South Africa climbs business tourism rankings

first_img20 May 2014 South Africa has climbed from 37th to 34th in the International Congress and Convention Associations’ (ICCA’s) latest ranking of business tourism destinations worldwide, with Cape Town and Durban being rated Africa’s top two cities for meetings and events. The ICCA’s 2013 rankings, released last week, confirm South Africa’s position as the top business events destination on the continent, followed by Kenya and Morocco. In the African cities ranking, Cape Town and Durban were followed by Nairobi in third place, while Stellenbosch outside Cape Town was placed 10th. Internationally, Cape Town came in at 52nd (behind Melbourne at 44th and Vancouver at 38th), while Durban jumped a massive 60 places to rank 97th in the world. “Before 1994, the first year of our democracy, South Africa hosted 12 international association conferences,” SA Tourism CEO Thulani Nzima said in a statement on Monday. “Fast forward to 2013, and we have grown this number to 118 ICCA recognised meetings. “We have also hosted 1 038 international association conferences that met the ICCA’s criteria since 1994, and remain ranked under the top 11 long haul destinations globally.” Major international events successfully hosted by South Africa include the International Aids Conference in 2000, the 123rd Session of the International Olympic Organising Committee in 2011, the World Congress on Intensive and Critical Care Medicine in 2013, and the One Young World Conference in 2013. An estimated 20 000 delegates will converge on Durban in 2016 when the country hosts the International Aids Conference for the second time. The meetings and conferences hosted by South Africa “have not only demonstrated the country’s world-class infrastructure and capabilities, but have also showcased a united industry and a committed government, working hard, passionately and together to take this industry forward,” Nzima said. He added that South Africa’s achievement was a win for the continent as a whole. “We need to collaborate and unite with our counterparts on the continent if we want to be a destination to be reckoned with on the business events front. The business events markets is vast and varied. There is enough for everyone – but it will take collaboration, partnership and understanding that we are working to unleash the potential of business events for the benefit of the continent, not just our country.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Dialing in your Datacenter – using Intel Dynamic Power Datacenter Manager

first_imgEach Pn State is a “notch” in the processor’s performance powerband (as seen below) Pn Performance StateIn this performance state, the performance capability of a device or processor is at its minimum level and consumes minimal power while remaining in an active state. State n is a maximum number and is processor or device dependent. Processors and devices may define support for an arbitrary number of performance states not to exceed 16. As a server admin, do you have the tools and technologies to reduce power consumption? There are several avenues addressing this issue, and I suggest reading the post from Lori Wigle on http://communities.intel.com/openport/community/openportit/server/blog/2007/11/14/data-center-efficiency. The datacenter is different from the desktop… server admins aren’t likely to enable sleep states to save energy – but rather, increase utilization on fewer servers to maximize your performance output in relation to your server footprint.When was the last time you looked at your server’s power footprint? Do you even know how much power you’re using? Some of you may have some power meters and can monitor a server (or a few servers) at a time… but how many of you can monitor a rack or servers or a datacenter?What if this capability was built into your current generation Xeon server platform? The good news is that modern processors DO have power management capabilities. Based on the ACPI specs: Everyone is talking “green-energy” and “power-efficiency” these days. Reducing carbon footprint, renewable energy, CFLs, solar power, biking instead of driving, etc… the list goes on forever. Many people are excited to do something to change power consumption, but as a server administrator – are the proper tools in place?Many of you have probably experienced the power/efficiency example at home. When the summer gets hot – many of us run to the thermostat and set it accordingly. When it’s REALLY hot outside, we tend to twist the dial cooler – knowing all along, that our electric bill will most likely be higher at the end of the billing cycle. So, what do we do?Some of us just live with the higher bills, some of us turn off the A/C and struggle in the heat – but I’d hope that most of us set the thermostat to a ‘livable’ temperature – it may not be the coolest, but it’s enough to do the job and keep the electricity bills at a more moderate level – in a sense, it’s a happy medium. In today’s modern age, thermostats are programmable – taking a lot of the guesswork out of our hands and automating many of the old day-to-day temperature functions that our parents had to follow… Intel server platforms are evolving in this realm as well! As these performance notches are set, the processor will lower it’s power envelope and reduce the power needed in order to save energy. Just as a note, EIST must be enabled in the BIOS for this performance enhancement to work on your platform.If you attended Intel’s IDF (Intel Developer Forum) you may have run into a few demos in regards to Datacenter Power Management, my booth showcased 4 current generation Intel Servers based on Bensley/Starlake Xeon DP boards and Xeon 54xx Series (codename Harpertown) Processors.Here’s a quick video showcasing the demo – and just a note – we’ll be redoing this in a higher-quality format soon – so stay tuned!Hopefully if you’ve watched the video – you’ve got some questions! The good news is that we have a new website from the Intel Software Network that is focused on Intel® Dynamic Power Datacenter Manager. The site lists the features, system requirements, downloads, and FAQ to get you started!I’m looking forward to your feedback and questions!. P0 Performance StateWhile a device or processor is in this state, it uses its maximum performance capability and may consume maximum power. Thereby the processor uses it’s maximum power allocation. P1 Performance StateIn this performance power state, the performance capability of a device or processor is limited below its maximum and consumes less than maximum power.last_img read more

