April 23, 2014

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2014 Final fourI have no idea what WFNY will be giving the winner of the 2014 WFNY NCAA pool, but I’m (nearly) positive that it won’t be $1 billion. I’m also nearly positive that nobody else will be giving away $1 billion either, but that’s a different conversation for a different day. What I do know is that you can join WFNY and fill out a bracket for a chance to actually win something in a much smaller pool where a winner will actually be crowned.

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[Related: Buckeyes land a No. 6 seed for 2014 Men’s NCAA Tournament]

While We’re Waiting… The debate rages- Ohio State, Florida State and a one loss SEC team

Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

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“Auburn vs. Ohio State? I get Auburn vs. Ohio State. It’s a tough call for the second spot in the BCS title game, given that Ohio State is undefeated in a weak BCS league while Auburn has one loss in a tougher league — and has the most impressive win of the season, by anyone, with that upset of Alabama.

What I don’t get is the free pass given to Florida State. Why are the Seminoles just blithely assumed to be deserving of that first spot in the BCS title game?” [Doyel/CBS Sports] [Read more...]

Big Ten’s Jim Delany speaks on pay-to-play NCAA regulations

“If (athletes are) not comfortable on campus and they want to monetize, then let the minor leagues flourish. Or go to IMG. Train at IMG. Get agents to invest in your body, get agents to invest in your likeness, and establish it on your own. But don’t come here and say you want to be paid $25,000 or $50,000. Go to the (NBA) D-League and get it. Go to the NBA and get it. Go to the NFL and get it. Don’t ask us to change what we’re doing, because we think there are a lot of good things to preserve.”

– Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany on the dialogue about pay-to-play opportunities for NCAA athletes, to a small group of reporters in the conference’s new offices in Chicago.

Delany’s comments strongly recommend for athletes who want to “professionalize themselves” to make the jump to professional minor leagues as opposed to college athletics, saying “Why is it our job to be minor leagues for professional sports?”

As a recommended conference model, Delany said each conference should legislate their own rules by which schools can provide more benefits to cover full cost of attendance for college athletes. Yet, he said “I feel as strongly as I did 20 years ago it’s not pay-for-play.”

[Related: Ohio State holds on for 40-30 victory at Northwestern]

WFNY talks about Ohio State and off-field issues

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Urban Meyer probably feels like he can’t catch a break these days. In his first season as head coach of The Ohio State University, he had to deal with a postseason ban that he wasn’t expecting and the arrests of veteran leaders like Storm Klein, Jake Stoneburner, and Jack Mewhort. In the offseason since then, he’s seen the University President forced to resign, one of his former high profile recruits at Florida being arrested and charged with first degree murder, incoming recruits having legal issues (Timothy Gardner and Marcus Baugh), and now the issues with junior Bradley Roby and senior Carlos Hyde.

With all of these distractions taking place, it’s a bit of an uneasy time for Ohio State’s football program. As the arrests pile up, all in the wake of one of the biggest scandal’s in OSU history 2 years ago, public perception and national reputation are changing. With so much going on, it seemed like a good time for Kirk, Rick, and myself to talk about some of these issues and to share our opinions on what’s going on, and how much impact this will have on the school and the program. [Read more...]

NCAA News: Ohio State’s Hyde dismissed from team; Bradley Roby arrested

A pair of Ohio State players find themselves in the news for unfortunate reasons. Buckeyes running back Carlos Hyde was recently named as the person of interest in a police investigation concerning an altercation at a bar in Columbus over the weekend and has been subsequently dismissed from the team while cornerback Bradley Roby was arrested and faces charges of battery.

Eleven Warriors.com was the first to obtain the police report on Hyde who is linked to the alleged assault of a female which took place early this past Saturday in Columbus. No arrest has been made at this point. The Columbus Dispatch reports that was arrested early Sunday morning in Bloomington, Indiana and is facing preliminary charges of battery resulting in bodily injury. Reports regarding Roby state that the player refused to leave a bar after being asked and had to be “subdued” by in-house security. His case summary was filed as a criminal misdemeanor—a crime with a maximum penalty of six months in jail.

During the Buckeyes’ 12-0 season of 2012, Hyde accounted for 1,021 total yards (970 yards on the ground) and 17 touchdowns. Roby, who opted to return for his junior season rather than going to the NFL, has been listed on several preseason lists for various national awards (including the Thorpe Award) as well as being projected as an All-American. He recorded 62 tackles in 2012, intercepting two passes and defending 16 others.

