No. 10 Ohio State Travels to Washington
September 10, 2007 Source: OSU Official Site - "The Buckeyes are coming off back-to-back home wins to open the season and are making their first regular-season West Coast road trip since playing at UCLA in 2001..."
Press release in PDF
Ten Pressing Questions: OSU at Washington
September 15, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com - "In our usual game day feature, we take a look at some of the key storylines as Ohio State travels across the country to visit Washington. We look for answers with the quarterback play and the work of the offensive line. We also ponder what impact Ray Small might make in this game..."
In the spotlight: Ohio State QB Todd Boeckman
September 15, 2007 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Ohio State junior quarterback Todd Boeckman is the man on the spot going into Husky Stadium today. It had to happen sometime. Boeckman will make his first start on the road. It will be against Washington, a team many observers are labeling as a dark horse in the Pac-10, and in what can be one of the more unfriendly places in the country..."
Five keys for Ohio State against Washington
September 13, 2007 Source: Akron Beacon Journal - "Here are five things Ohio State needs to do to play well against the University of Washington on Saturday afternoon in Seattle..."
Five things to watch and Scouting report: Ohio State at Washington
September 13, 2007 Source: Warren Tribune Chronicle - "Here are five keys to Saturday's game..." and "Here is the breakdown of the Ohio State-Washington matchup..."
Ohio State vs. Washington Preview
September 13, 2007 Source: The Ozone - "Washington will move the ball early as the Ohio State defense adjusts to the read-option...Ohio State's defense will force Jake Locker into at least three turnovers; however, the Buckeyes will give two of those back due to turnovers of their own...With a win, Jim Tressel will reach the 200-win mark as a head coach..."
|Washington: The Essentials|
September 13, 2007 Source: BuckeyeSports.com - "The things you need to know about U-Dub going into this Saturday's game: Players to watch, themes to know - its the essential guide to Washington, the most important notes about the Huskies before the meeting in Seattle's Husky Stadium..."
|Game Data: Ohio State at Washington|
September 11, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com - "In our weekly Game Data page, we have the pertinent data, depth charts and a prediction for Saturday's showdown between No. 10 Ohio State and Washington in Seattle (3:30 p.m., ESPN). Click this free link for all the details..."
Crunching The Numbers: Ohio State-Washington
September 12, 2007 Source: BuckeyeSports.com - "This week Crunching The Numbers examines Ohio State's impressive defense, freshman quarterback struggles and the Buckeyes winning percentage on trips out west, among other statistical tidbits..."
Huskies QB poses running threat
September 14, 2007 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer - "For the first time in a long time, Ohio State won't have the most dangerous quarterback on the field Saturday. No offense to Buckeye junior Todd Boeckman, but if you're looking for a Troy Smith-type talent in this OSU-Washington showdown, it's Huskies redshirt freshman Jake Locker..."
Buckeyes' O hurt by turnovers, mistakes
September 13, 2007 Source: Sporting News - "One of the weekly goals of the Ohio State offense is 'no critical turnovers.' The thing is, it's hard to find one that isn't. A week ago the Buckeyes had five turnovers and struggled to get going before expanding a baseball-like 3-2 halftime edge into a 20-2 victory over Akron. Sure, 10th-ranked Ohio State is 2-0 on the year, but a balky start for the offense -- both this season and in both games -- is nonetheless a cause for concern..."
|Tressel: 'Awesome Test For Us'|
"Yes, the 10th-ranked Buckeyes are heading into hostile territory and, yes, they need to find a way to escape Washington with a win if they are to begin making their own stamp on the 2007 season, but Ohio State's big-picture head coach, Jim Tressel, seems tickled that his team has the opportunity to define itself in such a unique setting..."
Trip To Washington No Laugher For OSU
"No. 10 Ohio State figures to have its work cut out for itself Saturday as it visits Washington. The Huskies are riding a wave of enthusiasm after their first 2-0 start since 2001. Coach Ty Willingham and quarterback Jake Locker lead the Huskies. We have a look at the UW program, comments from the UW contingent and a ton of notes on this game..."
