Ohio State Starts Fall Camp Practices

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Buckeyes opened their 2013 fall camp season with a pair of practices at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center’s first-class practice facility: the Harmon Family Football Park. Second-year head coach Urban Meyer and his coaching staff worked with 35 freshmen (and a few inexperienced upperclassmen) at an 8:45 a.m. practice and then returned to the fields for a 3:05 p.m. practice with the veterans.

It was a glorious day for practice. At 2 p.m. it was a San Diego-like 74 degrees under hazy sunshine, some whispers of clouds and at times, Lake Superior-blue skies.

Some numbers: the 105-man roster at fall camp includes 17 offensive linemen, 16 defensive linemen, 14 receivers and 12 linebackers within the four largest position groups.

Nice treats
When the players arrived at the Woody this morning they had breakfast in the player’s lounge and then on the way to their locker room they walked by their new Gatorade Fuel Bar, which wasn’t completed when they left for their short break on Wednesday. The fuel bar features all stainless steel cabinets and appliances, an eight-stool seating area, five leather recliners, two rather large HD flat screen televisions and ample display and storage space for nutrition/energy bars and sports fuel drinks, shakes and thirst quenchers.

GO BUCKS GO BUCKS GO BUCKS

Jody Victor

Buckeyes Practice Under the Sun

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – (Last)Tuesday’s Ohio State football practice was a physical, full-pads, full-contact affair that featured lots of short-yardage runs and a tremendous amount of hitting. Today, under partly sunny skies on the outdoor practice fields of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, the focus was less on hitting – the team was in Buckeye gear; helmets, shoulder pads and shorts – and more on throwing the football…and blitzing and defending against the pass.

Ohio State’s 1995 Heisman Trophy winner and team captain Eddie George was on the sidelines today with one of his sons. If only Troy Smith and Archie Griffin could have walked across the street from their offices in the Fawcett Center and Longaberger Alumni House, respectively, the Buckeyes would have been practicing in front of three Heisman Trophy winners. Correction: four Heisman Trophy winners.

Big Ten Network football experts and show hosts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith came in from Chicago to watch practice and spend time with some of the Ohio State coaches. The two will visit all 12 Big Ten schools this spring.

Lou Holtz watched practice, and he looked good in his Master’s green and yellow hat and wind jacket. … When the sun went behind clouds and the wind picked up, it was chilly outside with temperatures in the mid-40s. … A couple hundred high school coaches were on hand to watch practice, including coaches from as far away as Quebec, Canada, New Mexico and California. … The four coaches from Canada drove in 17 hours from Quebec City to get here. … One of Ohio State’s eight two-time captains was also in attendance today: Joe Cooper. Now working in security across the street at Chemical Abstracts Service (a venerable, 110-year-old company considered the “phone book” of chemical compounds, elements and reactions), Cooper was co-captain in 2000 and 2001. … And one final note: Go Bucks! Beat Arizona.

GO BUCKS GO BUCKS GO BUCKS

Jody Victor

No. 9 Ohio State Travels To Penn State

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#9 Ohio State (8-0, 4-0) at Penn State (5-2, 3-0)
Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 – 5:30 p.m. ET
Beaver Stadium (106,572)
University Park, Pa.

THE BROADCASTS
Television:ESPN will televise the game with Sean McDonough and Chris Spielman in the booth and Quint Kessenich on the sidelines.

Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the flagship station for the 73-station Ohio State radio network. The Urban Meyerpregame 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 can also be heard live on Sirius channel 92 and XM channel 192.

FIRST AND 10
Originally scheduled to be a 6 p.m. start when the networks made their night game selections a few months ago, the start time for this game was moved to 5:30 p.m. two weeks ago.
While neither team will play in the Big Ten championship game, both are eligible to win the Leaders Division.
The Buckeyes are ranked No. 9 this week by the Associated Press, dropping two spots from a season-best No. 7 ranking last week.
Urban Meyer, the 24th head coach in Ohio State football history, is 112-23 in his 11th season as a head coach.
Bill O’Brien is in his first season as a collegiate head coach after spending the last five years with the New England Patriots. He is in his 20th year of coaching.
Ohio State officially lists this rivalry with Penn State as even with 13 wins apiece.
Ohio State is playing its 100th season in the Big Ten, having joined the league in 1912 and playing its first season of Big Ten football in 1913.
Penn State is playing its 126th season of football and its 20th as a member of the Big Ten.
Ohio State’s final four games of the season are against teams with a combined record of 18-11 and a 9-4 Big Ten mark.
The Buckeyes are one of only 11 unbeaten Football Bowl Subdivision teams and the only team 8-0.
BIG GAME ON
The 8-0 (and 4-0 Big Ten Conference) Ohio State Buckeyes, riding their longest winning streak in five years, or since the 2007 team opened 10-0, travel to State College, Pa., for a 5:30 p.m. game Saturday against the 5-2 and 3-0 Penn State Nittany Lions. ESPN will televise the game to a national audience with Sean McDonough, former Buckeye great Chris Spielman and Quint Kessenich on the call.

13 WINS APIECE IN ALL-TIME SERIES
According to Ohio State’s official records, the Ohio State/Penn State series is tied with each team winning 13 games. Penn State won the first four games in this series – in 1912-56-63-64 – but since then there has been only one winning streak as long as three games (Ohio State won in 2002-03-04).

HOME AND AWAY
The Buckeyes are 5-5 vs. Penn State in games played in State College and have won two consecutive and three of the last four there. Ohio State holds a slim, 8-7, lead in victories in games played in Columbus, including an 8-6 record vs. Penn State in Ohio Stadium. Penn State won the only game played on a neutral field: at the 1980 Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Ariz.

