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Published: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 3:03 PM
COLUMBUS — Two days after Urban Meyer had few answers in the aftermath of a blowout loss at Iowa, the Ohio State football coach shed some light on a few things that plagued the Buckeyes in Iowa City — and in some cases before.
He also sounded ready to look ahead Saturday’s game vs. No. 13 Michigan State, which will kick off at noon at Ohio Stadium.
Here are five topics Meyer addressed:
1. Nick Bosa told Meyer the hit that got him ejected was not intentional.
Bosa was charged with targeting after his helmet made contact with Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley on a third-down play late in the second quarter.
Although Stanley’s head clearly moved backward because of the contact, he told reporters after the game he didn’t really notice the hit at the time.
Even Iowa’s quarterback seemed surprised that Ohio State star defensive end Nick Bosa was ejected for targeting. https://t.co/mDC8Oj1wQg— Austin Ward (@AWardSports) November 5, 2017
“(Bosa) came up, apologized. It was unique,” Meyer said of the hit. “It wasn’t an open-field type thing. He was just lunging at the ball is what he told me. There was no intent is what he told me.”
The call gave Iowa a first down, and Stanley threw a touchdown pass on the next play.
2. Meyer agreed penalties are a concern for the Buckeyes.
The penalty on Bosa was one of nine against Ohio State that were accepted Saturday. That cost the Buckeyes 95 yards, and many of the calls came at crucial times.
“There were a couple of devastating penalties that kept drives alive — and no excuse for them,” Meyer said. “We addressed them, and I can think of two or three right off the top of my head that were drive savers, targeting and just a couple of silly penalties.”
3. J.T. Barrett has been inconsistent as a passer.
A week after having arguably the best game of his career in a stunning win over Penn State, the Ohio State quarterback had one of his worst in Iowa City.
Barrett threw four interceptions — including one that was returned for a touchdown and another that led to a quick score right before the half.
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“He’s been on a nice roll with efficiency, taking care of the football, and that was not normal by him,” Meyer said. “So we watched it closely. Obviously today’s a big day to get going on the next game, but I felt like he forced it, especially right before the half. That was a devastating one. We’re not a sling ‘em type group, we’re a highly efficient throwing team. And he’s been great up to this point.”
4. Barrett had too many carries again.
In repeating a theme from other recent losses, Ohio State’s quarterback ended up running the ball more than the top two running backs.
J.K. Dobbins ran five times for 51 yards while Mike Weber had 27 yards on five carries. Both averaged more yards per carry than Barrett, who gained 63 yards on 14 attempts, including a sack.
“A lot of times when you’re struggling that’s your kind of get-out of-jail-free card,” he said of quarterback runs.
Scrambles and read-option keepers have a way of escalating the number of quarterback carries.
Regarding the latter, teams have regularly focused on stopping OSU’s running backs if they have a choice.
“That’s exactly what Iowa was doing,” Meyer said. “Those weren’t designed (quarterback) runs, they were going to take the balls out of J.K.’s hands. Those are all things we have to game plan and continue to work and find ways to give hand-offs to the tailback.”
5. Meyer deflected a question about the direction of the program after a third surprising Big Ten loss in as many seasons.
After re-stating the question — “Where’s the program headed?” — he grinned slightly and paused before choosing to focus on this week’s opponent.
“We’re playing Michigan State this week,” Meyer said. “We’ve got to really practice well. Fix the turnover issue on offense. Play a little better on defense. The kicking was much better.”
Urban Meyer more interested in Michigan State than potential larger problems at Ohio State https://t.co/ZENpDUqo2p— daytonsports (@daytonsports) November 6, 2017
Two years ago, MSU traveled to Ohio Stadium and beat the Buckeyes despite not having star quarterback Connor Cook.
Last season, a trip to then-unranked Penn State stunned Buckeye Nation in Happy Valley.
Michigan State at Ohio State, Noon, Fox, 1410
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 2:15 AM
Michigan State football players are among those in the college football community offering prayers to the Washington State program after the death of Cougars player Tyler Hilinski. The quarterback played against Michigan State in the Holiday Bowl last month.
Pullman Police Department officers found Hilinski, 21, in his apartment Tuesday night. Police are calling it a suicide investigation.
Michigan State players are offering prayers and support on Twitter.
“Unbelievable.. had the chance to meet Tyler at the Holiday Bowl. Prayers up for his family and all of Washington State,” Spartans QB Brian Lewerke wrote.
Unbelievable.. had the chance to meet Tyler at the Holiday Bowl. Prayers up for his family and all of Washington State
— Brian Lewerke (@brianlewerke14) January 17, 2018
“Praying for the Hilinski family and WSU. Crazy to think about that we just competed in San Diego. Gone too soon,” Michigan State DL Mike Panasiuk tweeted.
Praying for the Hilinski family and WSU. Crazy to think about that we just competed in San Diego. Gone to soon https://t.co/Jbt4OuQyh9
— Big Baby (@MikePanasiuk) January 17, 2018
“Man crazy to hear something like this after just competing with him and WSU. Praying for WSU & his family,” Spartans LB Joe Bachie tweeted.
Man crazy to hear something like this after just competing with him and WSU. Praying for WSU & his family ✊ https://t.co/aYtKvy6BWS
— Joe Bachie (@JoeBach35) January 17, 2018
Hilinski, who was a redshirt sophomore this past season, passed for 1,176 yards, 7 touchdowns and 7 interceptions in 2017. He started the Holiday Bowl against Michigan State, going 39 for 50 for 272 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.
Pullman Police said officers went to Hilinski’s apartment Tuesday after he didn’t show up for practice.
