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Carrying On About Big Ten Football: The Finale

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Tim Cary

The Big Ten season has concluded, and Ohio State's on top of the standings. 

Again.

Michigan vs. Ohio State

While Illinois and Wisconsin still have some non-conference action to attend to, this past weekend's games marked the end of the regular season for most of the teams in the league, and (sadly) marks the end of another season of "Carrying On".

If you need to step away from your computer to shed a tear or five, now's the time.

Ahem...moving right along...

As always, we start with the spotlight game.


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Top 10 Games in the Ohio State - Penn State Rivalry

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Kevin Paul

Saturday's game at Beaver Stadium marks the 25th time the Nittany Lions and Buckeyes have faced off, and in recent memory, the rivalry has seen a significant spike in growth, especially with the recent drop-off of Michigan football.

The series is all knotted up 12-12, featuring a number of exciting matchups over the years.  To further prove that fact, what better way to do so by taking a look at some of the top moments in recent history between Penn State and Ohio State... specifically the top ten games in the rivalry, featuring - what else - but 5 wins by the Nittany Lions and 5 by the Buckeyes, while including a famous name hat played in the game during that season.

Top 10 Games in the Ohio State - Penn State Rivalry
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Still Kicking: Devin Barclay Transitions From Major League Soccer to Ohio State Football

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Tim Cary

Saturday's much-anticipated showdown between Big Ten defending co-champions Ohio State and Penn State could very well come down to a high-pressure field goal attempt.

And if it does, Buckeye placekicker Devin Barclay, despite the fact he may be making his first career start in one of the season's most important games, is more than ready.

After all, Barclay has been kicking under pressure for years: the only difference is that he's accustomed to booting soccer balls, not footballs.

Barclay, a 26-year-old former walk-on, joined the Ohio State football program after wrapping up a Major League Soccer career that included stints with the Tampa Bay Mutiny, the San Jose Earthquakes, DC United, and most recently, the Columbus Crew.
Earthquakes v Rapids X

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Carrying On About Big Ten Football: October 24

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Tim Cary

So far this season, I've watched three Big Ten football games from the comfort of the press box.

I like this.

Especially because press boxes happen to be climate-controlled.

This past weekend, I hadn't applied for any media credentials, and I had visions of enjoying my day off by sitting at home with my two televisions and watching college football all afternoon.

You see, my living room is also climate controlled.

However, I ended up receiving free tickets to the Ohio State/Minnesota game in Columbus at the last minute.  And while watching college football on television is a great way to spend a fall Saturday, watching college football in person is an even better option. 
Wisconsin v Ohio State

Only one small problem.  The Buckeyes tickets, which were generously given to me by my mother-in-law (thanks Betsy!), were in the C deck of the Horseshoe.

And in case you wondered...

...the C-deck is not climate-controlled.

Without any further ado, it's the hypothermic edition of "Carrying On About Big Ten Football".

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Terrelle Pryor: Halfway to Becoming The Next Ron Powlus

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Kevin Paul

Terrelle Pryor, now over a year after being named Ohio State's brand spankin' new poster child for success in college football, is instead now nearly halfway to becoming the equivalent to Notre Dame's Ron Powlus.

That's right, the same Ron Powlus that Beano Cook claimed would be the first player to win multiple Heisman trophies since Archie Griffin.

The same Ron Powlus that had moments of success at Notre Dame, but all in all never met the hype that was generated around his exit from high school football, and apparent ascension into college football history.

The same Ron Powlus that was a part of an Irish football team that made three bowl games, only to lose each and every one of them.

That, my friends - to this point - has described this Buckeyes quarterback "in a nutshell" - a boatload of hype, but only a handful of brilliant moments drowned out by a number of Titanic-like collapses.

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Handing Out Hardware at College Football's Halfway Point

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Kevin Paul

Prepare those speeches and clear some space on the mantle, because it's time to hand out some midseason hardware for the 2009 college football season:
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How Likely Is a Purdue Upset Victory Over The Buckeyes?

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Tim Cary

There's no question a Purdue victory over Ohio State Saturday afternoon in Ross-Ade Stadium would be a monumental upset.  The Boilermakers are struggling through a five-game losing streak, consistently failing to make critical plays, and turning the ball over about as often as the words "balloon boy" have been uttered in the last 48 hours.
Minnesota vs. Purdue

The Buckeyes, on the other hand, are once again ranked in the nation's Top Ten, hardly ever lose conference road games, and have won at least a share of the Big Ten championship in four straight seasons.  OSU is also in good shape for their fifth consecutive title, as they enter Saturday's game with a 5-1 record and four-game winning streak.
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Top Ten Storylines for the Upcoming Weekend in Big Ten Football

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Kevin Paul

It may not be the sexiest list of games slated for the Big Ten this weekend, but it's a week that nevertheless features enough potentially important storylines.  Take the following, which this writer feels could be the most intriguing as the weekend approaches:
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First Team To 50: Why Toledo Is A Trap Game For The Buckeyes

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Tim Cary

Everyone in Ohio is talking about the wrong game this week.

