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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:
By Matt McCoy
Ohio State still has work to do and still needs help if it is going to play for a national championship but their position in the Bowl Championship Series rankings is more clear now.
With Baylor losing to Oklahoma State, the Buckeyes are a comfortable third this week, behind Alabama and Florida State, with Auburn No. 4 and Missouri No. 5.
But the Buckeyes position nationally and their dreams of a national championship are unimportant this week. Coach Urban Meyer made that clear moments after Ohio State improved to 11-0 with its 42-14 win over Indiana.
"This team is playing at a very, very high level. They're focused each week and that's our job to maintain focus again this week, so on a national level I'm (not concerned.) We have enough to work on," Meyer said following the victory over the Hoosiers. "This week you're going to hear some very generic answers about everything...and I'm not being a jerk to you guys (reporters) but our focus is on beating that rival team, that's it."
Ohio State plays at Michigan (7-4) at noon Saturday on Channel 6. Because of Thanksgiving, remember that Bucksline this week will be on WTVN on Tuesday night from 6-8 p.m. from the Buffalo Wild Wings on Bethel Road. Come join us!
To hear Urban Meyer's comments following the Indiana victory click here:
Braxton Miller Shines...For The Most Part
Braxton Miller took his knee brace off Saturday in the Buckeye win over Indiana for the first time since he suffered a strained MCL against San Diego State in week two. It showed, as Miller ran for 144 yards on 13 carries and scored twice. On a snowy, cold and windy afternoon, he also was 11-17 passing for 160 yards and two TD's.
On the downside, Miller turned the ball over twice...once on a fumble and once on an interception. The Buckeyes won convincingly 42-14 over the Hoosiers but lost the turnover battle 3-0. With 'The Game' coming up Saturday, Miller and the Buckeyes will have to do a better job protecting the football.
To listen to Braxton Miller's comments following the Indiana win click HERE:
By Matt McCoy
A handful of times this season, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has taken to Twitter with a video for his Buckeye fan followers. He did it again Friday with a video with the title "One Last Time In The Horseshoe." It's a shorter, more dramatic and suspenseful video than the highlight packages of past weeks.
Meyer will say goodbye to 18 seniors, playing in the stadium for the final time. He's looking for the Ohio State fans to enthusiastically recognize the group that will try to win a school record 23rd consecutive game. Meyer tweeted:
Best Fridays in Football-Week 11. Look forward to BuckeyeNation supporting a great group of seniors tomorrow. Best part about 10-0 is...
He followed it up with the "One Last Time In The Horseshoe" video below:
By Matt McCoy
Indiana should get a heavy dose of Carlos Hyde when it visits Ohio State Saturday afternoon...so says former Buckeye coach and 610 WTVN football analyst Earle Bruce.
On Bucksline Thursday night, Coach Bruce said, with a weather forcast calling for cold and breezy conditions with snow flurries in the forcast, he would run Hyde early and often.
"There's two ways to demoralize a football team. One is give the ball to a back and let him go 'Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom' down the field, or else, throw it over their head," Earle said. "But when it's a wind and you can't throw down the field (effectively) then you have to nail in on the fact that, here's where (Hyde) earns his scholarship."
Hyde is coming off a career best 246 yard rushing performance at Illinois last week. It left him 53 yards shy of 1,000 for the season. WTVN analyst and former Buckeye quarterback Stan Jackson predicts that Hyde will pass the century mark in the first quarter.
"You watch the Indiana defense, they're terrible against the run," Stan said. "I think he will gut them, (Ohio State) has a great offensive line in my opinion and I think they're ready to really ride Carlos."
Hyde is one of the 18 seniors playing their final game in Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is at 3:30 on Channel 6. Our Best Buckeye Coverage pre-game show on 610 WTVN starts live from Riverjam at 10 a.m. Saturday. We'll take you right up to kickoff and will have Urban Meyer's post-game comments live after the game. Join us.
Also--join us at Bucksline next week on TUESDAY night. Because of Thanksgiving, we'll have our normal night of Thursday off so our Michigan week show, from the Buffalo Wild Wings on Bethel Road, will be Tuesday, November 26, from 6-8 p.m.
To listen to hour number one of Bucksline click here
To listen to hour two of Bucksline click here