- Adam Rittenberg, College Football
The calendar read Oct. 1, and Ohio's once-promising season suddenly had reached a crisis state.
After a 2-0 start that included a win at MAC favorite Northern Illinois, Ohio dropped three straight games. Two of the losses came against eventual Top 25 teams (Rutgers and Missouri). The other was tougher to digest, a 21-9 spanking by Bowling Green at home.
But Ohio's on-field failure hardly compared to the public relations flogging it took after The Columbus Dispatch revealed that 17 football players had been arrested in Athens County since Jan. 1.
From Ohio turning its season around to Notre Dame extending its streak, the non-BCS and independents are covered here.