Created on Thursday, 31 October 2013 Written by RUSTY MILLER, AP Sports Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — What's brewing with the 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes ...
BUCKEYES BUZZ: Even though Purdue is at the very bottom of the Big Ten and Ohio State is at the top, even though the statistics say there's no way the 31-point underdog Boilermakers could make a game of it, a lot of Buckeyes are wary going into Saturday's noon start at Ross-Ade Stadium.
"There's always that one team that's always out to just get you," LB Curtis Grant said. "Purdue seems like that since the last two years I've been here. They're always out to get us. So I'm not expecting anything less."
OL Jack Mewhort met with coach Urban Meyer earlier this week, just to remind him of what has happened to Ohio State recently at Purdue — losing on the last two trips and four of the last six, plus a close call at home last year.
"He came to me about it. That just tells you about him to come into my office and want to talk to me about the last two times we were there, wants to make sure we're on it," Meyer said of Mewhort. "It's a noon game, atmospheres at noon on the road are sometimes not great. He's concerned about that and he brought a couple of things up to me and how Purdue has always played very well against Ohio State."
DUPLICATES: It's bad enough that Ohio State has two starters named Corey Brown. In addition, it also has two junior starters on defense with the same last name.
Doran Grant starts at CB, Curtis Grant at LB.
Doran said the common last name has led to some confusion.
"That's why we label it as D. Grant or C. Grant" on uniforms, he said.
Curtis was asked if anyone ever mixed the two up.
"That happened freshman year, but people can tell the difference between us now," he said, laughing.
Doran is 5-foot-11 and 191 pounds; Curtis is 6-3 and 243.
PRIMETIME VIEWING: The ABC telecast of Ohio State defeating Penn State 63-14 on Saturday night was the most-viewed college football game of the week across all cable and broadcast networks.
The matchup averaged 4,059,000 viewers.
Still, the game was below ABC's average this season of 4,654,000.
The top market for the game was Columbus with a 38.0 metered market rating. Dayton was second with a 19.5, followed by Cleveland (16.9) and Cincinnati (6.5). The top 10 was rounded out by Pittsburgh (4.5), Ft. Myers, Fla., (3.5), Philadelphia (3.2), Orlando (3.2), West Palm Beach, Fla., (3.2), Detroit (3.1) and Jacksonville, Fla. (3.0).
FOCUS, FOCUS, FOCUS: A lot of people might not realize it, but it actually is easier in many ways to get a team to shut out distractions on the road.
That's what Meyer says, anyway.
"This team's getting mature fast," he said. "I was worried about when we went to Cal. But there's a part of you that it's easier to get them focused on the road than it is at home. It's a cut-down crew, you don't have as much stuff going on with the families and tickets and all that kind of stuff. There's a part of me that over these past 12 years of being a head coach, to bring your 70 guys on the road, sometimes it's actually easier to keep them focused."