September 13, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com
Huskies offense will test Buckeyes
September 13, 2007 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Ohio State defensive coordinator Jim Heacock has been conducting a series of experiments this season, mixing and matching parts to try to find a defense that can thwart a power offense and stifle the spread. Heacock's men will get a perfect test Saturday in Seattle. The 10th-ranked Buckeyes are preparing to face a Washington team that is equal parts fire and rain -- as in, fire off the ball in a traditional two-back set and rain passes from a shotgun, four-receiver look..."
Buckeyes will arrive in Seattle a bit early and Buckeye Charter Flight Tracker
|Transcript From Coach Tressel Weekly Press Conference|
September 11, 2007 Source: OSU Official Site
|Audio of Jim Tressel's Tuesday news conference|
September 11, 2007 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel talks about last week's game against Akron and the team's next opponent, the Washington Huskies. (30:41)"
|Tressel Press Conference|
September 11, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com - "The Buckeyes have their toughest test of the season to date this weekend as they travel to Seattle to face the Washington Huskies. That topic dominated the conversation in today's Big Ten coaches teleconference and during OSU head coach Jim Tressel's weekly press luncheon. Read Tressel's comments here. (Note: Video clip added)..."
Tressel loosens up before the long trip to Washington
September 14, 2007 Source: Dayton Daily News - "Ohio State coach Jim Tressel has been noticeably looser with the media this season, and he dropped a few zingers on the press corps before leaving Thursday for the Buckeyes' game in Washington. Asked what kinds of things he packs for longer trips, he replied, 'Underwear.' When the laughter died down, he said: 'Cut that. Take two.' Some Buckeyes said they'll be bringing portable DVD players to study snippets of themselves in practice to try to improve their technique. But Tressel was skeptical. 'They'll be watching first-run movies, not practice. I've not seen anyone watch that,' he said..."
Football Press Luncheon: Player Quotes
September 11, 2007 Source: OSU Official Site - "Ohio State football members Jim Cordle, Doug Worthington and A.J. Trapasso attended the team's weekly press luncheon Tuesday..."
Buckeyes Answer Media Questions after Practice Tuesday
September 11, 2007 Source: OSU Official Site - "Two members of the Ohio State defense and a pair from the offensive side met with media Tuesday following practice. Kurt Coleman and Malcolm Jenkins, both defensive backs, spoke with reporters three days after limiting Akron to just three first downs in a 20-2 win Saturday in Ohio Stadium. Jake Ballard and Ben Person represented the offense and previewed their trip to Husky Stadium to face Washington Saturday..."
|Assistant Coaches Preview Game at Washington|
September 12, 2007 Source: OSU Official Site - "Jim Bollman and Darrell Hazell, from the offensive staff, and Jim Heacock, representing the defense, met with media Wednesday at the Woody Hayes Athletics Center to preview the game Saturday at Washington (3:30 p.m. EDT/ESPN)..."
|Jim Tressel conference call|
September 11, 2007 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer - "Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel addressed the media today in a Big Ten conference call. Tressel discussed the upcoming opponent, Washington, his defense and how the struggles of Michigan reflect on the Big Ten."
Koo's News: 9/13
September 13, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com - "Bucknuts contributor Ben Koo discusses the matchup as well as what else to watch for nationally in his latest Koo's News..."
Small set to play against Washington
September 12, 2007 Source: The Morning Journal - "Todd Boeckman should have another weapon to work with this weekend with the expected return of Ray Small..."
Tressel, Buckeyes Look Ahead To Washington
September 11, 2007 Source: BuckeyeSports.com - "With two home games out of the way, the Buckeyes take the field this Saturday on the road for the first time this season. Head coach Jim Tressel discussed the status of Ray Small, how he graded his team's performance in week two and what he thinks about continuing to rotate at quarterback..."
Tressel concerned about road woes
September 11, 2007 Source: Akron Beacon Journal - "Ohio State coach Jim Tressel is worried about Jake Locker, the dynamic quarterback for the University of Washington, but he thinks that some members of his team will be tested just as much by going on the road...'I think the guys who have never made a trip is one of the challenges,' Tressel said Tuesday during his weekly news conference. 'It's like most things, unless you do it, you don't really know.'..."
