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Monday, March 10, 2014

2014 Big 10 Basketball Tournament Dates/Times

Thursday March 13

Indiana vs Illinois 12:00 BTN

Ohio State vs Purdue 25 minutes after game 1 BTN

Minnesota vs Penn St. 6:30 ESPN 2

Iowa vs Northwestern 25 minutes after ESPN 2

Winners will play on Friday. Will post Thursday night!!!1

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Ohio State Football 2014 Draft Combine Results

Bradley Roby - CB Roby measured in at 5-foot-11 and 194 pounds. He ran a 4.39 40-yard dash, which was fourth among defensive backs, and seventh-fastest for the entire combine. He did 17 reps of 225 pounds, which was middle of the pack. His vertical jump of 38.5" tied for sixth-best. He broad jumped 10'4", which was tied for twelfth. His 4.04 in the 20-yard shuttle tied for sixth-best. Analysis Rating: 6.0 (Should become instant starter.) Strengths | Thin ankles. Plays bigger than his size. Feisty, aggressive tackler -- does not hesitate to throw his weight around. Terrific balance. Quick feet and loose hips. Easy change of direction. Flips his hips and has ample speed to run vertically. Can mirror off the line and shadow slot receivers. Sudden athlete. Plants and drives in a blink. Shows recovery speed. Quick-handed to play the pocket. Has springs. Displays good zone awareness and has experience in off-man. Dangerous as a blitzer and kick-block rusher. Has experience working as a gunner. Confident and competitive. Excellent production on the ball -- 35 passes defended in last two seasons. Weaknesses | Has a small, wiry frame and size is just adequate -- can be boxed out by tall receivers and outmuscled for "50-50" balls. Short on length and strength to jam and reroute bigger receivers. Gets wired to blocks. Durability could be an issue given his physical playing style. Could stand to iron out his pedal. Gets caught peeking -- lets receivers behind him and is vulnerable to double moves. Misses some 1-on-1 tackles in space. Performance was uneven as a junior -- did not dominate. Character should be looked into. Bottom Line | Smallish, quick-twitch, speedy, physical cornerback with an intriguing combination of urgent athleticism, ball skills, tackling ability and scheme versatility. Appeals to zone and man teams, should be able to contribute readily as nickel slot defender and special-teams contributor and has a ceiling as a No. 2. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ryan Shazier - LB Like Carlos Hyde, Shazier's combine was a quick one due to a slight injury, however, he still put up some impressive numbers. He arrived in Indianapolis already injured, but still put up a combine-best 42" vertical jump. His 10'10" broad jump was the best of the linebackers by two inches. He finished eighth with 25 reps of 225 pounds. He didn't participate in any other drills, and will instead do them at OSU's Pro Day. Analysis Rating: 6.15 (Should become instant starter.) Strengths | Highly productive, disruptive playmaker vs. the run and pass. Shoots gaps and plays behind the line of scrimmage (compiled 39.5 TFL the last two seasons). Agile to slip blocks. Quick, strong hands to shed. Knifes gaps and flows very well laterally. Striking tackler -- uncoils on contact. Excellent speed and range -- opens up his stride in space and really covers ground. Bends naturally. Changes direction and accelerates with ease. Explosive first step as a pass rusher -- shows the ability to dip, bend and run the arc low to the ground. Ample athleticism and flexibility to mark backs and tight ends. Four-down utility. Arrow is pointing up. Weaknesses | Lacks ideal size and bulk. Still developing eyes and instincts -- will diagnose and trigger more quickly down the road. Gets caught in traffic or engulfed by larger blockers when he hesitates to step downhill. Prone to overaggressiveness -- occasionally overruns plays or loses cutback contain. Could stand to improve his eyes, awareness, anticipation and reactions as a zone defender. Took some time to acclimate before making an impact. Bottom Line | The Big Ten's leading tackler, Shazier flies around the field and his unique athletic ability stands out. Offers a tremendous combination of speed, tackling and coverage skills to become a playmaker as a run-and-hit 4-3 Will or perhaps a 3-4 weakside 'backer if protected by a block-occupying nose tackle. Value is increased by the fact that he will not have to come off the field. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jack Mewhort - OL Mewhort measured in at 6-foot-6 and 309 pounds. He ran a 5.37 40-yard dash, which was 35th out of 40 participants, and 4.64 (16th) in the 20-yard shuttle. Mewhort's 28 reps on the 225-pound bench press was good for 14th. Other measurables: 26.0" vertical jump; 101.0" broad jump; 7.79 three-cone drill. NFL Network draft analyst said that he didn't expect Mewhort to make it past the second round. Analysis: Rating: 5.6 (Chance to become NFL starter.) Strengths | Good size. Engages with urgency. Reestablishes the line of scrimmage in the run game. Can drive block, widen the hole and seal lanes. Stout base -- good anchor strength. Plays with a load in his hands to jar defenders. Locks on and controls. Good enough feet to slide and mirror. Alert to stunts and blitzes. Versatile. Has an ideal temperament for the trenches -- breathes