- Hoosiers shut down Evansville shooters 77-46
- Cincinnati beats Massachusetts Lowell 79-49
- OSU, Michigan go different ways after 2011 game
- Craft comes alive in No. 7 OSU's 65-50 win
- Xavier beats Abilene Christian 93-65
- No. 3 Kentucky rallies past Cleveland State, 68-61
- RAW VIDEO: Mick Cronin on UC Basketball
- Kentucky suspends RB Sanders for rule violation
- RedHawks Check in at No. 12/13 in National Polls
- NKU's Billups Collects Atlantic Sun Weekly Award
- James Young Named SEC Freshman of the Week
- UC's Kay earns AAC honor
- Ohio State a strong three in the latest BCS Standings
- Georgia routs Kentucky 59-17
- Mavericks Down No. 8 RedHawks, 3-1
- NKU defeats Tulane in overtime, 91-86
- NKU Women fall to Western Kentucky
- Miami basketball drops home opener to D-3 Wilmington
- Buckeyes roll Hoosiers, clinch spot in B1G Championship
- Cincinnati holds off Houston, 24-17
- Mavericks stun RedHawks in series opener
- Indiana falls short in 2K Classic Finale
- Christon Earns a Spot On The Naismith Award Watch List
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- Indiana dominates Washington, 102-84
- Kentucky football suspends three players
- Bearcats drop contest to nationally ranked Iowa State
- Xavier women fall short against Longwood
- Buckeyes fans struggle with Ohio St's BCS plight
- Kilpatrick Named to Naismith Early Season Watch List
- Ohio State looks to stay perfect against Indiana
- UK Trio Among 50 Candidates on Naismith Trophy Watch List
- Ohio State's Bradley Roby to jump to NFL in spring
- Xavier wins 100th meeting over Miami 77-51
- Youngstown State tops NKU women's basketball, 67-53
- Kilpatrick has 23, Cincinnati beats Campbell 81-62
- Williams' career-high 16 lead No. 8 OSU, 63-52
- RAW VIDEO: Tommy Tuberville on UC Football 11-19-13
- RAW VIDEO: Chris Mack on XU Basketball 11-19-13
- RedHawks Fall to Bulls, 44-7
- No. 4 Kentucky routs UT Arlington, 105-76
- Morehead State puts away Northern Kentucky 74-61
- Bearcats emerge with 5 straight wins
- Xavier, Cincinnati to find home for hoops rivalry
- Injured Bryant among OSU's senior honored Saturday
- Bearcats Announce Series With Miami (Fla.)
- UK set to meet Tx-Arlington
- Kay One Of Eight Manning Award Stars of the Week
- Ohio State's Meyer says BCS 'a flawed system'
- NKU's Doss earns second straight A-Sun Player of the Week honors
- RedHawks Hold Steady in Weekly Polls
- Baylor closes on Ohio State in BCS standings
- Buckeyes' ground game dominant over Illinois
- UK drops to 4th in poll while IU, XU and UC get votes
- Defense paces UC women past Kent State
- Xavier women drain nine triples in big win
- Kentucky exacts revenge on Robert Morris in blowout
- Miami undone against Wisconsin
- NKU drops home opener
- UK continues losing streak at Vanderbilt
- Buckeyes win ranked game ugly over Marquette
- OSU makes it 22 straight with Illinois drubbing
- Balanced scoring key to UC win
- UC crushes Rutgers, 52-17
- Xavier stays perfect, crusies past Morehead State
- Hoosiers improve to 3-0 with a big win
- Miami blanks Wisconsin, 2-0
- Vandy looking for bowl eligibility vs. Kentucky
- Meyer: No letdown for OSU at Illinois - or else
- Matta Announces 2014 Recruiting Class
- RedHawks ink 6-8 forward out of North Carolina
- Kentucky Adds Four for 2014
- Blackmon is Hoosiers' newest big recruiting prize
- RedHawks Ink McCormick and Mills
- Buckeyes unbeaten again, but are they better?
