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Half of Rose Bowl Field Selected
November 30, 2006 9:50 pm EST

LSU will play in the 2007 Rose Bowl, according to reports from several media outlets, and would become the first SEC team to appear in the game since 1946.  Obviously time will tell who goes where as we still have one weekend of games to play.


Buckeye Recruit Named AP Mr Football
November 30, 2006 9:00 pm EST

Brandon Saine of Piqua high school was named Mr. Football for Ohio as reported by the Associated Press.  At 6' 1" and 219 lbs, and given his size and speed, he is being compared to Herschel Walker.  His team will be playing this weekend in the Division II state finals against Pickerington Central.  This season he rushed for 2,035 yards, scored 35 touchdowns, caught 19 passes for 345 yards, and had  400 yards and 5 scores in returns.  Saine, who has signed to play at Ohio State has a 3.6 GPA.  For all of our recruiting information, go to our Recruiting Portal.


Ohio Stadium to get Artificial Turf
November 30, 2006 4:22 pm EST

Official OSU sources announced today that the recommendation from the department in charge of the turf at Ohio Stadium has recommended an artificial surface.  Plans are to install the new field after the Spring Game next April.


Daniels is a Finalist for the Broyles Award
November 29, 2006 6:30 pm EST

Ohio State's Quarterback coach Joe Daniels was just named a finalist for the Broyles Award, which goes the nation's top assistant coach.  Having the Heisman frontrunner in his stable is not hurting his chances.  The winner will be announced on January 16th.  No OSU coach has won the award in its 11 year history.  Daniels is joined on the list by Bud Foster (Virginia Tech), Reggie Herring (Arkansas), Paul Petrino (Louisville), and Brent Venables (Oklahoma).  


OSU #1 in both Football and Basketball
November 27, 2006 6:00 pm EST

The coach's have voted the OSU men's basketball program #1 in the nation this week.  With the football team already at #1, it marks the first time since January of 1974 that a school (Notre Dame) has held the #1 spot in both football and basketball.  The only other time this has occurred was in 1967 when UCLA owned the #1 position in both sports.  Be sure to stop by our Basketball page as we begin to provide  coverage for the hoops program here at Buckeye 50.  


Former OSU Coach Heading to Michigan State
November 27, 2006 8:00 am EST

Official sources are now confirming that Mark Dantonio will leave his Head Coaching position at Cincinnati to take the same job at Michigan State.   He will replace John L. Smith who was fired at the end of the regular season.  Dantonio was on the Buckeye staff for the 2002 National Championship season, prior to that he served at Michigan State.


1100 Days
November 26, 2006 2:00 pm EST

What is 1100 days?  As of today, that is how many days it has been since Michigan managed a win against the scarlet & gray.  With USC's win over Notre Dame last night, chances may have diminished for a rematch this season so it will probably be another 300+ days before the Wolverines get another chance.  In case you did not catch the comments by Coach Tressel and the OSU Captains in the Michigan post-game press conference, check them out here.


Michigan Game Summary
November 23, 2006 11:00 pm EST

All Buckeye Fans will replay Saturday's classic win over again in their mind for a long time to come, or at least until the Bowl game.  You can read Joe-S-U's review of the game which not only brings his unique insight but also ties it to other great OSU victories over the maize & blue from the past.


Week 13 Predictions from Buckeye 50
November 23, 2006 8:00 am EST

The Buckeyes may be on holiday but there are significant games being played the next two weeks which will 
effect who they will play in Glendale.  As we do each week, our staff as well as a guest picker have made our calls for the key match-ups for this weekend.  Check here to see if you agree.


Smith Named to another Finalist List
November 22, 2006 7:00 pm EST

Troy Smith was named as one of three finalists for the Maxwell award. The Maxwell Award, named in honor of legendary college football player and columnist Robert W. (Tiny) Maxwell, and is awarded annually to the College Football Player of the Year.  Last year's winner was Vince Young.


Bowl games are set for Big Ten Teams
November 21, 2006 5:30 pm EST

Ohio State and Michigan have locked up BCS bowl berths, the Buckeyes in the Championship game and Michigan yet to be determined.  I personally felt Wisconsin should be considered as well.  Yet the Big Ten office announced the bowl destinations for five conference football programs today. Wisconsin will make its second straight trip to the Capital One Bowl, Penn State was selected for the Outback Bowl, Purdue will make the Big Ten's first appearance in the Champs Sports Bowl, Iowa will travel to the Alamo Bowl and Minnesota was chosen as the first conference squad to play in the Insight Bowl. 


