Created on Friday, 20 September 2013 Written by RUSTY MILLER, AP Sports Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — What's brewing with the 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes ...
FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2012 file photo, Ohio State defensive back C.J. Barnett celebrates a win over Purdue in an NCAA college football game in Columbus, Ohio. Even though Ohio State always seemed to come up with a big play when needed, coach Urban Meyer wants something more this year out of his defense. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)
BUCKEYES BUZZ: There are different ways to judge how a team plays.
Of course, there's always the final score. But sometimes, particularly when the teams aren't on the same scale in terms of talent, there are other measures.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was asked how he will gauge Saturday's noon game against Florida A&M, other than the final score.
"A clean, fast (game), competitive spirit and to win the game," he said. "That's what our goal is and that's the way we practiced. I want to come out of the chute fast — that'd be four games in a row. Four games in a row. There's different ways to evaluate teams and how you come out of the locker room (before the game and at the half) is an indication of whether the kids like to play or not. Not just talent, but if they like to play. Our guys have come out three in a row, so I'm pushing that again real hard."
HEALTH UPDATES: On his Thursday radio show, Meyer said QB Braxton Miller (sprained left knee ligament) is moving better but remains a game-time decision.
He also said that DE Adolphus Washington (groin) will not play against FAMU but will be available for the Big Ten opener the following week against Wisconsin.
FAMU FORTUNE: Florida A&M will receive $900,000 to make the trip to Columbus. That's a huge chunk of change for any college athletic department, but particularly one in the smaller Football Championship Subdivision.
The school is digging out of a $6 million deficit, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
"That's from over a period of time. It just didn't accumulate in one year," said interim AD Michael Smith. "We're trying to get ourselves together in a better position."
The one-day guarantee covers more than half of FAMU's annual football budget of $1.6 million and puts a dent in the school's $10.5-million operating budget for 18 varsity sports.
Such paydays will disappear in the coming years as major programs have to meet stricter strength-of-schedule requirements in order to be a player in the new playoff system which replaces the Bowl Championship Series next year.
Ohio State scheduled home-and-home dates with Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, North Carolina, TCU, Oregon, Boston College and Texas over the next decade, although some of them might fall by the wayside due to other scheduling considerations.
No matter, the days of putting a needy, smaller program on the schedule are dwindling.
Still, it's not just the money for FAMU.
"I think it's for the kids," Rattlers coach Earl Holmes said. "You have aspirations of playing (in the NFL), so here you can find exactly where you fit. And it's the atmosphere. You have one of the best stadiums to play in college football. Everything is positive. I appreciate those kids getting those opportunities."
AN EASY PICK: The FAMU at Ohio State game is off the board, meaning there is no betting line.
The Associated Press College Football Writer, Ralph Russo, selected the Buckeyes to win, 55-7.
Around the top games involving other Big Ten affiliates, he picked Michigan State to lose at No. 22 Notre Dame, 21-17; No. 15 Michigan to win at UConn, 38-13; and in the conference opener, No. 24 Wisconsin to hold sway over Purdue, 37-17.