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Nothing special about California for OSU's Brown

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — What's brewing with the 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes ...

BUCKEYES BUZZ: The fourth-ranked Buckeyes will head out on Friday morning for the Bay Area to play California on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, Calif.

When people in Ohio or the Big Ten think of going to the West Coast, they associate it with the Rose Bowl. It's a dream trip for a lot of fans. But is it still a big deal for players?

"My only experience with that is when I was (an assistant) at Notre Dame, going out to USC," coach Urban Meyer said on Monday. "You would think that would be the biggest thing in the world in the days that was a great rivalry. This will be my first time (going West) as a head coach. I would imagine it is (a big deal), but I don't know that."

Judging from at least one Buckeye's assessment, heading for California no longer has the luster that it once did.

WR Corey "Philly" Brown was asked if he'd ever been to the Bay Area.

"No," he said.

Would you like to see the Golden Gate Bridge, or maybe downtown San Francisco?

"No," he said.

Asked if it would be hard for him to focus on the game, he added, "No. Not at all. Because I don't think there's anything there anyway. Not at all."

He said there was nothing special, at least for him, about heading to the land of the Pacific Ocean, Hollywood and so many other earlier Ohio State players' dreams.

"California is not a special state," Brown said.

TAILGATE BRUNCH: The Florida A&M at Ohio State game on Sept. 21 will kick off at noon.

The game time was announced on Monday by Ohio State and the Big Ten Network, which will carry the telecast.

FAMU, a member of the Football Championship Subdivision, is 1-0 heading into Saturday's game against Tennessee State.

SYMPATHY PAIN: TE Jeff Heuerman had an X-shaped bandage on his left knee when he met with reporters on Monday.

One wag in the media asked him if the bandage was in honor of Miller's left knee injury.

"Yeah, the whole team is wearing them," Heuerman cracked.

A PREVIOUS ROAD OPENER: It was 39 years ago this week (Friday) that Ohio State opened a season on the road for the first time since 1912. The Buckeyes, also ranked No. 4, headed to Minnesota and put on a less-than-stellar performance against the unranked Golden Gophers.

But junior running back Archie Griffin, on the way to his first of two Heisman Trophy seasons in 1974, rushed for 133 yards to become the Buckeyes' career leader with 2,577 yards as Ohio State and coach Woody Hayes won, 34-19.

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