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The OzoneTwenty Ugly Minutes in Champaign
November 9, 2006 Source: The Ozone - "Did the Buckeyes show some fundamental vulnerability in the last 20 minutes of the Illinois game? We don't think so. Check out the-Ozone take on those ugly 20 minutes..."

Jim Tressel
Tressel points finger at himself
November 8, 2006 Source: Mansfield News Journal - "Concussions have sidelined three Ohio State football players in the last couple of weeks, but it's the coach's head everyone wants examined. Jim Tressel's play-calling is being questioned -- even by Tressel himself -- in the wake of last Saturday's second-half struggles at Illinois..."

Tressel admits poor choices
November 8, 2006 Source: Akron Beacon Journal - "If fans and critics are going to take shots at top-ranked Ohio State's woefulsecond-half offense Saturday at Illinois, coach Jim Tressel also wants to face the firing squad. In a rare moment in his six-year tenure, Tressel second-guessed his play-calling in the 17-10 victory over the Illini. A ghastly second half produced no points and 29 yards on 30 plays, but the Buckeyes still managed to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 17 games. 'I'm not sure we were as balanced with our attack as we could have been, and we didn't execute on early downs,'..."

Jim Bollman
OSU seeks answers for slump on offense
November 8, 2006 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "The Ohio State offensive line got a tip of the cap this week from assistant coach Jim Bollman. And thatís not a good thing. In the days after a 17-10 win at Illinois, Bollman was unhappy with how the unit performed. The Buckeyes gained a season-low 224 yards, including 29 in the second half. 'It was not fun; it was a bad experience,' center Doug Datish said of the unitís meeting. 'Thereís hardly any swearing, but if he has a hat on, youíve got to look out for the hat, because it could come at you any minute.'..."

Breakdowns offensive to OSU offense
November 8, 2006 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer - "It was a few hours after Saturday's 17-10 win over Illinois when Ohio State receiver Anthony Gonzalez realized what had been missing during the second half of that game, when the Illini defense stuffed the Buckeyes run, held the offense to 29 yards and made a sure OSU victory a little less certain. There was no fear - no fear from an opposing defense of what the Buckeyes might do to them..."

Chris WellsTressel Not Bailing on Wells...Yet
November 7, 2006 Source: The Ozone - "What's up with Chris Wells? His recent fumbles have left his immediate future with the Buckeyes somewhat clouded. OSU Head Coach Jim Tressel talked about that yesterday. Check out the-Ozone report..."

Tressel trying to recover Wells
November 9, 2006 Source: The Morning Journal - "They tried boosting his confidence by sending him right back in the game. They tried sitting him for a quarter. Now they've taken to benching him. Less than two weeks before the biggest game in Ohio State-Michigan history and one of the biggest games Ohio State has ever played, coach Jim Tressel is in a conundrum with what to do about backup tailback Chris Wells..."

Troy Smith
Troy Smith...Semifinalist For 2006 Davey O'Brien Quarterback Award
November 8, 2006 Source: OSU Official Site - "The Davey O'Brien Foundation today announced eighteen semifinalists for the 2006 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback. The O'Brien Selection Committee, made up of a nationwide panel of sportswriters, commentators and former O'Brien Award winners, will vote later this month to narrow the field again. The three finalists will be announced November 21 by the National College Football Awards Association in a joint effort among college football award programs..."

BCS Analysis: Week 4
November 7, 2006 Source: CollegeFootballNews.com - "In week four of the BCS rankings, the big move was the gap, with the difference between the two and three spots tightening up considerably..."

After letdowns, Michigan and Ohio State look to straighten up
November 7, 2006 Source: CentralOhio.com - "The force may be with No. 1 Ohio State, so No. 2 Michigan has summoned strength from beyond the football galaxy for their Nov. 18 showdown in Ohio Stadium. Patrick Stewart -- a.k.a. Capt. Jean Luc Picard in the television series "Star Trek: The Next Generation" -- served as guest conductor when the Michigan marching band played the theme from "Star Trek" at halftime last Saturday..."

Quinn Pitcock
Pitcock Tabbed As One Of Four 2006 Rotary Lombardi Award Finalists
November 7, 2006 Source: OSU Official Site - "Three Big Ten Conference defensive standouts and one Big XII offensive lineman make up the four finalists for the 37th Rotary Lombardi Award, presented by Wachovia. The Award goes annually to the college football lineman - offense or defense - who, in addition to outstanding performance and ability, best exemplifies the discipline of legendary coach Vince Lombardi..."

