By Rusty Miller | Associated Press
COLUMBUS-- As if Ohio State's coaching staff doesn't have enough going on with the opener coming up Saturday (Buffalo at home, noon), the assistants also will be keeping an eye on other games.
One in particular.
When Northwestern travels to play California for a 10:30 p.m. ET kickoff, the Buckeyes can kill two scouting birds with one video tape.
Ohio State travels to Cal on Sept. 14 -- and then plays at Northwestern on Oct. 5.
There will be other opportunities to see the Wildcats in action and to break them down on film. But there won't be a better chance to see Cal's Golden Bears -- under new coach Sonny Dykes -- against a Big Ten opponent. The tape will undoubtedly provide some insight.
"Absolutely, that will be a big part of our preparation," coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday. "We'll get that film immediately. And we'll have some people working on that ASAP, not the full-time coaches but we'll have some graduate assistants breaking that down and getting it into the computer. Because that's a new staff, that'll be very important for us to get tendencies from them."
ONE-UPMAN SHIP: Indiana, long a doormat in the Big Ten, hopes to at least make things interesting for fans.
No matter how the football team plays, the school's administration has taken steps to enhance the experience of attending a game at Memorial Stadium. The Hoosiers host Indiana State on Thursday night.
Flat-screen TVs have been added to the concourse, along with better cellphone reception.
The prow from the USS Indiana has even been placed outside the stadium.
Also, IU has built the tallest flagpole in all the Football Bowl Subdivision. Its new flagpole will reach 154 feet -- 8 feet higher than Ohio State's, which previously was the tallest.
COMING HOME: Buffalo has 13 players on its roster who are from Ohio.
They include QB Collin Michael (Lexington), cousins P Tyler Grassman (Gahanna) and LS Corbin Grassman (Alexander), QB Alex Zordich (Youngstown), RB Devin Campbell (Youngstown), LB Lee Skinner (Fairborn), TE Colton Caldwell (Dublin), DL Chris Ford (Medina), OL Jessie Beck (Cincinnati), WR Malcolm Robinson (Canton), TE Mason Schreck (Medina) and WR Ron Willoughby (Avon Lake).
Anthone Taylor, a sophomore RB, played alongside Ohio State QB Braxton Miller at Huber Heights Wayne High School.
Coach Jeff Quinn is a former offensive coordinator and line coach at the University of Cincinnati who worked on the same staff with current Ohio State assistants Kerry Coombs and Tim Hinton. Quinn was the interim coach for the Bearcats in the 2010 Sugar Bowl after Brian Kelly left to accept the Notre Dame head coaching job.
Quinn knows what the game means to the native Buckeyes on his team.
"We've got a lot of Ohio kids on our roster. They're going to be making their trip back to their home state," he said. "It's going to be the first time we've ever played Ohio State at the Horseshoe and it's going to be a great environment. So, I know our kids are excited to play and they'll be ready to play."
ON THE WAY: Ohio State did not release a depth chart with its game notes on Monday, as is typically the case. Meyer said that was because of injuries to several players, principally Corey Linsley and Andrew Norwell on the OL, that might impact who starts. A team spokesman on Tuesday said that the two-deep would be released soon.