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- Doss scores 29 points as NKU defeats Illinois State, 61-48
- Xavier's new head coach earns first win with 79-75 overtime victory at Michigan
- Talented trio commits to UC
- Kent State beats MAC East rival Miami 24-6
- Bearcats comeback falls short against Florida State
- Xavier Announces Five-Member Recruiting Class
- Shazier Named Lott IMPACT Trophy Semi-Finalist
- RAW VIDEO: Tommy Tuberville on UC football
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- Hoosiers barely hold off LIU-Brooklyn 73-72
- Sun Devils roll over Redhawks 90-54
- No. 2 is No. 1 as Spartans beat Kentucky 78-74
- Craft scores 17, No. 10 OSU holds off Ohio, 79-69
- Ohio St. set to meet Illinois
- Cincinnati beats North Carolina State 68-57
- Buckeyes Aaron Craft, LaQuinton Ross Named to Wooden Award Top 50 List
- Semaj Christon Earns A Spot On The Preseason Wooden Award List
- RAW VIDEO: Chris Mack on XU Basketball
- RAW VIDEO: Mick Cronin on UC Basketball
- OSU WR: Buckeyes would wipe field with 'Bama, FSU
- Kentucky, Michigan State stay 1-2 in AP poll
- McKay Shares NCHC Weekly Honors
- RedHawks Check in at No. 8 in Both Polls
- Kilpatrick Named to American Weekly Honor Roll
- Randle Tabbed SEC Player of the Week
- NKU's Doss earns Atlantic Sun Player of the Week
- OSU remains outside looking in for BCS
- Xavier Women Fall At Ohio, 94-88
- Kentucky rolls NKU, 93-63
- Huskies Edge RedHawks 2-1
- NKU women beat UC in season opener
- Cincinnati holds on for 28-25 win over SMU
- Mauk leads No. 9 Missouri past Kentucky, 48-17
- Scott, Ross start, star for No. 11 OSU
- New-look Hoosiers roll past Chicago St. 100-72
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- RedHawks drop hoops opener to ND, 74-62
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- No.1 Kentucky topples UNC-Asheville, 89-57
- Xavier beats Gardner-Webb 83-59 in season opener
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- Stanford jolts Oregon and OSU's hopes in BCS race
- Five Kentucky Players Earn Preseason All-SEC Accolades
- Cameron Johnston a Ray Guy Award semifinalist
- Brian Neal Officially Named Xavier Women's Basketball Head Coach
- Ohio State may be unbeaten, but still needs help
- Miami's Moore to miss nine games due to NCAA violation
- Heuerman named John Mackey TE of the Week
- Tommy Tuberville press conference 11-5-13
- RedHawks Fall to Falcons 45-3
- No. 1 Kentucky working to develop lineups
- Cincinnati Freshman Released from Rehab Center
- Randle Named to Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List
- Ohio State's Shazier Named Lott IMPACT Player of the Week
- Balanced Scoring Leads UC Women to 58-33 Exhibition Win
- No. 1 Kentucky pulls away from Montevallo, 95-72
- RedHawks Move to No. 7 in USCHO.com Poll
- Kentucky loses WRs Montgomery, Timmons to injuries
- Miller a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien QB Award
- Four Wildcats on Wayman Tisdale Award Watch List
- Zach Edwards Named American Defensive Player of the Week
- Xavier women topple UIndy, 70-65
- Buckeye hoops win tune-up against Walsh, 93-63
- Kentucky football topples Alabama St, 48-14
- Miami Hockey completes sweep of Canisius, win 5-3
- Xavier wins exhibition opener over Quincy, 84-54
- Cincinnati tops Bellarmine in exhibition finale, 84-72
- Buckeyes punish Boilermakers 56-0
- Kentucky hoops crusies past Transylvania, 76-42
- Miami Hockey blanks Canisius, 3-0
- Bluiett picks Xavier
- No. 1 Kentucky starts with more high expectations
- Buckeyes trying to keep winning streak intact
- Barber named NCHC Player of the Month
- UK Ranked No. 1 in Associated Press Preseason Top 25
- OSU picked to finish 3rd in Big Ten
- Miami Defeats Northwood in exhibition game, 76-71
- Brendon Kay helps Cincinnati beat Memphis 34-21
- Xavier much deeper heading into Big East
- Buckeyes return 4 starters in Matta's 10th season
- New-look Hoosiers after better results in 2013-14
- Chris Mack Press Conference
- Mick Cronin Press Conference
- Tommy Tuberville press conference 10-15-13
- Bearcats' Tuberville Settles Fraud Lawsuit
- Tommy Tuberville press conference 10-8-13
- WATCH: Redhawks make coaching change
- Miami University Names Interim Football Coach
- Court Rejects Sandusky's Appeal For New Trial
- OSU Football Team Offers Grieving Father Consolation
- Tommy Tuberville press conference
- UC Quarterback Legaux Out for Season
Buckeyes unbeaten again, but are they better?
