The Columbus Dispatch has a story on Chris "Beanie" Wells and his motivation going into Monday's showdown.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer has a story on the chances OSU may use backup quarterback Antonio Henton in the title game. Bill Livingston of the Plain Dealer also has a column on Brian Robiskie and his football family. The Plain Dealer has an OSU football insider notebook as well.
Tom Archdeacon of the Dayton Daily News has a feature story on Alex Boone and the rest of the Buckeyes hoping to erase last season's bad memories. Kyle Nagel of the DDN also has a column from New Orleans.
Also, the Dayton Daily News has a feature story on Vernon Gholston and his co-ed living arrangement.
The Canton Repository has an OSU football notebook, as well as a story on what OSU's players and family may do while in New Orleans. The Repository) also has a story on what football means in Bayou Country.
Larry Phillips of the Mansfield News Journal has a column on how, despite what Georgia and USC accomplished, OSU vs. LSU is the real title game. The Associated Press (via the Mansfield News Journal) also has a story on Vernon Gholston, as well as a story on how returning to school helped OSU's Kirk Barton and LSU's Glenn Dorsey.
The Associated Press (via the Canton Repository) has a story on the bet between the governors of Ohio and Louisiana on the title game.
The Associated Press (via the Dispatch) has a NFL notebook, led by a note on the progression of former Buckeye Anthony Gonzalez. The AP (via the Dispatch) also has a national college football notebook.
The Dispatch has a story on Amy Balme, whose good deep earned her BCS title game tickets.
The men's and women's basketball teams earned victories in Big Ten play Thursday night. The men defeated host Illinois, and the Dispatch and The Associated Press (via the Plain Dealer have the story. The Dispatch also has a story from the women's home win over Michigan.
Finally, the Dispatch has a note on Brutus Buckeye appearing in an ESPN "SportsCenter" commercial.
Kansas capped its fantastic season with a 24-21 victory over Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl Thursday. The Lawrence Journal-World and The Associated Press (via the Dispatch) have game recaps.
Down on the Bayou
The Baton Rouge (La.) Advocate has a story on Pelini juggling his job as LSU's defensive coordinator with his future position as head coach at Nebraska. The Advocate also has a story on Wells, as well as a story on OSU trying to restore its reputation.
The Advocate has a story on Dorsey and defensive tackle Ricky Jean-Francois. The Advocate also has an OSU football notebook, as well as a story on LSU State Police Majo. Mike Edmonson, who provides security for LSU's head football coach Les Miles.