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Football | Ohio State Insider: QB change, shaky start hurtful in polls?

Eamon Queeney | Dispatch

Quarterback J.T. Barrett got better as the opener against Navy went along, throwing two TD passes.

25 words or fewer: After navigating rough seas early, the Buckeyes and J.T. Barrett finally ran Navy’s blockade. There’s no plan to offer Virginia Tech safe harbor Saturday night.

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Ohio State football: Virginia Tech ready to bring quick offense to ’Shoe

Matt Gentry | Associated Press

Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Brewer completed 23 of 30 passes against William & Mary.

There was a reason Virginia Tech kept a lid on all of its preseason practices and scrimmages. The Hokies only wish they could have concealed their plans through their opening game.

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Ohio State notebook: Rod Smith earns playing time

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer enjoys rewarding effort on special teams with more playing time, and so he will again this week with senior running back Rod Smith.

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Ohio State football: No excuses now for new starters, Urban Meyer says

Making definitive judgments from a season opener usually is a dangerous proposition. That might be especially true for Ohio State, which overcame a shaky first three quarters to pull away from Navy 34-17 on Saturday.

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Rob Oller commentary: Lack of star QB leaves Ohio State coaches exposed

The Ohio State peanut gallery doubles as a munitions factory that manufactures explosive goobers used for blowing up coaches. Defense can’t stop a Little Tykes truck? KA-BOOM goes the defensive coordinator. Running game going in reverse? Peanut-shell shrapnel catches the offensive line coach. Buckeyes lose a bowl game? Head coach gets torn to pieces.

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Ohio State football | Inside the Beat: Barrett passes opening test, but questions remain

Kyle Robertson | Dispatch

Joey Bosa registers a sack of Navy's Keenan Reynolds.

Not many recent seasons have opened with as many question marks as Ohio State's 2014 season did. The Buckeyes survived Navy 34-17 in Baltimore, but it's safe to say that many questions remain.

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Around baseball: Phillies record combined no-hitter

Curtis Compton | Atlanta Journal Constitution

Cole Hamels, left, understood being taken out of the game after the sixth inning on a hot and humid day despite having a no-hitter.

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Bob Hunter commentary: Russell Branyan not taking this opportunity with Clippers lightly

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Baseball: Clippers enter postseason on a high after dramatic win

Kyle Robertson | DISPATCH

The Clippers’ Audy Ciriaco tries to avoid the water thrown by teammate Toru Murata after Ciriaco connected on the winning hit.

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Around college football: Louisville tops Miami to win its ACC debut

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Keep Your Friends Close And Your Rivals Closer?

Ohio State Buckeyes, we are told, don’t give a darn for the whole state of Michigan.

But that’s only true in the same way that liberals don’t give a darn for conservatives, and yet spend entire shows carving up Rush Limbaugh; and conservatives don’t give a darn for liberals, yet seem obsessed with some guy named Barack Obama.

Unfortunately, “We’re actually constantly driven to outdo the whole state of Michigan in every way, shape and form,” makes for an awfully clunky song lyric.

Judging by ticket sales, it is even possible that some Ohio State fans are more interested in Michigan’s game this weekend than some Wolverines supporters are.

Reminded that the Maize and Blue will be playing Appalachian State, OSU linebacker Joshua Perry, for instance, admitted he’s familiar with the history there. “That would be something to see. I remember a few years ago, when they went down to those guys.”

Obviously, he’s hoping for a repeat, right?

“I doubt that they’re going to let that happen again, and I want them to play really well, so that when we play them, it’s going to be a big game.”

While he’s not pulling for the upset, note that Perry doesn’t refer to Michigan. He doesn’t even call them the School Up North. He just calls them, “them.”

Buckeye tight end Jeff Heuerman, on the other hand, is cheering for a Mountaineers victory. “My high school coach is the linebackers coach at Appalachian State, so I’ll be obviously rooting for him,” Heuerman said. “I’ll wish him luck before the game, as he always does to me.”

Buckeye Defensive lineman Chris Carter has another perspective still. Once Ohio State’s game with Navy wraps up, he’ll have more pressing things to do than to check in on the Maize and Blue.

“The first thing I’m going to do is call my brother, who’s in his eighth year in the Navy, and he’s stationed in Djibouti,” Carter said. “And my father, who’s a Navy vet.”

After those phone calls? “Then maybe I’ll find out the score,” Carter laughed.

So if you ask an Ohio State fan on this, the eve of their college football season, if they’re also eager to know the outcome of the Wolverines game, they might tell you, “Frankly, I don’t give a darn.”

But tomorrow is another day.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 0 Comments

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