michigan)

Monday in Chicago at the first of the Big Ten football media days, the head coach of Buckeyes was asked his thoughts on the Nov. 8 clash with Michigan State in East Lansing, a game getting more preseason hype at this point than the traditional regular-season ending clash with Michigan at Ohio Stadium. “If we take care of business, it will be real big. But we’ve got some things...
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July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Who are the best Buckeye football players from out of state?

So, which state (other than Ohio) has produced the most Ohio State football players over the past 30 years? You probably won’t be surprised to find out it’s Florida with 52. But who is the best of that bunch? After all, more than half have become starters, and one quarter have been drafted into the NFL. Ryan Shazier talks to reporters in Columbus We narrowed it down to six candidates...
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July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

A look at the first College Football Playoff trophy

The crystal football of the Bowl Championship Series is gone, replaced with a trophy of hardened steel surround by gold brackets. It is three feet tall, and like the last trophy is composed of two distinct pieces so the 26.5-inch 35-pound “virtual football” trophy can still be lifted off the base, as winners famously were able to do with the crystal football trophy. The trophy...
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July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

The Ohio State response to the return of LeBron James

The biggest sports story in Ohio this year — and perhaps in much longer — is the return of LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers after four years in Miami. Ohio State has long maintained a relationship with the Akron native, even setting up a locker for him in the men’s basketball locker room and wearing LeBron-branded stuff. There are also plenty of fans of both the Cavs...
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July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Ohio sports holiday weekend rewind: LeBron, baseball, etc.

So, anything interesting happening in the world of Ohio sports today? Yeah, I know it was a long holiday weekend and now there are some major rumblings that a huge homecoming could give folks even more to celebrate than America’s birthday, so how about we get all caught up on what happened while you were out watching fireworks and grilling, shall we? The Heart of It All: How could...
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July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Ohio State football recruiting continues to spread nationwide, but Ohio not being left behind

Ohio State picked up a pair of verbal commitments Wednesday morning, first four-star linebacker Justin Hilliard of Cincinnati St. Xavier then four-star defensive end Jashon Cornell of St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham. While Hilliard’s hop on board highlights one issue of interest in regards to recent recruiting (Ohio State in Cincinnati), Cornell’s commitment has its own significance...
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July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Meyer mines Cincinnati for top linebacker prospect

Justin Hilliard of Cincinnati St. Xavier is the 11th verbal commitment for Ohio State’s 2015 recruiting class and the second linebacker, joining Nick Connor of Dublin Scioto. He is the seventh recruit from southwestern Ohio in Urban Meyer’s three-plus years as head coach of the Buckeyes and the third from Cincinnati, joining Adolphus Washington (Taft) and Sam Hubbard (Moeller...
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July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Comparing Careers: Ohio State football 3- and 4-star recruits

After taking a look at the success rate of Ohio State’s five-star recruits, we turned our attention to the lower rated but perhaps overall more important guys who account for well over 80 percent of the roster. The study of the Buckeyes who signed as four-star recruits and those rated three-stars (or lower) brought out a couple more surprises than the five-star study, which served...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Are 5-star recruits worth the hype?

This might seem like a no-brainer, but it is a source of conversation from time to time on message boards such as “Ask the Insiders” at BuckeyeSports.com, and it seems as though every year around National Signing Day you can find a new hot take about how recruiting rankings are overrated because not every five-star prospect becomes an All-American and plenty of four- and three...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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