fire. Smart, tough and competitive. Three-year starter. Is passionate about the game and works at his craft. Highly respected vocal leader and team captain. Weaknesses | Has a soft midsection. Stronger than he is explosive. Lacks ideal length and foot quickness for the left side (not a dancing bear). Vulnerable to strong bull rush when he gets tall and narrow-based. Occasionally gets top-heavy and slips off blocks. Average blocking range. Tight hips and ankles show when he pulls or climbs to the second level. Struggles to cut off fast-flowing linebackers. Lets his pads rise outside the phone booth. Bottom Line | Thickly built, physical, highly competitive lineman who manned left tackle competently in college, but is better suited for the right side in the pros. Has starter-caliber strength, athleticism and technique supplemented with desirable intangibles. Versatility to play guard or left tackle in a pinch adds to value. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Corey Linsley - OL Linsley came in at 6-foot-3 and 296 pounds. He did 36 reps on the 225-pound bench press, which tied for second among offensive linemen. He also jumped 27.0" in the vertical. Those were the only events in which he participated. Analysis Rating: 5.1 (Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster.) Strengths | Stout base. Works to re-anchor. Jolting punch. Strong upper body to latch onto and control defenders in short area. Generates movement in the run game. Understands angles and positioning. Excellent weight-room strength -- bench-presses 500 pounds and squats a small house. Smart and dependable. Communicated all the line calls and checks. Is tough and will play hurt. Hardworking team captain with leadership traits. Weaknesses | Has short arms. More strong than explosive -- doesn’t roll his hips and blow nose tackles off the ball. Falls off blocks when he bends at the waist. Pedestrian foot athlete -- slow to cut off linebackers, labors to pull and lacks lateral quickness to recover when beaten. Stressed by quicker rushers. Bottom Line | Strong-bodied, heavy-handed, short-area mauler who anchored one of the nation’s most physical, productive rushing attacks. Has athletic limitations, but compensates with strength, smarts and competitiveness. Has the makeup to overachieve, and could increase his value by proving versatile enough to back up at guard. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Philly Brown - WR Brown measured in at 5-foot-11 and 178 pounds. He ran a 4.51, which was the 24th-best time among the receivers. His vertical jump of 33.0" was better than only nine other participants. His broad jump of 116.0" was better than only five other receivers. Analysis Rating: 4.9 (Should be in an NFL training camp.) Strengths | Works himself open short-to-intermediate. Adjusts to throws. Quick enough to elude the initial tackler and pick up yards after the catch. Functional blocker. Lined up inside and outside and has punt-return experience. Weaknesses | Has a lean build and relatively small hands. Needs to get stronger in order to combat the jam. Not an explosive athlete. Average initial quickness into routes. Lacks elite top-end speed to beat defenses vertically. Bland, unrefined route runner. Lets throws into his body. Inconsistent traffic player. Average production and playmaking. Bottom Line | Adequate-sized, monotone, fairly nondescript receiver lacking exceptional athletic traits for the pro game and will need to prove himself in the return game to stick. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Carlos Hyde - RB Hyde's combine was a short one, as he strained his left hamstring while running his 40-yard dash. He was clocked at 4.66 officially. He did 19 reps on the 225-pound bench press, which was 13th among the running backs. He jumped 34.5" in the vertical, which was 19th best. His broad jump of 114.0" bettered only seven other running backs. He was unable to participate in any of the other drills because of the injury. Analysis Rating: 6.2 (Should become instant starter.) Strengths | Very well built -- looks every bit the part. Outstanding size, explosive power and run strength -- can be his own blocker and create his own holes. Punishes linebackers running downhill and almost always falls forward. Superb contact balance and finishing strength -- does not go down easily and can barrel through arm tackles. Extremely powerful short-yardage/goal-line runner. Gets better with a lather as the game progresses. Took over the game in the fourth quarter vs. Northwestern (2013) and willed team to victory. Surprisingly quick in short spaces and can plant hard and go. Is solid in pass protection and can stonewall blitzers in their tracks. Good awareness and anticipation to react to stunts and adjust to movement. Soft hands-catcher. Weaknesses | Lacks elite breakaway speed. Average elusiveness and make-you-miss. Is still learning what it means to really work and be a pro -- entered program with some underachiever traits early in career. Weight fluctuated earlier in his career and needs to pay more attention to nutrition. Has missed at least two games in three seasons. Bottom Line | A big, strong, powerful, NFL feature back who carried the Buckeyes' offense as a senior and proved he can be a workhorse. Solid all-around, chunk runner well-built for the physicality of the AFC North

