AP Top 25: Ohio State jumps to No. 2 past 'Bama, Cincinnati
Michigan St Ohio St Football Ohio State receiver Garrett Wilson, right, celebrates his touchdown against Michigan State with teammate Chris Olave during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. Alabama slipped past Cincinnati last week and then Ohio State leapfrogged them both after routing Michigan State 56-7 on Saturday. Oklahoma State has clinched a spot, and Baylor and Oklahoma are still alive. Four ranked teams lost in total, with Wake Forest and Arkansas joining Oregon and Michigan State. 2 Ohio State at No.wftv.com
Stroud tosses 6 TDs, No. 5 Ohio St blows out No. 7 Mich St
Michigan St Ohio St Football Ohio State receiver Chris Olave catches a touchdown pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Michigan State, Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. 7 Michigan State early and gave his coach the rare luxury of being able to let his mind wander to next week’s showdown with Michigan. 5 Ohio State bolted out to a 49-point halftime lead on the way to a startling 56-7 rout Saturday that eliminated the Spartans from the Big Ten East race. “We’ve got everything riding on this thing coming up right around the corner,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. Sign up for the AP’s college football newsletter: https://apnews.com/cfbtop25___Follow Mitch Stacy at http://twitter.com/mitchstacyCopyright 2021 The Associated Press.wftv.com
No. 6 Buckeyes hang on to win 26-17 over struggling Huskers
Ohio State (8-1, 6-0 Big Ten) won its 24th straight game against a conference opponent but couldn't have impressed the committee that put it No. The Huskers (3-7, 1-6) dropped their fourth straight game and are assured of a fourth consecutive losing season under Scott Frost and a fifth in a row overall. His 3-yard touchdown pass to Chris Olave and Smith-Njigba's 75-yard catch-and-run for a TD helped put the Buckeyes up 20-10 at half. The Buckeyes were forced to punt and Nebraska began its next possession at its 10 with 6:11 left. A Nebraska player shoved an Ohio State player in the chest before staff from both teams broke things up.wftv.com
Henderson, No. 5 Ohio State hold off No. 20 Penn State 33-24
Penn St Ohio St Football Ohio State receiver Chris Olave, left, celebrates his touchdown against Penn State with tight end Jeremy Ruckert during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. 5 Ohio State made just enough long plays and short field goals to hold off No. 20 Penn State 33-24 on Saturday night. Penn State responded by moving quickly into Ohio State territory, but Clifford was sandwiched by ends Tyreke Smith and Zach Harrison and the ball came loose. Penn State came right back with another long TD drive, finished off with Keyvone Lee's 1-yard run to make it 27-24 heading into the fourth quarter.wftv.com
No. 4 Ohio State outlasts Minnesota 45-31 in Stroud's debut
Ohio St Minnesota Football Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave (2) catches a pass as Minnesota defensive back Jordan Howden, front right, tries to tackle him in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, in Minneapolis. Stroud passed for 294 yards and four touchdowns in his debut as the Ohio State starter and the fourth-ranked Buckeyes kept coach Ryan Day unbeaten in Big Ten play with a 45-31 victory over Minnesota on Thursday night. Chris Olave had touchdown catches of 38 and 61 yards, and Garrett Wilson scored on a 56-yard reception that gave Ohio State the lead for good at 24-21 midway through the third quarter. Ohio State trailed at halftime (14-10) for the first time in a regular season game under Day, who took over for Urban Meyer. Minnesota: The Gophers host Miami of Ohio on Sept. 11.wftv.com
ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 form alliance for scheduling, policy
The move sent shockwaves through college athletics and will leave the Big 12 without its two premier schools in the paydirt sport of football. The ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 hope its alliance of 41 schools that span from Miami to Seattle leads to stability at the top of big-time college sports and thwarts future realignment. The scheduling piece could lead to multiple nonconference football games per season between the league members, creating new and valuable television inventory. An alliance involving the conferences could impact basketball scheduling more immediately, where schedules are usually made months, instead of years, in advance. ___Follow Ralph D. Russo at https://twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP and listen at https://APpodcasts.com___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/hub/college-football and https://apnews.com/hub/ap-top-25-college-football-poll and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Copyright 2021 The Associated Press.wftv.com
AP source: ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 to announce alliance plans
(AP Photo/Butch Dill, File) (Butch Dill)The Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten and Pac-12 plan to announce Tuesday that the three powerful leagues will form an alliance to work together on items such as football scheduling and college sports governance. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the conferences had not authorized anyone to speak publicly about the alliance before the formal announcement. The person said the ACC, Big and Pac-12 hope an alliance of 41 schools that span from Miami to Seattle leads to “stabilization” and thwarts future realignment. An alliance involving the conferences could impact basketball scheduling more immediately, where schedules are usually made months, instead of years, in advance. ___Follow Ralph D. Russo at https://twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP and listen at https://APpodcasts.com___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/hub/college-football and https://apnews.com/hub/ap-top-25-college-football-poll and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Copyright 2021 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Bama's Waddle back practicing, status for title game unclear
Now the question is will he be able to play in the title game Monday night against Ohio State? “I think you absolutely have to prepare as if he's going to play,” Ohio State defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs said. Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson posted photos on Twitter showing her visiting with coach Ryan Day and the team in the school's indoor practice facility. WEST COAST EXPORTSThe West Coast will be well represented in the national championship game among the players, if not the football programs themselves. Alabama All-America tailback Najee Harris, Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave and Buckeyes All-America guard Wyatt Davis are all from California.