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10 months agoOzil agent compelled to end Arsenal exit speculation

first_imgOzil agent compelled to end Arsenal exit speculationby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMesut Ozil will not be leaving Arsenal in January, according to his agent Dr. Erkut Sogut.The German has been linked with a move away from the Emirates after falling out of favour with Unai Emery, who has left him out for “tactical” reasons in recent weeks.”I would prefer not to speak publicly about Mesut’s situation, but given the recent speculation linking him with a move away from Arsenal, I do feel it is important to provide some clarity so we can end this and focus on football,” he told Goal.”Mesut signed a new contract last January because he saw his future at Arsenal and nothing has changed in his mind. He wants to stay for the duration of that contract and maybe even longer.”Mesut is 100 per cent committed to Arsenal Football Club. He loves the club, shares its values and does not want to be anywhere else.”He is proud to wear the shirt and honoured to represent Arsenal on and off the pitch. He takes his responsibilities – including being selected as one of the captains this season – very seriously and has a great relationship with his team-mates, the staff and fans.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Video: Rutgers Football Hosted A “Hypnogician” And It Was Hilarious

first_imgRutgers Football players being hypnotized.Twitter/@RFootballRutgers football enlisted a “hypnogician” during a team event last night, and the results were hysterical.If you’re looking for footage of the Rutgers football hypnogician experience, the program released it earlier today. The performer was Hypnogician Kirsch (real name Michael Kirschner) and his subjects were freshman offensive lineman Mike Lonsdorf and walk-on redshirt freshman defensive back Brian Chase.We’re not sure if Kirsch really hypnotized these two, but however he got them to do what he did, it was quite funny.Hypnogician, Kirsch, visited last night to put on a show for our players… But made the players put on the show!  pic.twitter.com/FKE9nti78i— Rutgers Football (@RFootball) August 18, 2016By all accounts, new Rutgers head coach Chris Ash has been driving his players pretty hard during his first training camp. However, he has shown the ability to have some fun in the past. This video is another example of that.last_img read more

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Connor McDavid Is Off To A Legendary Start