Pullman PD has confirmed Tyler Hilinski's demise. pic.twitter.com/c83GNV74ZY
— Stefanie Loh (@StefanieLoh) January 17, 2018
Washington State coach Mike Leach shared a statement expressing his thoughts and prayers to Hilinski’s family.
“We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Tyler’s passing,” Leach said in the statement. “He was an incredible young man and everyone who had the privilege of knowing him was better for it. The entire WSU community mourns as thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”
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Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 2:00 AM
Auburn basketball will visit Alabama on January 17, 2018. Find the game time, TV channel and how to watch online below.
Auburn basketball has put together a string of wins that has caught the attention of not only the Southeastern Conference, but the world of college basketball.
For the first time since 1999-2000, the Tigers find themselves ranked in the AP poll in back-to-back weeks.
And the Alabama Crimson Tide would love nothing more than to spoil the fun for their in-state rivals. Avery Johnson’s team has the potential to trip up the Tigers in Tuscaloosa, too.
“This is a good opportunity for us. Alabama is really, I think they’re the most talented team we’ve played so far,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. “They’ve got great size and they do a great job with their size, big guards and big wings, forward and center. They’re a powerful team. We’re going to have to play our best game to be able to win. It’s a tough place to play, obviously, and it’s a rivalry game for us. It just means more.”
Alabama is led by freshman guard Collin Sexton, who, most of the time, does everything but play like a timid newcomer. Junior guard Bryce Brown has helped Auburn improve tremendously on the defensive end and will be looking to continue that effort in Coleman Coliseum on Wednesday night.
“We know they have a couple shooters. Of course, Sexton is a great player,” Brown said. “We have to contain him in transition, try for him to see five bodies on the court at the same time. If we can do that, we can come out with a victory.”
Most of that responsibility could fall on Brown over the course of the evening, but several Auburn guards will do their best to stop Sexton from reaching his averages (19.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game).
“It’ll be a lot of different guys, yeah,” Pearl said. “I don’t think that one guy can cover him. The team has to cover him. It won’t be, and we never make it about those individual matchups. Certainly in late-game situations, you know, Bryce is our best defensive guard. I’m certain that in late-game situations they’ll be covering each other.”
Brown is ready for the test of guarding one of the nation’s top young stars and Auburn is ready to seize the opportunity of another road win.
“Oh definitely, he’s a lottery pick,” Brown said. “That will be a big opportunity for me to step up on the defensive end, as well as the offensive end, trying to contain players like that ’cause he’s a great player. It will be a great opportunity. I know there will be a couple guys on him as well.”
You can watch Auburn vs. Alabama on SEC Network. Roy Philpott and Brooke Weisbrod will be on the call.
Stream Auburn-Alabama on the WatchESPN app.
You can listen to the Auburn Sports Network call of the Auburn and Alabama game with Rod Bramblett and Sonny Smith. The Auburn Sports Network also offers a stream on AuburnTigers.com and the TuneIn app.
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 2:00 AM
With the early entrant deadline come and gone, it’s time to look ahead to 2018 NFL Draft. Plenty of elite players have already declared, like the Alabama trio of Calvin Ridley, Da’Ron Payne and Minkah Fitzpatrick. Roquan Smith declared for the draft on Monday. Bryce Love, rather surprisingly, elected to return to Stanford.
This draft figures to be quarterback heavy, with potentially four signal callers, Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen going among the top-10 picks. Of the non-quarterbacks, Penn State’s Saquon Barkley and Texas’ Connor Williams could be selected in the top 5.
The order for the first 20 picks is set.
*Order is through the Divisional round of the NFL playoff. The top 20 picks are official. Picks 29-32 will finalize after each round of the playoffs. San Francisco and Oakland will hold a coin flip for picks 9 and 10.
Pick Nos. 1 through 20 are set now that the regular season is finished.
1. Cleveland Browns
2. New York Giants
3. Indianapolis Colts
4. Cleveland Browns
5. Denver Broncos
6. New York Jets
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8. Chicago Bears
9. San Francisco 49ers OR Oakland Raiders (coin flip)
11. Miami Dolphins
12. Cincinnati Bengals
13. Washington Redskins
14. Green Bay Packers
15. Arizona Cardinals
16. Baltimore Ravens
17. Los Angeles Chargers
18. Seattle Seahawks
19. Dallas Cowboys
20. Detroit Lions
21. Buffalo Bills
22. Buffalo Bills(Via Kansas City)
23. Carolina Panthers
24. Los Angeles Rams
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 2:00 AM
Kentucky basketball was outscored 33-11 in the final 11:34 of a 76-68 loss at South Carolina on Tuesday night.
The 18th-ranked Wildcats (14-4, 4-2 SEC) went 1 for 11 from the 3-point line, committed 32 fouls and turned the ball over 16 times. The game lacked any semblance of flow as the Cats and Gamecocks combined to attempt 74 free throws.
Kentucky crumbled down the stretch.
“This looked like a bunch of freshman playing,” John Calipari said after the game. “First time this year, I would say in the second half. The first half, you would look and say, ‘Ah, they got a nice team and da da da da.’ … In the second half you looked at us and we looked like a bunch of freshmen playing like freshmen would play.”
SEC Country’s Kyle Tucker was in Columbia. Make sure to read his column from after the game.
In Tuesday’s episode of Wildcat Country, SEC Country’s daily Kentucky podcast, Curtis Burch and Joe Mussatto broke down the game and answered questions from fans on Facebook. This podcast episode was simulcasted as a Facebook Live.
Among the topics discussed:
Don’t miss any of our Cats coverage. Follow podcast host @CurtisBurch as well as @KyleTucker_SEC for hoops and football columns and @Joe_Mussatto for football team coverage and basketball recruiting notes.