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Sports Columnist — Columbus Dispatch

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

Ohio State football: Q&A with former Buckeye Fred 'Curly' Morrison — Fred "Curly" Morrison has the memory of an elephant, and some of the linebackers he bowled over would say the body of an elephant, too. The former Ohio State receiver-fullback from Upper Arlington was named MVP of the 1950 Rose Bowl after rushing for 127 yards in the Buckeyes' 17-14 win against California.

Rob Oller commentary | College football: How will your playoff vote compare to the committee's? — At the end of the day - an overused committee-speak phrase that literally applies in this case - the only college football committee that matters is the official 12-member group that releases its first College Football Playoff rankings tonight on ESPN.

Ohio State vs. Penn State: Scarlet & Gray Matter — The game at hand Short-attention-span synopsis: Hang on Sloppy. Pregame buzz: Penn State planned a white-out, and for the first half, the white shirts might as well have been surrender flags. Then things flipped and the Buckeyes learned the hard way that the blue and white never gives up in Happy Valley.

Rob Oller commentary: Disdain for Big Ten means Meyer has to win by a lot — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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? — 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.
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Oct 27, 2014

True, Huskers nearly lost to McNeese State, but a) they didn't; and b) their one loss to MSU trumps Buckeyes' one loss to Va. Tech. Agree?

Oct 27, 2014

Reviewed my stab at 1st College Football Playoff rankings. Not sure why I didn't wonder this before, but why should Nebraska be behind OSU?

Oct 26, 2014

Lack of life in #Browns game is making 5 hour van ride from PSU seem positive by comparison.

Oct 26, 2014

First up: Wreck of the Joey Bosa. "And the DE said, 'Nits it's been nice you know ya."

Oct 26, 2014

It has begun. @TIM_MAYsports has accepted the "Best of Gordon Lightfoot" song fest during road trip home from PSU. #mercy

Oct 26, 2014

Thanks for the help, Twits. Brutal night. For the Buckeyes, too.

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