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Buckeye 50 Fans Speak Out
December 26, 2013 8:00 PM

Prior to OSU's loss to Michigan State in the B1G championship game, there was a lot of media discussion that OSU did not deserve to play in the national title game even with their flawless record.  The energy was around how weak their schedule was, including the games in the Big Ten conference.  Over the years, Ohio State has certainly done their part to represent the conference and brings in millions of dollars every year.   So we asked our readers is this a signal that perhaps the Bucks should leave the conference.

In our poll, 63% of you felt the scarlet and gray should hang around at least for a few more seasons and see how the rest of the conference responds and improves in the short term future.  It would certainly be a bold move for an anchor school to leave, for any reason.  However 23% of our readers believed we should stay in the conference for the other sports but go independent in football.  This is similar to the agreement Notre Dame has with the ACC.  14% responded saying OSU should just move to another conference and take their money with them.  Guess we will see if Gene Smith thinks at all like our readers.  As always, thanks to those of you that responded.

Merry Christmas To All
December 25, 2013 12:00 AM

Merry Christmas and may all Buckeye Nation get the number one thing on their Christmas list ... an OSU victory in the Orange Bowl. 

OSU Coaching Staff Suffers A Loss
December 19, 2013 4:30 PM

Buckeye diehards have been looking for a change on the defense all season. The rumor has been circulating for a couple days. Today it became official.  Defensive co-coordinator Everett Withers announced his departure from the Buckeyes, accepting the head coaching job at FCS school James Madison.

Withers has been a coach for 25 years in both the college and NFL levels. Before coming to Ohio state he was the interim coach at North Carolina in 2011 after Butch Davis was fired. He accepted a pay cut to accept the job at James Madison, now making $325,000 annually instead of the $580,000 he made as an assistant at Ohio State in 2013.

In related news, it is also being reported that Ed Warinner, OSU co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, has interviewed for the head-coaching vacancy at Army.  Nothing formal has been announce at this time.

Braxton Miller Wins the Tribune Silver Football
December 12, 2013 8:30 PM

The vote was not close. Miller appeared on 10 of the 11 ballots, receiving nine first-place votes and one second (coaches cannot vote for their own players).  By winning the award,  he became the fourth athlete to win the award twice.  He joins the the elite group of Archie Griffin (Ohio State), Anthony Thompson (Indiana) and Paul Giel (Minnesota).

As soon as he won the award, the media felt the need to move on to the NFL question, and whether he would be back for a possible third award. Where most scouts believe he would benefit from an extra year of work, Miller responds, “It’s tough; I just don’t know, I’ve really got to sit down and go through the pros and cons. I’ll talk to my parents, take it slow. Hopefully ball out on January 3rd and see what the scouts are looking at.”

He said he’s “getting tired” of the pounding and is well aware that Ohio State will lose four senior starters on its offensive line.  I guess we will all know by mid January.

Big Ten Reprimands Marcus Hall and the OSU Coaching Staff
December 2, 2013 6:00 PM

The Big Ten Conference released a statement this afternoon.  The most important part of it is the fact that both Marcus Hall and Dontre Wilson are both eligible for Saturday's Big Ten Championship Game against Michigan State.

The travesty and hypocrisy of the statement is that it political rubbish.  From what I saw watching the game, not only did it appear it was Michigan that started the event, one could conclude that it may have been orchestrated specifically to invoke a reaction.  I see Dontre Wilson tackled, I see Wilson try to get up.  I see 8 Michigan players, yes 8, immediately surround him, one with his knee in Wilson's back preventing him from getting up.  I see the refs throw a flag at this time.  For what?  None of those players (other than Wilson) were ejected or penalized.  Once OSU players tried to get Wilson free, the fight began.  Wilson's helmet is ripped off his head by a Michigan player.  Yes, Marcus came off the bench and he shouldn't have, he did throw a punch.  But does anyone think he throws a punch if they just let Wilson up and OSU begins their offense?

Yet the Big Ten office needs to send a statement for the wrongdoings of Marcus Hall and the OSU coaching staff, no mention of anything against Michigan even though according to the statement "the Conference reviewed video of the incident that took place during the second quarter of the game and has concluded that the officials managed the situation properly and ejected the correct players for their actions".

I would love to send this one up to the replay booth for review.

Marcus provides his apology:
I would like to apologize to The Ohio State University, The University of Michigan, my teammates, my family, the fans and the TV viewing audience for my behavior during yesterday's game. Wearing the scarlet and grey uniform is a privlege and an honor. I let my emotions get the best of me and didn't conduct myself properly in the heat of the moment. My actions do not reflect who I am as a person and teammate. I love The Ohio State University and appreciate everything it has done for me. From the bottom of my heart, I am truly sorry and hope everyone can accept my sincere apology.

2013 Week 12: Ohio State 42   Michigan 41
November 30, 2013 4:00 PM

Once again, the Buckeye senior class is 3-1 against TBGUN.  

For the first time ever, both teams scored over 40 points.  They were close in 2006 when another unbeaten OSU team won 42-39 in Columbus.  This 42-41 win not only keeps Ohio State's record perfect, it allows them to possibly move up in the BCS standings. The 83 combined points by Michigan and Ohio State are the 2nd most in a Michigan-Ohio State game. Only one with more was in 1902, when Michigan won 86-.0

Carlos Hyde rushed for 226 yards, his second 200-yard game of the season and the most ever by a Buckeye against Michigan in series history, surpassing the previous high of 222 yards set by Chris "Beanie" Wells in 2007.

Now Ohio State moves to the B1G championship game for the first time, playing Michigan State who won the Legends division for the second time in three years.

2013 Week 11: Ohio State 42   Indiana 14
November 23, 2013 7:45 PM

Eighteen seniors ran across the Ohio Stadium turf for the final time as the Buckeyes defeated Indiana 42-14.  Carlos Hyde ran for 117 yards but more importantly went over 1,000 on the season.  Image where his total might be if had not missed the first three games.  Braxton Miller added 144 yards rushing of his own, along with his 160 yards passing.  The win was the 18th straight over the Hoosiers and the 23rd straight victory overall which is the longest current streak in the country.

Take That SEC(and Mark May): Ohio Dominates College Football
November 18, 2013 12:30 PM

For all levels of College Football the longest winning streaks our all owned by Ohio schools.  Anyone reading this page knows that Ohio State has the longest win streak in Division I with 22 victories over the last two seasons.  In Division II, former Buckeye coach Bill Conley and his Panthers of Ohio Dominican have now won 15 straight and Mount Union of Division III has the longest streak of all at 25 victories.

2013 Week 9: Ohio State 56   Purdue 0
November 2, 2013 3:15 PM

Back to back big wins as Ohio State rings up 640 yards (versus 116 for Purdue) and gets the 56-0 shutout victory.  Braxton Miller was 19-23 passing with 233 yards and 4 touchdowns in an effort to get his name back into the Heisman discussion.  Carlos Hyde was over 100 yards again with 111 yards on just 8 carries.  Jeff Heuerman had a career day with 5 receptions and a touchdown and 116 yards.

Today was Ohio State's 8th 50-point game under Urban Meyer in 21 games. Ohio State had 6 such games under Jim Tressel in 128 games.
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