Eleven Warriors also reports that additional news, potentially involving a third player, may be on the way, though not as severe as the reports surrounding Hyde and Roby.

[Related: Scott Raab on the Tribe, superstition and no-hitters, and the Browns]

Former Buckeye Orlando Pace named to College Football Hall of Fame

Former Ohio State All-American offensive tackle Orlando Pace will join former Cleveland Browns quarterback Vinnie Testaverde as members in the newest class for the College Football Hall of Fame.

Pace, the 24th Buckeye player to make the Hall, is considered one of the most dominant offensive linemen in college football history, finishing fourth in the Heisman voting in 1996. Winner of the Rotary Lombardi Award in 1995 and 1996, Pace became the first ever player to win the award twice. He was the offensive lineman since 1972 to finish in the top-four in the Heisman vote, the winner ultimately being Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel.

Pace started every game–38 in all–between 1994-96 before bypassing his senior year to enter the NFL Draft where he was selected first-overall by the St. Louis Rams. Pace went on to a 13-year career in the NFL where he was a member of the Rams’ 1999 Super Bowl championship team. He protected the blind side and cleared running lanes for the NFL’s MVP for three consecutive seasons (Kurt Warner in 1999 and 2000 and Marshall Faulk in 2001). Pace was named All-Pro five times and he was voted into seven Pro Bowl games.

“I don’t know how you could play the position any better than [Orlando] did,” said former Ohio State head coach John Cooper. “He was just a fantastic football player. “He was the best.”

Pace did not allow a sack in his final two years at Ohio State.

[Related: Ohio State five-star recruit says God wanted him to play for the Buckeyes]

NCAA Rumor: Big Ten to divide into East, West divisions

After months of speculation, the Big Ten reportedly has agreed on a new realignment strategy for its new-look 14-team conference: an East and West division split.

According to league sources via ESPN.com’s Brett McMurphy and Adam Rittenberg, the conference will move in that direction in 2014 when Maryland and Rutgers officially join the fold. The conference also will be pursuing a nine-game football schedule starting that year, pending a commissioner vote next week.

Thus, according to this latest sourced report, here is how the 2014-15 Big Ten would look:

East Division: Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers
West Division: Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue, Wisconsin

Back in January, the conference announced that it would look to move away from the Legends and Leaders division monikers that they somewhat arbitrarily used beginning in 2010. Per conference commissioner Jim Delany of the previous decision-making and naming process, they “didn’t have great options.”

Now, the conference appears to be pursuing the more traditional route of a geographical split. Yet, it won’t be without controversy.

With arguably the two best football programs — OSU and UM — in one division, there could be a remarkably easier route to the championship game each year for the Nebraskas and Wisconsins of the world. The conference also has decided to make Indiana-Purdue the only cross-division protected rivalry for optimal long-term flexibility, according to this report.

[Related: Leaders, Legends, and Balance: A Look Into Big Ten Division Realignment]

NCAA Basketball News: Ohio State Revises Coach Thad Matta’s Contract

While this season has been a bit of an up and down year for the Ohio State men’s basketball team, their head coach Thad Matta is still being rewarded with a revised contract that sees a boost to his annual salary. According to Rusty Miller of the Associated Press, the new contract will see him receive a 10% bump to his salary (bringing him to over $3.2 million per year) including academic bonuses.

Additionally, the contract also revises some language regarding NCAA violations. The contract now requires Matta to report anyone who “may potentially have violated NCAA rules”. The new wording is presumed to be an effort by OSU to avoid some of the ambiguities that made negotiations with Jim Tressel a little trickier in the wake of the email coverup scandal that ultimately cost the coach his job.

Thad Matta is now under contract with Ohio State through July 2019.

[Related: Meltdown In Game’s Final Minute Spoils Deshaun Thomas Show]

Box Score: Buckeyes 26, Wolverines 21

In a tale of two halves, the Ohio State defense held down the fort against the explosive Michigan Wolverines in the final 30 minutes. The Buckeyes held on in yet another close rivalry duel, winning 26-21 to finish a perfect 12-0 for the regular season.

Carlos Hyde was the star offensive player for the Bucks, as he gained 146 yards, many of them in the final two drives, to secure the victory. Michigan gained -14 rushing yards outside of Denard Robinson as they couldn’t get anything going in the final two quarters.