Smith Named Big Team Player of the Year
November 21, 2006 5:00 pm EST

The Big Ten announced today Troy Smith was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year by both the Coaches and Media (including a unanimous selection on the Media side).  In addition, other Buckeyes were named to the 1st Team All-Big Ten.  From the Coach's poll OSU had: Antonio PittmanAnthony GonzalezQuinn PitcockJames LaurinaitisAntonio Smith, and Malcolm Jenkins.   The Media Poll included: Ted Ginn Jr, Doug DatishTJ Downing,  Pitcock LaurinaitisSmith, and Jenkins.  Bret Bielema of Wisconsin was named Coach of the Year.


OSU-Michigan Game Day Programs Available
November 20, 2006 9:00 pm EST

Normally I would not make a major promotion for the products of others, but I was at the game three hours before kickoff and all Game Day Programs had already been sold out.  If you also happened to miss out on this program... they are going to be made available again.   ---  Gregg


Ex-Captain Ken Kuhn Dies
November 20, 2006 10:15 am EST

Ken Kuhn, Letterwinner from 1972 - 1975, captian of the 75 squad passed away Sunday at his Pataskala home.  The day before, he took part in the 'Tunnel of Pride' for the OSU-Michigan game.  In his career, Ohio State won 4 Big Ten Titles and had four trips to the Rose Bowl.  He was a seventh round draft choice of the Cincinnati Bengals but never played due to injuries.


Experience Game Day through Photos
November 19, 2006 5:00 pm EST

We took our time to put together the Michigan Photo page to bring you the whole experience from start to finish.  We wanted to include pictures from the moment of arrival at the stadium all the way through to the fans rushing the field.  Any web site can bring you the pictures of the players, but we at Buckeye 50 want to give you more of the fan experience.  Check out our photos and enjoy.  Please share your thoughts on the images!    ---   Gregg


Final Score More than Just 4 Numbers
November 18, 2006 9:00 pm EST

Ohio State's 42-39 victory over Michigan was also lucky for players of the Ohio Lottery.  Minutes after Saturday's game was over, the numbers 4-2-3-9 were drawn for the Pick 4 game.  Lottery spokesperson Mardele Cohen said 401 $1 bets were made that picked 4-2-3-9 in order and each bet won $5,000.  The odds of the numbers turning up in that combination were 10,000 to 1.

Cohen said 913 $1 bets were placed on any combination of the winning numbers and paid $200 apiece.  The Lottery commission said it's likely that most of the bets with the winning numbers were placed after the game ended, but she did not know how much money was wagered in that period. The football game finished at 7:13 p.m. and the drawing was at 7:45 p.m.   ---   Gregg


Hart says "There is nothing special about that defense"
November 18, 2006 8:30 pm EST

Michigan running back Michael Hart said "There is nothing special about that defense" when asked about the Buckeyes.  Go here to read the rest of his comments as well his teammates remarks after the loss to OSU... including final comments from Coach Carr.   ---   Gregg


OSU Is Heading to the Desert
November 18, 2006 8:00 pm EST

In a battle immediately declared an "Instant Classic" by ESPN, Ohio State defeated Michigan 42-39 to win the outright Big Ten title for the first time since 1984.  For the fourth time in five years the Buckeyes are heading to Arizona for postseason play.  And for the second time during that span, it is to play for the National Championship.  The experts will lobby for the next two weeks as to who we will play, but for right now we will enjoy our victory!   ---   Gregg


College Legend Schembechler Dies
November 17, 2006 12:20 pm EST

The college football community lost a great and beloved member today as Bo Schembechler passed away.  He was taping a TV show when he collapsed this morning.  He was rushed to a Detroit area hospital, but was not able to recover.  A man who meant so much to the OSU-Michigan rivalry is gone, just hours before what will perhaps be the biggest game ever in the series.  Here were his comments from earlier this week on the game, both past and present.   ---   Gregg


Buckeye 50 Already Knows who the Heroes will be This Weekend!
November 17, 2006 10:00 am EST

Who will be the real heroes this weekend?  Think you know?  Take a few moments and read here   Joe-S-U's thoughts on the subject.


Ohio State and Michigan - a.k.a., THE GAME, is Seriously Global Now!
November 16, 2006 10:50 pm EST

Spain, Canada, Scotland, Belgium, Gibraltar and more.!     

