Boren makes a surprise appearance at linebacker

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – What’s brewing with the 2012 Ohio State Buckeyes …

BUCKEYES BUZZ: Zach Boren is a senior who’s spent his entire career at Ohio State playing fullback.

No more.

Pressed for linebackers because of an injury to starter Etienne Sabino (broken leg), Boren showed up at that position on Saturday in the 52-49 victory over Indiana. And played well.

The Buckeyes only used two linebackers for most of the first half because Indiana was passing so much that an extra, or nickel, back was needed more than a third linebacker.

Boren started working out at LB to help out earlier in the week and ended up being a solid contributor. In his weekly news conference on Monday, coach Urban Meyer will undoubtedly assess the position and whether Boren will remain there or play on offense.

INJURY REPORT: DE Nathan Williams did not make the trip to Indiana after suffering a concussion.

Also not making it to the game were freshmen DBs Najee Murray (season-ending knee surgery) and Armani Reeves (sprained ankle).

POLL DANCING: The Buckeyes moved up a spot to No. 7 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 released on Sunday. Since it is banned from the postseason and is on NCAA probation, Ohio State is not eligible for either the coaches poll or the Bowl Championship Series rankings.

Only two Big Ten teams made the AP media poll. In addition to the Buckeyes, Michigan was No. 23.

Cincinnati stayed at No. 21 after a 49-17 win over Football Championship Series member Fordham on Saturday night.

Moving in at No. 25 was the third unbeaten in the state, the Ohio University Bobcats.

It’s the first time the Bobcats have made the rankings since 1968, the last time they won their first seven games (they went 10-0).

“I couldn’t be happier for our team,” said Ohio coach Frank Solich. “Breaking into the Top 25 is a great accomplishment, but we still have a long ways to go toward accomplishing all the things we set out to do at the start of the season.”

The Bobcats have a bye week before returning to action Oct. 27 at Miami (Ohio) at 3:30 p.m.

UPCOMING: The start time for Saturday’s game against Purdue at Ohio Stadium has been set for a noon kickoff. It’ll be announced by the TV networks and Big Ten on Monday.

Here’s what’s left for the Buckeyes after the Boilermakers: at Penn State on Oct. 27 at 6 p.m., Illinois at home on Nov. 3 (time TBA), bye week, at Wisconsin on Nov. 17 (time TBA), and Michigan at home on Nov. 24, noon kickoff.