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Why is this news?: Noah Spence receiving support, Ohio Stadium ranks 3rd

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"To throw him to the street, I didn't feel like that was appropriate just yet."

-Urban Meyer, via Fox Sports Ohio

While his second positive test for a banned substance likely means Noah Spence’s chances of taking the field for the Buckeyes this season have passed, Fox’s Zac Jackson writes that Urban Meyer isn’t ready to give up on the junior defensive end just yet. Spence, who is taking some time to focus on himself instead of his craft, will no longer be practicing with the team, but he will be working out.

Today in his weekly press conference, Meyer explained the situation:

"To throw him to the street, I didn't feel like that was appropriate just yet. And we're going to do the best we can to help a guy that was an Academic All-Big Ten, a good student, (from) great family, that has a problem. It's our job to help him, and I don't think you will ever see our staff ever do that, say you're out, in that kind of situation. Unfortunately, sometimes it's not our decision."

The most important thing for Noah Spence right now isn’t playing time, it’s getting his situation off of the field straightened out. It seems that he needs some help, and it looks like the football program is determined to provide just that. It appears that both parties are looking to make the best of a bad situation, and that’s all that you can really ask for in a situation like this.

"He became mentally disturbed for the first time since he’s been a starter for us because of his inability to communicate."

-Hayden Fry, via USA TODAY

USA TODAY has released its rankings of the top ten college football stadiums and Ohio Stadium made the cut. No criteria is given for the rankings, but the paper ranks the Buckeyes' home field No. 3 nationally, just behind the Rose Bowl and LSU’s Tiger Stadium. The quote above comes from an anecdote in the article about former Hawkeye Quarterback Chuck Long, who struggled mightily in his first trip to Columbus.

Also making the cut for the Big Ten were Michigan Stadium (No. 4 despite its often reserved crowd), Beaver Stadium (No. 7), and Camp Randall Stadium (criminally underrated at No. 10).

Urban Meyer’s bunch aren’t the only Ohio State football team that’s sitting pretty at No. 22 in the country. The latest NCAA rankings have been released and the Ohio State men’s soccer team has finally cracked the Top 25. The team has won two of its last three, losing only to 10th-ranked Penn State.

The Buckeyes are back in action this Wednesday, Sept. 24 at home against the university of Akron. The action begins at 7:00 p.m.:

It’s been a long weekend for Michigan Football. The team got blown out at home by Utah in a game that saw Michigan Stadium almost flood. Brady Hoke had a very public altercation with defensive coordinator Greg Mattison. There’s even a quarterback controversy now that Devin Gardner was replaced by Shane Morris late in Saturday’s game. Perhaps the worst of all, though, is that even the CLUB GOLF team is throwing shade at the Wolverines.

Do you understand how far a football program has to fall to have the club golf team feeling comfortable enough to lob shots? Also, Kudos to the team account for not taking the tweet down. Almost two days later and that thing is still up there. Hail, Hail, baby.