Columbus Dispatch sports columnist; gatekeeper of Scarlet & Gray Matter.

Ohio State vs. Indiana: Scarlet & Gray Matter

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — Short-attention-span synopsis: From near chumps to East champs. Marshall Plan to the rescue. Bring on the Winged (and dinged) helmets. Pregame buzz: If Indiana was the last-kid-in-line team with one star player (tailback Tevin Coleman), the Buckeyes were loaded with brutes who get picked first during recess.

Rob Oller commentary: Buckeyes’ success defined differently by generation

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — As facial expressions go, the single raised eyebrow is the equivalent of a malarkey meter, registering a reaction that says, "Really?" I only mention this to point out why my left brow arched like a McDonald's sign this week when Urban Meyer said, "We wake up every day to compete for championships in November."

1957, 2014 teams take similar paths

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — A seemingly cataclysmic early-season loss by Ohio State to an unranked team, followed by eight straight wins. A poll discussion involving Texas Christian and Oregon. The 2014 Buckeyes, right? Yes and no. This year's Ohio State team did lose to unranked Virginia Tech in the second game of the season, and it followed that potential playoff-killer with eight consecutive wins entering the Indiana game.

Ohio State football: Q&A with former Buckeye Jim Otis

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — Jim Otis chewed up real estate as an Ohio State fullback, earning All-America status (1969) and a national championship (1968) along the way. Now, the Celina, Ohio, native develops real estate through his company, Otis & Clark Properties. The running back also played nine years in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints (1970), Kansas City Chiefs (1971-72) and St.

Rob Oller commentary: Eight teams in College Football Playoff would be ideal

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — Waking up to 4 inches of snow yesterday, my first thought was how the College Football Playoff should expand to eight teams and include home-field sites for first-round games. That's where my mind is these days, consumed by shovel passes more than passes with shovels.

Ohio State vs. Minnesota: Scarlet & Gray Matter

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — The game at hand Short-attention-span synopsis: Barrett gives Gophers the shivers in frigid Minny. Buckeyes with more turnovers than a bad night's sleep. But a win is a win is a win. Or is it?

Gophers were once a national power

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — The snarky nickname - Golden O-fers - is as cold as the ground under which the school's rodent mascot lives. If only Minnesota could manage a return to the golden age of its football program, then maybe the jokes would stop. By the looks of things, however, that is easier said than done.

Rob Oller commentary | College football: No defense for fixation on offense in playoff rankings

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — We've been hoodwinked. You, me and the College Football Playoff committee. We've been fooled by high-octane offense, huge margins of victory and subconscious style points. We see Oregon's offense and go oooh. We watch Baylor's passing game and go aaah. TCU defeated Texas Tech 82-27? Wowza.

Rob Oller: There's no defense for the fixation on offense in College Football Playoff rankings

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — We've been hoodwinked. You, me and the College Football Playoff committee. We've been fooled by high-octane offense, huge margins of victory and subconscious style points. We see Oregon's offense and go oooh. We watch Baylor's passing game and go aaah. TCU defeated Texas Tech 82-27? Wowza.

Ohio State football: Q&A with former Buckeye Rickey Dudley

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — Rickey Dudley arrived at Ohio State as a 6-foot-7 basketball recruit and left as a power forward and tight end, averaging 13.3 points and 7.5 rebounds in 19 games and making 37 catches for 575 yards and seven touchdowns his senior seasons. The Texas native was the ninth pick of the 1996 NFL draft.
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Nov 22, 2014

The same species that lands a spacecraft on a comet also dresses as Bulldogs, Badgers and Buckeyes during games. Odd.

Nov 22, 2014

College football is great but goofy. Eg. Mascots. A USC student impersonating a 2,400 year-old warrior? Really? Who does that?

Nov 22, 2014

Regarding my cfb picks this week, let's just say I have a better idea of what Custer was thinking when he rode over that hill. #doomed

Nov 22, 2014

Now we know why TV guys get paid the big bucks = to put up with snarkologists like us. #SGM

Nov 22, 2014

I think Mase just went '98 Michigan State on us, Twits.

Nov 22, 2014

RT @Phigazz: @rollerCD you gotta love Glenn Mason on the color... Never let's #SGM down.// snark bait

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