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By Matt McCoy
Big Ten defenses have had no antidote for Dr. Miller and Mr. Hyde, so it's no surprise that Buckeye quarterback Braxton Miller and running back Carlos Hyde were named the league's quarterback and running back of the year.
Miller not only led the league in pass efficiency but he also finished eighth in rushing with 891 yards. Hyde finished first in the conference in rushing, avearging 143.3 yards per game. He finished with 1,290 yards despite being suspended for the first three games of the season.
Miller and Hyde highlight Ohio State's All Big Ten selections. Joining them as first team players on offense were center Corey Linsley, guard Andrew Norwell and tackle Jack Mewhort. Three more Buckeyes made first team on defense. Defensive end Noah Spence, linebacker Ryan Shazier and defensive back Bradley Roby were honored. Shazier, the league leader in both tackles and tackles for loss, was beaten out for linebacker of the year by Wisconsin's Chris Borland.
More hardware could be coming to some Buckeyes Tuesday night, when the league announces its offensive and defensive MVP's and its coach of the year.
Hall, OSU staff Reprimanded
The Big Ten issued a public reprimand Monday night to Ohio State offensive guard Marcus Hall and the Ohio State coaching staff for their actions after the second quarter brawl at Michigan.
Hall was booted from the game for throwing a punch. He was reprimanded by the league office for his obscene gesture to the Michigan crowd as he headed to the locker room following his ejection. The coaching staff was also reprimanded for not properly escorting an ejected player.
Urban Meyer held his weekly press luncheon Monday, as the Buckeyes prepare for the Big Ten title game versus Michigan State.
Click here to listen to Coach Meyer's comments:
WTVN's Dave Maetzold has been busy with his duties with Fox Sports Ohio for Columbus Blue Jackets hockey, but he was back Monday for Buckeye Rewind, joined as always by Sportsrappup.com and WTVN's Jeff Rapp. They recapped the 42-41 win over Michigan, talked about the BCS, and previewed the Buckeye/Spartan showdown. If you missed it, you can check out the Podcast here:
By Matt McCoy
After surviving 42-41 at Michigan Saturday and getting help than night with Auburn's stunning 34-28 win over Alabama, Ohio State (12-0) heads to the Big Ten Championship game against Michigan State ranked No. 2 in the new BCS rankings.
Florida State (12-0) is now No. 1 with a BCS average of .995, followed by the Buckeyes at .950. There was conversation that perhaps Auburn (11-1) would jump a 12-0 OSU team, but the Tigers are No. 3 with a .923 BCS average.
Auburn could make up ground if it wins the SEC title game Saturday against No. 5 Missouri but analysts believe Ohio State would likely hold off the SEC champion if the Buckeyes beat Michigan State, (11-1) who check in at No. 10. Alabama after losing is now No. 4.
In a teleconference Sunday, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said the Buckeyes focus is on the Spartans and not their national rank.
"It would be a disservice to our players if I worried about it," Meyer said. "We've got to move the ball on a great defense and that's my focus."
But it appears a victory would send Ohio State to the BCS championship game for the fourth time. The Buckeyes won the title over Miami in the 2002 season but lost to Meyer's Florida team in the 2006 title game and fell to LSU the following year.
To hear Coach Meyer's comments on the Big Ten Championship Game teleconference click here:
By Matt McCoy
It was the Friday of Michigan week one year ago, when Ohio State fans saw and heard Urban Meyer like never before.
Speaking at Earle Bruce's Beat Michigan Tailgate before nearly 1,500 Buckeye fans, Meyer began talking about his senior class that had helped lead Ohio State to an 11-0 record at that point, even though they knew, before the season started, there would be no bowl game.
"I just want to make sure that we always remember this senior class," Meyer said with his voice shaking with emotion. "There's reasons why you do what you do. These kids love this school...they love each other and we can't forget that. Let's beat the (expletive) out of Michigan. Have a good night."
With that the crowd roared and an all time Michigan week memory was born. It's a speech that revealed Urban Meyer's passion for the rivalry, and his genuine admiration and love for his players. Since it's that time of year again, I thought I'd post the speech again. If you haven't heard it or want to revisit it, it's posted here:
Michigan Week Bucksline
Thanks to the great Buckeye fans and WTVN listeners who came out on a snowy Tuesday night and joined us for our Michigan week Bucksline. What a great crowd!! It was a terrific show, featuring a fired up Earle Bruce, as usual. To check it out, I have it posted below.
Hour number one of Bucksline is here:
Hour number two of Bucksline is here:
By Matt McCoy
Urban Meyer grew up as a football fan in Ohio. He experienced the 10 year war as a kid and always loved the Ohio State/Michigan rivalry. But even he didn't understand how seriously Buckeye students and fans took "The Game" until he was on Earle Bruce's staff in 1986.
"I was driving to work on a Monday morning as a 21-year old graduate assistant and I look up on those twin towers by the stadium and it says "Muck Fichigan" in sheets hanging out and I said 'that is really cool right there'," Meyer said. "And then they switched the M and the F and they made them take it down. That was 1986...so there's some old student now that is laughing their tail off saying, 'Yeah, that was my room.'"
The Buckeyes head into Michigan Saturday ranked No. 3 in the BCS with a perfect 11-0 record while Michigan is coming off a loss at Iowa that dropped the Wolverines to 7-4, but come game time, Meyer said, none of that matters.
"It's not just another game...it's not and our players know that," Meyer said. "They get it...our players get it."
To listen to Urban Meyer's Michigan week press conference click here: