The Columbus Dispatch has a story on how the little plays have been big for Ohio State this season. Rob Oller of the Dispatch has a column on how head coach Jim Tressel's teams usually avoid humbling defeats. The Dispatch also has a note on OSU retiring the No. 99 of Bill Willis and a unit-by-unit comparison of the Buckeyes and Boilermakers going into tonight's game. The Dispatch also has an OSU football notebook.
The Dayton Daily News has a story on the test Ohio State will face in Purdue's offense. The Dayton Daily News also has a story on how tough Purdue has been vs. Ohio State in recent matchups and a story on OSU receiver Brian Robiskie. The DDN also has a preview and prediction for tonight's showdown.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer has a story on OSU retiring Willis' number, as well as a story on how Tressel changes his offenses to suit his team. (Note: The Plain Dealer's website has been down for most of the morning).
The Akron Beacon Journal has a story on tonight's clash between Ohio State's defense and Purdue's offense. The Toledo Blade, Lima News, Lorain Morning Journal, Indianapolis Star and The Associated Press (via the Mansfield News Journal) all also have a game preview.
The Lima News also has an OSU football notebook.
The Lafayette (Ind.) Journal and Courier has a story on the Buckeyes' strong defense. The Journal and Courier also has spotlight stories on Purdue senior linebacker Dan Bick and a story on running back Kory Sheets. The Journal and Courier also has a story on the last time Ohio State faced Purdue in 2004, as well as a look at the five keys to the game for Purdue and a look at how the Boilermakers and Buckeyes matchup.
The Fort Wayne (Ind.) Journal Gazette has a story on how the Ohio State game is not a statement game for Purdue.
The Dayton Daily News has a Purdue football notebook.