No. 3 Ohio State at Michigan

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#3 Ohio State (11-0, 7-0 B1G) at Michigan (7-4, 3-4 B1G)
Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 – Noon ET
Michigan Stadium (109,901)
Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Broadcasts
Television: ABC will televise the game with Brad Nessler and Todd Blackledge in the booth and Holly Rowe on the sidelines. Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the flagship station for the 64-station Ohio State Radio Network. The Urban Meyer pregame show airs 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Paul Keels will call the play-by-play with former Buckeye Jim Lachey in the booth and Marty Bannister on the sidelines. The game also can be heard on Sirius and XM channel 91.

A Glance at the Buckeyes
Ohio State, 11-0 overall and 7-0 in the Big Ten, is currently ranked No. 3 in the BCS standings. The Buckeyes have clinched the Big Ten Leaders Division title for the second consecutive season and earned a spot in the 2013 Big Ten Championship Game vs. Legends Division champion Michigan State Dec. 7 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The Buckeye offense, averaging a Big Ten-best 48.7 points per game, leads the Big Ten and ranks seventh nationally with 530.9 yards per game. Their rushing attack ranks first in the Big Ten and fifth in the NCAA with 314 yards per game, including a season-high 441-yard rushing performance at Illinois — the most ever for an Urban Meyer coached team.

Senior Carlos Hyde (1,064 yards, 13 TDs in eight games) is Ohio State’s top rusher and the first running back under Urban Meyer to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Junior QB Braxton Miller — OSU’s all-time leading rusher among QBs (2,724 yards, 25 TDs) — is the Big Ten leader in passer efficiency with 165.8 rating. He leads the Big Ten with 296 yards of total offense per game in conference play. Senior Corey “Philly” Brown (49 rec., 596 yds, 9 TDs) and junior Devin Smith (40 rec., 591 yds, 7 TDs) are Ohio State’s leading receivers.

The Silver Bullet defense is led by All-Big Ten junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, who leads the Big Ten in tackles (108), TFL (19.5) and forced fumbles (4). Sophomore viper Noah Spence (14.5 TFL), is second in the Big Ten with 7.5 sacks. This young group is among the best in the Big Ten and the nation, allowing just 95.3 yards per game on the ground. The Buckeye secondary, led by senior C.J. Barnett and junior All-American Bradley Roby, are second and third on the team with 61 and 55 tackles. Roby and junior Doran Grant leads the team with 3 INTs and have each returned INTs for TDs.

The Game
Saturday at noon in Ann Arbor, Mich., and Michigan Stadium, No. 3 Ohio State and Michigan meet once again in this storied rivalry that has been judged as the greatest rivalry in all of sports (and it still is) by ESPN. Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will describe the action for ESPN. John Sadak and Tim Brown will have the national radio call of the game on WestwoodOne Sports.

The Ramifications
Ohio State will be seeking to close out an unbeaten regular season and stay in the chase for a championship with a win over the arch rival Wolverines. Ohio State capped just the sixth unbeaten/untied season in school history with a 26-20 win over Michigan last year in Ohio Stadium. Michigan is 7-4 overall.

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Jody Victor

No. 3 Ohio State vs. Indiana Game Notes

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#3 Ohio State (10-0, 6-0 B1G) vs. Indiana (4-6, 2-4 B1G)
Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 – 3:30 p.m. ET
Ohio Stadium (102,329)
Columbus, Ohio

The Broadcasts
Television: ABC (ESPN2 reverse mirror) will televise the game with Dave Flemming (p-by-p) and Chris Spielman (analyst) in the booth and Shannon Spake on the sidelines.

Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the flagship station for the 64-station Ohio State Radio Network. The Urban Meyer pregame show airs 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Paul Keels will call the play-by-play with former Buckeye Jim Lachey in the booth and Marty Bannister on the sidelines. The game also can be heard on Sirius 119 & XM 202.

A Glance at the Buckeyes
Ohio State, 10-0 overall and 6-0 in the Big Ten, is currently ranked No. 3 in the BCS standings.