Antonio Smith
Thorpe Award Names 2006 Semi-Finalists
November 7, 2006 Source: OSU Official Site - "Antonio Smith was named as one of 10 finalists for the Thorpe Award, given to the nation's top defensive back. The Jim Thorpe Award Screening Committee in Oklahoma City has announced 11 semi-finalists for the award. This list will be narrowed on November 20, to three finalists who will be invited to the nationally telecast ESPN College Football Awards Show on December 7. The winner will be announced on the show and the official presentation will be at a formal banquet in Oklahoma City on February 12, 2007..."

Pinch-me season keeps getting better for Smith
November 9, 2006 Source: CentralOhio.com - "Antonio Smith was watching game film Tuesday morning when he learned he was a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award, presented to the nation's top defensive back. It was no big surprise to Ohio State defensive tackle David Patterson -- that his teammate was watching film before class or that the fifth-year senior is in contention for national acclaim. 'He just works so hard,' Patterson said. 'I remember when I first got here. Seeing him from then to now, it's just amazing and a testament to his work ethic.'..."

Across The Field
No recount needed
November 7, 2006 Source: MSNBC.com - "Opinion: Even with loss to Michigan, OSU's Smith likely to capture Heisman over Quinn, possibly in record. Unlike Tuesday's hotly contested Senate and House races that will determine control of Congress, this yearís Heisman Trophy race is basically over..."

Another view
It's a race again OSU Smith falls back to pack; Hart, Quinn back in it
November 7, 2006 Source: MSNBC.com - "We may just have a Heisman race after all. After a very un-Heismanlike effort against Illinois, quarterback Troy Smith has, at least in these eyes, opened the door..."

Across The Field

The first film that pays homage to Buckeye Fans that devote their lives to the game. A team from MTV will be in Columbus from November 15 through November 19 to document the cultural phenomena that surrounds this monumental game. You could be a part of it..."Interested in being interviewed or followed"...read more at the site.

Buckeyes stripped of invincibility...Team not ready to panic yet, however
November 6, 2006 Source: CentralOhio.com - "Former Notre Dame coach and ESPN analyst Lou Holtz has a keener eye for these things, and he wasn't surprised by Saturday's close shave either. Not because he thinks the 10-0 Buckeyes are overrated, but because he has stood exactly where they stood Saturday when Memorial Stadium began to close in on the nation's No. 1 team..."

Up & Adam: Running Away From Perfection
November 6, 2006 Source: BuckeyeSports.com - "Wondering why the Buckeyes blindly decided to continue running the ball and playing ultra-conservative on the road against an inferior Illinois team? So, too, does BuckeyeSports.com staff writer Adam Jardy..."

Jim Heacock Defensive effort reveals genius of Heacock
November 5, 2006 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Jim Heacock doesnít do self-promotion. Sometimes he tries so hard not to take credit for the things he has done with the Ohio State defense that you almost start to believe him. Almost. Then you think about how well his Buckeyes defense has played with nine new starters. You think about how his group was there to bail out the usually explosive OSU offense yesterday when it finally had to, and you realize that everybody needs to give it up to this man..."

Jim Heacock Offense must learn lesson from Illini, Downing says
November 5, 2006 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Several players departed yesterday saying "a win is a win" after Ohio Stateís surprisingly close 17-10 victory over Illinois. Right guard T.J. Downing was willing to go along with that, to a point. 'That is, as long as we learn from it,' Downing said. 'You canít just pass it over and say, 'Oh, a win is a win.' You've got to study it and learn from it, figure out what happened, and go from there.'..."

Mr. Bucknuts' Bucket Of Bullets
November 5, 2006 Source: Bucknuts - "Mr. Bucknuts joins in the review of the Illinois game with a surprisingly non-critical look (by his standards). He also joins the team in looking ahead to Michigan, takes another cheap and gratuitous shot at Charley Cheeseburger and asesses the future of buckeye football, all in this weekís version of the Illi-Bucket of Bullets..."

OSU unanimous No. 1, Louisville up to No. 3
November 6, 2006 Source: Foxsports.com - "It's unanimous. Ohio State received all 65 first-place votes in The Associated Press Top 25 released Sunday to become the first unanimous No. 1 in three years. The last team to sweep the media panel voting was Oklahoma on Nov. 30, 2003, the week before the Sooners lost the Big 12 championship game to Kansas State..."