Although Ohio State is ineligible for the BCS standings and a bowl game this year, this victory now means the controversy and theorizing won’t end until next season begins in August. Stay tuned for lots more analysis and debates in the coming days. But for now, savor this special victory, this special season and the sixth undefeated season in OSU history.

(19) MICHIGAN WOLVERINES
8-4 (Lost last 1)

OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
12-0 (Won last 12)

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan Wolverines 7 14 0 0 21
Ohio State Buckeyes 10 10 3 3 26

Scoring Summary

1st QuarterMICH – OHST
13:15 Ohio State BuckeyesOHST TD Carlos Hyde rushed to the left for 3 yard gain (Drew Basil made PAT) 0 – 7
8:04 Michigan WolverinesMICH TD Devin Gardner passed to Roy Roundtree to the right for 75 yard gain (Brendan Gibbons made PAT) 7 – 7
1:00 Ohio State BuckeyesOHST FG Drew Basil kicked a 41-yard field goal 7 – 10
2nd QuarterMICH – OHST
11:20 Michigan WolverinesMICH TD Devin Gardner rushed up the middle for 1 yard gain (Brendan Gibbons made PAT) 14 – 10
1:52 Ohio State BuckeyesOHST TD Braxton Miller passed to Corey (Philly) Brown to the right for 14 yard gain (Drew Basil made PAT) 14 – 17
1:30 Michigan WolverinesMICH TD Denard Robinson rushed to the right for 67 yard gain (Brendan Gibbons made PAT) 21 – 17
0:05 Ohio State BuckeyesOHST FG Drew Basil kicked a 52-yard field goal 21 – 20
3rd QuarterMICH – OHST
9:25 Ohio State BuckeyesOHST FG Drew Basil kicked a 28-yard field goal 21 – 23
4th QuarterMICH – OHST
7:35 Ohio State BuckeyesOHST FG Drew Basil kicked a 25-yard field goal 21 – 26

Passing

Michigan Wolverines Comp Att Yds Pct Y/A Sack YdsL TD Int Rating
Devin Gardner 11 20 171 55.0 8.6 4 40 1 1 133.3
Ohio State Buckeyes Comp Att Yds Pct Y/A Sack YdsL TD Int Rating
Braxton Miller 14 18 189 77.8 10.5 5 47 1 0 184.3

Rushing

Michigan Wolverines Rush Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
Denard Robinson 10 122 12.2 67 1 1
Vincent Smith 5 12 2.4 8 0 0
Thomas Rawls 5 3 0.6 2 0 0
Devin Gardner 7 -29 -4.1 6 1 2
Ohio State Buckeyes Rush Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
Carlos Hyde 26 146 5.6 17 1 0
Braxton Miller 20 57 2.9 42 0 1
Corey (Philly) Brown 1 21 21.0 21 0 1
Rod Smith 1 4 4.0 4 0 0

Receiving

Michigan Wolverines Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
Roy Roundtree 3 92 30.7 75 1 0
Jeremy Gallon 6 67 11.2 30 0 0
Mike Kwiatkowski 1 6 6.0 6 0 0
Drew Dileo 1 6 6.0 6 0 0
Ohio State Buckeyes Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
Corey (Philly) Brown 8 95 11.9 19 1 1
Devin Smith 2 63 31.5 52 0 0
Evan Spencer 1 9 9.0 9 0 0
Jake Stoneburner 1 9 9.0 9 0 0
Carlos Hyde 1 8 8.0 8 0 0
Michael Thomas 1 5 5.0 5 0 0

Kicking

Michigan Wolverines XPM XPA FGM FGA Lng Pct Pts
Brendan Gibbons 3 3 0 0 0 0.0 3
Ohio State Buckeyes XPM XPA FGM FGA Lng Pct Pts
Drew Basil 2 2 4 5 52 80.0 14

Punting

Michigan Wolverines Punt Avg Blk In20 TB
Will Hagerup 4 55.3 0 2 0
Ohio State Buckeyes Punt Avg Blk In20 TB
Ben Buchanan 3 44.7 0 2 0

Kick/Punt Returns

Michigan Wolverines KR Yds Avg Lng TD PR Yds Avg Lng TD
Dennis Norfleet 1 27 27.0 27 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
Drew Dileo 2 34 17.0 19 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
Jeremy Gallon 0 0 0.0 0 0 2 0 0.0 0 0
Ohio State Buckeyes KR Yds Avg Lng TD PR Yds Avg Lng TD
Bradley Roby 2 47 23.5 26 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
Corey (Philly) Brown 0 0 0.0 0 0 4 30 7.5 18 0

Ohio State’s defense clamps down to secure 26-21 victory over Michigan and 12-0 season

On a day the Ohio State Buckeyes honored the perfect national champions of 2002 and former players carried Jim Tressel on their shoulders in the end zone, the Buckeyes did it again.