If you think that THE ULTIMATE GAME is just for people in our two states, think again.  This year's version, you know, the one with all the marbles at stake like NEVER, EVER before, is going to be seen in some WAY OUT places.  Click here to read the rest of the story (believe it or not, from ESPN).  Maybe it is just me, but the thought of hearing a group of people in Scotland bursting out, "We don't give a damn for the whole state of Michigan.." is just off the scales too funny!   ---   Pat


Jim Tressel Call-In Show Today
November 16, 2006 10:30 pm EST

I just finished watching the video tape replay of the Jim Tressel call-in show from 1460 THE FAN (our radio station here in Columbus).  The replay is shown here as a video feed on ONN.  The first thing that struck me was that he was so hoarse he could barely talk.  When asked if he was sick, he said no, he was not sick at all.  He has been yelling and pumping up the kids and strained his voice!  I was also struck by how loose and positive he was, vs. Lloyd who is wrapped so tight he might just rip at the seams if touched.

For those of you who are super fans but don't live here in Columbus, let me tell you - the atmosphere is positively ELECTRO-STATIC.  The tension and anticipation all around town is so thick you can almost touch it.  I have lived here all my life and only experienced this once before, in 1970.  If you recall, in 1969 Ohio State was coming off the 1968 national championship and went into Ann Arbor a unanimous #1 in both polls (the only ratings at the time), with anticipation of back-to-back national championships at stake.  It was Bo's first year and as we know they upset us in Ann Arbor.  In 1970 the fans and students didn't want victory - they wanted retribution and it was almost like war.  

The atmosphere is considerably more electric and not for revenge, but for the fact that everything is on the line.  I truly wish everyone could feel what's going on here - it is almost beyond words.  My God, how I do love it!!   ---   Pat


Vote Script Ohio the #1 College Tradition
November 16, 2006 1:30 pm EST

When this was first brought to the attention of Buckeye 50, Script Ohio only had 1% of the votes, so before reading any further on our site check this out so  that you can vote for Script Ohio! 


THE ULTIMATE GAME  is Beginning to Sound More Like Armageddon
November 16, 2006 11:30 am EST

CHECK THIS OUT - 

The Columbus Dispatch Newspaper this morning had as its front page lead story (not front page of sports, FRONT PAGE of the entire newspaper), a feature article how Michigan is bringing their own police to OSU this Saturday.  

The article leads off, "Afraid for the safety of its students, the University of Michigan is sending police officers to Saturday’s football game with Ohio State and giving out a cell-phone number that its fans can use for police "support," officials said yesterday.

This apparently stems from how "badly" the team was treated two years ago when security with bomb-sniffing dogs delayed the team's entry to their locker room.  If you remember, that was the excuse d' jour used by Lloyd as to why they lost THE GAME that year, or something like that.

The title of the article is, "Know one's place."  Apparently, the incident has come to be known as, 'Dog-Gate.'  Unbelievable!  LINK   ---   Pat


It Was Bound to Happen A You-Tube Promo for Troy Smith for Heisman
November 16th, 2006 10:40 am EST

Awesome!   ---   Pat


OSU wins 21-7 Over Michigan - Drive #6
November 15th, 2006 8:00 am EST

For our site regulars who have been reading and enjoying our series "25 Greatest Drives in OSU History", we are now unveiling Drive #6.  Could you ask for a better timing than to have the 1954 OSU-Michigan game?  The Buckeyes were trying to go undefeated and win the National Championship (sound familiar) .  Visit Joe-S-U's detailed account of this classic match-up to be taken back to that thrilling game. 


Let's Not Merely Fan The Flames of Passion...
November 15, 2006 4:10 am EST

ABC Pisses Lloyd Carr Off; Blame Likely to Somehow Fall on ESPN
And on the first day, Lloyd Carr flipped out.

Nobody’s talking about why, but after University of Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr finished taping interviews for Saturday’s game against Ohio State with ABC Sports Monday, he came storming out of the Michigan locker room irate and loudly complaining about the direction the questioning had taken.

Carr uttered several profanities and left in his car after ordering Dave Ablauf, assistant director of media relations, to go back and address his concerns with the television crew.

Ablauf and ABC officials refused to discuss the incident afterward.


Wolverine Bashes Troy and Says Tressel Cheats
November 14th, 2006 4:00 pm EST

Cincinnati Bengal and former Wolverine Chris Perry predicts a Michigan win and says that Tressel is a cheater, and Troy Smith does not deserve the Heisman.  Go to our Predictions Supplement page for the full article.  For a more practical look at The Game as well as four other contests this weekend, check out the Buckeye 50 staff picks.  