Fields' day: No. 3 Ohio State routs No. 2 Clemson 49-28
Ohio State won 49-28. 11, where Clemson coach Dabo Swinney placed Ohio State on his ballot in the final regular-season coaches' poll. 3 Ohio State buried the second-ranked Tigers 49-28 in the Sugar Bowl semifinal Friday night. Ohio State beat the Crimson Tide in the semifinals on the way to the 2014 national championship. Ohio State did not give details about their absences, but all four had played in the Big Ten championship two weeks ago.
Clemson linebacker Skalski ejected for hit on Fields
Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields runs past Clemson defensive tackle Tyler Davis during the first half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)NEW ORLEANS – Clemson starting middle linebacker James Skalski has been ejected from the Sugar Bowl for a tackle that knocked Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields out of the game for one play. Officials concluded that Skalski committed targeting by leading with the crown of his helmet when he hit Fields in the ribs. After that touchdown, Fields was 12 of 13 for 173 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. He entered the Sugar Bowl with 39 tackles, including 3 1/2 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery in eight games.
Ohio State without starting G Miller, RB Teague vs. Clemson
Ohio State running back Master Teague III, left, runs with the ball past Northwestern linebacker Chris Bergin (28) during the first half of the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)Ohio State will be without starting guard Harry Miller, second-leading rusher Master Teague and defensive ends Zach Harrison and Tyler Friday in the Sugar Bowl against Clemson. Ohio State released a list of 16 players who are unavailable for the College Football Playoff semifinal. The Buckeyes had 22 unavailable players that day. ___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
Sugar Bowl features Clemson-Ohio State CFP semifinal rematch
3 Ohio State (6-0, No. ... Clemson beat Ohio State 29-23 in a Fiesta Bowl CFP semifinal last season. ... All of Clemson's victories over Ohio State have come in bowl games, including the Orange Bowl at the end of the 2013 season and the 1978 Peach Bowl. ... Clemson is making its third Sugar Bowl appearance and is seeking its first Sugar Bowl win. ... Ohio State is making its sixth Sugar Bowl appearance and has won its last three, including a 42-35 triumph over Alabama in the first CFP semifinal on Jan. 1, 2015.
AP All-Big Ten: Ohio State's Fields, Indiana's Allen honored
Fields led Ohio State to a 6-0 record and the No. 7 Indiana (6-1) to its highest ranking since 1967, knocking off three ranked teams along the way. Its only loss was 42-35 at Ohio State in a game that went down to the final play. u-QB — Justin Fields, Ohio State, 6-3, 228, Jr., Kennesaw, Georgia. C — Josh Myers, Ohio State, 6-5, 312, Jr., Miamisburg, Ohio.
Clemson and Ohio State get CFP rematch in Sugar Bowl
(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)COLUMBUS, Ohio – Shortened schedule and all, Ohio State is headed back to the College Football Playoff and a familiar foe will be waiting. Barta, the Iowa athletic director, said “there was no dissension in the room” over putting Ohio State in. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said he wasn't surprised Ohio State got in with fewer games “because that’s what the committee has demonstrated over the past few weeks. We all know Ohio State is an incredibly talented team.”The loss to Clemson in the playoff last year landed hard and lingered for the Buckeyes, Ohio State coach Ryan Day said on ESPN. It'll be different this time with less than two weeks between the conference championship game and the semifinal.
No. 3 Ohio St. runs past No. 15 Wildcats for Big Ten crown
3 Ohio State rally for a 22-10 victory over Northwestern for a fourth consecutive Big Ten championship. It's the first time Ohio State has won four consecutive outright conference crowns. Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields was 12 of 27 with 114 yards and ran 12 times for 35 yards. Ohio State: Whatever happens in the polls this week, the Buckeyes really only care about one thing — making the playoff. Ohio State: Will wait to see if it has earned one of the precious four playoff spots.
No. 3 Ohio State has no problem with Spartans in 52-12 win
3 Ohio State to a 52-12 win over Michigan State on Saturday. Defensive line coach Larry Johnson coached Ohio State in Day's absence. Michigan State (2-4, 2-4) was coming off a win over another undefeated team — Northwestern — but the Spartans were overmatched Saturday. They punted on fourth-and-1 in the first quarter — and again on fourth down in Ohio State territory early in the third. Michigan State wraps up the regular season at Penn State.
Fields throws 5 TDs passes, No. 3 Ohio State beats Rutgers
Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields throws a pass against Rutgers during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)COLUMBUS, Ohio – Justin Fields threw five touchdown passes and ran for another score to help No. 3 Ohio State beat Rutgers 49-27 on Saturday night. Wilson caught six passes for 104 yards for Ohio State, and Fields completed passes to eight other receivers, and his average completion went for 13 yards. Ohio State: The Buckeyes were sloppy and got stuck in the mud at times, but Fields can make things happen.
In empty white out, No. 3 Ohio State beats Penn State 38-25
Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields (1) looks for a receiver during the first quarter against Penn State in an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa., Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. The Ohio State quarterback is just fine shredding defenses in front of a more intimate gathering. Ohio State (2-0) didn’t take long to break the game open and hand Penn State (0-2) its first 0-2 start since 2013. Penn State got on the board when Jake Pinegar capped an 11-play, 61-yard drive with a 31-yard field goal. The Nittany Lions got a break when Ohio State turned the ball over on downs with a second left before halftime.
Fields, No. 5 Ohio St run away from Huskers in opener, 52-17
5 Ohio State shook off the rust in the first half and then buried Nebraska the rest of the way. Then came Fields' nifty touchdown run and a 55-yard scoop and score by Buckeyes cornerback Sevyn Banks, and Ohio State had it under control. “That's one heck of a run right there," Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. It is believed to be the smallest crowd to watch an Ohio State game since sometime before 1910. Ohio State: Faces No.