Are Buckeyes walking into an ambush? Bad karma for Buckeyes
September 13, 2007 Source: Coshocton Tribune - "As the Buckeyes fly to Seattle today, I can't help wondering if they're really headed for Siberia. These cross-country treks during the regular season can be more than a little disconcerting. The last time Ohio State traveled this far West for a weekend under Jim Tressel was in 2001 when the Buckeyes lost to No. 12 UCLA 13-6 in the Rose Bowl. Future automatics Mike Nugent and Josh Huston combined to miss two field goals and an extra point and quarterback Steve Bellisari put up a freakishly bad passing line (5 of 23 for 45 yards), the likes of which we wouldn't see again until Troy Smith became the main ingredient in Gator stew..."
Players know to be wary of Washington
September 11, 2007 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Throughout the summer, while fans and even some experts said Ohio State should traipse to an 8-0 record before its season started, offensive tackle Kirk Barton was steadfast in his dissent. He kept saying that the trip to Washington on Sept. 15 was going to be a major challenge. 'I mean, those guys went in and almost beat Southern Cal (losing 26-20) last year,' he said. 'That's a talented team in the Pac-10.'..."
Tressel holds the punt close to his heart
September 12, 2007 Source: Toledo Blade - "Coach expects Trapasso to play big role against Washington...With a long road trip to play Washington (2-0) next up for the Buckeyes (2-0), coach Jim Tressel has field position near the top of his list of pressing concerns..."
Offense tempers criticism of effort
September 12, 2007 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Harsh and angry words were spoken after the Akron game Saturday, a game in which the Buckeyes gained 115 yards by halftime and committed five turnovers overall...Asked how OSU could solve its problems, offensive coordinator Jim Bollman went from simmer to full boil. 'Not turn over the ball, how's that for starters?" Bollman hollered. "That would be a good thing.'..."
After 2 easy wins, Buckeyes step up in class to take on Huskies
September 11, 2007 Source: Associated Press - "Having fattened their win total and stats on Penguins and Zips, the Ohio State Buckeyes now get to pick on somebody their own size. The 10th-ranked Buckeyes travel to Washington on Saturday, a matchup between 2-0 teams that hope to use the game as a springboard to bigger things. 'Everyone in our building knows that it's time to turn it up a notch,' coach Jim Tressel said Tuesday..."
Buckeyes ready for jump in competition Source: Associated Press
Dress rehearsals now over for young Buckeyes
September 10, 2007 Source: Zanesville Times Recorder - "It was supposed to be men against boys when Ohio State took the field for its first two football games this season. Instead, it's been more like flighty, fickle, flak-catching teens against boys. If you've been monitoring the progress of the Washington Huskies, you know that's got to change by Saturday's kickoff in Seattle..."
|Series Information - Ohio State vs. Washington
| ||Ohio State leads 7-3||
|10/5/1957||at Washington||OSU, 35-7 |
|10/4/1958||at Ohio State||OSU, 12-7 |
|10/2/1965||at Washington||OSU, 23-21 |
|10/1/1966||at Ohio State||UW, 38-22|
|10/4/1969||at Washington||OSU, 41-14 |
|9/13/1986||at Washington||UW, 40-7 |
|9/11/1993||at Ohio State||OSU, 21-12 |
|9/10/1994||at Washington||UW, 25-16 |
|9/16/1995||at Ohio State||OSU, 30-20 |
|8/30/2003||at Ohio State||OSU, 28-9| Matchup Edge
|OHIOST ||Edge in: ||WASH |
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| ||Punting || |
| ||Fumbles |
Last Time Out...
September 11, 2007 Source: BuckeyeSports.com - "Ohio State will face its first major challenge of the 2007 season when the Buckeyes play the University of Washington in Seattle. Check out how the Buckeyes did vs. the Huskies in their last meeting in this edition of "Last Time Out..."
