Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State football players warm up before a game against Buffalo Aug. 31, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 40-20.1. The Return of Bradley RobyEven though OSU coach Urban Meyer would not say whether Roby will start against San Diego State, it is hard to believe the redshirt junior cornerback wouldn’t see significant playing time. The presence of the preseason All-American and Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist is much-needed for a secondary that will also see the return of another starter in redshirt-senior safety C.J. Barnett. Roby’s ability to take the opponent’s best receiver out of the game is something the Buckeyes will need once Big Ten play starts in three weeks. It will be interesting to see how much Meyer plays him. 2. Can Jordan Hall repeat his performance from last week? How does redshirt-junior Rod Smith figure into the equation?Last week Hall got the start at running back for the Buckeyes, and instead of just filling in while OSU waited for the return of suspended running backs redshirt-junior Rod Smith and senior Carlos Hyde, he put up a career-high 159 yards and two touchdowns. Now, with the return of Smith, the pressure will be on Hall to repeat his performance from last week, or risk losing his spot. SDSU allowed 172 yards rushing last week against Eastern Illinois, so the opportunity could be there for Hall to impress again. 4. Did the Buckeyes learn their lesson after suffering cramps last week?Several key members for OSU, including starting junior quarterback Braxton Miller, left last week’s win over Buffalo at different points in the game due to cramping. With temperatures likely to be in the mid-80s again Saturday, hydration both before and during the game will be important. Meyer called the cramping “a concern” following the win, so seeing if the issue was addressed will be a storyline to watch. 3. Will OSU’s front seven be able to contain SDSU running back Adam Muema?SDSU’s junior running back Adam Muema left the Aztecs’ 40-19 loss midway through the first half because of an ankle injury but is expected to be full-go against OSU Saturday. Muema will still be a focus of the Buckeye defense Saturday, as he finished with 1,458 yards last season to go along with 16 touchdowns. Against Buffalo, the Buckeyes only allowed 73 rushing yards, but the Bulls did not have a back of the quality of Muema. Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier and company will have to slow Muema if the Buckeyes hope to continue their 13-game unbeaten streak. 5. Will the Buckeyes get complacent?After SDSU, the Buckeyes are scheduled to face California, a member of a BCS conference in the Pac-12. Although the Mountain West Conference has earned some respect over the past few years, it still does not consistently compare to the Big Ten, Pac-12 or other members of the BCS. With that in mind, the Buckeyes need to focus on the task at hand and not look ahead to next week’s clash with the Golden Bears. If OSU does not keep focused, the Aztecs could come out of the gate quickly and grab an early lead. The game could become more complicated for the Buckeyes if they have to play from behind, so they need to keep their minds on the game at hand.
← Previous Story Celje PL wins 26 of 26 in Slovenian Championship before Play-Off Next Story → MVM EHF FINAL4: Four teams – one dream! Europe’s handball fans have made their choice. More than 22,000 people participated in the online poll for a Women’s EHF Champions League All-star team – an increase of more than 20 per cent compared to last year when 18,000 fans participated. And many of the stars selected will take to the court at the 2015 MVM EHF FINAL4.Norwegian side Larvik, who have remained undefeated in their EHF Champions League campaign to date, have the largest representation of all-stars at the Budapest final weekend. Their goalkeeper, Dane Sandra Toft, received the majority of votes (35.8%/8119 votes) and so did Nora Mörk (30.9/7012) on the right back and Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth Koren (29.3/6647) on the right wing.WHC Vardar SCBT have one all-star in their ranks, left wing Siraba Dembele (30.2/6851), similar to Buducnost, who bring left back Cristina Neagu (40.8/9273) to the MVM EHF FINAL4. However, the largest representation of all-stars plays for 2014 champions Györi Audi ETO KC, who bowed out at the quarter-finals. Their centre back Aniko Kovacsics (28.2/6406) received the most votes. The Hungarian international is joined by Norwegian line player Heidi Loke, who won her category in the most convincing fashion (57.9/13127), best defender Dorina Korsos (23/5223) and head coach Ambros Martin (32.1/7285).This season was the first time that the season’s best coach and best young player were added to the all-star team. This award went to HCM Baia Mare’s Eliza Iulia Buceschi (24.9/5664).The overviewBest left wing: Siraba Dembele (FRA) / WHC Vardar SCB – 30.2%Best left back: Cristina Neagu (ROU) / Buducnost – 40.8%Best line player: Heidi Loke (NOR) / Györi Audi ETO KC – 57.9%Best centre back: Aniko Kovacsics (HUN) / Györi Audi ETO KC – 28.2%Best right back: Nora Mörk (NOR) / Larvik – 30.9%Best right wing: Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth Koren (NOR) / Larvik – 29.3%Best goalkeeper: Sandra Toft (DEN) / Larvik HK – 35.8%Best defender: Dorina Korsos (HUN) / Györi Audi ETO KC – 23%Best young player: Eliza Iulia Buceschi (ROU) / HCM Baia Mare – 24.9%Best coach: Ambros Martin (ESP) / Györi Audi ETO KC – 32.1%source: EHF