Buckeyes near full strength
COLUMBUS, Ohio — There is almost no one — except for maybe a deluded fan somewhere — who believes Florida A&M has a remote chance against fourth-ranked Ohio State on Saturday.
With a Big Ten opener a week later against rival Wisconsin, the Buckeyes will use the Rattlers as a full-dress scrimmage to iron out the final wrinkles before embarking on the games that really count.
Coach Urban Meyer expected his players to be complacent this week, and was prepared to have his assistants jump down their throats to get them to focus. But that wasn’t necessary. The Buckeyes have been efficient and businesslike all week.
The big news around Ohio State isn’t who the opponent is but rather who’ll be back on the field: tailback Carlos Hyde and quarterback Braxton Miller.
Badgers look to run past Purdue
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin is ready to take off in the Big Ten.
Sophomore Melvin Gordon leads a stable of running backs for the 24th-ranked Badgers (2-1) in the conference opener against Purdue (1-2) at Camp Randall Stadium.
Gordon’s 159 yards rushing per game trails only Rutgers’ Paul James among Football Bowl Subdivision schools. He ran for an 80-yard touchdown on his signature sweep play during last week’s crushing 32-30 loss at Arizona State.
Boilermakers coach Darrell Hazell says his team will try to stop the run and make the Badgers as one-dimensional as possible. He’s also hoping to build on the promising play that emerged in Purdue’s 31-24 loss last week to Notre Dame.
Purdue is trying to snap a seven-game skid to Wisconsin dating back to 2004.
ACC: Unclear if Wolfpack player stepped out
GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Atlantic Coast Conference’s coordinator of officials says it isn’t clear whether a North Carolina State player stepped out of bounds during a critical play in a loss to No. 3 Clemson.
Doug Rhoads issued a statement Friday, one day after Clemson beat the Wolfpack 26-14.
Momentum swung on Bryan Underwood’s long sideline run for an apparent touchdown. An official blew the play dead, ruling he stepped out at the Clemson 47. That prompted prolonged booing from the crowd.
N.C. State fumbled three plays later and Clemson followed with a touchdown to go up 20-7.
Rhoads says his office viewed “all available angles” numerous times and says some images seem to show Underwood didn’t step out while another indicated he did.
Rhoads says it “cannot be resolved beyond all doubt.”
Report: Foster says he took money at Tennessee
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Houston Texans running back Arian Foster says in an upcoming documentary he accepted money his senior year at Tennessee.
“Honestly, I don’t know if this will throw us into an NCAA investigation, but my senior year I was getting money on the side,” Foster says in the EPIX documentary. “I really didn’t have any money. I had to either pay the rent or buy some food. I remember the feeling, like, ‘Man, be careful,’ but there’s nothing wrong with it. You’re not going to convince me that there is something wrong with it.”
Sports Illustrated first reported Foster’s comments in the documentary, “Schooled: The Price of College Sports.”