Across the field: Halfway home
October, 7, 2012
By Scott Kendrick | ESPN.com
Somehow, the Buckeyes are halfway home to 12-0, and more people than ever think it's possible. Welcome to Across The Field, a regular feature on BuckeyeNation where we point you to noteworthy Buckeyes coverage here and elsewhere. Think something should be included? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ohio State 63, Nebraska 38
- The Buckeyes didn't have a first down the entire first quarter, then the offense flipped a switch, writes Austin Ward.
- Bradley Roby said this week he was hungry for an interception. He satisfied that in a big way on Saturday night, writes Brad Bournival.
- The Buckeyes are clearly the best team in the Big Ten right now, writes Adam Rittenberg.
- Gregg Doyel of CBSSports.com wonders if the Buckeyes could become a bittersweet unbeaten team. (CBS)
- Carlos Hyde had a career-high in yards to go with those four TDs. (Plain Dealer)
- There was no miracle for Taylor Martinez this year. (Plain Dealer)
- It's too bad Ohio State can't play Nebraska every year, because playing the Huskers is like a football holiday, writes Bob Hunter (Dispatch)
- Nebraska didn't like that roller-coaster ride too much. (Lincoln Journal Star)
BuckeyeNation Week in Review
- It was a big night for recruiting at Ohio Stadium as well, with a huge contingent of prospects in Columbus.
- Third-string quarterback Cardale Jones got in some hot water for a tweet about classes being "POINTLESS."
- Meanwhile, second-string QB Kenny Guiton has showed he's deserving of the confidence the team and the coaches show in him.
- And Philly Brown is looking for more yardage. He got plenty on that punt return against Nebraska.
- With probation, it's a rebuilding year by definition, but some of the seniors who have stuck around are being rewarded.
- Receiver Riquan Southward of Lakeland, Fla., has left the program. He was a four-star receiver in the 2012 class..
- But that likely opens up a scholarship, perhaps for one of these receivers. Tony Stevens, a former FSU pledge in the ESPN 300, is looking at the Buckeyes.
- Ohio State has beefed up its NCAA compliance in a big way, writes Adam Rittenberg.
- RecruitingNation's Blue Chip Battles contain at least one Ohio State target.
- It's not looking as promising for the Buckeyes and Cleveland St. Ignatius standout Jimmy Byrne, who had a great experience at the Michigan-Notre Dame game.
- IOhio State announced a home-and-home series with TCU in 2018 and 2019.
- A few recruits committed elsewhere are still thinking about the Buckeyes, such as four-star linebacker James Hearns of Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln.
- Former star player Jim Stillwagon, 63, is facing charges after an apparent road-rage incident.
- AD Gene Smith admitted he thought about leaving Ohio State during the "tattoo-gate" scandal. (Lantern)
- Jersey sales are on the upswing again. (Dispatch)
- The pregame walk has changed, and in a good way -- the players no longer wear headsets and are interacting with the fans. (Plain Dealer)
- "So on and so forth" was a lot for Nathan Williams to overcome. (Dispatch)
- Buckeyes have plenty of swag, and are poised to dominate, writes Andy Staples. (SI.com)
- The Buckeyes jelled as a team at East Lansing, writes Bob Hunter. (Dispatch)
- Buckeyes OT Jack Mewhort has an interesting sense of humor on Twitter, writes Doug Lesmerises. (Plain Dealer)
- Lesmerises also counted down the 10 most indispensable players on Ohio State's roster. (Plain Dealer)
- That touchdown run by Rod Smith was highlight-reel worthy, and why many are enamored by Smith's potential. (Eleven Warriors)
- AD Gene Smith is adjusting to the new playoff system by tinkering with the future football schedule. (Plain Dealer)
- Jim Tressel made his TV debut in Cleveland. (WKYC, with video)
- Athlon has the Buckeyes ranked No. 8 in the preseason. (OSU)
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