For the sixth time in school history, AP No. 4 Ohio State (12-0, 8-0 Big Ten) has finished a season undefeated, but the final game certainly wasn’t pretty. It took three second-half turnovers by the defense, and a heaping dose of junior Carlos Hyde on the last drive, but the Buckeyes held on for a gritty 26-21 victory over their archrivals AP No. 20 Michigan (8-4, 6-2 Big Ten).

The first half was sloppy, high-scoring and filled with big plays. The second half was again sloppy, yet dominated by defenses and missed opportunities by the Buckeyes. In the end, all that matters is a victory and a spotless 2012 for OSU.

Yet, somehow, the day started off with somber news: senior leader John Simon would not play because of an bursa injury in his right knee he suffered against Wisconsin. [Read more...]

Report: Ohio State’s John Simon out against Michigan

ESPN Gameday just reported that star senior defensive end John Simon will not play today against Michigan. Various reports had him doubtful leading up to game time with an undisclosed injury and then not on the field while the team was practicing just moments ago.

This heartbreaking news not only for Simon, who would have played his final game today, but also for the Buckeyes. Simon is the undoubted heart and soul of the OSU defense, so his loss could be devastating against the versatile Michigan offense.

Update at 11:59 a.m.: Reports from Columbus indicate that Simon is indeed in sweats on the sidelines. He was the last senior to walk out on the field before the game. Again, this is a huge blow for OSU’s defense.

Update at 12:05 p.m.: The previously undisclosed injury is a right knee injury that Simon suffered against the Wisconsin Badgers last week, per various Twitter reports coming from OSU’s sports information department. About 15 minutes ago, Buckeyes blog Land-Grant Holy Land tweeted via an ESPN report that Simon has a synovial bursa sac injury.

[Related: If eligible, would Ohio State be on the verge of a BCS Championship appearance?]

While We’re Waiting… Thankful for Jeremy Pargo

Today, as a special version of While We’re Waiting, I wanted to go team-by-team as I share what I’m thankful for here in November 2012. For more WFNY thanks, stay tuned at 10 a.m.

Cleveland Cavaliers

I’m thankful for a very pleasant Thanksgiving Eve surprise in new Cavs point guard Jeremy Pargo: “Pargo’s 28 points was surprising enough, but it was doubly impressive considering that he was matched up against Jrue Holiday, who is one of the better point guard defenders in the NBA. Pargo had no trouble getting his shot, though, as he shot 11-19 from the field and 4-8 from three. He also added four assists and five rebounds.” [Jordan Sargent/SB Nation Cleveland] [Read more...]

Box Score: No. 7 OSU Buckeyes 29, Purdue Boilermakers 22 (OT)

Wow, what a game. Anyone that would have ever guessed that Kenny Guiton would be the hero in a Buckeyes victory likely would have been labeled as crazy before this one.

But Braxton Miller’s injury forced Guiton into the ballgame, where he miraculously saved the Buckeyes’ perfect season by leading the team to two TDs and a two-point conversion in the final minute of regulation and overtime.

The Ohio State defense then held the Boilermakers on fourth down, securing the 29-22 victory.

