Created on Monday, 23 September 2013 Written by RUSTY MILLER, AP Sports Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — What's brewing with the 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes ...
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer talks to his team on the sidelines against Florida A&M during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
BUCKEYES BUZZ: Ohio State coach Urban Meyer repeated a question that a lot of people were wondering after Saturday's 76-0 walk-over against Florida A&M: "What do we take out of it?"
First, FAMU takes $900,000 home to Tallahassee, Fla., which will go a long way to supporting the football program and the rest of the Rattlers' athletic department.
But what about Ohio State? What do the Buckeyes get out of playing a team with a 1-3 record from the Football Championship Subdivision?
"We get to play in one of the biggest stadiums in college football," Meyer said. "(An announced crowd of) 103,000 people came out to watch us play. They have a right to see our kids play hard, and they did."
Meyer said earlier in the week he wanted his team to play crisply and efficiently. Yeah, they did, all right. Against the relatively defenseless Rattlers, the Buckeyes scored on drives of 1, 1, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 plays.
IN MEMORIAM: There was a moment of silence before the game for Maria Tiberi, the daughter of Columbus TV sports anchor Dom Tiberi, who is a host of Meyer's weekly coach's show.
Maria, 21 and a student at Ohio State, was killed in an auto accident on Tuesday night.
After the victory over Florida A&M, Meyer opened by saying, "With a heavy heart as a team, the Tiberi family is on my mind. I know I speak on behalf of myself and my staff. The family meant a lot to myself and other people; I didn't realize how many. We gave them a helmet and you wish you could do more for that family."
ANOTHER TRAGEDY: A freshman OL for Cincinnati was killed and two freshman WRs were injured in a one-vehicle accident following the Bearcats' 14-0 win over Miami of Ohio on Saturday night in nearby Oxford.
Ben Flick of Hamilton, Ohio, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
Mark Barr of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Javon Harrison of Dayton, Ohio, were taken by helicopter to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Barr and the driver of the vehicle — whose identity has not been released — were listed in critical condition. Harrison was in stable condition.
The three players are redshirting and didn't dress for the game or travel with the team. They were returning from Oxford, located 25 miles north of Cincinnati.
"I can't put into words how tragic this is," UC coach Tommy Tuberville said in a statement. "As a father and a coach, it's something you hope you never have to go through.
POLL DANCE: The top 14 teams remained in the exact same position in The Associated Press Top 25 this week, meaning the Buckeyes stayed at No. 4. This week's opponent, Wisconsin (8 p.m. on Saturday night, Ohio Stadium), moved up a spot to No. 23.
Other Big Ten teams listed include No. 17 Northwestern and 18th-ranked Michigan.
THIS WEEK: It's a light schedule around the Big Ten as several teams enjoy a bye week.
Iowa is at Minnesota in the only other conference game, while Miami (Ohio) visits Illinois and Northern Illinois travels to Purdue outside of league play.
The top games around the nation include No. 21 Mississippi at top-ranked Alabama, No. 6 LSU at No. 9 Georgia and No. 14 Oklahoma at No. 22 Notre Dame. Elsewhere, No. 11 Oklahoma State is at West Virginia, No. 8 Florida State visits Boston College, California heads for No. 2 Oregon and No. 10 Texas A&M hits the road to play Arkansas.
GROUND TO A HALT: Foreshadowing what they'll likely try to do in Ohio Stadium, the Wisconsin Badgers stayed mostly on the ground in their 41-10 Big Ten-opening home win over Purdue on Saturday.
Melvin Gordon piled up 147 yards on 16 carries with three touchdowns, James White went for 145 on 16 with one score and Corey Clement added 86 yards and a TD on 13 attempts as Wisconsin averaged a stunning 8.1 yards per rush while running for 388 yards on 48 tries.
BEEN A WHILE: Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen has been to Ohio Stadium before, but it was 27 years ago.
"I haven't been there since I went on my recruiting trip back in 1986," said Andersen, who ended up playing center for Utah in 1985-86. "That was a long time ago. I know it's all changed since I was there."
SOME HISTORY: Andersen and Meyer, both 49, worked together for one season at Utah, Meyer's second and last there as head coach.
The Utes went 12-0 in 2004 when they were together.
Meyer calls Andersen "one of the top two or three hires I've ever made."
Their friendship will be a major subplot this week.