Monday, January 13, 2014

2014 Ohio State Football Early Enrollment Recruits

2014 Ohio State Football Early Enrollment Recruits Raekwon McMillan – LB (6-2 242) Hinesville, Georgia McMillan is the nation's #1 middle linebacker per Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN. Given the issues the Buckeyes had at linebacker this past season, McMillan's early arrival will help not only him, but possibly the defense as well. McMillan chose the Buckeyes over Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame, Florida State and Stanford, among many others. Johnnie Dixon – WR (5-11 197) Palm Beach Gardens, Florida Dixon is a strong and compact receiver who has drawn comparisons to former Buckeye Santonio Holmes. He can play outside or inside, and is strong enough to break tackles. He was an Army All-American and has been clocked at 4.53 in the 40-yard dash. Like McMillan, Dixon also chose the Buckeyes over offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State and the like. Curtis Samuel – WR/RB (6-0 185) Brooklyn, New York You may be growing tired of this, but Samuel is yet another early enrollee who chose the Buckeyes over the Crimson Tide. He is a five-star prospect per 247Sports and is rated as the #3 athlete in the entire class. Samuel will work at both running back and receiver at Ohio State, and his 4.36 speed should find a very welcome home at Ohio State. Marcelys Jones – OL (6-5 325) Cleveland, Ohio Jones is another in a long line of Cleveland Glenville players who has signed with Ohio State. He was also an Army All-American this past season. Jones is seen as a bit of a project, but getting in this early is exactly what he needs. He has the feet that coaches like, but will need to put everything else together. Oh, and yes, he also had offers from Alabama and Florida State. Kyle Trout – OL (6-6 300) Lancaster, Ohio Trout is one of the top offensive linemen in the state of Ohio and is rated as a four-star prospect. He was a first-team All-State performer this past season. He has earned raves for his toughness as well as his ability to work hard, which will come in quite handy in Columbus. He committed to the Buckeyes over offers from Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Illinois and Cincinnati. Stephen Collier – QB (6-4 208) Leesburg, Georgia Collier is a three-star prospect per all of the recruiting services, but was one of the few 2014 quarterbacks to receive an offer from Ohio State. He also had offers from Boston College, Cincinnati and Wake Forest. Named the top player in Southwest Georgia, he threw for 2,291 yards and 24 touchdowns, while also running for 1,021 yards and 20 more touchdowns this past season. Sean Nuernberger – K (6-2 220) Buckner, Kentucky Nuernberger is one of the top 10 kickers in the 2014 class, and given the loss of Drew Basil, the Buckeyes are going to need him right away. There is probably no more important early enrollee than Nuernberger this year. He was 10-16 on field goals this past season, with a long of 57 yards. He also averaged 42.4 yards per punt with a long of 74 yards.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

