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

Rob Oller commentary: Disdain for Big Ten means Meyer has to win by a lot

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — Let's agree on two realities: 1.) Humans are wowed by big numbers; 2.) Therefore, a score of 55-10 looks more impressive than 35-10, even though both constitute comfortable victories. Keeping those truths in mind, it is understandable why college football coaches would want to put as many points on the scoreboard as possible.

Buckeyes early victim of Elway

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — The John Elway pass looked more like a punt, sailing so far over Kelvin Bell's head that the Ohio State safety figured it would land near the nearby Lincoln and Morrill tower dorms. Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, the 18-yard pass instead landed in the arms of Stanford receiver Emile Harry with 34 seconds left, giving the unranked Cardinals a 23-20 win over No.

Ohio State football: Q&A with former Buckeye Vince Workman

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — Vince "Pookie" Workman, 47, has returned to his hometown of Dublin after spending the bulk of the past 25 years playing and working in Green Bay. The former Ohio State running back-receiver spent eight seasons in the NFL with Green Bay, Tampa Bay, Carolina and Indianapolis.

Rob Oller commentary: Effort lacking in Bengals' loss

dispatch.com — INDIANAPOLIS - As one series after another evaporated without a first down, the Cincinnati Bengals' offense came to resemble a stubborn slot-machine gambler convinced that his luck was about to change. Pull: 7...6...4 Pull: Lemon, apple, orange. Pull: queen of hearts, 7 of spades, 2 of diamonds.

Ohio State vs. Rutgers: Scarlet & Gray Matter

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — The game at hand Short-attention-span synopsis: The Buckeyes had one word for the Jersey visitors trying to take over their turf: "Fugetaboutit." Pregame buzz: Rest or Rust? That's always the question when a team comes off a bye week. How does the benefit of getting players healthy weigh against the potential of losing momentum?

Sloppy field greeted Penn State in 1993

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — When Big Ten newbie Rutgers runs onto the artificial turf today in Ohio Stadium, surface conditions will hardly matter. Advances in plastic turf technology mostly have removed the weather element from the equation. But the last time a newly minted Big Ten team visited Columbus, the 'Shoe left a muddy imprint on the mind of Alan Kline.

Rob Oller commentary: Now that the Browns are winning, what's a fan to do?

dispatch.com — The Cleveland Browns, who just pummeled the Pittsburgh Steelers, are approaching three straight opponents with a combined record of 1-16. The Charlie Browns, now 3-2, are actually looking more like a contender than a comic-strip blockhead.

Ohio State football: Q&A with former Buckeye Mark Stier

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — Dispatch sports reporter/columnist Rob Oller each week finds a former Buckeye for a question-and-answer session. Mark Stier, 67, was one of the Buckeyes who Woody Hayes had bless the pre-game meals during the 1968 national-championship season. The former linebacker and co-captain is still gracing the Columbus community as an associate pastor at Westerville Christian Church.

Rob Oller commentary: Head-to-head matters most in selecting College Football Playoff teams

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — History is a great teacher, and the fate of King Richard III helps prove that head-to-head outcome is the most important criteria in choosing which four teams will participate in the College Football Playoff. Yes, strength of schedule is important. Yes, statistical information matters. Yes, margin of victory should be considered.

Rob Oller commentary: Football is brutal, and off weeks are sorely needed

buckeyextra.dispatch.com — Ohio State does not play Saturday, which means players can rise from bed on Sunday without the aid of a forklift. The bye week for the Buckeyes is like a dip into healing waters, restoring bruised and battered bodies to a state of less-dramatic aches and pains.
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Oct 23, 2014

Join @TIM_MAYsports at 1 p.m. today for the weekly Ohio State football chat. dispatch.com/osuchat

Oct 22, 2014

My biggest issue with all black #Buckeyes uniforms? Black & Noir Matter just doesn’t have same ring to it. #SGM

Oct 22, 2014

RT @Ace_First: @rollerCD Really, it's all about the money.// you trumped me.

Oct 22, 2014

I flinch when college ADs say "It's all about the players." No, it's also about the fans who allow it to be all about the players.

Oct 22, 2014

It's one thing to consider black jersey and pants. But black helmet? #Buckeyes wouldn't do that, would they? #NeverSayNever

Oct 22, 2014

RT @NFLonCBS: Someone may want to tell the Falcons where London is before Sunday's game. cbsprt.co/1wbraG0 pic.twitter.com/23ZyS7M41Q

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