Buckeye Newsstand, January 2

Take a look at the best stories that weren't done by us. Come along as we take a trip around the 'net for all the Ohio State news that you can handle.

Wednesday, January 2
Defensive tackle Nader Abdallah and his bittersweet return to New Orleans is the subject of a feature story in the Columbus Dispatch.

Ohio State's drug-testing program is the subject of a feature story by Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The Buckeyes head to New Orleans today. The Dispatch has a story on how it's all business for OSU. The Lorain Morning Journal also has a story on the departing Buckeyes.

The Mansfield News Journal has a story on OSU's 2005 recruits leading the Buckeyes this season.

The Akron Beacon Journal has a story on the Buckeyes preparing for their big task in the Big Easy.

The Dispatch has a story on the BCS title game gear fans can buy and how stores are changing the amount of items they sell and when because of last season's title game loss.

The Canton Repository has a story on the maturing process of OSU junior linebacker Marcus Freeman.

The Toledo Blade has a story on LSU head coach Les Miles and the respect he has for OSU's talent.

The Associated Press (via the Mansfield News Journal) has a story on OSU President Gordon Gee and Jim Tressel and their opposition to a college football playoff. Jim Naveau of the Lima News has a column on how a playoff would not solve everything.

Why are the Buckeyes and Tigers playing on a Monday for the BCS title? Money, of course, says a story in the Dispatch. The Associated Press (via the Dispatch) also has a national college football notebook.

Finally, Michael Arace of the Dispatch has a column on the end of the Lloyd Carr era at Michigan.

Big Ten bowl recaps
Michigan sent Lloyd Carr out in style with an upset win over Florida in the Capital One Bowl. The Ann Arbor News, Detroit Free Press and Detroit News have game recaps.

Wisconsin did not fare as well as the Wolverines vs. SEC competition. In a close game, the Badgers fell to Tennessee in the Outback Bowl. The Wisconsin State Journal and Capital Times of Madison, Wis., have the story.

Illinois got a rude welcome from USC in the Rose Bowl. The Fighting Illini struggled mightily in a 49-17 loss. The Champaign News-Gazette and Chicago Sun-Times have recaps.

Down on the Bayou
The Baton Rouge Advocate has a story on the Buckeyes and Tigers arriving in New Orleans in preparation for the big game.

The Shreveport Times has a story on how some of LSU's backups have come through for the Tigers this season. The Times also has a LSU football notebook.

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