Buckeyes take care of business in Bloomington

By John Onan  |   Wednesday, October 26, 2005  |  Comments( 0 )

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After Ohio State did what they were expected to do, dispatch the upstart Indiana Hoosiers 41-10 on Saturday afternoon, there will be little to no time to savor the victory. For Jim Tressel's club, who moved to 5-2 on the year and 3-1 in the Big 10, their thoughts quickly switch to Minnesota star running back Lawrence Maroney and a well-rested and angry Gophers bunch.

Two weeks ago, Minnesota lost a costly game on their home turf against Wisconsin. The setback dropped them to 2-2 in a conference where there's little margin for error, as the Badgers moved into a tie for the Big Ten lead with Penn State. And this upcoming contest is always a big deal to Gophers coach Glen Mason, a 1972 Ohio State graduate.

After smothering the Hoosiers offense, the Buckeyes defense will have its hands full with Maroney, who leads a rushing attack that averages nearly 300 yards per game on the ground. But, of course, Ohio State boasts a trio of linebackers that are used to conquering these sort of challenges. Against pass happy Drew Stanton two weeks ago, the defense dropped the Spartan quarterback to the ground a record 12 times.

Also encouraging is the re-emergence of wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr., who has made key catches and produced long returns on special teams the past two Saturdays. He has nabbed eight passes for 139 yards with a touchdown in that span, and also tied the Big Ten record with five career scores off punt returns with his 64-yard touchdown last weekend.

If the Ohio State Buckeyes can come away winners this weekend, with home games against downtrodden Illinois and defenseless Northwestern at the Horseshoe on tap, they could set themselves up for the Michigan game in Ann Arbor with a chance to walk away with the conference crown.
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