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Posts Tagged ‘Leaders Division.’

Bowl-banned Ohio State, Penn State can still win Leaders Division title

 

(courtesy of Big Ten Conference)

The Big Ten Conference has confirmed that even though both Ohio State and Penn State banned from playing in the Big Ten Championship Game and bowl games due to NCAA sanctions, both are still eligible to compete for the Leaders Division title and receive a trophy for the 2012 season.

PENN STATE AT OHIO STATE GAMEWEEK: Buckeyes try to rebound against Nittany Lions

 

(courtesy of Penn State athletics via wikipedia commons)

The Ohio State Buckeyes are looking to rebound this afternoon at home against the Penn State Nittany Lions.

The Buckeyes lost last week in overtime against the Purdue Boilermakers in West Lafayette, 26-23.

The Bucks could’ve won the game in regulation, but the extra point was blocked.

With that loss, OSU is an unheard of 1-3 on the road this season. During Jim Tressel’s tenure as a coach, they lost only three road games.

Today at 3:30 p.m., the Buckeyes will be hosting Penn State who is 8-2, 5-1 and the #1 team in the Leaders Division. OSU leads the series 13-12 and won 38-14 last year in Columbus.

The Nittany Lions are trying rebound themselves from a loss to Nebraska, 17-14, and the loss of their long-time head coach Joe Paterno.

Penn State, before a couple of weeks ago, was one of the cleanest programs in college football. But then the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse accusations started, and the media-blitz of bad press has followed since. Those accusations on Sandusky have resulted in the president, Paterno, the athletic director and the Business manager who ran the campus police all being ousted.

Penn State has a storied program with 826 all-time wins (5th in nation), 43 Bowl Games (8th in nation), 27 Bowl Wins (3rd in nation), 95 1st Team All-America Selections.

The Nittany Lions are now coached by defensive coordinator Tom Bradley, who is in his 33rd season at his alma mater.

Special teams might play into this game.

Penn State on kickoff returns is led by Chaz Powell and has ran one back for a TD. Punt returner Justin Brown is steady and catches all balls.

The placekicking/punter duties belong to Anthony Fera who averages 42.1 yards a punt and is 12 of 15 on field goals. He is 1 for 4 from 40 yards or more.

Ohio State’s KOR and PR is led by the explosive Jordan Hall.

 

 

OHIO STATE AT PURDUE GAMEWEEK: Buckeyes try to overcome past troubles at Ross-Ade Stadium

 

Ross-Ade Stadium Sept 2006 (photo by Tstuddud via wikipedia commons)

The Ohio State Buckeyes (6-3, 3-2) quest for the Leaders Division title and Big Ten Championship Game continues this week as they travel to West Lafayette, Indiana to take on the Purdue Boilermakers (4-5, 2-3) at noon ET at Ross-Ade Stadium (62,500).

The Buckeyes and Boilermakers have met 52 times on the gridiron, and OSU leads the series 37-12-2, 12-7 in all games at Purdue. Although, Purdue has won three of the last five games played at Ross-Ade Stadium. The most recent win was the 26-18 debacle in 2009.

The Boilermakers can be a dangerous team just as Indiana was last week. Purdue has upset Illinois and lost to Penn State by five points.

However, last Saturday, head coach Danny Hope and Purdue had a slow start at Wisconsin and they paid for it with an embarrassing 62-17 loss. The 62 points are the most ever given up by the Boilers defense.

Special teams could play a big role in this game.

OSU placekicker Drew Basil has now connected on 12 straight field goals.

Boilermakers punter Cody Webster leads the Big Ten in averaging 45.5 yards per punt.

Wide receiver Raheem Mostert is dangerous on kick returns. He is second in the Big Ten with 31.6 yards per return and picked up 206 return yards against the Badgers last week.