Downfall of Washington began with '03 loss at Ohio State
September 14, 2007 Source: Associated Press - "The matchup was supposed to be a showcase - the defending national champions of Ohio State against talent-laden Washington - with a national television audience watching. Instead, that August night in 2003 in Columbus, Ohio, when the Buckeyes easily handled the Huskies 28-9, became the first step in the downfall of Washington's program..."
|Tale of the Tape|
|OSU ||Offense ||Washington|
|29.0 ||Pts/gm ||33.0 |
|390.0 ||Total yds/gm ||393.0|
|171.5 ||Rush yds/gm ||217.5|
|41.0 ||Carries/gm ||40.5|
|4.1 ||Yds/carry ||5.4|
|218.5 ||Pass yds/gm ||175.5|
|31.0 ||Pass att/gm ||23.5|
|10.7 ||Yds/completion ||12.1 |
|OSU ||Defense ||Washington|
|4.0 ||Pts/gm ||11.0|
|122.5 ||Total yds/gm ||297.5|
|44.0 ||Rush yds/gm ||55.5|
|26.5 ||Carries/gm ||30.5|
|1.6 ||Yds/carry ||1.8|
|78.5 ||Pass yds/gm ||242.0|
|25.4 ||Pass att/gm ||39.5|
|5.6 ||Yds/completion ||9.9|
Sport's Illustrated On campus kicks of the new year's Cheerleader of the Week with OSU's Allison Humbert a sophomore and proud member of the Buckeyes cheer squad. Wanna learn more about Allison? Click on 20 Questions.
|Ohio State (2-0) at Washington (2-0)|
Why to watch: Although it’s not going to be a preview of the Rose Bowl, this week’s game in Seattle between the Buckeyes and Huskies has suddenly turned into one of the banner interconference match ups of Week 3. Washington is flying high after upsetting Boise State to end the nation’s longest winning streak, while reaching 2-0 for the first time in six years. The Huskies are beginning to knock on the door under Tyrone Willingham, but while beating Boise State was nice, getting a win over Ohio State would finally return the program to national prominence, while being a huge feather in the Pac 10’s cap. The Buckeyes are also 2-0 with a defense that appears to be even better than last year’s, and light years ahead of what it was in the BCS Championship debacle. The surprise so far has been how futile the offense has been in lethargic wins over Youngstown State and Akron. For a program still looking for national love after being pasted by Florida, beating Washington would go a long way to showing that things haven't changed too much. Also, this has become the one possible stumbling block for a possible 8-0 start.
Why Ohio State might win: Washington has thrived against two of finesse teams, but how will it respond when the Buckeyes line up and pop it right in the mouth? The Ohio State defense has been as good as advertised through two games, allowing just 245 yards and two field goals over that period. The front seven, led by LB James Laurinaitis, rarely misses tackles, and is more than capable of being the first team to make QB Jake Locker play like a freshman. Don't expect Locker to break off many big runs against this crew. If the game becomes tight, OSU has a huge edge in special teams, and that might be all the difference with field position and placekicking likely to play a big role.
Why Washington might win: For all of the attention that Locker’s been receiving, the Huskies might not be unbeaten without the play of the defense. In games versus Syracuse and Boise State, Washington has allowed just a pair of touchdowns and has been stout against the run. The way to beat the Huskies these days is through the air; however, Ohio State has struggled in the passing game with new starting QB Todd Boeckman. The same Buckeye attack that broke a sweat to score 20 points on Akron won't generate many big plays against a Husky defense that’s gelling on the fly. OSU’s problem? The line has been merely average, while UW has cranked out nine sacks in the first two games.
Who to watch: In just his second season at Washington, LB E.J. Savannah is growing into one of the Huskies’ most dependable defenders. While Laurinaitis will be the name linebacker everyone will be focusing on, with 19 tackles so far this year, Savannah has been just as good. Blessed with outstanding instincts and range from the weakside, he'll be spying Ohio State RB Chris Wells all afternoon.
What will happen: Is it Washington’s time to show it belongs to be back at the big boy table? Yes, but the Ohio State run defense will keep the Huskies from pulling off the big upset. It'll come down to special teams. Ohio State’s will come through; Washington’s won't. The Buckeyes are gunning for this game as a chance to get back a measure of respectability, and it'll play like it.
