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OSU-UM may not be sellout

September 16, 2011
By RICH GIBSON - Buckeye Blitz ( , Times Leader

Don't be surprised if Sun Life Stadium isn't filled to capacity for Saturday night's OSU-Miami game.

The Hurricanes' facility, also home to the NFL's Dolphins, is dramatically far removed from UM's main campus, located in Coral Gables, south of the city of Miami.

UM games traditionally attracted larger turnouts when home games were played at the Orange Bowl.

A story in the Miami Herald reports UM retail stores are selling T-shirts regarding Jim Tressel's adversity. The shirt reads: "Tressel's Tattoo and Pawn."

According to a spokesman from AllCanes stores, "The Tressel T-shirt is not selling quite as well anymore because of the old stereotype of throwing stones from glass houses."

Expected to see action Saturday are three Buckeyes (Jordan Hall, Travis Howard, Corey "Pittsburgh" Brown) reinstated after serving two-game suspensions. OSU coach Luke Fickell has not said any of the three will be in the starting lineup.

I'M already on record selecting Ohio State to score a 27-23 win in Saturday's game. Expect Fickell to rotate quarterbacks Joe Bauserman and Braxton Miller.

We'd also like to see frosh wideout Evan Spencer have an active role in the offense. The highly-touted recruit was on the field for several plays against Toledo but did not have his number called.....Spencer, of course, made his first career collegiate reception a spectacular one a week earlier against Akron.

The Big Ten provided national cynics additional ammo last weekend with Iowa, Indiana, Purdue and Minnesota suffering unexpected losses.

The same can't be said for Penn State which was humbled by a superior Alabama combine.

Thus, here are this week's conference selections:

PITTSBURGH AT IOWA: Here's the perfect storm for a Pitt loss. The Panthers own a pair of unremarkable (non-Big East) wins while Iowa is coming off an emotional, three-OT setback against state rival Iowa State. Hawkeyes, 30-17.

PENN STATE AT TEMPLE: One might think these two Keystone State foes have no business of playing until considering Joe Pa and company prevailed by only nine points last season in Happy Valley. Nittany Lions, 34-14.

EASTERN MICHIGAN AT MICHIGAN: Another opportunity for Wolves' QB Denard Robinson to pad his early season stats. Granted, the Deerfield Beach, Fla. native was spectacular last week, generating 28 fourth-quarter points, including two TDs in the final 1:12 of an incredible victory over Notre Dame. Wolverines, 52-14.

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE AT PURDUE: Not a pretty site last week for Boilers in Houston where Rice pulled off a 24-22 decision. It's get well week in West Lafayette. Boilermakers, 38-10.

NORTHWESTERN AT ARMY: Off to a 2-0 start, Pat Fitzgerald's Cats should hand Cadets a third straight setback. Wildcats, 24-13.

MICHIGAN STATE AT NOTRE DAME: A 0-3 start seems unimaginable for Brian Kelly and the Leprechaun Nation. Irish, 28-20.

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE AT INDIANA: Hoosiers were competitive in a 34-31 home loss to Virginia last week. It's over the hump wee in Bloomington.

Hoosiers, 40-14.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS AT WISCONSIN. Bret Bielema's club has designs on winning a national championship and perhaps a favorable regular season schedule to make itpossible. Badgers, 35-13.

MIAMI, OH. AT MINNESOTA: Gophers still reeling from adversity of coach Jerry Kill's ongoing medical issues. This one's for him. Gophers, 24-14.

WASHINGTON AT NEBRASKA: This matchup of 2-0 teams is all about home field advantage. Cornhuskers, 30-14.

ARIZONA STATE AT ILLINOIS: Prime time kickoff on the Big Ten Network has Ron Zook's club seeking first win in the series (0-2). Illini, 20-17.



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