COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — What's brewing with the 2012 Ohio State Buckeyes ...
BUCKEYES BUZZ: Fans love night games. Players ... not so much.
It's much easier on players to get a good night's rest, get up, eat breakfast, then get dressed and head over to a noon kickoff.
When the game starts at 8 p.m., as does Saturday night's game between No. 12 Ohio State and 21st-ranked Nebraska, as Tom Petty put it, the waiting is the hardest part.
"There's a good and there's a bad to it. The good thing about it, you get an extra two hours of sleep or so," LB Etienne Sabino said. "The bad thing about it is, it feels like you're waiting all day to play that game. You're watching everybody else play and you're saying, 'I just want to go out and play already.'"
Of course, the coaches have been down this road before. But that doesn't mean coach Urban Meyer — whose Buckeyes play three of their next four games at night — may not have to tweak his schedule some to fit his team.
"Every team's different," Meyer said. "We have to make sure they're rested. So we're still finalizing our plans for it. But the good thing is we have a lot of experience with night games."
BUNDLE UP: The forecast for Saturday night calls for temperatures hovering around 40 degrees.
NOT AN ACADEMIC: ESPN.com reported on Friday that unused Ohio State QB Cardale Jones made his feelings about attending class clear.
On his Twitter account, Jones said, "Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain't come to play SCHOOL classes are POINTLESS."
Multiple media outlets picked up the tweet before it, and Jones' entire account, were deleted.
Jones, who has not played this season, isn't listed on the two-deep chart. Braxton Miller, of course, is the starter and Kenny Guiton the backup.
Jones, a product of Cleveland Glenville, signed with the Buckeyes in February of 2011 but ended up spending last year at a military prep school in Virginia to boost his academics.
QUOTABLE: WR Corey Brown on all the offseason conditioning and film work players put in: "A lot of hours for 12 games doesn't seem right."
NOTE THIS: Freshman WR Ricquan Southward has left the team voluntarily, for personal reasons. He was a 6-foot, 185-pounder from Lakeland, Fla. ... Junior DB Jamie Wood will be scheduled for an MRI and shoulder surgery in the next few weeks and he will not play again this year. ... Retiring Nebraska AD and legendary coach Tom Osbourne will be honored with a video presentation before the game. ... Former team captains had dinner with the team on Friday evening at the Ohio State Golf Courses. The 1972 team will be honored at halftime. ... The men's basketball team will receive their Final Four rings during the game. ... Expect some halftime fireworks. ... Marking Breast Cancer Awareness month, numerous buildings on the Ohio State campus will be illuminated pink, including the new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute and Critical Care Tower, under construction now near the corner of Cannon Drive and West 10th Avenue on the medical center campus. Other campus buildings illuminated pink will be the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center and the Schottenstein Center. ... Ohio State is 7-3 in home night games. The Buckeyes had lost three in a row until the last-minute, 33-27 win over Wisconsin last season.
LINE OF HONOR: The coaching staff usually picks out a player on offense and one on defense to recognize as the team's players of the week. Except after the 17-16 win at Michigan State, the coaches selected the entire line as offensive players of the game.
Ed Warinner, who coaches the unit, said his players were thrilled to be singled out.
"It is really good for us as an offensive unit," he said. "I thought they played physical. Getting recognition like that was good for them. It validates the hard work they've put in and just how hard they're working. We're not a finished product there. We still have a lot of things to continue to grow and clean up and get better at, but they're really playing hard and they're starting to understand what we really want in the spread offense."
Meyer pointed to the final 4 minutes of ball control that preserved the one-point win by keeping the ball away from the Spartans.
"Corey Linsley, Andrew Norwell, Marcus Hall, Reid Fragel and Jack Mewhort," he said. "I'm very proud of their effort and what they did. It's great to have an offensive line grade out as your player of the game (because) you usually win that ballgame."
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