- 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
- Buckeyes take on Hoosiers and history on Saturday
- 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?
- Kilpatrick Named to Wooden Award Preseason Top 50
- 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
- Christon scores 18, Xavier beats Tennessee 67-63
- 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
- Miami hockey wins opener against St. Cloud State 2-0
- NKU narrowly loses to Purdue, 77-76
- RedHawks drop hoops opener to ND, 74-62
- Cincinnati holds off NCCU for 74-61 win
- No.1 Kentucky topples UNC-Asheville, 89-57
- Xavier beats Gardner-Webb 83-59 in season opener
- Kentucky preparing for No. 9 Missouri
- 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
Ohio State may be unbeaten, but still needs help
Updated: Thursday, November 7 2013, 09:50 AM EST
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Heading into their final three games of the season, the fourth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes go into an off week with almost all of their highest goals still within reach.
The thing is, they also need some help.
No wonder coach Urban Meyer will be watching TV closely.
''I've been there before a couple of times where some things had to happen right,'' Meyer said after Wednesday's rain-soaked practice. ''For us to waste energy on that, that's not fair to the players we coach. But we'll certainly be watching.''
Meyer plans to watch Thursday night's games with his son, Nathan. He'll have plenty to watch, that night and Saturday.
Thursday's games include unbeaten No. 5 Baylor hosting No. 12 Oklahoma for the Big 12 lead, and then No. 2 Oregon at No. 6 Stanford in a Pac-12 showdown.
Baylor is breathing down the Buckeyes' neck in the Bowl Championship Series rankings, while Oregon is one of the three teams ahead of the Buckeyes.
''I'll watch them both. Obviously I've got a lot of interest,'' Meyer said during the Big Ten coaches' call this week. ''Oregon, the style of play that they have - we try to use some of their stuff, as much as we can, because I just think they're really good. But I'm going to watch Baylor; they've got an exciting program too.''
Even though Ohio State (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten) is rolling through its schedule, the Buckeyes cannot play for the national championship if the status quo holds. At No. 4 in the BCS rankings, they need two of the three teams ahead of them to lose or drop behind them in order to be among the top two teams when the national championship pairings are determined in early December.
On Saturday, another game with huge ramifications for Ohio State takes place when No. 10 LSU plays at top-ranked Alabama.
Meyer said he will be measuring his own team by what he sees on the flat screen.
''That's natural. I probably will,'' he said. ''I've done that with our staff. Is so-and-so a better coach than we are? Does so-and-so have better players than we do? Why? This is Ohio State, our expectations are the best in the country.
''Obviously we're not there yet or we'd be the best in the country. So we're fighting that right now.''
It's a good time for Ohio State to take a break. The Buckeyes are a little bruised and battered and need to take a breather before embarking on their stretch run.
When they return to action on Nov. 16 at Illinois, they'll be in the driver's seat of the Leaders Division. They close out the regular season by hosting Indiana on Nov. 23 and then playing at rival Michigan at The Big House on Nov. 30.
If things work out, they'll clinch the Leaders Division crown along the way - they're up by a game on Wisconsin and also own the tiebreaker thanks to their 31-24 win Sept. 28.
They would then take on Michigan State - the Legends Division front-runner - in the Big Ten championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on Dec. 7.
Defensive tackle Michael Bennett isn't losing much sleep over the BCS.
''All we can control is how we beat the teams we're playing. First it's Illinois, then so on,'' he said. ''I don't stress over the things we don't control.''
The Buckeyes need to fine-tune some things and heal their bodies.
Starting tackle Taylor Decker sprained the medial-collateral ligament in his left knee in the 56-0 victory at Purdue last Saturday. He is not practicing this week but it is hoped the week off will allow him to return to the field next week for preparations for Illinois (3-5, 0-4).
Center Corey Linsley said on Wednesday night that Decker may be resting but definitely will be able to play next week.
''He wasn't practicing today; he's healing up,'' Linsley said. ''It's nothing serious. He's going to be fine. They're just taking every precaution.''
In addition, the Buckeyes are without backup tailback Jordan Hall. He has what Meyer calls a ''chronic knee problem'' and could not play against Purdue. He, too, is hopeful of getting back on the field for the big games at the finish.
The Buckeyes are riding a 21-game winning streak. The school mark is 22 straight, from 1967 to the last game of the 1969 season, encompassing a national championship in 1968.
Clearly, there's a lot of goals yet to be achieved in the dwindling weeks.
Meyer, who stepped aside twice at Florida due to health issues, said he's going to enjoy this week off, and hopes his team comes back rejuvenated.
''The chase is on, man. It's real,'' he said. ''For the coaches, it's the same thing. It's good for your soul, good for your mind to come back refreshed. You can't just (work all the time). I've tried that. It doesn't work.''
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