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter PURD – OHST
15:00 Purdue Boilermakers PURD TD Caleb TerBush passed to Akeem Shavers to the left for 83 yard gain (Paul Griggs missed PAT) 6 – 0
6:02 Ohio State Buckeyes OHST TD Braxton Miller rushed to the right for 8 yard gain (Drew Basil made PAT) 6 – 7
5:29 Purdue Boilermakers PURD TD Ohio St. kicked off, Akeem Hunt returned kickoff for 100 yards (Paul Griggs made PAT) 13 – 7
2nd Quarter PURD – OHST
None 13 – 7
3rd Quarter PURD – OHST
8:19 Ohio State Buckeyes OHST TD Carlos Hyde rushed to the right for 2 yard gain (Drew Basil made PAT) 13 – 14
4:24 Purdue Boilermakers PURD TD Caleb TerBush passed to Gary Bush to the right for 31 yard gain (Paul Griggs made PAT) 20 – 14
4th Quarter PURD – OHST
10:51 Purdue Boilermakers PURD SAF Safety 22 – 14
0:12 Ohio State Buckeyes OHST TD Kenny Guiton passed to Chris Fields to the left for 2 yard gain (2pt attempt converted, Kenny Guiton pass to Jeff Heuerman) 22 – 22
OT PURD – OHST
0:00 Ohio State Buckeyes OHST TD Carlos Hyde rushed up the middle for 1 yard gain (Drew Basil made PAT) 22 – 29

Passing

Purdue Boilermakers Comp Att Yds Pct Y/A Sack YdsL TD Int Rating
Caleb TerBush 19 30 232 63.3 7.7 0 0 2 1 143.6
Rob Henry 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 5 0 0 0.0
Ohio State Buckeyes Comp Att Yds Pct Y/A Sack YdsL TD Int Rating
Braxton Miller 9 20 113 45.0 5.7 2 10 0 1 82.5
Kenny Guiton 6 11 77 54.5 7.0 0 0 1 1 125.2

Rushing

Purdue Boilermakers Rush Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
Ralph Bolden 9 33 3.7 8 0 0
Akeem Shavers 7 30 4.3 14 0 0
Akeem Hunt 5 15 3.0 14 0 0
Brandon Cottom 5 15 3.0 7 0 0
Caleb TerBush 8 13 1.6 6 0 0
Rob Henry 2 4 2.0 9 0 0
Cody Webster 1 4 4.0 4 0 0
Antavian Edison 2 1 0.5 1 0 0
Ohio State Buckeyes Rush Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
Carlos Hyde 18 91 5.1 20 2 0
Braxton Miller 12 47 3.9 37 1 2
Corey (Philly) Brown 1 9 9.0 9 0 0
Rod Smith 2 3 1.5 2 0 0
Kenny Guiton 3 2 0.7 2 0 0

Receiving

Purdue Boilermakers Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
Akeem Shavers 3 93 31.0 83 1 0
Dolapo Macarthy 6 49 8.2 13 0 0
Gary Bush 2 39 19.5 31 1 0
Akeem Hunt 2 21 10.5 20 0 0
Crosby Wright 2 14 7.0 8 0 0
Antavian Edison 2 10 5.0 7 0 0
Gabe Holmes 2 6 3.0 5 0 0
Ohio State Buckeyes Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
Devin Smith 2 48 24.0 39 0 0
Corey (Philly) Brown 3 44 14.7 19 0 0
Chris Fields 3 44 14.7 35 1 0
Jake Stoneburner 1 17 17.0 17 0 0
Evan Spencer 2 15 7.5 8 0 0
Michael Thomas 1 11 11.0 11 0 0
Carlos Hyde 2 6 3.0 4 0 0
Jeff Heuerman 1 5 5.0 5 0 0

Kicking

Purdue Boilermakers XPM XPA FGM FGA Lng Pct Pts
Paul Griggs 2 3 0 2 0 0.0 2
Ohio State Buckeyes XPM XPA FGM FGA Lng Pct Pts
Drew Basil 3 3 0 1 0 0.0 3

Punting

Purdue Boilermakers Punt Avg Blk In20 TB
Cody Webster 7 47.3 0 1 2
Ohio State Buckeyes Punt Avg Blk In20 TB
Ben Buchanan 5 43.2 0 2 0

Box Score: Ohio State 52, Indiana 49

Yikes. This again was way too close for comfort, as the Hoosiers were able to respond to every second half score by the Buckeyes. In the end, Urban Meyer’s squad was in control and pretty much cruised to victory, but the final line just isn’t pretty at all.

This one won’t go down as one of the better games of the year. Although it’s nice to break 50+ in a second straight game, there’s nothing really to brag about this one.

