Buckeye fans will give a boost to the New Orleans economy during this weekend and through the BCS National Championship Game. The Columbus Dispatch has the story. Bob Hunter of the Dispatch also has a column on a still-recovering Big Easy.
The Dayton Daily News has a story on Dayton-area native Marcus Freeman.
The Dispatch has a story on former Buckeye Bo Rein, who was a short-time coach at LSU before he passed away in a plane crash.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer has a story on LSU's offense, and how it will not be unfamiliar for the Buckeyes. The Plain Dealer also has a story on how northeast Ohioans do not seem to be as excited for the game as they were last season.
LSU's Devin Hester is also the subject of a Dispatch story.
The Dayton Daily News has a story on OSU quarterback Todd Boeckman and how he is dating the daughter of an OSU assistant coach. The DDN also has a story on how a Buckeye victory can lead to more money for Ohio State, as well as a LSU football notebook.
The Canton Repository has a story on the upcoming "purple-and-gold storm" waiting for the Buckeyes. The Repository also has a story on LSU's offensive attack, a story on OSU's underdog role and an OSU football notebook.
The Plain Dealer has a story on the Ohio-Louisiana matchup.
Tom Archdeacon of the Dayton Daily News has a story on New Orleans' Ernie K-Doe Mother-In-Law Lounge and its symbolic meaning.
The Toledo Blade has a story on Ohio native Greg Studrawa, LSU's offensive line coach.
The Cincinnati Enquirer has a story on how OSU's defense must lead the way Monday night.
Ticket demand for the BCS title game is the subject of a Dispatch story.
Mark Katz of the Dayton Daily News has a column on college football's ranking system.
The Associated Press (via the Dispatch) has a national college football notebook.
The women's basketball team has suffered a big loss due to an academic ineligibility. The Dispatch has the details. The Dispatch also has a note on the OSU men's hockey team losing to visiting Alaska Friday night.
Down on the Bayou
The New Orleans Times-Picayune has a feature story on Louisiana native Nader Abdallah and his Big Easy roots. The Times-Picayune also has a story on the Steltz family ready to cheer on a second son in an LSU title game.
The Baton Rouge (La.) Advocate has a story on Flynn and Boeckman and how they have followed a top draft pick and Heisman winner, respectively. The Advocate also has a story on OSU defensive end Vernon Gholston.
The Times-Picayune has a story on OSU defensive back Malcolm Jenkins. The Advocate also has a story on OSU co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell, a story on LSU's strength and conditioning coach Tommy Moffitt.
Scott Rabalais of the Advocate has a column on Les Miles and how he has been a stabling force for the Tigers. The Advocate also has a BCS notebook and a story on LSU's Kirston Pittman, who was a part of LSU's 2003 BCS title-winning team.