2014 Pre Season Top 25 College Football Rankings

Here's the Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25 poll: 1. Florida State Seminoles The Seminoles are starting to resemble what former FSU coach Bobby Bowden built during the 1990s. The defending BCS national champions have stockpiled NFL-type talent under coach Jimbo Fisher and his staff, and they might bring back eight starters on offense and six on defense in 2014. FSU will have to wait to see whether a few underclassmen such as left tackle Cam Erving, wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin and tight end Nick O'Leary return to school or enter the NFL draft. But Winston is coming back, along with a stable of capable tailbacks and a plethora of big-play receivers. The biggest personnel losses will occur on defense, where the Seminoles will have to replace linebackers Christian Jones and Telvin Smith, cornerback Lamarcus Joyner and safety Terrence Brooks. However, the Seminoles figure to be even better in their second season in defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt's 3-4 scheme. FSU's schedule will be more challenging next season; it opens against Oklahoma State in Arlington, Texas and also plays Notre Dame (home) and Louisville (road), which joins the ACC next season. For more on how the Noles will look in 2014, check out Florida State's recruiting profile and ESPN RecruitingNation's class rankings. SportsNation: Way-too-early Top 25 The college football season is over. Time to look ahead! What does your 2014 Top 25 look like? Rank 'Em! » 2. Alabama Crimson Tide The Crimson Tide finished the 2013 season with consecutive losses, and their 45-31 loss to Oklahoma in the Allstate Sugar Bowl exposed concerns about their offensive line and secondary. But Alabama might bring back eight starters on both offense and defense, although offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio and safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix are deciding whether to enter the NFL draft. Undoubtedly, the biggest losses are quarterback AJ McCarron, who had a 36-4 record as a starter and guided the Tide to two BCS national championships, and star linebacker C.J. Mosley. Rising senior Blake Sims, incoming freshman David Cornwell and others will battle for the starting quarterback job in 2014. Also, FSU backup quarterback Jacob Coker might be eyeing a potential transfer to Alabama as well. The Tide might bring back four starting offensive linemen and their top three tailbacks, so they figure to have a high-powered offense, regardless of who starts under center. The Tide play only four true road games this coming season and open the season against West Virginia in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta. They'll face Florida, Texas A&M and Auburn at home in SEC play. For more on how the Tide will look in 2014, check out Alabama's recruiting profile and ESPN RecruitingNation's class rankings. 3. Oregon Ducks Sure, the Ducks suffered disappointing losses to Stanford and Arizona that knocked them out of the national championship race. But Oregon still finished 11-2 under first-year coach Mark Helfrich, and the Ducks looked like one of the country's best teams when quarterback Marcus Mariota was healthy. Oregon might bring back nine starters on offense in 2014, including Mariota, who figures to be one of the leading Heisman Trophy candidates. Tailback De'Anthony Thomas, a big-play threat whenever he touches the ball, is leaving for the NFL draft, and the Ducks also will have to replace as many as six defensive starters (including all but one defensive back after junior cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu announced he was returning to school), as well as longtime defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti, who announced his retirement before the Ducks defeated Texas 30-7 in the Valero Alamo Bowl. Oregon plays a nonconference game against Michigan State at home, but it will miss USC and Arizona State during Pac-12 play. For more on how the Ducks will look in 2014, check out Oregon's recruiting profile and ESPN RecruitingNation's class rankings. 4. Stanford Cardinal Suddenly, Stanford has become the most dominant program on the West Coast. The Cardinal have won back-to-back Pac-12 championships, played in four straight BCS bowl games and won 34 games in coach David Shaw's three seasons. As long as Shaw remains on the Farm -- and he has made it clear he isn't going anywhere in the near future -- the Cardinal figure to be in the Pac-12 title mix every season. Stanford will have to rebuild its dominant offensive line, especially if junior All-American guard David Yankey and junior offensive tackle Cameron Fleming enter the NFL draft. Senior center Khalil Wilkes and guard Kevin Danser also are departing. But Stanford has recruited offensive linemen better than any program in the country, and future NFL players such as Kyle Murphy, Johnny Caspers and Joshua Garnett are waiting in the wings. The Cardinal might bring back seven starters on defense, but linebackers Trent Murphy and Shayne Skov will be difficult to replace. The Cardinal will face a daunting road slate in Pac-12 play this coming season with road contests at Arizona State, Oregon, UCLA and Washington. For more on how the Cardinal will look in 2014, check out Stanford's recruiting profile and ESPN RecruitingNation's class rankings. 5. Auburn Tigers If the Tigers were able to win an SEC championship and reach the BCS National Championship in their first season under coach Gus Malzahn, how good can they be in Year 2? Everything seemed to fall in place during Auburn's magical season in 2013, but it might be loaded for a repeat this coming season. The Tigers might bring back 10 starters on offense, including quarterback Nick Marshall and tailback Tre Mason (who might enter the NFL draft). Auburn started two freshmen and a sophomore on the offensive line this season, though the unit figures to take a hit with Greg Robinson heading to the draft. Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson will have to do a little more work in the offseason, with five starters departing, including defensive end Dee Ford and cornerback Chris Davis. Auburn also will have to replace kicker Cody Parkey and punter Steven Clark. The Tigers will have to navigate their way through a few difficult road games in 2014, including trips to Kansas State, Ole Miss, Georgia and Alabama. For more on how the Tigers will look in 2014, check out Auburn's recruiting profile and ESPN RecruitingNation's class rankings. 6. Michigan State Spartans The Spartans' 24-20 victory over Stanford in the Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO might propel them to even bigger things in 2014. MSU also upset then-No. 2 Ohio State to win its first outright Big Ten championship since 1987, and it figures to battle the Buckeyes again for supremacy in the conference this coming season. Michigan State loses three starters on the offensive line and six more on defense, including star linebackers Max Bullough and Denicos Allen and All-American cornerback Darqueze Dennard. MSU coach Mark Dantonio might have to ask a little more from his offense, which improved as first-year quarterback Connor Cook and tailback Jeremy Langford became more comfortable. Keeping defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, who turned down Connecticut's head-coaching job, was a major coup. MSU plays a nonconference game at Oregon on Sept. 13 and will play the majority of its difficult Big Ten games at home. The Spartans host Nebraska, Michigan and Ohio State and won't play Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota or Northwestern in the league's new scheduling format. For more on how the Spartans will look in 2014, check out Michigan State's recruiting profile and ESPN RecruitingNation's class rankings. 7. UCLA Bruins UCLA's administration finally decided it wanted to get serious about supporting its football program, and coach Jim Mora already has provided some nice returns, winning 19 games in his first two seasons with the Bruins. Quarterback Brett Hundley announced he is returning for his junior season, and the Bruins might be poised to play in their first Rose Bowl since 1998 -- or even a spot in the four-team playoff. UCLA might bring back eight starters on offense; junior tackle Xavier Su'a-Filo announced he's entering the NFL draft. UCLA still expects to bring back four starting offensive linemen, which is always a good recipe for success. Seven starters might be back on defense, but the Bruins will have to replace All-American linebacker Anthony Barr and linebacker Jordan Zumwalt. The Bruins will play Texas in Arlington on Sept. 13 and get Oregon, Stanford and USC at home during Pac-12 play. For more on how the Bruins will look in 2014, check out UCLA's recruiting profile and ESPN RecruitingNation's class rankings. 8. Oklahoma Sooners The Sooners are headed back in the right direction, finishing 11-2 and upsetting Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Rising sophomore Trevor Knight finally looked like the quarterback everyone thought he could be against Alabama, throwing for 348 yards and four touchdowns. The Sooners have to get more production out of their passing game in 2014, especially with top tailbacks Brennan Clay and Roy Finch departing. The Sooners also lose center Gabe Ikard, guard Bronson Irwin and receivers Lacoltan Bester and Jalen Saunders on offense. Nine starters might return on defense, and the Sooners were much better in coordinator Mike Stoops' second season back with the program. Oklahoma's schedule might set up favorably this coming season; it plays Texas in Dallas and Kansas State, Baylor and Oklahoma State at home during Big 12 play. For more on how the Sooners will look in 2014, check out Oklahoma's recruiting profile and ESPN RecruitingNation's class rankings. 9. Ohio State Buckeyes The Buckeyes fell just short of going undefeated in two consecutive regular seasons under Urban Meyer, but then finished the season with consecutive losses against Michigan State and Clemson in the Discover Orange Bowl. Now Meyer will have to rebuild much of his offense, even with quarterback Braxton Miller returning for his senior season. OSU will have to replace four starting offensive linemen, tailback Carlos Hyde and H-back Philly Brown. The Buckeyes might bring back seven starters on defense; safeties Corey Brown and C.J. Barnett, junior cornerback Bradley Roby and junior linebacker Ryan Shazier are the only starters leaving. OSU opens the season against Navy in Baltimore and plays Virginia Tech and Cincinnati at home in nonconference games. The Buckeyes won't play Iowa, Nebraska, Northwestern or Wisconsin during Big Ten play, and their most difficult league road games seem to be at Penn State and Michigan State. For more on how the Buckeyes will look in 2014, check out Ohio State's recruiting profile and ESPN RecruitingNation's class rankings. 10. LSU Tigers There will be a lot of eyes on LSU's underclassmen, as there might be a mass exodus for the NFL draft for the second season in a row. Defensive tackles Ego Ferguson and Anthony Johnson have already announced they're turning pro, as well as top receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, Junior tailback Jeremy Hill and left tackle La'el Collins are reportedly leaning toward leaving school, too.The Tigers still have a chance to be very explosive on offense, even without departing quarterback Zach Mettenberger and his top receivers. Rising sophomore Anthony Jennings guided LSU to a 21-14 victory over Iowa in the Outback Bowl after Mettenberger suffered a season-ending injury and is the favorite to start under center in 2014. Four offensive linemen are coming back (if Collins leaves), along with tailbacks Kenny Hilliard and Terrence Magee. Senior safety Craig Loston will be a big loss on defense. The Tigers open the season against Wisconsin in Houston, but then play their next four games at home. They'll play SEC road games at Auburn, Florida, Arkansas and Texas A&M.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Cleveland Cavs: Andrew Bynum