Scoring Summary

1st QuarterOHST – IND
11:25 Ohio State BuckeyesOHST TD Corey (Philly) Brown rushed to the left for 12 yard gain (Drew Basilmade PAT) 7 – 0
3:53 Ohio State BuckeyesOHST FG Drew Basil kicked a 35-yard field goal 10 – 0
2:28 Indiana HoosiersIND TD Stephen Houston rushed up the middle for 59 yard gain (Mitch Ewald made PAT) 10 – 7
2nd QuarterOHST – IND
15:00 Indiana HoosiersIND TD Stephen Houston rushed to the right for 7 yard gain (Mitch Ewaldmade PAT) 10 – 14
5:33 Ohio State BuckeyesOHST TD Ohio St. blocked punt attempt by Erich Toth. Recovered by Bradley Roby (Drew Basil made PAT) 17 – 14
3:20 Ohio State BuckeyesOHST TD Braxton Miller passed to Devin Smith to the right for 60 yard gain (Drew Basil made PAT) 24 – 14
3rd QuarterOHST – IND
13:25 Indiana HoosiersIND FG Mitch Ewald kicked a 22-yard field goal 24 – 17
12:36 Ohio State BuckeyesOHST TD Braxton Miller rushed to the right for 67 yard gain (Drew Basil made PAT) 31 – 17
9:01 Indiana HoosiersIND TD Cameron Coffman passed to Shane Wynn down the middle for 76 yard gain (Mitch Ewald made PAT) 31 – 24
4:56 Ohio State BuckeyesOHST TD Kenny Guiton passed to Carlos Hyde down the middle for 14 yard gain (Drew Basil made PAT) 38 – 24
4:03 Indiana HoosiersIND FG Mitch Ewald kicked a 44-yard field goal 38 – 27
4th QuarterOHST – IND
15:00 Ohio State BuckeyesOHST TD Carlos Hyde rushed to the right for 1 yard gain (Drew Basil made PAT) 45 – 27
10:49 Indiana HoosiersIND TD D’Angelo Roberts rushed up the middle for 1 yard gain (Mitch Ewald made PAT) 45 – 34
7:41 Ohio State BuckeyesOHST TD Braxton Miller passed to Devin Smith down the middle for 46 yard gain (Drew Basil made PAT) 52 – 34
1:51 Indiana HoosiersIND TD Nate Sudfeld passed to Duwyce Wilson to the right for 12 yard gain (Mitch Ewald made PAT) 52 – 41
1:21 Indiana HoosiersIND TD Nate Sudfeld passed to Stephen Houston down the middle for 25 yard gain (2pt attempt converted, Cody Latimer run to the right) 52 – 49

Passing

Ohio State Buckeyes Comp Att Yds Pct Y/A Sack YdsL TD Int Rating
Braxton Miller 13 24 211 54.2 8.8 3 18 2 1 147.2
Kenny Guiton 1 1 14 100.0 14.0 0 0 1 0 547.6
Indiana Hoosiers Comp Att Yds Pct Y/A Sack YdsL TD Int Rating
Cameron Coffman 22 44 275 50.0 6.3 0 0 1 0 110.0
Nate Sudfeld 6 10 77 60.0 7.7 0 0 2 0 190.7

Rushing

Ohio State Buckeyes Rush Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
Carlos Hyde 22 156 7.1 29 1 0
Braxton Miller 23 149 6.5 67 1 0
Rod Smith 6 40 6.7 15 0 0
Corey (Philly) Brown 1 12 12.0 12 1 0
Indiana Hoosiers Rush Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
Stephen Houston 11 91 8.3 59 2 0
Shane Wynn 1 19 19.0 19 0 0
Cameron Coffman 2 8 4.0 4 0 0
D’Angelo Roberts 5 6 1.2 4 1 0
Nate Sudfeld 2 5 2.5 4 0 0
Tevin Coleman 3 0 0.0 3 0 0

Receiving

Ohio State Buckeyes Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
Devin Smith 2 106 53.0 60 2 0
Corey (Philly) Brown 6 51 8.5 10 0 0
Jake Stoneburner 4 41 10.3 13 0 0
Carlos Hyde 2 27 13.5 14 1 0
Indiana Hoosiers Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
Shane Wynn 3 81 27.0 76 1 0
Cody Latimer 7 68 9.7 13 0 0
Kofi Hughes 3 53 17.7 39 0 0
Ted Bolser 6 42 7.0 12 0 0
Stephen Houston 2 37 18.5 25 1 0
Duwyce Wilson 2 24 12.0 12 1 0
D’Angelo Roberts 1 16 16.0 16 0 0
Jamonne Chester 1 15 15.0 15 0 0
Tevin Coleman 2 9 4.5 7 0 0
Isaiah Roundtree 1 7 7.0 7 0 0

Kicking

Ohio State Buckeyes XPM XPA FGM FGA Lng Pct Pts
Drew Basil 7 7 1 2 35 50.0 10
Indiana Hoosiers XPM XPA FGM FGA Lng Pct Pts
Mitch Ewald 5 5 2 2 44 100.0 11

AP Poll: Ohio State Moves Up to No. 14

Moving up two spots from their 16th-overall ranking one week earlier, the Ohio State Buckeyes slot 14th in the most recent edition of the NCAA Division I football Associated Press poll.