Buckeyes fans can't get over a heartbreaking loss to USC, spending their spare time discussing Jim Tressel's game management, conservative style, offensive scheme, and in some extreme cases, the names of suitable replacements.

I'd suggest moving on...pronto.

NCAA Football: Southern California at Ohio State

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Carrying On About Big Ten Football: September 12

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Tim Cary

What an eventful day in Big Ten football.  It began with a half dozen games kicking off at noon and it ended (for me) a little after 1:30 am ET Sunday morning when Purdue's last-ditch onside kick attempt was unsuccessful.  In between, I saw a little bit of all eleven Big Ten teams...eight of which won, bringing the league's record to 18-4...now if I can just keep all the games straight!
 

UNDER THE MICROSCOPE: USC 18, OHIO STATE 15

This week's spotlight game is the USC/Ohio State clash that felt more like a bowl game than a regular-season tilt.  From the on-field cameraman getting run over by the "I-dotting" sousaphone player (wow, that was funny)... to the sparkling national championship trophy ESPN kept showing (not like it's only September or anything)...to the Ohio Stadium-record crowd (more than any Michigan game in the Horseshoe's history, which just doesn't seem right)...the night was flat-out crazy.

And then there was the game. 
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Top Ten Things You Won't Hear During the Ohio State v USC Game

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Kevin Paul

When the Buckeyes and Trojans hit the field this weekend, it won't just be one of the biggest games of the week, but also the entire season.  

And while there are a lot of things you will hear before, during and after this matchup, here's a list of ten things you most definitely will NOT hear:
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Ten by Ten: Can You Top Our Trio?

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Kevin Paul

College football is here and if you haven't heard already, the boys at First and Big Ten are celebrating by having a little contest on Big Ten football.

It's not too late to play - deadline for the first week is Saturday at 7am.  But since the season starts tonight with Indiana taking the field against Eastern Kentucky, we are going to post our picks now.

Here's a recap of the 10 questions for Week 1, plus our predictions:

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The Least We Can Do For Navy Is Applaud

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Tim Cary

By now, many of our readers have probably heard about the "Take the Field Tribute" Ohio State fans are planning for next week's home opener against Navy.  If not, Bleacher Report has the rundown, with a YouTube link included.  Buckeye fans are encouraged to stand and welcome the Midshipmen onto the Ohio Stadium field with the same cheers they normally reserve for the home team.

Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia
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A Six-Pack of Trap Games Facing Big Ten Teams in 2009

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Kevin Paul

Coaches preach to the high heavens that a team never, ever looks ahead to a big game, but instead focuses on the current opponent.

Right, and Brutus the Buckeye has a tiny head.

For every hyped up "game of the year" such as Trojans vs. Buckeyes or Ohio State and Penn State, there's a trap game lying in the weeds, ready to up and pounce on the college football world, sending shock waves far and wide.  Take the following six-pack of examples, which could serve as trap games in the Big Ten for 2009...
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Football is Coming, So Get Up and Make Some Noise Already!

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Kevin Paul

Put on that game face.  Football is coming.

I CAN'T HEAR YOU.

Aren't you in pain from a summer of So You Think You Can Dance and America's Got Talent?  Sure you are, but quit crying over that open wound left from excessive Gosselin gossip.  

RUB SOME DIRT ON IT.

College football is just a hair over two weeks away - a stone's throw from a heck of an opener between #14 Oregon and #16 Boise State - on the "Smurf Turf".  If the coma-inducing jerseys and field aren't enough, just look at the talent and implications of game one, as the Ducks could easily challenge USC for the Pac-10, while the Broncos could be this year's BCS darling.  Heck, one dream alone can be crushed before the opening weekend.

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Yes, Ohio State Can Beat USC

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Kevin Paul

One of the most hyped up games of the upcoming college football season is now just less than a month away.

Yes, football fans, grab those foam fingers, wash that jersey, and fill that fridge with cold ones, because Ohio State and USC are meeting at "The 'Shoe" on September 12th.

While many prognosticators see the Trojans rolling through Columbus with reckless abandon, this writer sees it a little differently - and there are a few reasons why Ohio State knocking off the Trojans isn't such a far-fetched idea...

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Breaking News: Small, Rose Ready To Join Buckeyes?

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Tim Cary

BuckeyeSports.com is reporting today that Ray Small and Robert Rose could be added to Ohio State's fall roster and on the practice field as soon as tomorrow. 

According to the story by Adam Jardy, the players have hinted at good news on their Twitter accounts, other members of the team have basically confirmed as much, and Jim Tressel has been reluctantly positive on the players' prospects for joining the squad sooner as opposed to later.