I, being a former season ticket holder of the Cavs and still regularly attend games at the Q, am very disgusted with the direction of the team and don't understand why we did this to our self. You may say what is this idiot talking about. Think about it! Byron Scott was a good coach and his Cavs were always competitive. We fire him, draft a trash bag that no one wants to take out, sign the tinman with no oil to put on his knees and oh boy, bring back a proven loser in Mike Brown. Enough said, right? I guess not cause nothing is being done from the main man with the checkbook. Now don't forget, the Cleveland Cavs are trying to recruit the best player in the world back home too. I wanted to believe that could possibly happen, but now all I can do is chuckle at the thought of LeBron James coming home. I really believe that the entire problem is Mike Brown. He never won the first time around in Cleveland and it was obvious the wins that he accumulated was because of one LBJ. There was turmoil in the locker room then. He gets fired!  Goes to the Lakers and everyone was scratching their heads in LA while we were all laughing cause we knew it would just be a matter of time before he lost control of that locker room and turmoil would set in and he would be fired.   Guess what, he got fired and little did Cav fans know, but we were soon to be the laughing stock of the league again cause we were going to hire back a loser.  And what do u know. We draft a bust!  Sign a big pair of cement sneakers. And the locker room has turned into complete turmoil. AGAIN! First it was Dion Waiters fighting in the locker room, Kyrie Irving regressing.  Andrew Bynum getting better and benched, meets Brown, now done forever as a Cav. Don't forget what's his name?????  You know the 2013 first overall NBA draft pick. Don't remember?  Me either!!  Does this all sound familiar?  Absolutely!  Welcome to the Mike Brown saga part two too bad Dan Gilbert fucked up another chance at LeBron James again!!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Ohio State vs Clemson Bowl Preview

