FINAL TWO: When DL Michael Bennett was a senior at Centerville (Ohio) High School, he narrowed his college choices down to Northwestern and Ohio State.
“It was pretty close,” he said. “I loved the people at Northwestern and the program. It was a good place. I ended up coming here because I felt it was a better choice and liked it more. But Northwestern’s a great school.”
The Buckeyes are happy he chose them.
Bennett, one of the team’s top stars on the defensive unit this year, has thrived in his first year as a starter on the line.
“Michael Bennett, his legend continues,” Meyer said. “Last year he was a no-name guy and this year he’s become a leader, a vocal leader. He’s performing like an All-Big Ten player.”
HITTING THE ROAD: A year ago, Ohio State was an average team before it hit the road for its first Big Ten game. Trailing in the second half at Michigan State, the Buckeyes were transformed. Leaders stepped forward, the rest responded and the team ended up going 12-0.
Now the Buckeyes face another major test when they head to Northwestern.
WR Corey Brown says the team was well served by a successful trip to California three weeks ago.
“We had a different style of run-through on Friday and you could tell it was all business,” he said of what became a 52-34 win over the Bears. “Everybody was all locked in. You could tell that everybody was ready.”