In the roughly seven decades since the NHL started handing out the Art Ross trophy to the league’s top scorer, only three recipients have spent at least some of an award-winning season as a teenager. Two of those players are on the short list of all-time best: Wayne Gretzky and Sidney Crosby. The other? This season’s winner: Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers.McDavid was impressive as a rookie last season, but 2016-17 was when he announced his official superstardom to the world. In addition to leading the NHL in points, he was the league’s best at generating quality scoring chances. And although McDavid has been held to 2 points in the Oilers’ four first-round playoff games against the San Jose Sharks, the series is tied, and McDavid is driving possession the way he did during the regular season. Plus, he’ll probably be honored as the most valuable player in the game regardless of how his postseason goes.McDavid’s rise to the top of the NHL is hardly unexpected — as a child in Newmarket, Ontario, he was already being compared to Gretzky and Crosby. Comparisons with legends bring loads of pressure and expectations, and assuming that an 18-year-old who’s only played against other teenagers will turn into an all-time great is almost always silly.1*Cough, Alexandre Daigle, cough* But even the most optimistic hockey fan might be astonished by how valid McDavid has made those analogies look, and how quickly he’s done so.To say a great deal of hype surrounded McDavid as a youngster would be an understatement. In 2012, Hockey Canada waived its normal eligibility rules — which dictate that players can’t suit up at the major junior level until they’re 16-years-old — and allowed McDavid to enter the Ontario Hockey League draft at age 15. It wasn’t long before McDavid was torching the best junior-level competition in the world: In his three OHL seasons, he scored 285 points, or 1.7 per game. By the time his junior career was over, McDavid had won the most individual silverware in the history of the OHL.In his first two NHL seasons — the first of which was cut short because of an upper body injury that gave the entire city of Edmonton a brief, but acute, panic attack — McDavid scored 148 points over just 127 games.How does that compare with the legendary company McDavid is often mentioned in? Crosby’s scoring rate through his first 127 games was a bit higher than McDavid’s — he tallied 181 points — but there are also a few factors at play that put McDavid at a disadvantage in terms of raw numbers. After adjusting for those, McDavid ends up looking very similar to Sid the Kid.For one thing, Crosby’s first two seasons (2005-06 and 2006-07) were also the two highest-scoring NHL campaigns since the 2004-05 lockout. During those two seasons, teams averaged 9 percent more goals per game than in the two years since McDavid entered the league. 2007 might not seem like very long ago, but the game has changed. And part of the scoring gulf between then and now can be explained by a huge disparity in power play opportunities: In 2005-06, teams played with the man advantage a whopping 5.85 times per game on average. This season, that number was 2.99. (Theories abound as to why.)That matters for scoring: In his first two seasons, Crosby scored 108 of his 222 points (49 percent) on the power play. By comparison, McDavid has scored just 41 of his 148 points (28 percent) on the power play. If Crosby took advantage of whistle-happy referees, McDavid hasn’t had that luxury. Taking into account shorthanded stats as well, McDavid has scored 71 percent of his points at even strength. Crosby, by comparison, scored just 50 percent of the points in his first two seasons while playing at even strength. Because the vast majority of the game is played at even strength, points scored when teams are playing at five on five are arguably more valuable than contributions on special teams.Crosby also benefited from inferior goaltending during his first couple of seasons, relative to what McDavid has faced. According to save percentage — a good benchmark for goaltending performance — netminders were 11 points worse across the league during Crosby’s first two years than they have been during McDavid’s. From 2005-06 to 2006-07, the league’s average save percentage was .903; from 2015-16 to 2016-17, it’s .914.Add it all up, and after adjusting for the league’s scoring environment, Crosby’s 33-point lead in the raw stats gets cut roughly in half: Crosby had 179 adjusted points in his first 127 games; McDavid had 164.2Hockey-Reference.com’s system of adjusting statistics takes a player’s raw numbers and normalizes them to a league where six goals and 10 assists are recorded per game.As for Gretzky … well, he notched an insane 240 points per 127 games in his first two seasons,3Hockey-Reference.com doesn’t have individual game logs dating back as far as the early 1980s, so we’ll have to base the comparison on Gretzky’s points per game in his first two seasons. although it’s worth noting that Gretzky built his case as the undisputed GOAT in an NHL that barely resembles today’s league. McDavid could be the second coming of the Great One, and he’d never have a chance to touch Gretzky’s raw production. But if we run the same adjusted scoring formula as above for Gretzky’s first two seasons, he produced 190 adjusted points per 127 games in his first pair of NHL seasons — 26 more than McDavid and 11 more than Crosby. (This just in: Gretzky was amazing.)So McDavid may be running a bit behind the Great One, but he’s pretty close to Crosby’s level. None of this is to say McDavid is guaranteed to match what Crosby has accomplished; Sid the Kid is probably still the best player in the world (at least according to that Gretzky guy) and is one of the best players to ever take the ice. But when you consider that McDavid is performing roughly as well as Crosby was at the same stage of his career, you get the sense that we’re all lucky to witness his ascent.Of course, while McDavid has asserted himself as one the game’s most prolific scorers, that doesn’t mean Edmonton fans should expect immediate returns in the form of a Stanley Cup. Gretzky himself didn’t lead the Oilers to a championship until his fifth NHL season (those early-1980s New York Islanders teams were notoriously tough to beat), and Crosby didn’t deliver a Cup to Pittsburgh until his fourth season. But with his Art Ross season, McDavid is already living up to the hype on an individual level, and the Oilers seem to have found the franchise cornerstone they’ve been looking for since Gretzky left town for sunny Los Angeles.So even if this season doesn’t end with a parade through Edmonton, the future looks exceedingly bright for the Oilers — and their boy wonder. read more

