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November 12, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
If the college football season ended today, Alabama would play Florida State for the BCS title in a highly anticipated matchup. However, one person thinks that would not be a matchup of the two best teams. “I guess I'm a little biased, but I think we'd wipe the field with both of them," Ohio State receiver Evan Spencer said. “Both teams are really good. They have their strengths and weaknesses. Personally, I think we can exploit them, but I'm a little biased.” Ohio State is third in the BCS standings and would probably need either Alabama or Florida State to lose if it wants to play in the BCS title game.  ALSO: Matt Flynn heads back to his Green Bay Packers roots Turner Field will be demolished, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe arrested on marijuana possession charge    
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November 10, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne, This story has been corrected. See below
The Bowl Championship Series is sort of like what Mark Twain once said about the weather in New England. If you don't like it now, just wait a few minutes. Two weeks ago, Florida State fans were panicked that their No. 3 Seminoles would go undefeated and not make the title game. There was nothing they could do so long as front-runners Alabama and Oregon remained undefeated. Well, guess what? Oregon did not beat Stanford on Thursday and Florida State remained at No. 2 in Sunday's release of the BCS standings.
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November 6, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Take a snapshot of these rankings because they could look different next week. Florida State and Ohio State could be the new 1-2 if Louisiana State and Stanford take out the nation's leaders in Tuscaloosa and Palo Alto. Clemson's Tigers should be embarrassed at No. 7 after losing so badly to Florida State, but where else are you going to put them? Good timing: Arizona State's athletic director left for unranked Texas the same week the Sun Devils got back in Rankman's top 25. Making a move down the stretch is racehorse Michigan State, so completely underrated by all of us that the Spartans should play Clemson just to prove it. 1; Alabama 8-0; After Sunday's segment, Saban says he could cut 15 minutes of fat out of "60 Minutes.
NATIONAL
November 6, 2013 | By Maeve Reston
MONCLOVA TOWNSHIP, Ohio - State Rep. Barbara Sears is the kind of Republican the party would want to highlight these days: a woman and former business owner, fluent in health insurance issues, who has managed to repeatedly win reelection in a district where Republicans and Democrats are almost evenly divided. But this year, the popular legislator with a strong conservative voting record has found her photo on door hangers throughout her district, pictured as the conductor of the Obamacare train to disaster.
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October 30, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
We thought Louisville was the team that would go undefeated this season but not have the schedule strength to stay in the title race. Turns out it was Ohio State, which is perpetually stuck in fourth gear until one of the Big Three loses. Our comeback teams of the week are South Carolina and Oklahoma. The Gamecocks are up seven spots to 10th after being down 17-0 and coming back to beat Missouri, and the Sooners are up a ridiculous 12 slots to ninth for knocking Texas Tech off its undefeated high horse.
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October 27, 2013 | By Austin Knoblauch
Though Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer probably has his players buying into the one-game-at-a-time mantra, the same can't be said of the school's marching band. For weeks, the Ohio State marching band has been putting some Michigan smackdown elements into its halftime shows, despite the fact the Buckeyes won't line up against their longtime rivals until Nov. 30. Much like everyone else outside of Ann Arbor, Mich., the Ohio State band knows the Buckeyes are better than the Wolverines this season, and this brash confidence has inspired some truly incredible halftime shows.
SPORTS
October 23, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
There are 10 unbeaten major-college football teams and a couple potential interlopers trying to cram into the Bowl Championship Series title game at the Rose Bowl. Oregon already got passed in the standings after scoring 62 points in a blowout win. Leaves are starting to turn and so are some stomachs, but the committee led by Tom Osborne and the Hastings Selection Singers can't help until next year. Is it time to panic? Well, it depends. If you are Oregon the answer is no and if you are Ohio State the answer is yes. If you are Texas Tech the answer is "please take a seat and fill out these application forms.
NEWS
October 23, 2013 | By Cathleen Decker
It is the center of the political universe in presidential contests. And now the war over the nation's new healthcare program has come to Ohio as well, with potential repercussions for the short- and long-term future of the state's governor, John Kasich. Kasich has been feuding with some of his fellow Republicans over whether to expand the Medicaid insurance program for state residents, under terms of the healthcare plan. GOP lawmakers stripped the expansion from the state's budget, prompting an end-run by Kasich to the state's obscure Controlling Board, which on Monday approved the expansion . (The board normally doesn't deal with matters as fraught as the multimillion-dollar federal benefit under Obamacare.)
NATIONAL
October 23, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
An Ohio man who admitted in an online video that he had engaged in a night of celebratory drinking then recklessly drove the wrong way,  crashing into another car and killing a man, was sentenced on Wednesday to 6½ years in prison. Matthew Cordle, 22, of Powell, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus, was sentenced on two counts, including felony aggravated vehicular homicide, for the June accident that killed 61-year-old Vincent Canzani. The prosecution had sought a maximum sentence of more than eight years in prison while the defense had sought leniency because Cordle had taken responsibility for his actions in a video that went viral.
NATIONAL
October 10, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Donald Eugene Miller Jr. has a leg up on Halloween. He can go trick-or-treating as a dead man and he doesn't even need a special costume. Miller, who was declared dead in 1994 by the Hancock County Probate Court in Ohio, made an unsuccessful bid this week to reverse the effects of legal decomposition. The court can't change a death ruling after three years, said County Probate Court Judge Allan Davis, according to the Courier of Findlay, Ohio. “We've got the obvious here.
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