The Buckeye offense, averaging a Big Ten-best 49.4 points per game, leads the Big Ten and ranks fourth nationally with 536.9 yards per game. Their rushing attack ranks first in the Big Ten and fourth in the NCAA with 315.1 yards per game. The offense recorded a season-high 441-yard rushing performance at Illinois — the most ever for an Urban Meyer coached team.

Senior Carlos Hyde (947 yards, 11 TDs in seven games) is Ohio State’s top rusher and is 53 yards shy of becoming the first running back under Urban Meyer to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Junior QB Braxton Miller — OSU’s all-time leading rusher among QBs (2,580 yards, 23 TDs) — is the Big Ten leader in passer efficiency with 165.3 rating. He also is tied for the Big Ten lead with 295.0 yards of total offense per game in conference play. In his last outing he recorded his ninth career game with 300+ yards of total offense, rushing for 184 yards and a TD and throwing for 150 yards and a TD. Senior Corey “Philly” Brown (48 rec., 596 yds, 9 TDs) and junior Devin Smith (39 rec., 552 yds, 6 TDs) are Ohio State’s leading receivers.

The Silver Bullet defense is led by All-Big Ten junior linebacker Ryan Shazier (14.5), who, along with sophomore viper Noah Spence (12.0), rank first and third in the Big Ten in TFL, respectively. This young group is among the best in the Big Ten and the nation, allowing just 92.6 yards per game on the ground — fifth best in the NCAA. The Buckeye secondary, led by senior C.J. Barnett and junior All-American Bradley Roby, are third and fourth on the team with 56 and 45 tackles. Roby and junior Doran Grant leads the team with 3 INTs and have each returned INTs for TDs in consecutive games.

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Jody Victor

Miller a Player of the Year Player to Watch

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Braxton Miller, who ranks fourth nationally in completion percentage and sixth nationally in passing efficiency, has been named a Walter Camp Player of the Year Award “Player to Watch.” This honor, technically the semifinal round of this fourth-oldest national award, comes one week after he was named a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award.

Miller has completed 72.5 percent of his passes (108 of 149), a total that tops the school completion record of 65.3 percent by Troy Smith during his Heisman Trophy-winning season of 2006. And Miller’s 175.87 efficiency rating is also well above the school single season record of 163.4 by Bobby Hoying in 1995.

Miller, 19-0 as a starting quarterback the last two years including 7-0 this season, is leading the Ohio State offensive attack to impressive national rankings of:

? sixth in total offense (530.9 yards per game);
? eighth in rushing (301.1 yards per game);
? sixth in passing efficiency (171.2 rating);
? fifth in scoring (48.2 ppg);
? third in third down conversion percentage (.64-118; .542); and
? seventh in red zone offense (43-46; .935).

Miller, from Huber Heights, Ohio, and Wayne High School, has thrown 15 touchdown passes with only three interceptions, and he has also rushed for 410 yards and scored twice.

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Jody Victor

Shazier Named Lott Impact Player of the Week

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NEWPORT BEACH, Ca. – Ohio State Linebacker Ryan Shazier has been named the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week. The 6-2, 230-pound junior from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida had three tackles for loss, including two sacks, and seven total tackles as the Buckeyes rolled over Purdue, 56-0 last Saturday.

Shazier is one of 20 quarter-finalists for the annual Lott IMPACT Trophy, which will be presented Dec. 8 in Newport Beach, Ca. The Lott award is the only major college award based on character. IMPACT stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics and Tenacity.

Shazier leads Ohio State with 73 tackles this season and has 245 for his career. He has 11 tackles for losses in 2013 and 33 for his career.

His biggest fan may be Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer who says of his star linebacker: “Ryan is one of the most incredible young men I’ve ever been around . He’s got a heart of gold,”

Along with the National Voter Panel, college football fans can now influence The Lott IMPACT Player of The Week by voting online. Go online at lottimpacttrophy.org or facebook.com/lotttrophy to cast your vote. Voting will open each Sunday at 8 A.M. as the candidates for the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week are announced. Voting will close at 9 P.M. Monday evening throughout the season.

