Created on Saturday, 17 November 2012 Written by Rusty Miller, The Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — What's brewing with the 2012 Ohio State Buckeyes ...
BUCKEYES BUZZ: A lot of people say a lot of things about what it's like to be an opposing player at Wisconsin's Camp Randall Stadium. The real competitors embrace the challenge of being booed, called bad names and occasionally being pelted with trash.
C Corey Linsley says there's a way to subdue the crowd.
"Coach (Urban Meyer) tells us every away game, 'You want to take the crowd out of the game and take the team out of the game,'" Linsley said. "Everybody talks about the crowd noise. It's there in the first quarter. From then on, we control the crowd. If they're loud, that obviously means that we're not doing our job and we are continuing to have them in the game."
LB Zach Boren said he loves playing at Wisconsin because it brings a team closer together.
"When you go into those kind of places like Penn State, those 70 guys you're with, and the coaches you're with, it's like a gladiator mentality," he said. "It's kind of a fun thing. I remember the last time we were up there, the 'Jump Around' was one of the craziest things. We were jumping around; we were having fun with it. It's a great environment. That's what makes college football so much fun."
It is a difficult — yet oddly inspiring — atmosphere, even for visitors.
"Their stadium is a tough place to play. The student section, the fans, everyone in the stadium, it's an awesome environment," Linsley said. "It's one of the best environments in college football. But we control whether they're loud or not. If we want to take the crowd out of the game, we've got to start playing better and we have to start fast."
THEY SAID IT: Ohio State TE Nick Vannett, after Wisconsin's third-quarter break song "Jump Around" was blared over the speakers at practice all week: "You know, it gets a little annoying after a while."
THEY ALSO SAID IT: Meyer on hearing 'Jump Around' repeatedly during practice: "I'm going to have to change that. We always do crowd noise. I told them to get (rid of 'Jump Around'). We'll hear that enough (in Camp Randall)."
COMMERCIAL BREAK: TE/WR Jake Stoneburner says with the Buckeyes not factored into the Bowl Championship Series rankings, about the only way they can gauge how they stack up with other teams in the nation is to peruse the weekly Associated Press Top 25.
"We look at it every Sunday, because that's the only thing that we really have to look at," he said. "It's something to actually look at to see where the national media compares us to everybody else because that's the only thing we've got. Right now, it's all about the BCS. We can't be a part of that. So every Sunday, we just see, 'Where'd we come this week?' We just look for the teams in front of us to lose. We're hoping by the end of the season we'll be in the top 3 or 4."
So why is it that the Buckeyes aren't ranked even higher?
"Maybe because the Big Ten is not doing so well is why we're behind in the AP poll," he said. "But as long as we finish undefeated, top 5, I'll take it. You can say, 'Well, THIS team is better than you.' But we didn't lose, so you can't really say that."
WASTE NOT: The "Zero Waste at Ohio Stadium" program set a record at the Illinois game, achieving a 98.2 diversion rate of stadium trash from the landfill. The new mark beats the Nebraska game's 94.3 diversion rate.
The Illinois game created 6.54 tons of recycled material, while just 0.22 tons of trash was sent to the landfill.
LOOKING AHEAD: CB Bradley Roby is a redshirt sophomore, meaning that after this season he will have been out of high school for three years, thus making him eligible to leave early for the NFL draft.
There has already been speculation online that Roby might be a first-round draft pick.
His position coach, Kerry Coombs, said earlier this week that he had talked with Roby about his future and that he "would expect" Roby to return next season rather than turn pro.
Roby was asked what he thought about the whole situation.
"We did discuss it a couple of weeks ago. I'm not really thinking about it too much," he said. "I just want to win these next two games for our seniors and our team and accomplish our goal. That (next year) is not really on my mind. That's something at the end of the season. A lot goes into that, so I'm not really worried about that right now."
Roby recently tweeted that he would someday like to play for a national championship at Ohio State.
"Who wouldn't want to play for a national championship?" he said. "That's definitely a good goal for our team. And maybe next year we can get there."