CFN Prediction: Ohio State 23 .. Washington 17 ... Line: Ohio State -4.5
Must See Rating: (5 Britney at the VMAs - 1 Big Shots) ... 4
OHIO STATE DEPTH CHART
Washington Huskies Official Site
Cumulative Season Statistics: Team, Individual & Defensive
Huskies spreading their options
September 14, 2007 Source: Seattle Times - "When Jake Locker said he would join the Washington Huskies, he also presented a vision of team's offensive future. 'They want their quarterbacks to run around a bit, so that's great,' Locker said in giving his verbal commitment in July 2005. Indeed they do. The Huskies have gradually incorporated that philosophy since then, and now are full-fledged members of one of college football's rapidly expanding clubs - teams that run the spread-option offense..."
Husky Football Blog
September 12, 2007 Source: Seattle Times - "Baer was asked about looking at tape of what Florida did to Ohio State's offense and said 'you have to take some things off of some of those games,' and pointed out that he's good friends with Greg Mattison who is a co-defensive coordinator at Florida. 'I've talked to him quite a bit,' Baer said. Mattison was on Tyrone Willingham's staff at Notre Dame..."
Jake Locker, a dual-threat quarterback who is 6-foot-3 225 lbs and runs a 4.65 forty, has led the Huskies to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2001. The Huskies win over Boise State was their first over a ranked opponent since 2003.
As a senior in high school he led Ferndale to a 14-0 record and the 2005 Washington 3A state title; he passed for 1,603 yards and 27 touchdowns with just three interceptions, while also rushing for 1,338 yards and 24 TDs. He earned first-team All-America honors from Parade and EA Sports. In addition to Washington, Locker had scholarship offers from Southern Cal, Tennessee, California, Stanford, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington St. and Arizona State.
Senior TB Louis Rankin leads the Huskies in rushing averaging 96 yards a game, at a 5.6 yards per carry clip. Right behind him is Locker at 83.5 yards per game, averaging 6.4 yards per carry.
In two games the Huskies have limited opponents to just 55.5 yards per game on the ground and a paltry 1.8 average per carry. They're giving up 242 yards per game through the air.
Ohio State will have to find a way to defend big Huskies WR
September 12, 2007 Source: Associated Press - "...We're talking Washington WR Marcel Reece here, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound beast with long arms, great hands and surprising speed. The Huskies line him up all over the field to force matchup problems against shorter, smaller DBs. Reece has eight catches for 152 yards so far this season..."
Washington starts 2-0 under quarterback Locker
September 13, 2007 Source: USA Today - "With No. 10 Ohio State visiting Seattle this Saturday, the opportunity to make an even bigger national impact is on hand...'We have respect for them,' Locker said, 'but we're not going to fear them.'..."
No. 10 Ohio State at Washington, 3:30 p.m. "Don't think that Tyrone Willingham is smiling at Notre Dame's slow start while his Huskies look to have turned the corner behind the play of freshman quarterback Jake Locker. We will learn more about the Buckeyes and their untested quarterback Todd Boeckman. Washington 21, Ohio State 20."
Willingham, Huskies eager for OSU's visit
September 11, 2007 Source: Lancaster Eagle-Gazette - "Washington football coach Tyrone Willingham said Monday his players better bring a lunch pail - make that two - to work Saturday when they entertain Ohio State. He meant that as cautionary praise of wrecking ball tailback Beanie Wells, not as criticism of an OSU offense that is still under construction. While acknowledging that the Buckeyes appear to still be feeling their way on that side of the ball, Willingham was very complimentary of the nation's 10th ranked team, noting that the Huskies will be tackling Ohio State's storied tradition 'and all that comes with it.'..."
|Audio: Willingham Teleconference|
September 11, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com - "University of Washington head coach Tryone Willingham conducted a teleconference Monday with members of the national media in which he answered questions about the upcoming game against Ohio State. We have a 17-minute audio clip of the teleconference now available for listening. (The audio in this clip may be difficult to hear and may require turning up the volume on your computer.)"
Willingham brings past to the present
September 11, 2007 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "The hallmarks of James' teams, Willingham said, were 'discipline, toughness, aggressiveness, smart play and a drive and desire to win. We wanted to try to go back and draw on that past and do things in a very similar manner.' Willingham's first Washington team finished 2-9; last year's was 5-7. The 2-0 start is the Huskies' first in six years..."