You think YOU hate Michigan?
November 15, 2006 3:30 am EST

LINK 

Pat


Response to Chris Perry's Best Attempt to Sound Like Mr. T
November 14, 2006 10:40 pm EST

I don't know when I have heard more stupid words uttered by someone associated with THE ULTIMATE GAME.  I have thought about how best to think of , and respond to, his insane statements, and I think I want to say this:

"JUST, BRING IT!"   (The Rock)

Pat's Keys to Victory On Saturday
November 13th, 2006 10:30 pm EST

Pat (a.k.a PJSBuck) has listed his keys to victory for the Buckeyes, including his 3 Critical Success Factors.  Click here to review and be sure to send him your feedback.


Joe-S-U provides his Insight to the Northwestern Victory
November 13, 2006 8:30 pm EST

Ohio State geared up for “THE GAME” with a 54-10 rout of Northwestern in Evanston, only the third time in the Jim Tressel era that OSU has hung “half-a-hundred” on an opponent (the 2002 national champs bombed Kent State 51-17 and San Jose State 50-7).  The Buckeyes’ winning streak reached 18 straight, leaving them one short of the second-longest string of wins in school history (19 in a row in 2002-03) .  Click here for our game review from Joe-S-U.  Visit here for a few of Gregg's photos from the game.


TBGUN Solves "THE GREAT MYSTERY - How to Handle a Mobile QB"
November 12, 2006 6:20 pm EST

"Are the Wolverines ready for the hype? Tailback Mike Hart said "it started four weeks ago....." 

Here's the teaser for the story - they feel because they handled Indiana's Kellen Lewis in last weekend's game they are now able to handle Troy (no, I am not kidding).  Read the LINK.

Pat


MICHIGAN, YOU'RE NEXT
November 11, 2006 10:30 pm EST

"NOTHING STANDS BETWEEN OHIO STATE AND MICHIGAN..."
(ESPN.com)   LINK TO STORY 

Yes, this marks the first of the next six nights I will get little to no sleep, and nothing could be sweeter.  We will have a whole lot more in the next few days.  Until then, for those of you who found the sound track to the first few 'Rocky' movies as exciting and motivating as did I, sit back and chew on this link for a while to get your motor running!  LINK

Pat


Bowl Bound
November 10, 2006 2:00 pm EST

As you may know, three new bowls have been added to the post season calendar for college football this year.  With the additional of a 12 game for all teams, the rule for bowl eligibility was adjusted so that any team with 6 wins eligible.  So just who will be going bowling this year?  Gregg has collected some data on where things stand now as we enter the 11th week of the schedule, click here for information on the bowls as well as other aspects of the college landscape.


The Award Watch List keeps growing - add Coach Tressel
November 10, 2006 8:00 am EST

Coach Tressel is now on an award list himself, joining several players presently on watch lists for major national awards.  Officials of the College Coach of the Year award have named Tressel in the group of ten finalists.  Other candidates on the list include: Mack Brown (Texas),  Lloyd Carr (Michigan), Danny Hale (Bloomburg), Bobby Petrino (Louisville), Greg Schiano (Rutgers), Bob Stoops (Oklahoma), Jeff Tedford (California), Mel Tjeerdsma (Northwest Missouri State), and Tommy Tuberville (Auburn).


Laurinaitis is a finalist for the Butkus Award
November 9, 2006 7:00 pm EST

The list is down to three names now and OSU's James Laurinaitis is one of them.  He joins Patrick Willis of Mississippi and Paul Posluszny of Penn State as finalists for the Butkus award, which is given to the nation's top Linebacker.  Posluszny beat out AJ Hawk to win the 2005 Butkus award.  Evan though Laurinaitis is just a sophomore, who could join ranks with Ohio State's Andy Katzenmoyer who also won the award as a sophomore.


Cowherd to Broadcast From Columbus
November 9, 2006 3:00 pm EST

Colin Cowherd (ESPN Radio) is making his way to Columbus November 17th, and will do his show live from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm from Eddie's Grille 27, which located in the new South Campus Gateway Center at 1636 N. High St.  Feel free to sop by and remind him of his comments last year saying OSU was not nearly as good a team as Notre Dame.


Smith makes the cut for the Davey O'Brien Award
November 9, 2006 7:30 am EST

The Davey O'Brien Foundation announced eighteen semifinalists for the 2006 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback. The organization's original watch list, unveiled in August, included 34 players.  The Buckeyes Troy Smith finds himself on the list of finalists which also includes: Erik Ainge, Tennessee, John Beck, BYU, John David Booty, USC, Colt Brennan, Hawaii, Brian Brohm, Louisville, Chad Henne, Michigan, Kevin Kolb, Houston, Chris Leak, Florida, Nate Longshore, California, Colt McCoy, Texas, Tyler Palko, Pittsburgh, Sr., Brady Quinn, Notre Dame, Bobby Reid, Oklahoma State, JaMarcus Russell, LSU, John Stocco, Wisconsin, Pat White, West Virginia, Jared Zabransky, Boise State.  To date, no Buckeye has ever won this award. 