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Jody Victor

No. 4 Ohio State at Purdue Game Notes

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#4 Ohio State (8-0, 4-0 B1G) at Purdue (1-6, 0-3 B1G)
Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 – Noon ET
Ross-Ade Stadium (62,500)
West Lafayette, Ind.

THE BROADCASTS
Television: BTN will televise the game with Kevin Kugler (p-by-p) and Glen Mason (analyst) in the booth and J Leman on the sidelines.
Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the flagship station for the 64-station Ohio State Radio Network. The Urban Meyer pregame show airs 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Paul Keels will call the play-by-play with former Buckeye Jim Lachey in the booth and Marty Bannister on the sidelines. The game also can be heard on Sirius & XM channels 85.

A GLANCE AT THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State, 8-0 overall and 4-0 in the Big Ten, is ranked No. 4 in the BCS standings after its 63-14 win vs. Penn State Saturday.

The Buckeye offense, averaging a Big Ten-best 47.2 points per game, leads the Big Ten and ranks eighth nationally with 517.3 yards per game. Their rushing attack is one of the best in the nation, ranking second in the Big Ten and ninth in the NCAA with 295.6 yards per game. The offense is coming off a season-high 408-yard rushing performance vs. Penn State — the first 400-yard game for an OSU team since 1995.

Seniors Carlos Hyde (590 yards, 7 TDs in five games) and Jordan Hall (448 yards, 8 TDs) are Ohio State’s top rushers. Junior QB Braxton Miller — Ohio State’s all-time leading rusher among QBs (2,389 yards, 22 TDs) — has rushed for 403 yards in a little more than five games. He returned from a knee injury Sept. 28 vs. Wisconsin, completing 17 of 25 passes for 198 yards and a career-high tying four TDs. He totaled 324 yards (222 passing, 102 rushing) in the win over Iowa before setting a career high with 252 yards passing and three TDs in the win over Penn State. Senior Corey “Philly” Brown (37 rec., 520 yds, 7 TDs) and junior Devin Smith (35 rec., 524 yds, 6 TDs) are Ohio State’s leading receivers.

The Silver Bullet defense is led by All-Big Ten junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, who, along with sophomore viper Noah Spence, is tied for the Big Ten lead with 9.0 TFL. This young group is among the best in the Big Ten and the nation, allowing just 95.9 yards per game on the ground — sixth best in the NCAA. The defense also ranks 15th in scoring defense (19.1 ppg) and 14th in total defense (336.1 ypg). The Buckeye secondary, led by junior All-American Bradley Roby (2 INTs), is tied for the Big Ten lead with five interceptions in Big Ten play.

STREAKING
Ohio State carries the nation’s longest winning streak into Saturday at 20 games. The streak is the second-longest in school history with 22 consecutive wins the longest.

BACK-TO-BACK PURDUE WINS AT ROSS-ADE
Purdue has defeated Ohio State in each of the last two games at Ross-Ade Stadium. In 2009 the Boilermakers stunned No. 7 Ohio State, 26-18, and in 2011 the Boilermakers repeated with a win, a 26-23 overtime win. Purdue has won four of the last six meetings against Ohio State at Ross-Ade dating back to the 2000 season.

OVERTIMES, TOO
Ohio State and Purdue account for 33 percent of Ohio State’s overtime history. The teams have played into overtime three times, including in the last two meetings. Ohio State is 2-1 vs. Purdue in overtime and 7-2 all-time in overtime (4-0 at home; 2-2 away; 1-0 neutral field).

LEGENDARY EFFORT LAST YEAR
The legend of Kenny Guiton took off last year vs. Purdue. Taking over the injured and hospitalized Braxton Miller, Guiton led the undefeated Buckeyes on a 61-yard scoring drive in the last 47 seconds of the game to tie the score. He connected with Chris Fields on an 11-yard TD pass play and then found Jeff Heuerman for the two point conversion to force overtime. Ohio State won on a Carlos Hyde TD run and the defense then kept the Boilermakers from scoring, preserving the unbeaten season while improving Ohio State’s record to 8-0.

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Jody Victor