By Jim Baird | AM Football Briefing | Thursday, November 17
URBAN – PEOPLE RESPECT OUR WORK: With only regular season games remaining against schools from That State Up North, playoff discussion is seeping into the Woody Hayes. On Tuesday, Ohio State jumped four spots in the playoff rankings to No. 2, behind only undefeated Alabama. What does Urban Meyer make of the No. 2 ranking? “Playoff rankings, obviously people respect our work but that’s it…We move on and play the best we can,” said Meyer. Ohio State is a 22 point favorite heading into Saturday’s game in East Lansing. Last season, the then undefeated No. 3 ranked Buckeyes were 13 point favorites against No. 9 Michigan State before being upended 17-14 in the ‘Shoe.
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5) Conference expansion might mess up the Big Ten championship game yet again, Matt Brown, Land-Grant Holy Land – November 16