News Links - 12/30/06

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No. 1 Buckeyes play follow the leader - Bucyrus Telegraph
Most of Buckeye Nation doesn't know this -- not even the coaches -- but Ohio State football players apparently talk as good a game as they play.

Buckeyes blundered right away in 2002 title game - Canton Repository
Those who know Jim Tressel best say never play the man in poker. He has no tells, and looking at the 2002 national championship game may be the best example.

Fear of missing big game fuels satellite demands - Columbus Dispatch
Carl Sagraves has been in the TV retail business for more than 50 years, but he says he's never seen anything quite like this.

Buckeyes aim for balance in preparation schedule - Columbus Dispatch
The resort hotel where top-ranked Ohio State set up camp yesterday will never be confused for a monastery, à la the southern California hideaway where coach Woody Hayes sequestered the Buckeyes to prepare for the 1971 Rose Bowl.

Birth of a Nation - Columbus Dispatch
Up north, as southerners describe anything above the Ohio River, Florida college football always fell into two categories: the 'Canes and Bobby Bowden.

Breakfast NCAA bowls? It's all TV's fault - Dayton Daily News
Remember when college football bowl games were played during the "holiday season" and were considered rewards for players who had worked so hard during the regular season?

One-loss champions not that unusual - Dayton Daily News
In 1977, Notre Dame lost by a touchdown to Mississippi in its second game of the season. The Fighting Irish won their next 10 games, including a 38-10 thrashing of Texas in the Orange Bowl, and became 11-1 national champions.

Meyers' "gift" inspired Gators following loss - Dayton Daily News
A week after an emotional road win against ninth-ranked LSU, the Florida football team traveled to Auburn for another in a line of pivotal Southeastern Conference games. It was Oct. 14, in the season's seventh game, that many felt the Gators' national championship hopes came to an end with a 27-17 loss to the Tigers.

Bucks glad to get back to desert - Elyria Chronicle Telegram
No matter what happens in the national championship game against Florida on Jan. 8, the Ohio State Buckeyes will likely remain near the top of the B/C/S — beef/carnivore/steak — rankings.

Family fun can be foiled by funds - Cleveland Plain Dealer
Nearly 73,000 fans will fill University of Phoenix Stadium for the BCS national title game on Jan. 8. Parents and siblings of the Ohio State players will be part of the crowd, but a few family members who want to be there may be left at home.

Gentry has learned patience after spinal-cord injury - Salem News
Most of the tears and questions are in the past. All Tyson Gentry really wants now is to get on with his life.


Matta eager to see how Buckeyes bounce back - Columbus Dispatch
a 10-2 team from the Big Ten against a 2-10 outfit from the Division I fringe — that prompts coaches to say they are more concerned with how their team plays than how the other one might.

Game Preview - Coppin State - Columbus Dispatch
Guide to today's non-conference finale versus Coppin State

Ohio State vs. Coppin State - Dayton Daily News
Preview of today's non-conference basketball tilt

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