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Before moving on to bigger things, Indiana awaits

Brooke LaValley | Dispatch

Coach Urban Meyer says the Buckeyes need to be focused on today's game against the Hoosiers before worrying about what's down the road.

Sometimes it’s not who you play, but when and the stakes involved. Indiana usually is a bug on Ohio State’s windshield, and today’s game should be no exception. But given the stakes involved, the Buckeyes know they had better accelerate over the Hoosiers without incident.

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Across the ball: QB attrition turns freshman into starter

Sam Riche | AP photo

Indiana freshman quarterback Zander Diamont scrambles out of the pocket against Michigan State in his first career start in October.

It’s still hard for Kevin Johns to believe what has happened at quarterback for Indiana this year. As the Hoosiers’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Johns will enter Ohio Stadium today with an offense led by freshman Zander Diamont in his fifth career start.

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Ohio State football: Coleman’s big season for Indiana little-noticed

Sam Riche

Tevin Coleman

Tevin Coleman gained a career-best 307 rushing yards. It was the second-most prolific rushing game in Hoosiers history and set a Scarlet Knights stadium record, but it wasn’t enough to earn the junior the honor of Big Ten offensive player of the week.

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Recruiting: Gahanna's Jonathon Cooper to come sing Ohio’s praise


Ohio State commitment Jonathon Cooper, center, is a star defensive end as well as an a cappella singer at Gahanna.

When Jonathon Cooper is on the charge, he is ferocious to confront face to face on the football field, Gahanna coach Bruce Ward said. That’s one of the reasons Ohio State came knocking early and gained a commitment last week from Cooper for its 2016 recruiting class.

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Bob Hunter commentary | Rumblings: Ohio State's recruits exceed slots, so new signings on hold

Ohio State might have worked itself into a numbers crunch with its 2015 football recruiting class, which stands at 21 commitments, three more than the Buckeyes have openings.

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Ohio State Insider: Men's basketball: Don’t expect Buckeyes to be tested the rest of the month

Barbara J. Perenic | DISPATCH

Ohio State senior point guard Shannon Scott is the early national leader with 12.5 assists per game.

The Buckeyes started 2-0 for the 11th year in a row under coach Thad Matta, winning at home against Massachusetts-Lowell (92-55) and Marquette (74-63). They are 95-1 at home against unranked nonconference opponents since Matta arrived in 2004, the only loss coming to West Virginia in 2008.

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Blue Jackets: Around NHL, Jack Johnson’s bankruptcy a warning

Blue Jackets players said they knew about the financial distress of defenseman Jack Johnson long before the story of his bankruptcy was published on Thursday by The Dispatch. He shared his situation with teammates so they wouldn’t hear about it in the press, they said.

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Blue Jackets notebook: Failures on faceoffs frustrate Richards

Barbara J. Perenic | DISPATCH

Adam Cracknell, taking a hit from Toronto’s Mike Santorelli, has won 38.2 percent of his faceoffs.

The Blue Jackets must be ready to compete from the first drop of the puck tonight against the Boston Bruins at Nationwide Arena, coach Todd Richards said after practice yesterday. That was not coach-speak. He meant it quite literally.

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Bills game moved to Detroit, Monday night

Marcio Jose Sanchez | Associated Press

The Chiefs’ Jamaal Charles falls forward after being tackled by the Raiders’ Khalil Mack, bottom, as teammate Larry Asante approaches the play.

The NFL decided last night to move the Buffalo Bills’ home game against the New York Jets to Monday night in Detroit after a severe winter storm pounded western New York.

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