Across The Field: Breaking the ice
December, 9, 2012
By Scott Kendrick | ESPN.com
After a drought that lasted throughout the football season, Gareon Conley broke the ice on verbal commitments to the Buckeyes on Friday. Will more come this week? 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. First, as always, our week in review:
BuckeyeNation Week in Review
- This is a major recruiting weekend for the Buckeyes, and perhaps the biggest target is Mike Mitchell, an ESPN 150 linebacker from Plano, Texas.
- But they couldn't get OL David Dawson of Detroit, a former Michigan commitment, to cross the border this weekend.
- No, the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry never really takes a day off.
- The Buckeyes were able to close and get a commitment from former Michigan pledge Gareon Conley. With Conley, the Buckeyes' DB class is looking very strong.
- The 2012 Ohio State secondary didn't look too bad, either. Bradley Roby picked up a big honor on Saturday, too.
- Austin Ward's year in review continued with the offensive line, defensive line, linebackers and specialists.
- Ohio State QB Braxton Miller ranks among the top quarterbacks in college football, according to ESPN Insider Brock Huard.
- Miller didn't get a Heisman invitation, but he did win the Silver Football Award as the best player in the Big Ten.
- So how many players will the Buckeyes take in this class? That's a moving target, Brad Bournival writes.
- ESPN 150 RB David Williams has Ohio State in his final three.
- But the Buckeyes lost out on OL Jimmy Byrne, a junior from Cleveland St. Ignatius who picked Notre Dame.
- Junior college linebacker Tommy Sanders was another player scheduled to come this weekend.
- A 2015 quarterback from Canton McKinley already has an Ohio State offer.
- A sophomore defensive tackle from North Carolina has an OSU offer as well.
- Jonathan Haden is planning a visit to Columbus soon.
- Ohio State still leads for WR Shelton Gibson, but he's taking visits.
- OSU president E. Gordon Gee's logic on the bowl ban is flawed, writes Adam Rittenberg.
- Some Big Ten officials are hinting that the league wants to get to 16 teams.
- Oregon is in the mix for former Auburn LB commit Trey Johnson, who also has an Ohio State offer.
- Bournival answered five big recruiting questions (send yours in the Horseshoe Pit forum).
- And if you're not an Insider yet and can't read all of our recruiting news, it's half price right now for the next six months at $9.99. And recruiting news isn't the only benefit, too.
- Ohio State renamed a street in honor of the undefeated season. (Plain Dealer)
- A photo gallery from the celebration. (OSU)
- Ohio State lost a villain with Bret Bielema's departure to the SEC, writes Doug Lesmerises. (Plain Dealer)
- They gained one of their greats, as the school hired Eddie George in a fund-raising, ambassador-type role. (Dispatch)
- John Cooper was named to the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame. (The problem was just getting there, right?) (Dispatch)
- Twelve reasons why Ohio State went 12-0. (Toledo Blade)
- History will be kind to the 2012 Buckeyes, writes Rob Oller. (Dispatch)
- A Lebanon, Ohio, QB committed to Ohio State as a preferred walk-on. (Land Grant Holy Land)
- And Mike Vrabel needs to remember he doesn't wear a helmet on the sidelines anymore. (Twitter)
- The Buckeyes showed a lot of balance in a home win over Long Beach State.
- Ohio State's defense needs to improve. (Dispatch)
- Within Bob Hunter's Friday column is an update on Greg Oden, who is taking this season off to heal. (Dispatch)
- Ohio State's bench production is evolving. (Eleven Warriors)
- And LaQuinton Ross is becoming a go-to player. (Lantern)
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Halftime Illinois 9 Louisiana Tech 21 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State