Updated: Thursday, November 14 2013, 11:55 AM EST
COLUMBUS (AP) -- Two teams, each 9-0. They play in the same league. They're both highly ranked.
Which is better?
If you're comparing the 2012 Ohio State Buckeyes and the current version, coach Urban Meyer has the answer.
"We're a better team," he said, referring to his current Buckeyes. "We're a better functioning team."
Meyer is careful to not insult last year's team, which definitely started from the lowest rung on the ladder. Those Buckeyes followed a dreadful 6-7 season by going a surprising 12-0.
They posted only the sixth unblemished season in the programs 123 years despite being deprived of the incentive of playing in a bowl game. That was taken off the table because of NCAA sanctions stemming from former coach Jim Tressel's failure to disclose he knew of players likely taking improper benefits in 2010.
"I don't want to ever disrespect our (2012) seniors because they were such an incredible group of players," Meyer said. "And they were really good players, too."
He said the difference is when Ohio State has the ball.
"(Which team is better is) an interesting conversation, but we're just more functional, certainly on offense," Meyer said. "We're much better on offense than we were a year ago."
The numbers support his position.
Through nine games — and heading into a game with Illinois, just like the 2012 team was — this year's Buckeyes are averaging 100 yards of total offense and 13 more points per game.
This year's third-ranked team averages 531 yards of total offense per game, 301 rushing and 230 passing. It's scoring 48.2 points a contest.
Playing a similar schedule, the 2012 Buckeyes, ranked No. 6 through nine games, were averaging 432 yards of total offense per game, 248 rushing and 184 passing. That squad was averaging 38.6 points a game.
"Last year there were some games that teams played us real heavy in the box because we couldn't do as much with our passing game," said starting offensive lineman on both teams, Jack Mewhort. "But this year it's a lot different. There's not eight or nine guys in the box because this offseason Braxton and the receivers and the running backs and all the skill guys got together and decided they were going to be really good this year. They've done that so far."
As a sophomore, quarterback Braxton Miller was also the team's best rusher. So picking up first downs — not scoring quickly — was a priority.
Through nine games, he was completing 56.6 percent of his passes for 12 touchdowns with six interceptions.
This year, despite missing almost three full games with a sprained knee ligament, he is completing 72.5 percent of his passes for 15 touchdowns with three interceptions.
"I feel that we execute a lot better than we did last year," wide receiver Evan Spencer said. "Once we get rolling, we're rolling. There's not many people who can stop us."
Consider also that Carlos Hyde has shown vast improvement at running back this year. In 2012 at this juncture he had 600 yards in seven games; so far this season he has 701 in six games.
Meyer also said the Buckeyes are better on special teams. But stopped short of saying his latest defense was ahead of last year's.
Most people attribute that edge not to personnel or depth or star players, but rather to strong leaders on the defensive unit.
"Last year's team we had the heart and the leadership. I don't know if we necessarily were as talented, but we had the will to win," said linebacker Joshua Perry, a backup a year ago and a starter now. "This team has the same will to win but we've got a little bit more juice behind us, too, talent-wise. Our defense is a little quicker and on offense we've got some tools now."
The 2012 defense, led by linemen John Simon, Johnathan Hankins, Garrett Goebel and Nathan Williams — all of whom graduated except for Hankins, who jumped to the NFL early — came into its own late in the season.
The statistics don't point to a stronger defense a year ago. The present defense still has a ways to go, particularly without nine starters from last year's unit.
"On defense I'm not sure we're quite as good. Remember this time last year is when we hit the accelerator and we played excellent defense," Meyer said. "We are getting a little better on defense. We're much better on offense than we were a year ago, but defensively I'm not sure."