Ohioan Hart a fixture with Huskies
September 13, 2007 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Hart, 59, will face his alma mater for a fifth time Saturday when Washington plays host to Ohio State. A native of Willougby in northeastern Ohio, he lettered as a guard for coach Woody Hayes' legendary teams in 1968 and '69. He coached the Buckeyes under Earle Bruce until 1987, when Bruce and his staff were fired..."
Defense leads Ohio State
September 11, 2007 Source: Tacoma News Tribune - "Ohio State has produced a lot of defensive numbers already this season: low ones. Through two games, the 10th ranked Buckeyes lead the nation in total defense. They have allowed an average of four points and seven first downs per game, 1.7 yards per rush and 5.6 yards per catch. However, those numbers have come against Youngstown State of what has been called Division I-AA and Akron of the Mid-America Conference. So everyone - even Ohio State coach Jim Tressel - wonders how those numbers will grow Saturday when the Buckeyes meet Washington in a battle of 2-0 teams at Husky Stadium. 'There’s a big leap in personnel when you start talking about Washington in the Pac-10 and the Big Ten,' Tressel said Monday. 'I thought our defense did a nice job (Saturday in a 20-2 win over Akron). They forced 14 punts, which is highly unusual.'..."
UW would grab national attention by beating Ohio State
September 11, 2007 Source: Tacoma News Tribune - "You beat Boise State, it’s a nice win. You beat Ohio State - people notice. Alumni notice. Ticket buyers notice. Recruits notice. What kind of recruit is impressed by a win over a program like Ohio State? The good ones. So, if you have to ask if Washington’s non-conference meeting with Ohio State on Saturday at Husky Stadium is a big deal, here’s the answer: It is if they win..."
It's all about respect
September 11, 2007 Source: WasHingtonScout.com - "You could just feel the love coming from the speakerphone in Hec Ed Monday afternoon. You would have thought Jim Tressel and Tyrone Willingham had been high school buddies, reconnecting for a class reunion. In listening to the two coaches from Ohio State and Washington talk about the opposition, it became crystal clear that there's nothing but straight respect going on with these guys..."
Huskies defense ready for straight-ahead style of the No. 10 Buckeyes
September 10, 2007 Source: Associated Press - "...While Locker, Washington's heralded young quarterback, has played well and displayed moments of awe in his first two college games, a big key behind Washington's 2-0 start is the play of the Huskies defense. On Saturday, Washington's defense held Boise State to 10 points and none in the second half of the Huskies 24-10 win. It was the Broncos' second-lowest point total in the last eight years, and came after Washington (2-0) limited hapless Syracuse to just 12 points in the season opener. Now comes a new challenge this Saturday: The punishing, bullying, hit-you-in-the-face style of No. 10 Ohio State..."
|DUCKFIGHTER ILLUSTRATED |
September 11, 2007 Source: WashingtonScout.com - "IN THIS ISSUE - Ohio State is coming to Town...The Huskies don't have Florida speed but they do have enough speed to cause problems for the lumbering Big 11 squad..."
Huskies CB is Pac-10 Defensive Player of Week
September 10, 2007 Source: Associated Press - "University of Washington cornerback Roy Lewis today was honored as the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week for his play in the Huskies' 24-10 victory over Boise State at Husky Stadium. The senior from Los Angeles had an interception, broke up three passes and made 11 tackles, 10 of them solo, last Saturday..."
Huskies seeking Top 25 after upsetting No. 22 Boise State
September 9, 2007 Source: Associated Press - "They just ended Boise State's 14-game winning streak. They have allowed just two touchdowns in eight quarters this season. They are waking up a fan base that is starting to return from apathy after finishes of 10th, ninth and ninth in the Pacific-10 Conference. Now, after more than 70,000 shook Husky Stadium on Saturday in a 24-10 upset of the then-No. 22 Broncos, the Washington Huskies (2-0) have a question to the nation about their budding resurgence. Are you watching?..."
Huskies Shock No. 22 Boise State
September 8, 2007 Source: Washington Official Site - "No wacky formations. No trick plays. The darlings got dumped. No. 22 Boise State had its 14-game winning streak, longest in major college football, ended as resurgent Washington shut out the Broncos in the second half of the Huskies' 24-10 victory Saturday. Redshirt freshman Jake Locker threw for one score and ran for another while overcoming two turnovers. Washington beat a ranked opponent for the first time since 2003..."
