Avoid an Upset, Move Up in the Polls
September 30, 2007 1:00 pm EST

After a day of upsets on the college scene, OSU climbs right up to #4 in the USA Today and AP polls.  You might even be able to make a case that they deserve to be ahead of USC.  But let's enjoy this most recent victory and take the season one game at a time.

Minnesota Game Preview
September 28, 2007 7:00 pm EST

On paper this doesn't appear to be an attractive match-up, our review says the same thing as OSU should have no problem with the Gophers Saturday night in Minneapolis.

Antonio Henton to Return to Team Monday
September 28, 2007 4:00 pm EST

OSU's back-up quarterback Antonio Henton was arrested Monday and charged with the misdemeanor of solicitation. He allegedly solicited an undercover female police officer, offering $20 for intercourse.  Henton pleaded not guilty Tuesday. A pretrial hearing is set for Oct. 15 in Franklin County Municipal Court.  Tressel said Henton remains suspended from games but will practice with the scout team starting Monday.

"I just think it's the right thing to do," Tressel said. "He's part of our family. You wouldn't toss someone out of your house. You'd still have him be a part of the family activities."

Tressel said he spoke with Henton on Tuesday night and characterized the player as "very disappointed. He's very sad that this is even being discussed."

Big Ten Network Signs Deal with WOW
September 28, 2007 12:15 pm EST

The Big Ten Network has reached an agreement with Wide Open West for the cable provider to carry the network, it according to the report from The Columbus Dispatch.  WOW serves about 400,000 customers in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. It is the third-largest provider in central Ohio, behind Time Warner and Insight.  Local WOW subscribers can access the network on channel 87.

The Big Ten Network now has agreements with four of the eight largest cable and satellite providers in the conference's eight-state area, including Insight, WOW, DirecTV and Dish network in central Ohio. It has not reached agreement with the area’s largest provider, Time Warner.

Freshman Hines Cleared to Play
September 28, 2007 8:00 am EST

After sitting out of practice since August 30th, linebacker Jermale Hines has been cleared by the NCAA to re-join the team.He will begin practicing next week.

Game Week #5 - at Minnesota (1-3)
September 27, 2007 8:00 am EST

One down, seven more Big Ten games to go, the Buckeyes gear up for the Gophers. It should be an easy one, but you have to win them all to go undefeated, right?  The game against Minnesota should be the last easy one on the road to repeating as Big Ten Champions.

Henton Charged with Solicitation - Pleads Not Guilty
September 25, 2007 7:15 pm EST

Red-shirt freshman Antonio Henton, Ohio State's back-up quarterback is in Franklin County Municipal Court this morning on a charge of soliciting a prostitute. Court records indicate he was arrested at N. High Street and 6th Avenue by an undercover police officer at 8:27 pm Monday evening.  He agreed to pay $20 for intercourse, according to the police complaint. A police lieutenant said Henton was arrested as part of an undercover sting by the vice squad.

Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said Henton was suspended from the team indefinitely and will not travel to Minnesota for Saturday’s game.

"It's a great disappointment for our Buckeye football family, and we are very concerned for Antonio," Tressel said in a statement. "We want to help him utilize any available resources, including counseling, to deal with any problems and seek solutions. Antonio is keenly aware of the standard we have for ourselves, and that makes this even more disappointing.

"Antonio will not lose any academic privileges as an Ohio State student, but he will certainly be suspended indefinitely in terms of his athletic privileges. Specifically in the short term, he will not be traveling with us to Minnesota this weekend."

Henton didn't say anything in court.  He entered a not guilty plea Tuesday morning in Franklin County Municipal Court to the misdemeanor charge. He was released on bond later Tuesday, according to court records.

Judge Amy Salerno told Henton to consider his visibility in the community and his status as an "ambassador" for his school.

On the season, Henton has 41 yards on 9 carries and is 3-6 passing for 37 yards and 1 TD.  He has appeared in all 4 games this season for the Buckeyes.

Buckeye Award Winners for Week #4
September 24 2007 8:30 pm EST

The Ohio State football coaching staff has selected its weekly award winners for outstanding play in the 58-7 victory over Northwestern on Saturday in the teams' Big Ten opener.

For Week #4, OSU coaches named the following award winners.

