Coming off a 6-7 season that followed the tattoos scandal, the Buckeyes turned to Meyer, who brought two titles to Florida before health issues sent him to the TV booth for a year. Meyer has been tested already. The Buckeyes have had three players arrested this summer. … Meyer’s first season in Columbus could be aided by a favorable schedule that features eight home games, including five of the first six.
PENN STATE _ Key players: DT Jordan Hill, LB Gerald Hodges, QB Matt McGloin, LB Michael Matui. Returning starters: 4 offense, 4 defense (as of July 30).
First-year coach Bill O'Brien says he got a boost from a conversation with his former boss, Bill Belichick, when the New England Patriots coach told him he doesn’t buy the talk that Penn State football is dead. … After all the difficult times the Nittany Lions have encountered answering questions about the sanctions that followed the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal, O'Brien said the Nittany Lions can’t wait for practice to start. O'Brien promises they will have some fun, despite all the distractions, though he lost star running back Silas Redd to USC.
PURDUE _ Key players: QB Caleb TerBush, RB Ralph Bolden, CB Ricardo Allen, LB Will Lucas, DT Kawann Short, KR/WR Raheem Mostert. Returning starters: 9 offense, 10 defense.
Short made 17 tackles for losses last season and also had 6 1-2 sacks as Purdue registered its first winning season under Danny Hope, who is entering his fourth season. … The Boilermakers improved to 7-6 by beating Western Michigan in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. … Mostert led FBS schools in kickoff returns last season, averaging 33.5 yards.
WISCONSIN _ Key players: RB Montee Ball, QB Danny O’Brien, LB Mike Taylor, LB Chris Borland, OT Ricky Wagner. Returning starters: 5 offense, 6 defense.
Ball has 61 career TDs, even though he has only started 18 games for the Badgers. … Wisconsin has made four Rose Bowl appearances since 1998, the second most in that span to Southern Cal’s five. … O'Brien is a transfer from Maryland, hoping to repeat the success of Russell Wilson, who transferred to Madison from North Carolina State for one season. … Coach Bret Bielema has done some adding since last season. He got married and also has six new assistant coaches on his staff. … Wisconsin is 60-19 under Bielema in six seasons.
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