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

Rob Oller: Ohio State coaches' teaching saved football season twice — It is Urban Meyer and Tom Herman who deserve credit for coaching up the quarterbacks to resemble interchangeable parts. It's called teaching, which receives short shrift these days. So often we praise coaches as motivators, tacticians and recruiters, while teaching gets lost in the shuffle.

Ohio State vs. Wisconsin: Scarlet & Gray Matter — The game at hand Short-attention-span synopsis: No cold pizza for Urban this time. OSU or QBU? Cardale + Zeke + Devin Smith + Silver-ish Bullets = Wisky beatdown. Pregame buzz: All the doomsday talk that ballooned after J.T.

Rob Oller commentary: Lack of elite teams makes being on roll now imperative — The consensus this college football season is that no powerhouse team has separated itself from the pack, so no team should be considered a shoo-in for the national championship game. Alabama struggles in the red zone. Florida State wins by the skin of its teeth. Baylor played a weak nonconference schedule.

Rob Oller column: Chris Spielman has seen teams overcome adversity — Wrapping up running backs was enough for Chris Spielman. He doesn't need to throw his arms around friends, too. "I'm not a hugger," he says, without apology.

Ohio State football: Q&A with former Buckeye Mike Lanese — Former Buckeyes flanker Mike Lanese enjoys singular status as Ohio State football's lone Rhodes Scholar. The two-time Academic All-American graduated in 1986 and spent the next two years attending the University of Oxford in England, where he studied philosophy, politics and economics.

Ohio State vs. Michigan: Scarlet & Gray Matter — Short-attention-span synopsis: Bittersweet for Buckeyes. Michigan goes down, but so does Barrett. Pregame buzz: The Game wasn't supposed to be much of a game; the point spread was 21 at kickoff. But with Ohio State vs. Michigan, point spreads are like Florida swamp land. Buyer beware.

Smith vs. Michigan: still perfect — Troy Smith played every skill position at Ohio State. Bet you didn't know that. Of course, Smith wasn't actually at OSU when, in addition to quarterback, he played wide receiver and running back for the Buckeyes. But in his mind, he was doing it all for his favorite college football team.

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."
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Dec 17, 2014

What was it like playing for both Woody and Bear? Dave Brungard is the only one who knows.… #Buckeyes #Bama

Dec 15, 2014

OC reportedly new HC at Houston. RT @quick_tg6: Really sad but happy for Coach Herman you are going to do big things! #Buckeyes for LIFE!

Dec 14, 2014

RT @MarkZnidar: 1st round draft picks: Trent Richardson. Brandon Weeden, Justin Gilbert, Johnny Manziel. Yikes!

Dec 14, 2014

RT @ESPNStatsInfo: Browns: 4 straight games with 0 TD passes and 2+ Int. Last time that happened was 1977, when the Buccaneers did it 5 straight games.

Dec 14, 2014

Kaepernick showing bad habit of going to ground too quickly instead of looking for receivers. Gotta break that one fast.

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