The winner will be announced on ESPN's Home Depot College Football Awards Show scheduled for December 7 at 7 p.m. EST


Final Tune-up for November 18th is against Northwestern
November 8, 2006 1:00 pm EST

The Buckeyes make a return trip to the state of Illinois to face the Northwestern Wildcats.  But there are other big games this weekend beginning Thursday night as Louisville travels to Rutgers for the second battle of unbeatens in as many weeks.  Check out the Buckeye 50 staff predictions on those games as well as Michigan at Indiana, Nebraska and Texas A&M and Oregon at USC.

Remember, next week the 4th Annual 'Celebrities for Diabetes' will be held on November 16th at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe.  There will be former players from both Ohio State and Michigan speaking, autograph sessions, sports items for auction, and so much more.  Click for further details. All proceeds go to support the Central Ohio Diabetes. 


Medical Update from the Coach
November 8, 2006 9:00 am EST

Coach Tressel reported receiver Ray Small will return this week, two weeks after being knocked out momentarily by a hit in the Minnesota game.  However, he indicated that offensive lineman Alex Boone is still day-to-day and is questionable for Saturday's game in Evanston.  In addition, Troy Smith continues to nurse a sore thumb on his throwing hand which has bothered him for three weeks.  Ted Ginn continues to play through the broken toe on his right foot.


The Illini Go Down Fighting : Joe-S-U Review
November 7, 2006 11:00 pm EST

Everyone who wanted to know how Ohio State would react in a tight ballgame got their curiosity satisfied Saturday as the Bucks had to recover a late onside kick to stave off Illinois 17-10. For the complete game review from Joe-S-U, click here.  To view some of Gregg's photos from the game click here


Got 8:14?
November 7, 2006 8:00 pm EST

Need a little lift?  We have what you need.  It will only cost you 8 minutes and 14 seconds of time, and worth EVERY SECOND!  LINK

ENJOY!

Pat


Buckeyes on Award Lists
November 7, 2006 5:00 pm EST

OSU cornerback Antonio Smith was named one of the 11 finalists for the Thorpe award, which goes to the nation's most outstanding defensive back.  The Buckeyes only have one player in their history to win this award, Antoine Winfield in 1998.

In addition, it was announced that Quinn Pitcock has been named as one of the four finalists for the Lombardi Award.  This award goes to the most outstanding defensive or offensive lineman or linebacker.  Previous winners from Ohio State include Jim Stillwagon (1970), John Hicks (1973), Chris Spielman (1987), Orlando Pace (1995, 1996) and AJ Hawk (2005).  If you want to check what kind of home a Lombardi winner might own, check out AJ's digs in Wisconsin. 

We are still waiting to hear by week's end if James Laurinaitis will make the finalist list for the Butkus award.


More Than Horseshoes & Hand Grenades : Thoughts from Pat
November 5, 2006 12:20 pm EST

An old saying goes something like, "Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades."  Buckeyes around the world found out yesterday that this saying needs modified to include really close games.  For some, this game could be written off under the heading of, "A win is a win."  For me personally, I don't think so.  Given that, obviously what needs to happen is learning.  Yes, learning in the terms of what happened yesterday.  Because for me, and I suspect the millions of Buckeye fans all over the world, close actually COUNTS, as in, "It shouldn't have happened."

OK.  So, exactly what DID happen yesterday, beside the fact that we are now 10-0?  To get Pat's answers to that question, click here for his insightful perspective of the game.  


Countdown to Michigan : Who will Win the key Games this Weekend
November 1, 2006 1:00 pm EST

OSU and Michigan should take care of business this week and remain on top of the polls, but there are plenty of big games this week.  These are the games the Buckeye50 staff have made our predictions for this week, starting with the Big East Showdown between West Virginia and Louisville.  Click to read how are staff see these games playing out.


Celebrities for Diabetes Dinner
November 1, 2006 1:00 pm EST

In two weeks, the 4th Annual 'Celebrities for Diabetes' will be held on November 16th at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe.  There will be former players from both Ohio State and Michigan speaking, autograph sessions, sports items for auction, and so much more.  Click for further details. All proceeds go to support the Central Ohio Diabetes.