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Iowa coach says, 'Everybody recruits in Ohio'

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

BUCKEYES BUZZ: Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz spent six years as an offensive line coach with the Cleveland Browns and, when the franchise was moved by owner Art Modell, the Baltimore Ravens.

So he's got an idea of the hold that Ohio State football has on the Buckeye state.

He said that the Buckeyes were more popular than the Browns' archrivals, the Cincinnati Bengals.

"Back then they were. This year the Bengals are doing pretty well, from what I understand. Back then (Ohio State was more popular), no question about that," he said. "Ohio has always been a strong football state. I remember recruiting there (as an Iowa assistant coach) in 1985, the day before the ballgame (against Ohio State). You know, people hardly rolled out the welcome mat. I felt like I was from another country, let alone another state."

Ferentz still recruits in Ohio, however. He's gotten some great players out of the state, too.

"We can't get the majority of our roster from in-state, unfortunately. I wish we could. It's probably just not realistic based on history. So we have to go other places," he said. "Typically when we go into another state, we know we're at least starting in an outside lane behind the in-state institution, maybe some other schools. Everybody recruits in Ohio. If you look around our league, there are a lot of players playing on other rosters that have done well from the state. They can't take them all. It's a good football state."

STUCK ON SIDELINE: Since twice winning at least a share of the Big Ten's offensive player of the week award, backup QB Kenny Guiton hasn't taken a snap.

The offensive staff wants to get Guiton in, but also wants Miller to get every possible bit of experience.

"We have a starter and we have a backup. The backup is very productive here, and could start at a lot of places. Two years ago, he could not. I keep bringing it up; Kenny has worked himself into that situation," Meyer said. "The quarterback is a very complicated position, especially how and when do you pull them out and when do you put them back in, those type of things. So he's on call, ready to go."

Unlike at a lot of lower levels, no relatives are bugging Meyer to get Guiton into the games.

"The wonderful thing is that I don't have Uncle Kenny coming into to see me all the time asking me why he's not playing," Meyer said. "So, a lot of respect for Kenny and his family, the way he's handling our situation. Are we handling it right? I don't know. I mean, I'm sure we'll be judged on that every week."

PLAYOFF COMMITTEE: The 13 members of the inaugural College Football Playoff selection committee were announced this week.

They included current Wisconsin AD and former head football coach Barry Alvarez, former Nebraska coach and AD Tom Osborne, College Football Hall of Fame QB Archie Manning and ex-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Meyer was asked if a committee was the best way to pick the four teams in the initial playoff field starting in 2014 and what he thought about the makeup of the group of selectors.

"I don't know. I don't know any other way to do it. I guess committees ...," he said, his voice trailing off. "I took a peek and saw coach Alvarez was on it. I like when old coaches are on it."

QUOTABLE: Iowa RB Mark Weisman on whether the Hawkeyes are worried about Ohio State: "We have to worry about us. That's all we can worry about. We just have to worry about improving, getting better and being ready for a tough task."

BRIGHT SPOT: One would expect Stan Drayton, Ohio State's assistant head coach for offense and running backs coach, to be pleased with the team's production (493 yards and 47 points per game) so far this year. Or possibly some individual accomplishments (Kenny Guiton's relief role at QB, Carlos Hyde since taking over at RB).

Nope. He's most impressed with something else from the offensive unit.

"I tell you what we are doing a great job of is trusting each other," he said. "Our players trust each other right now. There is not a selfish bone that has been exposed to us as coaches and to each other as teammates. You just don't see that right now. Everybody is focused in on doing their job and their job has a major effect on the success of a football play, and nobody is sitting there worried about another man's responsibility within that play right now. Because of that, we are playing fast. When one dimension of our offense gets taken away, the next steps up strong."

 

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