*  Quarterback Todd Boeckman was selected as offensive player of the week with 11-14 passing

*  Defensive Lineman Vernon Gholston earned  defensive-player-of-the-week

*  Freshman Brian Rolle was recognized as the special-units player of the week 

*  Scout team winners were Matt Daniels (defense) and Joe Gantz (special units). 

*  The "Attack Force" award went to linebacker Marcus Freeman

*  Tackle Alex Boone won the Jim Parker lineman award 

Purdue Game to be Televised on ABC
September 24, 2007 10:00 am EST

The game next week versus Purdue will kick off at 8:00 pm EST and will be televised on ABC.  (I guess this is one game the Big Ten Network will not get) This will be their second night game of the season as they will travel to Minnesota this weekend for a night game inside the Metrodome.  OSU will also face Penn State at night, on October 27th in Beaver Stadium.

Buckeyes Remain Undefeated in 58-7 Win
September 23, 2007 2:30 pm EST

It is not often you can say a 58-7 game was not as close as the score sounds but this is one of those times.  Ohio State (4-0, 1-0) was up 45-0 at the half and I truly believe they could have beaten Northwestern (2-2, 0-1) 90-0 if the really wanted too.  The win did give them 30 additional votes in the USA Today poll and move them to 8th place.  This was also the first week of the release of the Harris Poll, where the Bucks find themselves in 7th place.

Freshmen Saine and Sanzenbacher to Sit Out Northwestern Game
September 21, 2007 5:00 pm EST

In spite of how good he looked as he scored a touchdown on the last play of the Washington game, Brandon Saine will not play Saturday against Northwestern, a school official said today.  According to a report from the Columbus Dispatch. on Thursday, coach Jim Tressel called Saine questionable with an unspecified injury apparently suffered during the game last week at Washington.  At this time, Saine’s injury is not believed to be serious or long-term. 

Saine, a freshman from Piqua, has been the primary backup to Chris “Beanie” Wells, gaining 153 yards on 28 carries for a 5.5-yard average.  He also has scored a team-high three touchdowns, two rushing and one receiving. 

In addition, Coach Jim Tressel said last night that receiver Dane Sanzenbacher will not play. He did not specify the injury, but earlier in the week he said Sanzenbacher "got whacked" last week in the game at Washington.

Game Week 4 - vs Northwestern (2-1)
September 20, 2007 8:30 pm EST

The Buckeyes open up league play with the Big Ten's longest conference winning streak at 14 games.  With the Wildcats coming to Columbus, where they have not won since 1971, odds are good we will add to that streak.

New Buckeye 50 Page
September 19, 2007 8:30 am EST

We want to introduce a new page to Buckeye 50.  It will have it's own menu item called 'Visitor Email' but click here to see some sample feedback from a couple of our web readers.  As always we would love to hear from you.  It will help us know what works on our site and where we need to improve.  Thanks for visiting

Buckeye Award Winners for Week #3
September 18, 2007 11:30 pm EST

James Laurinaitis was named the Big Ten co-defensive player of the week for his work, including two interceptions in the Buckeyes' 33-14 win at Washington on Saturday. The honor came about one year plus a week after he last earned the award for his play in the win at Texas when he forced a fumble and grabbed an interception.  His interceptions Saturday were the first two for the Buckeyes this season, which got a third from cornerback Malcolm Jenkins. Laurinaitis, a consensus All-American a year ago and a junior co-captain, also had a sack among his eight tackles. Laurinaitis seemed to be all over the field, either blitzing the Huskies' redshirt freshman quarterback Jake Locker, or dropping into coverage.

For Week #3, OSU coaches named the following award winners.

*  Running Back Chris "Beanie" Wells as the top offensive player after his 135-yard rushing day

*  Donald Washington as the top defensive player after the way he handled Washington's 
receiver Marcel Reece

*   A.J. Trapasso as top special teams player

*   Tight end Jake Ballard won the Jim Parker offensive lineman award for the second straight week

*   Fullback Trever Robinson was awarded the Jack Tatum hit-of-the-week honor

*   Laurinaitis was the attack-force award winner

Minnesota Game on ESPN2
September 17, 2007 2:30 pm EST

The Ohio State game at Minnesota on Sept. 29 will be televised by ESPN2, the Big Ten Conference announced today.  The game, which is the Buckeyes' first conference road trip this season, will start at 8:00 pm EST.

