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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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
October 6, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
The guy who first said "football is a game of inches" is smiling somewhere today in that big replay booth in the sky. At least four games of national import were decided over the weekend by less than the size of a five-dollar footlong at Subway. In college football, though, silly millimeters can cost you millions and cause grown men to scream and young men to weep. Where a ball was spotted, or what Mr. Magoo saw in the monitor upstairs can keep a team in the national title hunt or eliminate one from contention.
October 4, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Count this as a huge Saturday for three ranked schools looking to update their status from nice story to national story. It doesn't get bigger, ready or not, for Washington, Northwestern and Maryland: •No. 15 Washington is at No. 5 Stanford in the most important game involving the Puget Sound players since the 2000 Rose Bowl season led by Rick Neuheisel. There is a buzz in Seattle that hearkens to the days of Don James and Warren Moon, the sweet smell of a national title chase and, yes, even probation.
October 1, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  It's nice to see something warm and sentimental in the cynical world of sports. Dom Tiberi has covered the Ohio State football team since the 1980s. On Sept. 17, his daughter Maria, who attended Ohio State, was killed in a car accident. Last Saturday was Tiberi's first game back since his daughter's death. The Buckeyes wore the initials "MT" on their helmets during their 31-24 victory over Wisconsin and after the game, they each greeted Tiberi with a hug as they headed to the locker room.
September 27, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Unbuckling the mailbag: Question: I hope you and the media start a campaign to stop the NCAA scheduling these massacre football games. It is a scam, a sham and a shame. . . . Urban Meyer has the guts leading, 55-0, to go for it on fourth and six? He should be suspended for a game for that humiliation. Bobby Herbeck Answer: I'll start the campaign about these silly "paycheck" games, but first things first: You owe the Ohio State coach a big apology. Meyer did not - I repeat, did NOT - allow his team to "go for it" on fourth and six with the Buckeyes leading, 55-0, last week against Florida A&M. Ohio State was up only 48-0 at the time, and it was fourth and five.
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