Across The Field: Perfect ending
November, 25, 2012
By Scott Kendrick | ESPN.com
There were 105,899 in attendance at Ohio Stadium on Saturday, and roughly half of them were potential football recruits. (Just a slight exaggeration, but you might want to check back throughout the day Sunday for tons of recruiting updates from the blue-chippers who were in Columbus.) This is 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 email@example.com.
Ohio State 26, Michigan 21
- How sweet it is, but Zach Boren does admit that it's a bit hard to swallow that a 12-0 team can't go further, writes Austin Ward.
- Halftime adjustments made all the difference against a Michigan offense that was very predictable, writes WolverineNation's Michael Rothstein.
- The Buckeyes won them all, and believe they should be No. 1, writes Brian Bennett.
- Check out postgame interviews with Urban Meyer, Boren and Ryan Shazier.
- It was gratifying, but awkward, writes Bob Hunter. (Dispatch, $)
- The win was covered by a tough Hyde, writes Bill Livingston. (Plain Dealer)
- The defense was inspired, and John Simon received a game ball, writes John Kampf. (News-Herald)
- Michigan's players had no real answers. (MLive.com)
- The Buckeyes are unbeaten, untied and unfulfilled. (New York Times)
BuckeyeNation Week in Review
- Ohio State beat Michigan despite missing their heart and soul, Simon.
- Reid Fragel came a long way from what he was in the spring.
- Ohio State AD Gene Smith won't play the hypothetical game on the bowl ban and the 2011 season.
- Meanwhile, there seems to have been a lot of forgiveness of Jim Tressel already.
- Watch GameDay's feature on Meyer.
- Ohio State stayed at No. 6 in the ESPN recruiting rankings for 2013, with plenty of room to move up.
- The undefeated season gets recruits' attention, too.
- With Maryland joining the Big Ten, the family of 2013 pledge Taivon Jacobs gets an instant rivalry.
- Brad Bournival profiled Washington D.C.-area recruits D'Andre Payne and Da'Shawn Hand.
- ESPN 300 athlete Ryan Timmons has Ohio State in his final five and was scheduled to attend the Michigan game.
- 2014 LB Kyle Berger of Cleveland received an OSU offer.
- The Plain Dealer's Doug Lesmerises caught up with Maurice Clarett.
- Earle Bruce's fire for the Michigan rivalry still burns, and Meyer was there the day Bruce was fired. He told the story to Lesmerises. (Plain Dealer)
- Nicki Meyer graded her father on how he is living up to that family contract. And it's a good grade for Urban. (USA Today)
- The Buckeyes should take advantage of the opportunity to be the dominant program in the Leaders Division after adding Maryland and Rutgers, writes Rob Oller. (Dispatch, $)
- Archie Griffin shared his Michigan memories. (The-Ozone.net)
- Jeff Rapp looks back at the other unbeaten teams in school history, and how this one fits in. (The-Ozone.net)
- The perfect season should worry the rest of the Big Ten, writes Dan Wetzel. (Yahoo! Sports)
- "Those who say will be champions" is a Michigan slogan, but it certainly fit this year's Buckeyes. (Eleven Warriors)
- The Plain Dealer's interactive timeline of the history of Ohio State-Michigan is worth a click or 10.
- Two commitments came this week for 2014. Following Keita Bates-Diop on Sunday, Jae'Sean Tate of Pickerington, Ohio, was the latest to commit to Ohio State, giving Thad Matta two pledges already for 2014. Tate is a high-energy player, writes Reggie Rankin.
- The Buckeyes tuned up for Duke on Tuesday by demolishing UMKC on Friday.
The Gang's All Here
- A $10 million donation will go toward building a new secondary arena that will replace St. John Arena, which is costing too much to keep up. (Dispatch)
- Some TBDBITL history was made on Saturday, too. Jocelyn Smallwood, a senior sousaphone player, was the first African-American woman to dot the "i" and the first woman to dot the "i" against Michigan. (Eleven Warriors)
- OSU legend (and ESPN broadcaster) Chris Spielman was recipient of a Big Ten award for his humanitarian efforts. (Big Ten)
- Nate Silver (yes, the presidential race prediction guy) has a detailed breakdown of what adding Maryland and Rutgers does (and doesn't do) for the Big Ten. (New York Times)
- And there were a few arrests after the Mirror Lake jump, a tradition the school does not embrace. (Lantern)
Drive Through: Rankings Reaction
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
12:00 PM ET Northwestern Iowa 12:00 PM ET Maryland Penn State 12:00 PM ET Wisconsin Rutgers 3:30 PM ET Purdue 15 Nebraska 3:30 PM ET Indiana Michigan 8:00 PM ET Illinois 16 Ohio State