Last 5 in State College:
Nov. 7, 2009 – Ohio State 24, Penn State 7
Oct. 27, 2007 – Ohio State 37, Penn State 17
Oct. 8, 2005 – Penn State 17, Ohio State 10
Nov. 1, 2003 – Ohio State 21, Penn State 10
Oct. 27, 2001 – Penn State 29, Ohio State 27

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

No. 7 Ohio State vs. Purdue Game Notes

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THE BROADCASTS
Television: ABC (ESPN2 reverse mirror) will televise the game with Beth Mowins and Joey Galloway on the call and Lewis Johnson on the sidelines.
Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the fl agship station for the 73-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 can also be heard live on Sirius channel 112 and XM channel 190.

FIRST AND 10

  • Ohio State seeks to go 8-0 this week under first-year coach Urban Meyer when the Purdue Boilermakers visit Ohio Stadium.
  • Shades of pink will be prevalent inside the stadium as The Ohio State University and the Buckeyes will recognize Breast Cancer Awareness month on Saturday.
  • The Buckeyes are ranked No. 7 this week by the Associated Press.
  • Ohio State is leading the Big Ten Leaders Division with a 3-0 mark.
  • Urban Meyer, the 24th head coach in Ohio State football history, is 111-23 in his 11th season as a head coach.
  • Purdue is coached by Danny Hope. He is 19-24 in his fourth season at Purdue and 54-46 overall.
  • Only two Buckeyes are from Indiana: Joel Hale (Greenwood) and Rod Smith (Fort Wayne).
  • Ohio State and Purdue have split – three wins apiece – the last six meetings in this rivalry.
  • Ohio State is playing its 100th season in the Big Ten, having joined the league in 1912 and playing its first season of Big Ten football in 1913.
  • The Buckeyes are one of only 12 unbeaten Football Bowl Subdivision teams and one of only two at 7-0.GAME ON
    The 7-0 Ohio State Buckeyes, riding their longest winning streak in five years (the 2007 team opened 10-0), host the Purdue Boilermakers (3-3; 0-2) at noon Saturday in a Big Ten Conference Leaders Division contest from Ohio Stadium. ABC, with an ESPN2 reverse mirror, will televise the game.MOST RECENTLY
    Ohio State stayed unbeaten in the Urban Meyer coaching era with a 52-49 win over 2-4 Indiana last week in Bloomington. The Buckeyes led by 18 points, 52-34, late in the fourth quarter but aided by an onsides kick recovery, the Hoosiers scored twice in the final 1:40 in a desperate and dramatic attempt at their first win over the Buckeyes in 17 tries, dating to 1988. Corey Brown recovered IU’s second onsides attempt with 1:05 to play and the Buckeyes, who had a season-high 578 yards of total offense, were able to hold on for the win.

    Purdue, under the direction of fourth-year coach Danny Hope (19-24; 54-46 overall), gave up 467 rushing yards and 645 total yards to Wisconsin in a 38-14 loss at Ross-Ade Stadium. After Caleb TerBush scored on a 1-yard run to give Purdue an early 7-0 lead, Wisconsin scored 38 consecutive points until Akeem Hunt’s 81-yard touchdown run with 1:39 to play.

     Go Bucks!!!

     Jody Victor

No. 8 Ohio State Faces Indiana Saturday in Primetime

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FIRST AND 10

  • Ohio State travels to Bloomington, Ind., to take on the Indiana Hoosiers in an 8 p.m. game Saturday, Oct. 13.
  • The Buckeyes will travel via charter bus on Friday (staying in Indianapolis) and then fly back to Columbus after the game.
  • Ohio State is on a roll with a 6-0 record and consecutive wins over Top 25 teams Michigan State and Nebraska.
  • Indiana is under the direction of second-year coach Kevin Wilson, the 28th coach in IU history.
  • Urban Meyer is the 24th head coach in Ohio State football history.
  • Two Buckeyes are from the Hoosier state: Joel Hale (Greenwood) and Rod Smith(Fort Wayne).
  • Ohio State has officially won 16 consecutive games in this 110-year-old series.
  • Ohio State is playing its 100th season in the Big Ten, having joined the league in 1912 and playing its first season of Big Ten football in 1913.
  • The Buckeyes are one of only 16 unbeaten FBS teams and one of only four at 6-0.
  • Ohio State has scored 261 points and ranks 22nd nationally with 38.5 points per game.

ROAD GAME ON
Ohio State, in the national Top 10 rankings for the first time in two years, travels to Bloomington, Ind., this week for a second consecutive primetime game. The Buckeyes, ranked 8th in the Associated Press poll, take on Leaders Division rival Indiana in an 8 p.m. (EDT) game from IU’s Memorial Stadium. The Big Ten Network will televise the contest.

OHIO STATE ONE OF FOUR AT 6-0
Ohio State, under the direction of three-time National Coach of the Year and two-time national champion Urban Meyer, is one of only four teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision to sport a perfect, 6-0 record. The others: Ohio, Oregon and South Carolina. Ten teams are 5-0 and two are 4-0, leaving the FBS with 16 unbeaten teams heading into Week 7.

THE GREAT STATE OF OHIO FOOTBALL
Ohio FBS football teams are a combined 32-13 this season and boast three of the nation’s 16 undefeated teams: Ohio State, Ohio and Cincinnati (4-0). All three unbeatens played at home last week in front of solid (20,044 at Ohio’s Peden Stadium), sold-out (35,097 at UC’s Nippert Stadium) and spectacular (record 106,102 fans at Ohio Stadium) crowds.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor