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Browns Fans Always Enjoy the Journey

Eric Sollenberger, SB Nation

Hoyer Solidifies Grip Over 'Johnny Bench'

Don Banks, Sports Illustrated

Ohio State Falls Flat at Home

Jeremy Fowler, CBS Sports

Irish to Michigan: You're Unworthy

Terry Foster, Detroit News

Buckeyes' Barrett Is a Winner

Bob Hunter, Columbus Dispatch

The National Airshow is a Labor Day tradition in Cleveland. The Blue Angels were rehearsing and performing one incredible stunt after the other directly above and through downtown....(full article)

As strange as it sounds in defeat, Brian Hoyer won something rather meaningful Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field. The victory narrowly escaped the veteran Cleveland quarterback, but...(full article)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State didn't look like a top-10 team when the Buckeyes were down 14 points with a lifeless offense at the half. It didn't look like a top-10 team after crawl...(full article)

Harlan Huckleby broke out into uncontrolled laughter when he heard Notre Dame signed to play a home-and-home series with Ohio State just two days before its final game with Michiga...(full article)

BALTIMORE — Maybe the best thing about Ohio State’s 34-17 win over Navy is that redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett wasn’t the story. When three-year starting quarterback Braxton ...(full article)

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