Book this BCS title matchup Upstart Louisville vs. Ohio St.
November 5, 2006 Source: Denver Post - "IIf West Virginia could score nearly every time it hung on to the ball against Louisville, what will Ohio State's Troy Smith do to the Cardinals? What would Ohio State's latest output from its linebacker factory do to quarterback Brian Brohm and Louisville's mediocre running attack? We could find out Jan. 8 in Glendale, Ariz. Thursday's 44-34 victory over West Virginia on Thursday puts Louisville (8-0) in prime position to reach the Bowl Championship Series title game against the top-ranked Buckeyes (10-0)..."

New Sod Installed at Ohio Stadium
November 7, 2006 Source: OSU Official Site - "Work began last week to replace the grass field at Ohio Stadium in time for the No. 1 Buckeyes' final home football game vs. No. 2 Michigan (3:30 p.m., Nov. 18). The Ohio Stadium crew completed the lay out of the sod Saturday and Sunday..."
Ohio State will re-sod Horseshoe once again
October 30, 2006 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Ohio State is poised to replace the turf in Ohio Stadium for the second time in just over a month so that when what could be the biggest game in the history of the Ohio State-Michigan series starts Nov. 18, the teams will be on solid footing. 'Itís all about the team; we've got the No. 1 team in the country and it deserves to play on the best surface we can provide,' OSU assistant athletic director for facilities management Don Patko said last night..."
Photo Gallery from The Ozone
Dr. John Street Discusses The Turf in Ohio Stadium
Field Conditions at Ohio Stadium Result of Freak October Weather
Next season Field Turf...who's got it?

Captain's Corner: Buckeyes Survive
November 4, 2006 Source: Bucknuts "The Buckeyes got a scare today. So did Michigan, and so did Florida. Sometimes the best teams get pushed by the teams that aren't expected to do the pushing. It's all part of college football, says Jerry Rudzinski. Check out his OSU-Illinois game thoughts in the latest Captain's Corner..."

Young players boosting Buckeyes
November 3, 2006 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Top-ranked Ohio State wasnít merely hoping some of its first- and second-year players would step up and contribute this season. 'They had to,' coach Jim Tressel said..."

Trss & TroyQuarterback stats
November 3, 2006 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer - "Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith is the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy because he's the leader of the 9-0, No. 1-ranked Buckeyes. But his numbers stack up pretty well with the best quarterbacks on the best teams in the country, even Notre Dame's Brady Quinn. In our rankings of six major quarterback categories, Smith held his own with four quarterbacks from other elite teams..."

Also: Tressel letting Smith's action speak volumes...Jim Tressel's no stumper. No offense, Troy Smith.

And from the OSU Official Site: Smith One of Five Finalist for 2006 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

The OzoneThe-Ozone Note and Quotebook
November 3, 2006 Source: The Ozone - "You want the minutia on the OSU football program? Find out who the best rapper is, who did pushups in a team meeting this week, who has the most Buckeye leaves, what the latest injury updates are, who is making a move for more playing time, and what local reporter did pushups for an OSU assistant coach on Thursday in the-Ozone Note and Quotebook..."

NewsOhio State Captains Speak Out
November 2, 2006 Source: BuckeyeSports.com - "With a combined 50 years of coaching experience at Ohio State, the Buckeyesí football coach turns over some of the pre-game speeches to some of its most important members. Namely, the four senior co-captains. Both at Thursday player-only meetings and in the locker room each Sunday, David Patterson, Quinn Pitcock, Doug Datish and Troy Smith get a chance to address their peers..."

Terry forces way into mix at linebacker
November 2, 2006 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Nine games into the season, Ohio State coaches still are tinkering with their linebacker rotation, having used four starting lineups. Last week, though, Curtis Terry started for the first time, in Kerrís old spot on the strong side, with Freeman on the weak side and Laurinaitis in the middle..."

GozoWhen it's third down, Buckeyes go 'Gonzo'
November 2, 2006 Source: The State Journal-Register - "Perhaps it's a compliment, but Ohio State wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez isn't quite sure. On a team loaded with star power, he's often overlooked - until the game starts. 'It seems like every game I play, a coach will come up to me afterward and say, 'You're overlooked,'' Gonzalez said after helping Ohio State to a 24-7 win at Texas earlier this season. 'I go, 'Gee, thanks, I think. Is that a compliment?'..."

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