Aided mostly by losses from other teams, the Buckeyes continued their ascent up the rankings following their recent win over the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Other ranked Big Ten teams include next week’s opponent Michigan State (20) and Nebraska (22). Northwestern, Michigan, Wisconsin and Purdue all received votes along with the Ohio University Bobcats.

AP Top 25
RK TEAM PVS
1 Alabama (59) 1
2 Oregon 3
3 LSU (1) 2
4 Florida State 4
5 Georgia 5
6 South Carolina 7
7 Kansas State 15
8 Stanford 9
9 West Virginia 8
10 Notre Dame 11
11 Florida 14
12 Texas 12
13 USC 13
14 Ohio State 16
15 TCU 17
16 Oklahoma 6
17 Clemson 10
18 Oregon State NR
19 Louisville 20
20 Michigan State 21
21 Mississippi State 23
22 Nebraska 25
23 Rutgers NR
24 Boise State 24
25 Baylor NR

[Related: OSU Week 4: Are the Buckeyes Really the Best Team in the Big Ten?]

While We’re Waiting … Time for Buffalo and Bad Big Ten

While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

A final preview of today’s home game against the Buffalo Bills: “While the Bills exploded last week, they were terrible in Week 1 against the Jets. Cleveland hasn’t exactly strung together two consistent games on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball either. I think Cleveland’s offensive line will have a little bit of difficulty at some points with the Bills’ front four, leading to a more lackluster offensive performance than we saw last week. On the same note, I expect the defense to improve — after seeing where the secondary failed last week, Dick Jauron will make the appropriate adjustments. Fitzpatrick is an inconsistent quarterback, and he’ll turn the ball over one too many times against Cleveland.” [Steve DiMatteo/Dawg Pound Daily]

Is this a must-win game though? Well, I guess so in terms of finding a way to finish with more than 4 wins in 2012, as they don’t come much easier than this. “Last Sunday’s game was another loss for the Cleveland Browns. But it kinda felt like a win. Hey, at least it was a positive performance considering the debacle that was the season opener. Now, at 0-2, the Browns need a win as they play host to the Buffalo Bills (0-2) at 1 p.m. Sunday. Pat Shurmur said what we’re all thinking a day after his team lost to the Cincinnati Bengals 34-27. ‘We have to win this game,’ he said. Agreed. For all the good the offense did last Sunday, it was another loss, which was the team’s 48th loss in their last 68 games dating back to the beginning of the 2008 season.” [Don Delco/The OBR]

Rare stats, penalties and replacement referees all in one post? Yup, you’ve got check out this theory on how home teams might be benefiting from this chaos: “Last week, I hinted that there may be a bias by the officials in favor of the home team, as these less-experienced referees may be more likely to side with the voices of the crowd. That hypotheses certainly wasn’t disproved this week, as 14 of the 16 home teams won, the first time 14 home teams have won in a week since the league expanded to 32 teams. So far this season, there have been 231 penalties against visiting teams and only 188 penalties against the hosts. That ratio — road teams having to deal with 23% more penalties — is far out of line with historical data, which informs us that road teams had 7% more penalties enforced against them than home teams from 2000 to 2011.” [Chase Stuart/Football Perspective]

I wrote about it yesterday, but here’s the first of a couple of posts I’m going to share that lament the sadness that is the Big Ten in 2012: “The overall OOC record for the Big Ten is not terrible, but what the conference has shown us thus far is that every week is Mighty Ducks week. Because apparently any band of misfits from crappy conferences can unite under the auspices of a drunken has-been coach and give a team from the ol’ Bee One Gee a run for their money. This week was no different.” [Johnny Ginter/Eleven Warriors]

