Buckeyes Tumble Out Of Associated Press Top 25 For 1st Time In 7 Years

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Newest AP Poll Has Ohio State Out Of The Top 25 For 1st Time Since 2004

For the first time since 2004, the Ohio State Buckeyes are not in the Top 25 of the Associated Press poll.

OSU's 24-6 loss last night to the Miami Hurricanes has dropped the Buckeyes to 32nd. It is the first time in the last 104 "Top 25"s that the school has not seen their name listed somewhere in the poll.

The Oklahoma Sooners are still atop the rankings, while conference rivals LSU and Alabama are ranked 2-3.

Here is the complete AP poll, as well as polls from USA Today and FCS coaches.

Of Big Ten teams, the Wisconsin Badgers are ranked 6th, while the Nebraska Cornhuskers are 9th. The Michigan Wolverines come in at 22nd, while the Illinois Fighting Illini are at 24.


Buckeyes Vs. Hurricanes Final: Miami Stifles Buckeyes Through The Air, Wins 24-6

The story of tonight’s game can pretty well be summed up with this statement: Ohio State gained 10 yards more through the air in the final two plays of the game than they had in the first 59 and a half minutes.

The Miami Hurricanes struck for two first quarter TD passes from Jacory Harris, then put the game away with a time-consuming drive in the fourth quarter, and handed the 17th-ranked Buckeyes a humbling 24-6 loss in south Florida, dropping Ohio State to 2-1 on the season.

But truly, can Joe Bauserman or Braxton Miller be faulted too much for the 36 total passing yards?

After all, this was supposed to be Terrelle Pryor’s team in 2011. Of course, since Pryor now plays for the Oakland Raiders of the NFL, he was not exactly available tonight for the Buckeyes.

But Pryor is gone and no sense belaboring the point. It is what it is.

And what it is now is — OSU needs to find a passing attack that can function against teams that aren’t nicknamed Zips or Rockets.

Harris hit Allen Hurns twice from three yards out in the opening quarter, and Miami led 14-0 before the Buckeyes dented the scoreboard on a 22-yard Drew Basil field goal midway through the second quarter. Basil struck again from 24 yards out less than four minutes later, and OSU was within 14-6, but Jake Wieclaw hit from 25 yards as the clock expired to end the first half, and Miami led by 11.

After a scoreless third period, Miami iced it with a 14-play, 69-yard drive that took 9:37 off the clock, scoring the final touchdown of the night on a 1-yard Mike James run with less than a minute to play.

The Buckeyes racked up 165 yards on the ground on 37 carries, led by Jordan Hall’s 87 yards on 14 touches, but until the final minute OSU had 13 — that’s right, 13 — net yards passing.

Bauserman finished 2-of-13 for 13 yards, while Miller was 2-of-4 for 23. Both of Miller’s completions came as the clock wound down, so take them with a grain of salt.

Harris finished 16-of-23 for 123 yards and the ‘Canes rushed for 247, led by Lamar Miller’s 188 yards on 27 carries, as Miami outgained the Buckeyes 370-201.

Next for Ohio State are the Colorado Buffaloes next Saturday back in Columbus in the last tune-up before Big Ten play commences in two weeks.

Looks like Coach Fickell has some work ahead of him figuring out who is going to be the field-general going forward, because folks, this Miami team is not the juggernaut they used to be, and by making the OSU passing attack look so bad, they gave incentive to every salivating Big Ten team that might have been watching.


Miami Rides 2 TD Passes And Struggling OSU Passing Game To 17-6 Halftime Lead

Ohio State is fortunate to be trailing the Miami Hurricanes by only 17-6 at the half tonight in Florida.

Jacory Harris tossed two 3-yard TD passes to Allen Hurns in the opening quarter, then things settled down a bit and the Buckeyes kicked two second quarter field goals to trim a 14-point deficit to 11 going into the locker room.

The Buckeyes are 1-for-10 in the passing game for 4 net yards, but the OSU ground game has accounted for 127 yards, with Jordan Hall leading the way with 83 yards on 13 carries.

The Hurricanes have had a more balanced offense. Harris has hit 8-of-13 for 66 yards, and Miami has 150 yards rushing.

Harris has thrown two interceptions to go with his two TD passes, while Braxton Miller has a pick for the Buckeyes.

Miami has the lead in first downs at 10-9, but as said earlier, OSU is fortunate to be in the game, as they have gone 1-of-7 on third down as opposed to the Hurricanes’ 6-of-7.


College Football Saturday Sees A Full Slate Of Games For 'Our' Teams

Besides Ohio State’s game in Florida against the Miami Hurricanes (which will surely garner most of the attention of area fans), two of our local teams will also be on the road on Saturday, as the Akron Zips travel downstate to take on the Cincinnati Bearcats, and the Kent St. Golden Flashes go all the way to Kansas to play the Kansas St. Wildcats.

Akron is 0-2 in 2011, including a road loss to the Buckeyes, and will be facing a Cincinnati team that comes in at 1-1. the Bearcats destroyed Austin Peay 72-10, then were themselves thrashed by the Tennessee Volunteers 45-23.

The Zips, after losing to Ohio State in the opening week, were beaten last week by Temple 41-3.

Poor Akron has been outscored 83-3 in its two games. Let’s hope they can give a good showing in their 3:30 matchup in the Queen City.

Kansas St. is 1-0 after a narrow 10-7 win over Eastern Kentucky at home two weeks ago, while the Flashes are 0-2. Kent St. lost on "opening day" 48-7 at Alabama. No shame in being blown out by the second-ranked Crimson Tide.

But then Kent came home and was beaten by Lousiana-Lafayette 20-12, so needless to say, they will need a much better effort to stay in the game against the Wildcats in their 7:00 contest tonight.

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