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Lawmakers bet on OSU-Washington
September 13, 2007 Source: Associated Press - "Friendly wager includes pound of coffee and bologna...Ohio Congressman Zack Space stands to get a caffeine buzz if Ohio State beat Washington on Saturday. If the Huskies beat the Buckeyes, Washington Congressman Norm Dicks will be full of baloney..."
Upon Further Review, Offense Not So Bad
September 14, 2007 Source: BuckeyeSports.com - "If there were ever a group sending mixed signals over the past week, it would have been the offensive players and coaches on the Ohio State football team. After saying immediately after the game with Akron that their performance was rather dismal, this week the message was that things weren't so bad after watching the film..."
|Trapasso wields a big boot|
September 14, 2007 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer - "The punt is the most important play in football. You could look it up...'J.C. Wilce, who was a great coach here, wrote an early football book. On page 51, he said the punt is the most important play in football,' Tressel said...."
|His own man|
September 13, 2007 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer - "OSU defensive tackle Cameron Heyward, made a decision to forgo attending Pittsburgh, the alma mater of his father, running back Craig 'Ironhead' Heyward, to play for the Buckeyes with help from the ever-watchful eye of his mother Charlotte Heyward-Blackwell...The last player to commit to Ohio State's 2007 recruiting class was the first one off the bench when defensive end Lawrence Wilson went down with a broken leg in the opener. Heyward caught the eye of the coaches from the first day of preseason camp, and after being around football his entire life, he was ready to make an immediate contribution to a defense that needed him, and will need him more at Washington on Saturday..."
|Ohio State and Nike Sign New Seven-Year Agreement|
September 12, 2007 Source: OSU Official Site - "The Ohio State University Department of Athletics and Nike USA, Inc. have signed a new seven-year contract that assures Ohio State's 36 varsity teams and more than 900 student-athletes of having the best and latest in high quality footwear and..."
Ohio State defense looks to return to big hitters
September 12, 2007 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer - "When defensive coordinator Jim Heacock tried to show his players a highlight DVD of the biggest hits of Ohio State's undefeated 2006 regular season, he didn't have enough hits to make it worth watching. 'We only had about five of them,' cornerback Malcolm Jenkins said..."
Notebook: Hit Of The Week And More
September 12, 2007 Source: BuckeyeSports.com - "Find out how Doug Worthington took home hit of the week honors, what he said to Maurice Wells during the offseason about possibly transferring, what stadium Ben Person thinks is the hardest to play at and more..."
|Ohio State Videos|
Source: Big Ten Network - Videos of Ohio State vs Akron, Ohio State vs YSU, Jim Tressel, Commentary and more."
Two weeks in, and many questions remain unanswered
September 10, 2007 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "...Warts and all, OSU now gets its first test of the season when it heads to Washington on Saturday. The Huskies are 2-0 and coming off their first win over a ranked team in four years. The going is getting tough. Will the Buckeyes get going? Dispatch beat reporters Tim May and Ken Gordon break it down..."
What was a key area has now been taken away
September 10, 2007 Source: The Morning Journal - "Given all the importance Jim Tressel stresses on turnovers and taking care of the ball, it's ironic that it's the one area Ohio State has struggled with the most through two games. In fact, the Buckeyes have struggled with turnovers two of the last three years. Now they're well on their way to making that three of the last four..."
|Coaches tells Wells that he'll produce|
September 10, 2007 Source: Oxford Press - "...Tressel has been part coach and part Dr. Phil while dealing with running back Chris Wells since the Youngstown State game. The sophomore from Akron - who many believe is destined to become one of the all-time OSU greats - was distraught after a spotty performance in the opener and chastised himself afterward..."
|Boeckman, Buckeyes not quite there yet|
September 10, 2007 Source: FoxSports.com - "Todd Boeckman had some big shoes to fill -Nobody said filling a Heisman winner's shoes would be easy - as Ohio State's quarterback. Kerouac Smith says the shoes don't quite fit yet..."
