Buckeyes Ready For Rare Off Weekend

The Ohio State football team has no game this Saturday, and its coaches and players have various plans for their time away from the field. From visiting family to watching football and eating chicken wings, the Buckeyes will take advantage of their down time.

There will be no football game this weekend for the Ohio State football team. The gray helmets with the famous Buckeye leaf stickers adorned on it will collect dust as OSU's coaches and players complete their open week.

But don't think that they don't have any plans for the weekend.

Urban Meyer knows where he'll be on Saturday. After a week of OSU practices and recruiting stops across the country, the head coach will be in Atlanta. It won't be a football-related trip, however. He'll be at Georgia Tech to see daughter Nicki play for the Yellow Jackets' women's volleyball team.

"My daughter's got her Senior Day at Georgia Tech, so I'm going to watch her play," Meyer said Wednesday. "She's a senior. It's unbelievable, her career is winding down. She's a 3.8 student and a captain. I get to watch her play. It's really cool."

Meyer and his coaching staff put his team through a taxing week of practice – hitting the field on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Junior offensive tackle Jack Mewhort said OL coach Ed Warinner was "coaching us like we're playing the Super Bowl on Saturday." Mewhort said he is looking forward to getting a break.

"I'll probably lay on the couch and watch games all day," Mewhort said. "I don't plan on doing much."

That was a familiar response to the question of what the players were going to do with their off weekend. Junior tailback Carlos Hyde was going to get in some much-needed family time, too.

"I'm going to go visit my mom," said Hyde, who added that on Wednesday he had yet to tell her he was coming. "She's down in Cincinnati, and I'm going to go visit her and get around my family for a little bit."

Hyde will get some home cooking, naturally, but will also have his eyes on what is going on across the country in his sport.

"I'm a football-head," he said.

Not only was Hyde going to watch college football on Saturday but he was going to go to a high school game with fellow junior Kenny Guiton.

"He found a good game in Columbus," Hyde said of the backup QB. "So we're going to check it out."

Even though the Buckeyes won't play this weekend, staying close to the sport was a typical answer. Co-captain Garrett Goebel said he was going to take it easy and watch games, especially the contest being broadcast at noon on ESPN2 – one featuring Wisconsin, OSU's next opponent, who travel to Bloomington to take on Indiana.

"That's the big one for me," Goebel said.

Sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier is also eager to watch the Badgers. Additionally, he will try to find games featuring the other unbeaten teams. When asked what his Saturday plans are, however, junior Marcus Hall had a different response.

"It's probably going to have something to do with food, I can tell you that," the 6-5, 315-pound offensive lineman said. "I'll probably go eat somewhere."

Hall went on to add that he'll multitask – eat and watch college football games. He'll be at a local wings establishment near campus with plenty of food and big-screen televisions.

"It's perfect, like heaven," Hall joked.

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