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Buckeyes look to get back on track
After some ultimately convincing wins but overall disappointing performances against Indiana and Minnesota, Ohio State will try to get things going in the right direction on Saturday. Normally Purdue offers just what such teams are looking for… but writing off the Boilermakers right now would be a disservice to both the overall series history and Purdue’s recent improvement.
Although this stat defies belief, it’s true that Ohio State is just 13-8 in 21 trips to West Lafayette, Ind., to face the Boilermakers. And now Ohio State will face a Purdue team coming off three straight wins — and do so in a nighttime atmosphere.
The two positions I’ll be watching most closely are the offensive line and the linebackers. As November gets closer, any scheme or personnel changes will have to be worked out sooner than later. If not, it’s up to the players to simply do better.
Ohio State-Purdue picks
Raph Russo, Associated Press: OSU 45, Purdue 31
Bruce Feldman, The Athletic: OSU 49, Purdue 38
Stewart Mandel, The Athletic: OSU 47, Purdue 34
SB Nation: OSU 39, Purdue 29
Doug Lesmerises, Cleveland.com: OSU 38, Purdue 34
Place your bets
Betting B1G is back for another installment, with Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward and contributor Tim Shoemaker making their picks against the spread for the week’s biggest games. Here are the six games discussed in this week’s video and story:
- No. 2 Ohio State at Purdue
- No. 16 N.C. State at No. 3 Clemson
- No. 22 Mississippi State at No. 5 LSU
- No. 6 Michigan at No. 24 Michigan State
- No. 12 Oregon at No. 25 Washington State
- Maryland at No. 19 Iowa
If you need some last-minute advice, check it out!
Bri’onte Dunn not guilty of rape
Former Ohio State running back Bri’onte Dunn avoided up to 22 years in prison when he was found not guilty Friday on two counts of rape. The charges stemmed from an incident in August 2017, a year after he was dismissed by Ohio State for a domestic violence incident.
Dunn plans to attempt a professional football career, perhaps beginning with the Alliance of American Football League.
“I’m happy that the whole world can see that I’m innocent,” he told the Columbus Dispatch. “I’m just trying to get back with my life, and hopefully renewing my career.
“I hope this clears my name. I hope the coaches will understand that I’m an innocent man, like I am… I never thought an innocent man could get this far in the process.”
How Ohio State landed Pete Werner
Pete Werner spent much of his recruitment as a Notre Dame commit, but Ohio State was able to turn the tide late by getting him on campus for a visit at the 2016 Ohio State-Michigan game. What happened next helped give the Buckeyes a much-needed boost.
“Urban Meyer grabbed him and said, ‘Hey, sit in this room for a second, I’ve got somebody I want you to meet,’” said Rick Streiff, who coached Werner at Indianapolis Cathedral. “[Nike founder] Phil Knight had about a 15-minute conversation not even about football but about business with Pete. He comes back, his eyes were about to bulge out of his head, and said he had just met with the president and CEO of Nike one-on-one about business.
“At that point, Coach Meyer was kind of a shark in the water who smelled blood and basically said, ‘I’ve got a chance now.’ He kept chasing, I think Pete finally realized this guy really wants me, it’s the best fit for me, and it’s where I need to go. The rest is history.”
- Ohio State at Purdue: Today
- The Game: 35 days
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