1. How Ohio State's Sam Hubbard Went from Freak Athlete to Emerging Star

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — It's tough to tell where the legend of Ohio State defensive end Sam Hubbard begins. Everyone seems to have a different starting point...

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  2. Why Ohio State's J.T. Barrett Is the Perfect Heisman Trophy Candidate

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Since arriving at Ohio State, Urban Meyer has been clear what his expectation has been for his starting quarterback. "If you're going to play quarterback at Ohio State, you need to be a Heisman candidate," Meyer said...

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  3. Michigan Survives 1st Test, Is Now Set for Collision Course with Ohio State

    It wasn't Michigan's prettiest victory, but by the time the clock hit zeros in Ann Arbor on Saturday, the Wolverines' status as a national championship contender was solidified...

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  4. Meet Joe Burger, the Walk-On Who Became an Ohio State Captain

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — In the second half of the season-opening battle between Ohio State and Bowling Green, linebacker Joe Burger took the field, tallying four tackles, including a half-tackle for a loss...

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  5. Jabrill Peppers' Impact Proving He's a Worthy, Albeit Unlikely Heisman Contender

    Even though you may not realize it, Jabrill Peppers always seems to be making an impact. With one minute, 38 seconds remaining in the first quarter of his team's Saturday afternoon ...

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  6. Big Ten May Be Top-Heavy, but It's Still Best Conference in College Football

    In 2014, Paul Finebaum authored a book titled My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why the SEC Still Rules College Football . Two years later, it's looking like it might be time for a follow-up...

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  7. Big Ten Football Q&A: Who Has Been the B1G's Early Breakout Star in 2016?

    Week 3 of the college football season is in the books, and what do you know, the Big Ten finds itself on top. Sure, Alabama is still No...

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  8. Why Michigan Needs to Make a Statement vs. Penn State

    It may not have garnered much attention in what was an uber -eventful day in the college football world, but for the first time in the still-young 2016 season, the Michigan Wolverines ...

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  9. The Case for Ohio State as No. 1 Team in College Football

    An hourlong lightning delay couldn't slow down Ohio State. Oklahoma wasn't able to either. And by the time the third week of the college football season had ended, it became clear these Buckeyes may be the team to beat in 2016...

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  10. Don't Forget About Big Ten's 'Third Wheel' in the Race for the Conference Title

    As he approaches the end of his first decade in East Lansing, Mark Dantonio's program has come to be defined not by the championships it's won, the pipeline to the pros it's built or even its remarkable record against its rivals...

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  11. Meet Malik Hooker: The Ohio State Star Who Almost Never Was

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Malik Hooker sat at a table in the Ohio Stadium interview room adjacent to the Buckeyes locker room, surrounded by a throng of reporters in what's become the new normal for his postgame press conferences...

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  12. Big Ten Football Q&A: Who Has Been the B1G's Most Disappointing Team in 2016?

    It's two weeks down and 10 to go in the college football regular season, and in the Big Ten, some of the conference's biggest non-league games will be played in the coming week...

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  13. The New Michigan Man: Jabrill Peppers Is the Perfect Jim Harbaugh Player

    Ask Jabrill Peppers what position he plays, and the Michigan defensive back/linebacker/running back/receiver won't have a direct answer for you. "I'd just say 'athlete...

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  14. Oklahoma Awaits as 1st True Test for Dominant Ohio State Defense

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two games through the 2016 season, Ohio State's defense has been one of the most impressive in the country...

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  15. The Future Is Now for Ohio State and Michigan Freshman Classes

    At the football cathedral that is Ohio Stadium, names aren't hard to come by. Look to the northwest corner, and you'll find those of past Heisman Trophy winners serving as a barrier between the upper and lower decks...

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  16. Meet Wilton Speight: The Man Holding the Keys to the Michigan Offense

    It took all of one play for Wilton Speight to get Michigan fans to do the impossible: question Jim Harbaugh ...

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  17. Big Ten Q&A: Could 2 B1G Teams Make the College Football Playoff?

    After eight excruciating months, the 2016 college football season has arrived. Now that there's actually football to talk about, what better time to reprise the ole Big Ten Q&A? ...

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  18. Look Out, Deshaun Watson: J.T. Barrett Primed to Challenge as Best QB in CFB

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — J.T. Barrett's 2016 debut started the way you would have thought it would—with a touchdown pass. He just happened to throw it to the wrong team...

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  19. Get Ready for Next Act in the J.T. Barrett Roller Coaster

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Four years ago, J.T. Barrett contemplated ending his college football career before it ever began. For those of us who follow the sport—and especially Ohio State fans—thankfully he didn't...

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  20. Who's Winning the Battle of Big Ten Titans: Urban Meyer or Jim Harbaugh?

    On the final Saturday of last November, a mentally depleted Urban Meyer took center stage in the crowded interview room adjacent to the visitor's locker room in Michigan Stadium...

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  21. Does the Hype Match the Reality for Jim Harbaugh, Michigan Football?

    What started as a one-liner in a high school commencement speech in June has since turned into a mantra for Michigan football entering its second season under the direction of Jim Harbaugh...

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  22. The Next Bosa: Joey's Younger Brother Nick Is Ready to Face the Hype

    It's already a part of the Bosa legend. Three years ago, Ohio State great Cris Carter was holding court with reporters as the Buckeyes wrapped up an Orange Bowl practice in Fort Lauderdale, Florida...

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  23. Will Ohio State Unseat Alabama as College Football's Reigning Dynasty?

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — After Ohio State's spring game ended in April, Urban Meyer stepped to the podium with an enthusiasm typically reserved for a big rivalry game victory or even a national title...

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  24. Ohio State Football: Depth Chart Analysis, Complete 2016 Preview and Predictions

    If Columbus seems calmer than it was a year ago, that's because it is. Make no mistake, Ohio's capital city is still as football-crazed as ever, but as opposed to the start of last ...

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  25. There's Only One Winner in Jim Harbaugh's Feud with the Media: Jim Harbaugh

    Jim Harbaugh has one goal and one goal only: to win as many games as possible for Michigan. Pick a fight with the head coach and you might find yourself helping him accomplish his goal...

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