Buckeyes must grow up fast
September 10, 2007 Source: Mansfield News Journal - "It was supposed to be men against boys when Ohio State took the field for its first two football games this season. Instead, it's been more like flighty, fickle, flak-catching teens against boys. If you've been monitoring the progress of the Washington Huskies, you know that's got to change by Saturday's kickoff in Seattle..."
Football Game vs. Northwestern Kicks Off at 3:30 PM
September 10, 2007 Source: OSU Official Site - "The Ohio State-Northwestern football game on Saturday, September 22, 2007, at Ohio Stadium will kick off at 3:30 p.m. EDT, the Big Ten Conference announced today. The Big Ten opener for the Buckeyes will be televised nationally by ESPN. Some Ohio viewers will see the game on their local ABC affiliates..." (Note: "That leaves just three OSU league games unspoken for televisionwise: Nov. 3 vs. Wisconsin, Nov. 10 vs. Illinois and Nov. 17 at Michigan. The other five already are slated for ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. That means one of those final three games will be shown by the Big Ten Network, per the conference's preseason commitment to feature each team at least once in a league telecast." Source: Columbus Dispatch)
|Big 10 Conference Roundup - Week 2|
September 10, 2007 Source: CollegeFootballNews.com - "Big 10 conference roundup, standings, player and game of the week. Click on each team for game recaps, thoughts, schedules and more and scroll down for the games, results, players of the week and the conference roundup..."
Defensive Notebook: Zipping It Up
September 9, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com - "It was a big day for the Ohio State defense, which held Akron to just 69 yards in Saturday's 20-2 win at Ohio Stadium. We have comments from several of the key members of that defense as well as from coordinator Jim Heacock on how the Buckeyes were able to dominate against the Zips. Click for more..."
Players of the Week (YSU):
Offensive Player of the Week: Jim Cordle, center.
Defensive Player of the Week: James Laurinaitis, linebacker for the 2nd consecutive week.
Special Units Player of the Week: A.J. Trapasso, punter.
Scout Team Champions: Offense: J.D. Larson; Defense: Brian Rolle; Special Units: Donnie Evege.
Attack Force Award: Doug Worthington, defensive tackle.
Jim Parker Lineman Award: Jake Ballard, tight end.
Jack Tatum Hit of the Week Award: Doug Worthington, defensive tackle.
|Mr. Bucknuts' Bucket Of Bullets|
September 9, 2007 Source: Bucknuts.com - "Mr. Bucknuts takes a look at the state of college football, focusing particularly on that state up north and the particulars of the Notre Dame series of embarrassments. He also takes on weird recruiting, odd stats and some other peculiar stuff in a post-Akron Bucket of Bullets..."
|CARR WRECK: Coach should offer to resign|
September 9, 2007 Source: Detroit Free Press - "Michigan flunked its character test. Where was the anger after last weekend's national humiliation? Where was the resolve? Instead, the Wolverines resembled a team Saturday that already has accepted its fate, surrendering the season after just two weeks with barely a whimper. There was little emotion -- and even less execution on both sides of the ball. The Wolverines looked like a team that already knows its beloved coach isn't coming back after this season. They played like a team still burdened from the immense weight of a historic embarrassment just seven days prior. Michigan quit..."
- 4 - The Wolverines' current losing streak:
42-39 to Ohio State
32-18 to USC
34-32 to Appalachian State
39-7 to Oregon
- 1 - Victories over Ohio State since 2001.
- 1-5 - Coach Lloyd Carr's record in his past six bowl games.
- 2 - NFL draft first-rounders on defense since 2000 (Leon Hall and Marlin Jackson).
- 1967 - Michigan's last losing season - 4-6 under Bump Elliott.
|Coach Interview - Butch Reynolds|
September 7, 2007 Source: OSU Official Site - "Butch Reynolds, the football team's speed coordinator and former Buckeye track and field standout, also visited with media. Reynolds, the former world record holder in the 400-meter dash, is an Akron, Ohio, native and will serve as Ohio State’s honorary captain (for the Akron game)..."
Notebook: Who's The Fastest And More
September 7, 2007 Source: Scout Ohio State - "Straight from the horse's mouth, find out who Butch Reynolds thinks is the fastest player on this year's team, why Chris Wells' jersey does not say "B. Wells" and where Jim Tressel might have voted Michigan on his weekly ballot...."