N_is for Nine, as in nine Big Ten games. After years of playing eight conference opponents, the Big Ten shifts to a nine-game conference schedule in 2016.
O_is for Ojikutu. Brandon Ojikutu is a junior wide receiver out of Cleveland John Marshall High.
P_is for Pryor, former QB Terrelle Pryor. He is still in the midst of a 5-year exile from Ohio State, banished by the NCAA during the probe two years ago for allegedly being the guy who handed out money to players who attended a charity event. He is getting a shot to play a lot for the Oakland Raiders this season.
Q_is for the Q in Tyquan Lewis, a freshman D-lineman out of Tarboro, N.C., who had a solid camp.
R_is for Rock, as in Chris Rock. No, not the popular comedian and actor. This one is a sophomore defensive lineman who prepped at Columbus DeSales High. If this Chris Rock makes a joke, you'd better laugh — he's 6-foot-5 and 270 pounds.
S_is for Simon, John Simon. The co-captain a year ago has moved on to the NFL and is trying to earn a spot on the roster at linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens. His absence leaves a leadership void for the Buckeyes.
T_is for Touchdowns. A year ago, running back Carlos Hyde scored 17 of them — most on the team — while topping the team in points with 102. This year, Hyde must sit out the first three games after he was listed as a person of interest in an alleged assault against a female at a downtown Columbus bar in July. Video from the incident appeared to show Hyde making a striking motion at the woman, who had also slapped at him. That was enough for Meyer to sit him out the first three games since the team has a strict rule regarding respecting women.
U_is for, of course, Urban. Now associated, at least in Ohio, with the football coach of the same first name, it was a moniker once associated primarily with heads of the Roman Catholic church. Pope Urban I was pope from 222 to 230. His reign is the first that can definitely be dated. There was also an Urban II, who was in charge from 1088 to 1099. He set up the first Crusade.
V_is for victory. Ohio State has 837 of them in 123 years of football to go along with 316 losses and 53 ties.
W_is for Wisconsin, a team sporting a different look this fall. The Badgers come to Ohio Stadium for the Big Ten opener on Sept. 28 and new coach Gary Andersen will likely have a few cards up his sleeve. His predecessor, Bret Bielema, shocked many by leaving Madison, Wis., for the rigors of the Southeastern Conference at Arkansas. Andersen's Badgers don't have Montee Ball (graduation) but the three-time defending conference champion does have 14 starters back, eight on offense and six on the other side, along with both kickers, the punter and long snapper.
X_is for the middle letter of Texas. After decades of only getting an occasional player out of the Lone Star State, now all of a sudden the Buckeyes are ripe with guys from the heart of Longhorn territory. Running back Dontre Wilson, the freshman flame who was the talk of fall camp, is from DeSoto. Cornerback Eli Apple hails from Houston. The aforementioned QB, J.T. Barrett, is a native of Wichita Falls, Texas. And Mike Mitchell, in the mix at linebacker, is a proud son of Plano.
Y_is for Youngstown, starting center Corey Linsley's hometown.
Z_is for zip, as in zero. That's how many losses the Buckeyes had a year ago while going 12-0. Ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press media poll this year, a lot of people think they may just put up another zero in the loss column in 2013.
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