Discover Orange Bowl Clemson vs. Ohio State, Jan. 3 (ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET) Why to watch: The Orange Bowl might feature the best matchup of quarterbacks: Clemson's Tajh Boyd vs. Ohio State's Braxton Miller. Boyd threw for 3,473 yards with 29 touchdowns and nine interceptions, while Miller threw for 1,860 yards with 22 touchdowns and five interceptions. The Buckeyes and Tigers have played only once previously -- the infamous 1978 Gator Bowl in which OSU coach Woody Hayes punched Clemson linebacker Charlie Bauman after he intercepted a pass in the Tigers' 17-15 win. Hayes was fired the next morning. Who to watch: Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins, a Biletnikoff Award finalist, had 85 catches for 1,237 yards with 10 touchdowns, bouncing back from what was a mediocre sophomore season in 2012. Watkins could find holes in OSU's secondary, which hasn't been the same since safety Christian Bryant broke his ankle in the Big Ten opener. Cornerback Bradley Roby struggled at times this season, but will be an intriguing matchup against Watkins. Motivating factor for Clemson: Few teams figure to be more motivated than Clemson, which will be trying to make amends for its embarrassing 70-33 loss to West Virginia in the 2012 Orange Bowl. The Tigers surrendered 595 yards of offense and 10 touchdowns in the beatdown. Motivating factor for Ohio State: The Buckeyes had won 24 games in a row before losing to Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game. But there wasn't a lot of meat on the winning streak, and beating an opponent of Clemson's caliber might quiet some critics. Pick: Clemson 27, Ohio State 24 According to

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

2013 College Football Ohio State Buckeyes All-Americans

Jack Mewhort

Offensive tackle
Ohio State

Urban Meyer may not like to single out performances, but the Ohio State coach has no problem identifying the most important leader on his team. The Buckeyes have never made it a secret who sets the tone, but saving the senior left tackle for the final introduction on senior day only offered confirmation of how critical Mewhort's contributions off the field have been as his college career draws to a close. On the field, he's obviously been no slouch, either, anchoring a line that opened up holes for the nation's second-ranked rushing attack and offered tremendous pass protection for a unit that collectively allowed just 15 sacks. -- Austin Ward

Ryan Shazier

Ohio State

"Fear The Shazier" has become a rallying cry for Ohio State fans. It's also good advice for the Buckeyes' opponents. Ohio State's defense isn't elite this season, but things would be much worse without Shazier, the lone returning starter in the front seven. He led the Big Ten in tackles (122) and tackles for loss (21) and tied for the league lead in forced fumbles (4). He recorded 50 tackles in the final three regular-season contests. An All-Big Ten selection, Shazier was the lone Butkus Award finalist from a league loaded at linebacker. He understands and appreciates Ohio State's storied linebacker tradition and has become a team leader this season. --