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By Matt McCoy
The Buckeyes look for their 20th consecutive win Saturday night when they host Penn State in a game Coach Urban Meyer said will be anything but easy.
The Nittany Lions are not only coming off a bye week, but also an emotional 43-40 four overtime victory October 12 over Michigan.
"It's big momentum...practices go much easier and guys are looking forward to to coming and playing Ohio State when you win a game (like that)," Meyer said. "There's a lot of juice, a lot of momentum going into this week so it's going to be a street fight for us."
The Buckeyes wound up in a street fight last Saturday but survived against Iowa, who surprised the Ohio State defense with some offensive wrinkles. The Hawkeyes, coming off a bye, unveiled a three tight end look which caught Ohio State off-guard and led to a 17-10 Buckeye halftime deficit. Now it's Penn State, with the bye, that has had extra time to prepare.
"(Penn State) has a bye week. We're going to see something new on Saturday," Meyer said. "What I was disappointed in (agaisnt Iowa) is we didn't adjust fast enough. We just need to make adjustments a little faster, I think we certainly did later on and settled down a little bit but you'd like to have an answer (sooner)."
Hackenberg To Robinson
Ohio State faces the best quarterback to receiver combination in the Big Ten Saturday night in Penn State freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg and junior receiver Alan Robinson.
"The one receiver from Wisconsin (Jared Abbrederis) had a day against us and this guy is as good, maybe better," Meyer said of Robinson, who is first in the Big Ten in receptions and second in receiving yards. Meanwhile, Hackenberg is the mid-season favorite for Big Ten freshman of the year and leads the conference in passing yardage.
"Giving this guy time (to throw) is a problem," Meyer said. "He's getting better and better as you would envision a freshmen to get better and better. Big strong strapping guy with a really good arm."
Roby Bounce Back??
After being ejected under the NCAA's new targeting rule last week, Ohio State defensive back Bradley Roby will be back Saturday night and will be in the spotlight against Hackenberg, Robinson and the Nittany Lions passing attack.
"He's got to play well...I mean he's got to play well," Meyer said of Roby. "The whole back end has to play well. We haven't had our best game yet back there. It's about time. It should have been a strength and I'm kind of counting on it this week to be a strength."
To listen to all of Coach Meyer's comments to the media Wednesday night click here:
Welcome Back Greg Oden!
To most, it was an insignificant NBA pre-season game in October but to former Buckeye and 2007 number one overall draft pick Greg Oden, it was huge.
Oden's pro career has been limited to only 82 games due to multiple injuries to both knees. He had not played in a game since December of 2009 with Portland, when he suffered another knee injury that many thought would end his career.
After two more microfracture knee surgeries and rehab work at Ohio State and his hometown of Indianapolis, Oden got a shot as a free agent with the Miami Heat and made his debut Wednesday night.
Oden checked in during the second quarter and on his very first possession, threw down a ferocious dunk. He also grabbed a pair of rebounds during his four minute stint on the floor, as Miami won 108-95.
"It's been three years...three long years," Oden said on the Heat television broadcast. "My friends and my family and God have been with me the whole way and I finished the game."
Miami is being very careful with Oden, monitering both knees closely. Earlier in training camp he was pulled for a few days when minor swelling was detected. Following his Wednesday appearance, a significant step in his comeback, Oden was asked what is next.
"Right now ice," Oden said. "Make sure that tomorrow I take care of everything I need to and make sure the swelling is down and my knee is good and go out there and look forward to the next game I can get into."
Here's hoping his appearance is the first of many more and that next game is sooner rather than later.
Here is video of Oden's return to the floor and his post-game interview.