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

Rob Oller commentary: Jim Harbaugh is just what Michigan football needs — Michigan's football program is a dumpster fire, and only one firefighter can extinguish it. When Brady Hoke gets the heave-ho - does anyone really think it is if? - the Wolverines need to go get Jim Harbaugh. Pay him in gold.

Ohio State football: Q&A with former Buckeye Galen Cisco — Galen Cisco was both a two-sport and two-position standout at Ohio State, where he pitched for the Buckeyes and also played running back and linebacker during an era when players went both ways. The St. Marys, Ohio, native was captain of the 1957 OSU national championship team and compiled a 12-2 record as a right-handed pitcher.

Rob Oller column: Sometimes agitation better than motivation — An imaginary line runs through the Woody Hayes Athletic Center this week. On one side of it, Ohio State players are getting fired up for Michigan. On the other, the Buckeyes are getting fed up with one specific method of motivation used by Urban Meyer. On one side is "Beat Michigan."

Ohio State vs. Indiana: Scarlet & Gray Matter — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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.
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Nov 27, 2014

RT @brdispatch: Here's our story on missing #OhioState football player Kosta Karageorge. If anyone has info, call 614 747-1729.…

Nov 27, 2014

RT @brdispatch: Karageorge's sister said that Kosta also had on a black beanie when he left his apartment.

Nov 27, 2014

RT @brdispatch: Karageorge's sister said that Kosta was wearing black sweatpants over jeans, black Timberland boots, a black hoodie with FOC on it...

Nov 27, 2014

RT @brdispatch: His sister said Kosta does not have his wallet with him, doubts he has any ID on him, and is concerned that he's upset or disoriented.

Nov 27, 2014

RT @brdispatch: Karageorge did not go to practice Wednesday or today, very uncharacteristic of him, his sister said.

Nov 27, 2014

RT @brdispatch: Karageorge is 6-5, 285 lbs. He recently shaved his head and has short beard. Anyone with info is asked to call 614 747-1729.

Nov 27, 2014

RT @brdispatch: His sister said that they believe he was upset when he left apartment. A 3-yr wrestler for OSU, Karageorge has history of concussions.

Nov 27, 2014

RT @brdispatch: I just talked to his sister, who said his cell was last tracked by police thru GPS at 3rd/Elmwood in Grandview. ...

Nov 27, 2014

RT @brdispatch: #OhioState walk-on DL Kosta Karageorge (Thomas Worthington HS grad) has been reported missing after leaving his apartment at 2 a.m. Wed.

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