November 29, 2013
COLUMBUS (AP) — What’s brewing with the 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes …
BUCKEYES BUZZ: There is talk that, as has become commonplace, Ohio State will flood the stadium with fans on Saturday.
The surprise is that the stadium in question is Michigan Stadium.
Coach Urban Meyer, speaking on the Big Ten coaches teleconference on Tuesday, said he wouldn’t be a bit surprised if The Big House has a scarlet tinge when the Buckeyes travel to play the Wolverines (noon, ABC).
“Boy, I tell you what, I’ve witnessed some things this year that I have not seen before,” Meyer said. “Cal-Berkeley might have been the best example I’ve ever seen.”
Ohio State fans virtually overran Cal’s Memorial Stadium. Squint and it almost looked like a home game.
Meyer said that when the fans come out in full force it does have an effect on the team.
“It means a tremendous amount,” he said. “I know it meant a lot to me. I looked up there and I couldn’t believe it. Some of the other (games) as well. I imagine it’s going to be much more difficult (to take over the stadium) this time around, but it means a lot to us, yes.”
REVISITING ‘THE GAME’: Each day this week we’ll revisit one of the most memorable Ohio State-Michigan games.
No. 2 Ohio State was unbeaten coming into the Nov. 23, 2002, contest at home against the 12th-ranked Wolverines.
Michigan led 9-7 through three quarters before Buckeyes freshman TB Maurice Clarett — playing in his only game against the Wolverines — pulled in a 26-yard pass that helped set up Maurice Hall’s 3-yard sweep around right end with 4:55 left to put the Buckeyes in front 14-9.
Wolverines QB John Navarre led a drive until he was hit by DL Darrion Scott and fumbled the ball away near the Ohio State 30 with 2:02 left.
But the Wolverines then forced a punt and got the ball back and moved to the Buckeyes 24. On the final play, Navarre’s pass was intercepted by Will Allen just short of the goal line, preserving the win.
The Buckeyes went on to upset top-ranked Miami 31-24 in double-overtime — their seventh win by seven or fewer points in 14 games — to win their first national title since 1968.
Tomorrow: The slip of 1996.
A VISION IN WHITE: The Buckeyes will play in almost completely white uniforms on Saturday, part of a Nike marketing campaign.
Of course, the players love them because they’re different.
“You have the all-white unis and then the Pro Combat helmets,” DL Michael Bennett said. “I think they will look pretty cool.”
LB Ryan Shazier feels the same way.
“I’ve seen them and, yeah, they’re really sweet,” he said. “We got to practice in the new cleats (Sunday). I know it’s going to be really amazing going out there in a game like that with the new uniforms.”
BIG TEN READERS DIVISION: On the Big Ten coaches teleconference on Monday, the operator in charge of the call — who keeps track of who asks questions — had a bad day.
Bill Rabinowitz of The Columbus Dispatch became Bill Robinsonwitz. Todd Porter, a writer for The Canton Repository, apparently now works for The Canton Respiratory. Or words to that effect.
It was reminiscent of a similar teleconference where the operator referred to The Toronto Blade (instead of Toledo), The Columbus Dispatcher (instead of Dispatch) and called one reporter “Russet” instead of Rusty.
That was 25 years ago and it’s still a subject for laughter in certain media circles.
HE SAID IT: Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier, asked how Michigan could be the biggest game on the schedule of a team that will play in the Big Ten title game and possibly a national championship: “At the end of the year (the goal) is to make sure you always beat those guys. That’s the main focus right now, to beat The Team Up North and we’re not even focused on what’s ahead right now. You can just tell when you walk into the hallways all you hear is ‘it’s time for war!’ and you can just tell through practice, even the players, you can just tell that we’re intense when we go through our drills and you can just see the look in (Meyer’s) eyes and you can just tell that he wants to win so bad in this game.”