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Ohio State redshirt sophomore RB Mike Weber ran for 108 yards and two scores on just 11 carries in a 52-14 rout of Illinois on Saturday.

Weber now has rushed for four touchdowns and 270 yards on his last two games, and he's needed just 30 carries to do it. The 5-foot-10, 214-pound tailback had both of his scores in the first quarter; a four-yard plunge to open the scoring, and a 43-yarder that made it 21-0 Buckeyes late in the first. The Buckeyes have a lot of mouths to feed in the backfield, but Weber looks fresh and is playing at his best at the right time. A big game could be in play next week against Michigan.
Nov 18 - 7:02 PM

Ohio State redshirt senior QB J.T. Barrett completed 11-of-19 passes for 141 yards with two scores, and ran for 33 yards and a touchdown in a 52-14 drubbing of Illinois on Saturday.

Barrett did this in short duty, as Ohio State ended up playing three quarterbacks in this one. His three-yard run into the end zone made it 14-0 Buckeyes, and his touchdown pass near the end of the quarter gave them a 28-0 lead over the atrocious Illinois club. His day was completed with a 12-yard touchdown pass in the middle of the third quarter ended his day and made it 45-7. Barrett and Ohio State get Michigan next week.
Nov 18 - 6:59 PM

Ohio State redshirt sophomore RB Mike Weber left Saturday's game against Illinois with an apparent arm injury.

Weber was holding his arm when he exited the game, and then appeared to be grabbing his wrist. He's questionable to return until we have further updates on his status. With this game a blowout, there's a chance he may not return at all.
Nov 18 - 5:34 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that Ohio State junior CB Denzel Ward is "likely to enter the draft" after this season.

"I would expect the junior to battle for one of the top spots at the cornerback position," Pauline wrote. "Ward has shown great improvement in his game this season, translating his incredible athleticism and speed into football ability." The 5-foot-10, 191-pound Ward was hand-timed running the 40-yard dash in 4.31 seconds when he was in high school.
Nov 17 - 6:32 PM

An anonymous NFL scout likened Ohio State redshirt senior QB J.T. Barrett to "this year's" Josh Dobbs and said he'll get drafted.

"Oh yeah, he's this year's (Joshua) Dobbs," the scout said when asked by NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler if Barrett would get drafted. Two other scouts polled by Brugler weren't as positive. "My gut says no," said one. The other replied: "Probably, but not by us."
Nov 16 - 5:07 PM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer declined to answer questions about the Playoff.

"There will be zero conversation around here. Especially when you talk to the players, there will be zero conversation about what happened before and what’s going to happen in the future. Zero," Meyer said. In the most recent incarnation of the Playoff rankings released on Tuesday, the Buckeyes were slotted at No. 9. They'll take on Illinois this coming weekend before wrapping up against Michigan and then likely, in the Big Ten Championship Game, Wisconsin. We're dubious as to whether wins over a decent Michigan team and a soft undefeated Wisconsin team will be enough to propel them into the Playoff given previous losses to Oklahoma and Iowa, at least barring chaos over the final two weekends of the campaign.
Source: Land of 10
Nov 15 - 8:44 PM

Ohio State redshirt sophomore CB Damon Arnette (thigh bruise) is probably for Saturday's game against Illinois.

Arnette suffered the injury in the Buckeyes' route of Michigan State on Saturday, but it sounds like he'll be all systems go for Ohio State as they look to take control of the division against Illinois on Saturday.
Nov 13 - 6:11 PM

Ohio State redshirt senior QB J.T. Barrett completed 14-of-21 passes for 183 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions while rushing for two additional scores in Saturday's 48-3 win over Michigan State.

Barrett has now been picked off six times in his last two games, but outside of the turnovers on Saturday, this was a nice rebound performance after he stunk up the joint in last weekend's loss to Iowa. Barrett has now accounted for a gaudy 37 touchdowns in 10 games, but his Heisman hopes more or less were extinguished by the Hawkeyes this past Saturday.
Nov 11 - 4:42 PM

Ohio State redshirt sophomore RB Mike Weber rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries in Saturday's 48-3 demolition of Michigan State.

The Buckeyes took out some pent up frustration from last weekend's loss to Iowa against Sparty on Saturday. Weber went off for a pair of long touchdown runs in this exorcism of past demons, bolting into the end zone from 47 yards out early in the first quarter and then topping that burst with an 82-yard scoring gallop in the second quarter. While this was an impressive showing and one that we've been waiting for from Weber all season -- he had not rushed for more than 100 yards in a contest prior to Saturday -- freshman RB J.K. Dobbins received 18 carries to his nine and remains the team's ostensible bellcow back.
Nov 11 - 4:04 PM

Ohio State junior LB Jerome Baker and Dante Booker will miss Saturday's game against Michigan State, according to 247 Sports.

Sophomore Malik Harrison and redshirt freshman Tuf Borland will replace them in the starting lineup. Ohio State's defense totally reloaded after last season, but these losses are not easy to replace.
Source: 247 Sports
Nov 11 - 10:59 AM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer said that the team has discussed involving freshman RB J.K. Dobbins to a greater degree for Saturday's game against Michigan State.

We're on board, here. Dobbins saw just six carries in Saturday's blowout loss to Iowa. Granted, some of that was simply due to game situations in the second half -- the Buckeyes were forced to largely lean on the pass due to the score. Even beyond that one contest, though, Dobbins has yet to receive more than 15 carries in a game since OSU's season-opening win over Indiana. He rushed for a season-best 181 yards in that one. For the campaign as a whole, the impressive youngster has put up 914 yards on the ground with five touchdowns while working to a 7.7 YPC clip.
Nov 8 - 7:45 PM

Ohio State freshman WR Trevon Grimes remains in Florida dealing with a personal matter.

Grimes (6'4/190) took a leave from the Buckeyes on October 12 due to a family health issue and has yet to rejoin his OSU brothers. Per HC Urban Meyer, the true freshman is currently taking his courses online and is still expected back with the team at some point. It's exceedingly unlikely that he'll make much of a contribution before season's end even if he is able to get back in a timely fashion, but Grimes ranked as Rivals' No. 7 overall prospect in the 2017 class and should have plenty of chances to blossom next year.
Nov 8 - 7:33 PM

Ohio State redshirt junior WR Johnnie Dixon caught four passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 55-24 loss to Iowa.

Dixon (5'11/194) caught a 44-yard touchdown early in the second quarter and came back around for a 22-yarder in the fourth quarter. He's been a sturdy performer in the end zone of late, having notched two touchdown catches in each of the last two contests.
Nov 4 - 7:40 PM

Ohio State redshirt senior QB J.T. Barrett completed 18-of-34 passes for 208 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions in Saturday's 55-24 loss to Iowa.

Barrett's first pass attempt of the game was picked off and returned for a touchdown, setting the tone in what ended up as a nightmare performance for the redshirt senior. The disappointing outing shows all the more poorly when compared to Barrett's sublime performance in a comeback win over Penn State last weekend. This loss more than likely knocks Ohio State out of the Playoff picture altogether. They finish out against Michigan State, Illinois and Michigan.
Nov 4 - 7:33 PM

Ohio state redshirt junior WR Parris Campbell (undisclosed) did not make the trip ahead of Saturday's game against Iowa.

By the laws of physics, this means he will not be playing against Iowa. The talented playmaker was carted off after a big hit against Penn State. It should mean more playing time for receivers like Terry McLaurin and Johnnie Dixon in the game against the Hawkeyes.
Nov 3 - 7:31 PM


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