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Tuesday, November 06, 2012 8:31 AM

COLUMBUS (AP) — What’s brewing with the 2012 Ohio State Buckeyes ...

BUCKEYES BUZZ: At least now we know when Ohio State’s two remaining games will kick off.

The Big Ten announced on Monday that No. 5 Ohio State’s game on Nov. 17 at Wisconsin will kick off at 3:30 p.m.

The game will be televised by ABC/ESPN2.

The Buckeyes (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) have a bye this week. The Badgers (6-3, 3-2) have won five of their six home games. They play at Indiana this Saturday at

The Ohio State-Wisconsin game could determine who represents the Leaders Division in the Big Ten championship game. The Buckeyes and Penn State (6-3, 4-1) are eligible to win a division title but are not permitted to play in the title game or a bowl because of NCAA sanctions. Wisconsin is third in the division but the top eligible team.

CONFERENCE HONORS: A 14-tackle performance, including a career-best 11 solo tackles and two tackles-for-loss, earned Ohio State sophomore LB Ryan Shazier the Big Ten’s defensive player of the week award.

It’s the second consecutive week that Shazier has been honored by the conference. He was co-defensive player of the week after recording eight tackles and two sacks and intercepting a pass for a touchdown in the Buckeyes’ win over Penn State two weeks ago.

Shazier’s play in the Buckeyes’ 52-22 win over Illinois marked his fifth double-digit tackling game of the season and leaves him two shy of becoming the first sophomore at Ohio State since James Laurinaitis in 2006 to top 100 tackles in a season. Shazier leads the team with 98 tackles, a total that ranks third in the Big Ten and 23rd nationally.

Shazier was back to his typical jersey No. 10 vs. the Illini after honoring a late friend during the Penn State game by wearing jersey No. 48.

Also, RB Bri’onte Dunn was selected as the Big Ten’s freshman of the week.

With the Buckeyes playing subs in the fourth quarter, Dunn rushed 13 times for 73 yards, scoring on a 3-yard run.

The other award winners were Indiana WR Cody Latimer (out of Dayton Jefferson Township HS) and Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez as offensive co-players of the week, and Michigan State P Mike Sadler on special teams.

OUT OF THE CONTEST? According to blogger Chris Huston aka Heisman Pundit, QB Braxton Miller is no longer a strong contender for the Heisman Trophy.

Huston also says USC QB Matt Barkley, Michigan QB Denard Robinson, Wisconsin RB Montee Ball and Oklahoma QB Landry Jones are, like Miller, out of the race. Same goes for Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o.

Of Miller, Huston writes, “He was always a dark horse in this campaign. However, he’s performed quite well and is on the bubble as far as a possible visit to New York goes. It’s just he can’t win — not this time, not with his numbers and not in the context of this race. However, he is set up well to be the Heisman front runner in 2013 and everything he does the rest of this season will serve to bolster that.”

Huston says the top three candidates right now are (1) Kansas State QB Collin Klein, (2) Oregon RB Kenjon Barner and (3) Alabama QB A.J. McCarron.


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