Spring game preview: Ohio State

April, 12, 2013
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It's a big weekend in the Big Ten, with five spring games on tap (Northwestern will wrap up its spring with a regular practice). Only one team is playing in a different city than its campus, and that's the Ohio State Buckeyes. Here's a look at what to expect when the Scarlet squares off against the Gray ...

When: Saturday, 1 p.m. ET

Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati

Admission: General reserved seats are $12 and $5 for ages 2-6; children younger than 2 and students with a valid ID get in for free. Parking is $10.

TV: Live on BTN2Go. Big Ten Network will air the game on tape delay at 7 p.m. ET.

Weather forecast: Partly cloudy, with a high of 54 degrees.

What to watch for:
With some repair work being done at the Horseshoe, the Buckeyes decided to move their spring game south to Cincinnati. This should make for an interesting atmosphere, and it could ultimately serve another purpose: helping Ohio State bridge the gap to the Queen City in recruiting.


Urban Meyer doesn't really need to see Braxton Miller, Carlos Hyde, Corey "Philly" Brown or Bradley Roby perform in a game-like setting. This is a bigger day for some less-heralded positions, like the right tackle spot that has been an open competition between Taylor Decker and Chase Farris throughout the spring. There will also be a lot of focus on the defensive line, where all four starters are gone from last year. Noah Spence, Adolphus Washington and Michael Bennett are near locks to start there this year, but there is still plenty of competition for playing time in the rotation.

Meyer would also like to see more production out of his receiver group, but don't get too excited if one of them has a breakout performance. Remember Michael Thomas' huge spring game last year as a true freshman? He didn't contribute much during the season and still isn't one of the Buckeyes' top four wideouts. Also keep an eye on the linebacker spots, especially since Ryan Shazier is expected to be limited at best. This is a big offseason for Curtis Grant, the former highly decorated recruit who needs to make an impact this year as a starter for a young unit.

You'll probably see a lot of time for backup quarterbacks Kenny Guiton and Cardale Jones, whom Meyer said showed this spring that he can handle the position. Maybe we'll even see some of the diamond formation with three backs in the backfield that Ohio State has experimented with this spring.

More than anything, it will likely be a celebration of the Buckeyes as they visit a different part of the state.

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