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

Ohio State vs. Michigan | Scarlet & Gray Matter — Short-attention-span synopsis: Different UM coach. Same result. Meyer's foot finds Harbaugh's throat. Zeke let his running do the talking. Block Bosa? Ha. Not even closa.

1969 upset recalled with humor — Time was running out on Ohio State when backup quarterback Ron Maciejowski turned to Kevin Rusnak, the Buckeyes' third-string QB, with a word of warning. Maciejowski was recalling the final minutes of the painful 24-12 loss to Michigan in 1969 that still ranks as one of the biggest upsets in rivalry history.
Nov 28, 2015

Ohio State's loss to UM in '69 was not funny to Buckeye Nation, but it had some humorous moments.…

Rob Oller commentary | Ohio State needed to pass, not run Elliott more — Hard as it is for some to believe, college football players are human. Remove the helmets and pads and they look like the rest of us. Sound like the rest of us, too. "I'm disappointed in the play-calling." Those words swept across college football at warp speed on Saturday night.

Calls, noncalls shape destiny — Believing destiny is on the side of your favorite sports team is a dangerous way to operate, because just when fate appears to be a friend it can knife you in the back in the form of a blown call or controversial ending.
Nov 20, 2015

How a handful of officials calls -- and non-calls -- shaped #Buckeyes history, including a big one involving MSU.…

Rob Oller commentary: Burden of proof is on Buckeyes, but they’ll win — Needing to prove yourself over and over gets to be a pain, but it is a life sentence at Ohio State, where performance is judged by a jury of millions. There is no escaping the constant demand to do better.
Nov 20, 2015

Column: Burden of proof is on #Buckeyes, as it always is and always should be.…

Ohio State football | Q&A with former Buckeye Kirk Barton — No Buckeye comes closer to defining a Michigan Man - uh, a Beat Michigan Man - than Kirk Barton, the first Ohio State player to start on teams that defeated the Wolverines four straight years. Barton played on the offensive line for Jim Tressel, then served as a graduate assistant coach from 2010-2012 under Tressel, Luke Fickell and Urban Meyer.
Nov 19, 2015

My Q & A with former Ohio State lineman @Kirk_Barton, who owned Michigan like no other.… #Buckeyes

Interim coaches put in tough spots — Ohio State faces another fill-in this week when the Buckeyes play at Illinois, where coach Bill Cubit wears the interim tag. This has to be one of the few times - if ever - that the Buckeyes will play consecutive games against teams with interim coaches.

Rob Oller commentary: The Grind seems to sum up OSU’s season perfectly — Call a grinning 2-year-old a holy terror and he squints those beady little eyes and tries to act like one by turning the family room sofa into his personal trampoline. Call a football season The Grind - as Ohio State has done - and expect it to act like one by slogging through each day with the attitude of a rural homeowner inspecting the septic tank.

Ohio State football | Q&A with former Buckeye Doug Donley — Doug Donley played receiver for both Woody Hayes and Earle Bruce, bridging the canyon of difference between 3 yards and a cloud of dust and a more modern version of the game. The Cambridge native went on to play five seasons in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears.
Nov 13, 2015

Remember White Lightning? Here's what Doug Donley has been up to since leaving the #Buckeyes.…

Ohio State history: QB issues eerily similar to 2001 — Ohio State is about midway through its 126th football season, which is significant only in that it seems an appropriate time to remind everyone that after many decades of play, there is nothing new under the sun when it comes to the Buckeyes. Case in point: the latest Ohio State upheaval involving quarterback J.T.
Nov 06, 2015

Ohio State quarterback suspension? History shows it has happened before.… #Buckeyes

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Nov 28, 2015

Reminder to check back tonight at @BuckeyeXtra and in tomorrow's #Dispatch to see if your tweets made the grade.

Nov 28, 2015

As always, thanks for the help, Twits. Maybe I'll see you next week. Maybe not. But we'll always have the bowl game.

Nov 28, 2015

Not even. UM 86-0 in 1902. Ohio State's most lopsided win 38-0 in 1935.…

Nov 28, 2015

Meyer's foot just found Harbaugh's throat.

Nov 28, 2015

Ohio State has nearly caught up in ToP (25:41 for UM; 24:46 OSU) and number of plays (59-58 OSU)

Nov 28, 2015

Back to airline flight analogy: crash landing for UM.

Nov 28, 2015

Elliott 9 TD run. Rout is on. Ohio State 35-13 with 12:53 left.

Nov 28, 2015

Michigan had 12 on the field and still could not defend OSU's long pass. #ouch

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