The high school teammates would provide a great deal of playmaking and depth for the Buckeyes if they are in fact ready to practice, and the possible additions would complete Ohio State's roster at the maximum of 105 players.
CFB: Ohio State vs Northwestern Nov 8   NCAA Football: Ohio State vs. Michigan NOV 22

For a team looking for its fifth straight Big Ten championship and still reeling from losing linebacker Tyler Moeller for the season, today's news couldn't be much better and definitely couldn't come at a better time.

Tyler Moeller's Family Releases Statement

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Kristofer Green

Amy Moeller, mother of Ohio State linebacker Tyler Moeller, released a statement today through the university about the details of the incident that cause Moeller's season ending head injury.

On behalf of the Moeller family, I would like to express our deepest gratitude for the outpouring of concern, well wishes and prayers that Tyler and our family have received over the past few weeks.

We were on a family vacation in Florida, celebrating his grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary following the end of the OSU summer quarter. On the first evening of vacation, Tyler was with several family members, including his uncle at a popular restaurant/bar; it was there that Tyler was assaulted. He never saw it coming and did nothing to provoke it, which is substantiated by neutral parties. The subject was immediately arrested and the case is currently in the hands of the State Attorney's Office.

Tyler received immediate medical attention for a head injury suffered as the result of the assault, was admitted in to the emergency room and spent several days in a Florida ICU unit. We're very appreciative of the care that we received there.

Once back in Columbus and after additional medical treatment the decision to admit Moeller to the OSU Medicl Center was made. After surgery, Moeller was released on Monday and is now at his home in Cincinnati recovering.

We are most happy to report that Tyler is doing extremely well and chomping at the bit to get going again. We fully expect him to be on the field again - we are just not sure of the time frame. Thank you all! GO BUCKS!!

The junior linebacker was expected to start for the Buckeyes this season, but now will most likely miss the entire season.

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A Big Ten Football Tribute to John Hughes and his Movies

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Kevin Paul

John Hughes was a genius, a one of a kind talent who blessed the world with comedic gems such as Ferris Bueller's Day Off, National Lampoon's Vacation, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Mr. Mom, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Home Alone, Uncle Buck and more.

Sadly, Hughes left the world prematurely after dying of a heart attack at age 59 just a few short days ago.  The writer/producer/director had ties with the city of Chicago, and the people who lived there loved him like they love deep dish pizza, the Wrigley Field ivy, Ozzie Guillen's potty mouth and Big Ten football.

That's where this piece comes in - to provide a Big Ten football tribute to the passing of John Hughes, by providing a list of famous quotes from many of his movies, and providing the Big Ten football personality that fits the quote the most...
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Update on Ohio State's Tyler Moeller: Out For the Season?

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Kristofer Green

The Youngstown Vindicator is reporting that Ohio State senior linebacker Tyler Moeller suffered a seizure during routine drills at Ohio Stadium on Thursday and will likely miss the season because of the head injury.

"Linebacker Tyler Moeller remained hospitalized last night in fair condition at OSU Medical Center. Team sources said Moeller suffered the injury in July during a trip to Florida, when his head hit the floor. Some reports have said Moeller, 21, was punched in a bar."
Moeller was in Florida two weeks ago where he apparently suffered the original injury. He was not hospitalized immendiatly and returned to Ohio last week.

Details of Moeller's treatment are still unclear, but sources say the normal recovery time for this type of injury is two to three months. It could be much longer before he is cleared to play.

Moeller was expected to start for the Buckeye defense this season.

Ohio State has not yet commented on the situation.

Ohio State Linebacker Tyler Moeller in Fair Condition at OSU Medical Center

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Kristofer Green

The Ohio State Buckeyes opened fall camp today at the Woody Hayes Athletic without the services of three upperclassman.

Robert Rose and Ray Small have both been dealing with eligibility issues related to academic problems at summer school sessions. Both Small and Rose had indicated, as soon as last week, that they expected to be at camp, but neither reported.

But it is the absence of linebacker Tyler Moeller that has dominated the headlines from Columbus today. WCMH-TV in Columbus reported that the junior was hospitalized on Saturday at the OSU Medical Center for an apparent head injury suffered several weeks ago. 

According to Bucknuts.com, Moeller attended the team's final preseason conditioning session Thursday evening at Ohio Stadium, but did not actively participate, then subsequently went to the hospital to undergo tests.

Shelly Poe, Ohio State football spokesperson, said Moeller is expected to return to the team in a few days, but no details were offered by the Buckeyes and there are doubts as to whether that will actually happen.
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Big Ten Needs to Walk the Talk

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Kevin Paul

It's a broken record... the movie Groundhog Day in football form.  

The SEC owns the Big Ten.

The SEC owns college football.

Big Ten fans respond by grabbing a dull spoon and making a twirling motion towards their chests.

If you're a die-hard Big Ten football fan, then you likely dabbled in watching the Media Day coverage a number of days back.  Yours truly did.  And if you noticed, there was an intruder in the back room, with a southern accent, occasionally peppering questions that were borderline toying with that naughty three-letter word...

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