So really, why is the conference so bad? It’s not like their NFL Draft losses were that much more significant than others: “After almost four weeks of games, which Big Ten teams have impressed you? The list has to be painfully short. At one point in the early games Saturday, Ohio State led UAB 21-15, Wisconsin led Texas-El Paso 23-16 and Iowa led Central Michigan 24-23, with all three of the Big Ten’s opponents holding the ball with a chance to take a fourth-quarter lead. Ohio State and Wisconsin escaped with victories. Iowa wasn’t so lucky. It shouldn’t be surprising that the Big Ten struggled early Saturday, because the conference has underwhelmed all season.” [Frank Schwab/Dr. Saturday]

Love Paul’s point here about how the Indians starters might just always have been overrated, and this decline isn’t really a drop-off, but simply their actual, depressing talent level: “As frustrating as it is to watch the Indians in terms of stalled development and regression, the appearance of a team that’s going through the motions and is either ill-prepared or ill-equipped to compete at the MLB level is what gnaws at most of the fanbase…at least those that are still watching. Whether that goes back to the coaching staff or the Front Office that assembled the ‘talent’ for said coaching staff to put into the lineup and into the pitching staff is a question that’s been asked before in this space (and in others); but it’s the MAIN question facing this organization going forward. Because it goes back to the “’Nature vs.Nurture’ argument from a month ago in that it has to be asked whether these players are simply flawed and were overrated in expectations for them or if the players (seemingly the whole lot of them) can regress this quickly and this profoundly.” [Paul Cousineau/The DiaTribe]

No. 12 Buckeyes 35, Cal Golden Bears 28: Braxton Miller, Devin Smith Survive Ugly Performance at the ‘Shoe

This has not been a good start for the Big Ten in 2012. Already, just three weeks into the season and conference play still a couple weeks away, several of the conference’s top contenders have suffered devastating losses.

That nearly was the case for No. 12 Ohio State on Saturday, with the upset-minded California team in Columbus. Barely, barely, OSU managed to hold on for dear life in a back-and-forth 35-28 victory.

Just like last week against Central Florida, however, the Buckeyes came out strong in the first half, looking like they’d cruise to an easy victory. But lazy defense, especially in terms of penalties and finishing tackles, made this contest way more interesting. [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting … Buckeyes Hold On, Braxton’s Crazy Run, Scott Fujita’s Playing Time, ‘Gangnam Style’

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Yikes. That game wasn’t pretty at all: “This isn’t supposed to happen. Not at Ohio Stadium. Not against 17-point underdogs. But Ohio State found itself tied at 28 with unranked California late in the fourth quarter. The outlook wasn’t good, either. Cal had dominated the second half, holding Ohio State to barely more than 100 yards of offense after the Buckeyes racked up 234 first-half yards and a 20-7 halftime lead. When Braxton Miller trotted out on the field with four minutes, 20 seconds on the game clock and Ohio State’s season possibly hanging in the balance, he was as confident as ever.” [Kyle Rowland/Eleven Warriors] [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… NFL Preseason Success, Jason Kipnis’ Injury, Extending Byron Scott

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Looking at what Friday’s victory might mean: “Yet here’s the rub with these preseason games: Teams that look pretty in preseason do no necessarily translate that into wins in the regular season. The most famous account occurred here in Detroit. The Lions were 4-0 in the 2008 preseason before finishing 0-16 in the games that actually count. The Browns expect no less than six rookies to see significant action on both sides of the ball. In essence, this game was a different — and much-needed — style of practice for players like Travis Benjamin, Josh Gordon, John Hughes, Mitchell Schwartz, Brandon Weeden and Billy Winn.” [Don Delco/Orange & Brown Report] [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… More Kyrie Love, Jordan Cameron’s Future, Indians’ Trade Assets, Aaron Craft

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This was a great story about Kyrie’s amazing impressions this summer: “Kyrie Irving, 20, has a politician’s poise and polish, and he left USA Basketball’s pre-Olympics summer training camp with every endorsement that mattered. ‘Kyrie always impresses me,’ USA Basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski said. ‘This week, he’s been who I think he is, which is one of the top guards anywhere.’ Make no mistake: this wasn’t just Duke’s legendary coach glowing about one of his former Blue Devils. When it comes to judging the next generation of USA Basketball talent, the program’s top management and current stars agreed, Irving is the clear star in waiting. ‘For me, Kyrie Irving has definitely stood out more than anyone,’ LeBron James told CBSSports.com.” [Ben Golliver/CBS Sports] [Read more...]