ARLINGTON, TEXAS – If anybody's looking for an early Heisman Trophy favorite for next season, look no further than Zeke.
He's already locked up the voting bloc called the Slobs.
Tailback Ezekiel Elliott, known as Zeke to his teammates, had 246 yards on 36 carries and scored four touchdowns. And the "slobs" — the offensive linemen's both affectionate and accurate name for themselves — dominated up front as the Buckeyes ran over, around and through Oregon 42-20 on Monday night.
Coach Urban Meyer was asked about the job Elliott and his line did.
"That was one of the great performances in college football history to do what they did," he said. "In history."
Tressel in the house
Jim Tressel led Ohio State to its last national championship and was on hand Monday to see the Buckeyes try to win another one.
Selected for induction into the college football Hall of Fame on Friday, Tressel was on the field for the coin toss.
Tressel, who led the Buckeyes to the national championship after the 2002 season, lost his job at Ohio State because of a extra-benefits scandal involving tattoos.
"The day that I wasn't the coach at OS, the price was paid," said Tressel, still under NCAA sanctions for lying to investigators. "I don't sit around thinking about that. That's why I'll do fine."
Now the president at Youngstown State, Tressel said he stays busy doing "important" work.
Then he cracked, "I won't make the presidents' hall of fame, though."
Letter grade: O
Ohio State didn't exactly make a grand entrance Monday night.
Usually, the Buckeyes race onto the field from the tunnel led by four students carrying large flags that spell out O-H-I-O. This time, however, one of the flags snagged on the ground, tripping a cheerleader and sending several players sprawling.
That meant that the team came onto the field led by flags spelling out O, H and I. The O made an appearance later.