Buckeyes are on the Move in the Polls
September 16, 2007 1:00 pm EST

With the solid win over Washington, OSU moves up in the polls (8th in the AP, 9th in ESPN poll). But will they be able to make much more ground the next two weeks with games against Northwestern and Minnesota?

Numbers Game: 200 - 21
September 15, 2007 9:00 pm EST

The win over Washington was the 200th in Jim Tressel's coaching career.  This keep's him tied for third on the 'active' coaches list with Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer.  Joe Paterno added to his total with a win over Buffalo.  Bobby Bowden still heads this list with 368 victories.  Also with the victory, the Buckeyes tied the school record for consecutive wins in the regular season with 21, which originally was set from 1967 to '69.  They should have no problem adding to that total the next couple of weeks as they start their Big Ten schedule against Northwestern and Minnesota the next two weeks.

Buckeye Award Winners for Week #2
September 11, 2007 4:30 pm EST

For Week #2, OSU coaches named the following award winners.

* Center Jim Cordle was named the offensive player of the week because of the job he
 did not only blocking but also in reading the defense

*  Tight end Jake Ballard was named Jim Parker offensive lineman of the week primarily 
   because of the work he did blocking on the edge of Akron's tricky 3-5-3 defense.

* Punter A.J. Trapasso was named the special teams player of the week after averaging 
 46.2 yards per  punt. 

* Defensive tackle Doug Worthington was the attack force honoree, and the Jack Tatum hit 
 of the week winner for his devastating rush that opened the door for linebacker 
 James Laurinaitis' blitzing sack.

Joe-S-U Akron Game Summary
September 11, 2007 9:45 am EST

Fortunately the Big Ten crew did not have another major upset to call this week.  But the game was closer than most expected.  Check out Joe-S-U's review of the game.  For next weeks game against Washington, new staffer Cory Steger will be penning the review as Joe enjoys some time in Vegas.

Mr. Small Goes to Washington
September 10, 2007 11:30 pm EST

In preparation for the trip to Washington, coach Jim Tressel indicated that wide receiver Ray Small, sidelined the first two weeks because of a high-ankle sprain, looked close to 100 percent healthy in practice yesterday.

"Ray will play," Tressel said.

That could mean the offense will be at the full strength as projected before preseason camp began, when Small, a sophomore, was expected to be the replacement for Ted Ginn Jr., the first-round pick of the Miami Dolphins this year.  Small had to watch from the sideline against Youngstown State and Akron as freshman Dane Sanzenbacher took his spot in the receiver rotation. Small actually went through warm-ups before the Akron game, was judged to be at about 90 to 95 percent.

OSU Defense Shines in 20-2 Win over Akron Zips
September 8, 2007 8:00 pm EST

Although we are still looking for an identity on offense, the Buckeye defense holds Akron to just 3 first downs as Ohio State (2-0) defeats the Zips (1-1) 20-2.

We Can't Let the Appalachian State Game Go 
September 3, 2007 2:00 pm EST

Are like a lot of Buckeye fans who can't decide if it is a good thing or a bad thing the Mountaineers shocked the Wolverines?  Joe-S-U pulls no punches in this no-nonsense 'meat and potatoes' article

Buckeye Award Winners for Week #1
September 3, 2007 12:30 pm EST

With the first win of the season recorded, the coaching staff today announced the team's weekly award winners for their performance in the 38-6 decision over Youngstown State:

* Receiver Brian Robiskie is the offensive player of the week after catching nine passes for 153 yards. 

* Linebacker James Laurinaitis (seven tackles) was selected defensive player of the week. 

* Kicker Ryan Pretorius is the player of the week on the special units. He was 5 for 5 on PATs and 
kicked a 24-yard field goal. Pretorius also averaged 64 yards on seven kickoffs. 

* Scout team champions are Joe Bauserman (offense), Ryan Lukens (defense) and Dan Herron 
(special units).  The "Attack Force" award went to defensive tackle Dexter Larimore. 

OSU Opens with a Win Over Penguins
September 1, 2007 8:00 pm EST

Buckeye 50 reported on the impact freshman two weeks ago, and three true freshmen scored for the Buckeyes as they opened the 2007 season with a 38-6 over Youngstown State.

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