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Why is this news?: Urban Meyer protecting J.T. Barrett's arm, Bucks a College Football Playoff "dark horse"

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"We're limiting some of his throws and when he's fresh he's good for us"

-Urban Meyer, Big Ten Coaches Conference Call

After losing star QB Braxton Miller for the season to a shoulder injury, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer could be forgiven for wanting a cautious approach to his new QB, J.T. Barrett. On today's Big Ten Coaches Conference Call, Meyer said that Barrett isn't throwing on Fridays or Sundays now. Meyer gave no indication that Barrett was hurt, and his performance over the last three games, where he's thrown 14 TDs against a single interception, vaulting him into the elite at the position, wouldn't give anybody reason to think he was dinged either.

Also on the conference call, Meyer went out of his way to praise Bri'onte Dunn and Darryl Baldwin, indicating that the former, (who has been excelling on special teams) may play a greater role on offense. If you're a skill player and you want to know the quickest way to Meyer's heart, it is, after all, via special teams.

"The Buckeyes look like a sneaky playoff contender"

-Heather Dinich, ESPN

When Ohio State lost to Virginia Tech a few weeks ago, many people thought that the Buckeyes' chances for the playoffs were pretty much shot, especially after the Hokies went on to lose two more games. However, now that Ohio State's offense is doing a pretty good impression of *last year's* Ohio State offense, AND with everybody and their brother losing last week, at least one major media outlet is saying that hey, maybe Ohio State isn't dead.

It's going to be an uphill climb, thanks to Ohio State's schedule and the poor perception of the Big Ten, but if the Buckeyes can knock out Michigan State, and maybe a good Nebraska team in the Big Ten Championship game, anything is possible, especially if college football has a few more weekends like last one.

"The Buckeye Country Superfest lineup has been released"

-Event Website

I'm not a country fan, you guys. I'm not totally sure who all of these people are, and I can't help but notice how most of them look alike. However, I'm told that if you are a fan of country, and apparently, a lot of you in the greater Columbus area are, that this is a pretty significant haul, including Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and noted fan-of-every-team, Kenny Chesney. The concert, held over two days on July 20 and 21, is notable on this website not because of the musicians, but because it's the first concert in years to be held at Ohio Stadium.

Even Gene Smith is excited! If the event goes well, I imagine we'll continue to see more concerts and multi-purpose events at the Shoe. And that's good for everybody.

"Texans to sign OLB John Simon"

-Baltimore Sun

The fan and Urban Meyer favorite will now be re-united with Mike Vrabel in Houston, as John Simon is headed to the Texans. Simon was a Big Ten Conference Player of the Year, and a key cog in the 12-0 2012 squad. The former fourth-round pick of the Ravens was signed off the practice squad. Best of luck as he tries to continue his NFL career.

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