Starting cornerback Donald Washington and reserve cornerback Eugene Clifford will not play in the BCS National Championship Game after violating team rules. The Columbus Dispatch has the details.
The Dispatch has a feature story on receiver Brian Robiskie, who excels in the classroom and on the field.
The Canton Repository has a feature story on how OSU quarterback Todd Boeckman is looking to bounce back in the title game.
The Dayton Daily News has a story on what a computer predicted would happen when the Buckeyes and LSU Tigers clash in New Orleans.
The Big Ten will increase background checks on officials after Yahoo Sports reported that referee Stephen Pamon, the head ref for the OSU-Illinois game this season, has been accused of sexual harassment, fired from a police department, convicted of battery against children and declared bankruptcy in part because of gambling issues. The Dispatch and Dayton Daily News have the story.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer has an OSU football notebook.
Finally, ever heard of the Tom Bowl? If not, this Dispatch story is for you. The Buckeyes have been invited to play in this season's edition of the Tom Bowl.
Down on the Bayou
The Baton Rouge (La.) Advocate has a story on the budding friendship between LSU's Glenn Dorsey and OSU's James Laurinaitis.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune has a story on the city preparing for fans of six different college football teams to descend on the Big Easy. The Times-Picayune also has a story on LSU defensive coordinator Bo Pelini and his Ohio ties.
The Shreveport (La.) Times has a story on how injured lineman Will Arnold is planning to make his long-awaited return in the BCS National Championship Game. The Times also takes a look at the bowl schedule as Navy and Utah start the postseason in the Poinsettia Bowl tonight.