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Significant Digits For Friday Dec 4 2015

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news.0.12An attorney who wrote a book called “The Drinker’s Guide to Driving: The Secrets of DUI from One of America’s Top DUI Lawyers” was arrested for drunk driving Sunday, with a blood alcohol level of 0.12. Yes, it did happen in Florida — excellent guess. [The Herald Tribune]2nd-longestAfter his team trailed all night against the Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw a 61-yard game-ending Hail Mary pass for a touchdown with no time on the clock. The pass was the second-longest come-from-behind game-ending touchdown ever, and from a distance where such passes have a terrible completion rate. It was the worst thing to happen to the city of Detroit since globalization and systemic mismanagement. [ESPN Stats & Info, Brian Burke]20:24Elvira Montes, an 81-year-old grandmother, was the oldest finisher in this year’s Beer Mile World Championships, finishing four beers and running 1 mile in 20 minutes, 24 seconds. She is what we in the business call a “role model.” We should all be so lucky reach age 81, let alone sustain a reliable competitive drinking habit. [Runner’s World]44.9 percentPercentage of U.S. adults who worked for an employer at least 30 hours per week in November, as measured by Gallup’s Good Jobs rate. [Gallup]92 countsThe other shoe has dropped, people, and it is feigning catastrophic injury in order to procure a yellow card as we speak. U.S. prosecutors announced a 92-count indictment against 16 FIFA officials yesterday, following up on a raid of a Swiss hotel where several officials were staying. [CNN] 95.7 degrees FahrenheitA spokesperson for the upcoming Olympic Games said that organizers did not consider it critical to pay for air conditioning in athletes’ quarters in Rio de Janeiro and that someone else will have to handle the costs. Keep in mind that this year, Aug. 19, which would be towards the end of the events this coming year, hit 95.7 degrees in Rio. [ESPN]589 reportersIn 2014, the number of reporters from niche outlets accredited by the U.S. Senate press gallery exceeded the number of reporters from daily newspapers. As someone from a niche outlet, I guess this is cool? Go niche outlets! [Pew Research Center]220,000 jobsAshton Carter, whose name makes him sound like he is a member of One Direction but who is actually America’s secretary of defense, announced yesterday that the U.S. military will open all combat jobs to women. About 220,000 such jobs within the armed forces had been closed to women. [The Washington Post]$5 millionThat’s the amount brilliant negotiator and world-renowned dealmaker Donald Trump wanted CNN to donate to charity to ensure his participation in an upcoming presidential debate. CNN declined, but the legendary businessman and genius arbitrator, who as we all know could strike an absolutely flawless deal with anyone, especially the Chinese, relented and decided to participate in the debate anyway, because the negotiating strategy of “giving up when your primary request isn’t met” is just a tactic from page one of “The Art of the Deal,” a book Trump definitely wrote all by himself. [The Washington Post]$117 millionAmount raised on Giving Tuesday, another manufactured holiday trying to chew the crumbs left over by the capitalist orgy that is Black Friday, albeit for charity. This is frankly encouraging, because I personally had a lot of trouble getting into the Small Business Saturday spirit this year. [NBC News]If you haven’t already, you really need to sign up for the Significant Digits newsletter — be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news. read more

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Football Ohio State benefits in recruiting with blowout wins spectacle for potential

OSU junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan (5) is congratulated by a young fan following the Buckeyes’ 30-27 overtime win against Michigan on Nov. 26. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State and Michigan have locked heads over recruits before. Currently, two former Wolverines’ commits are making big plays for the Buckeyes in redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber and redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley. But after Saturday, OSU might get the upper hand in signings.OSU pulled away in double overtime on a run by junior H-back Curtis Samuel with a wall of blockers in front of him. It was a statement run for a statement finish in a statement game. After the come-from-behind win, the Buckeyes proved just how good the team really is, and why the dozens of recruits should sign with the Scarlet and Gray.Against Nebraska, OSU hosted more than 20 top-ranked recruits for the 2017 class, and nearly 100 recruits total. What the high school athletes were introduced to was a complete domination of the No. 10 ranked team in the country. A 62-3 performance is quite the showing to athletes itching to play at a university that doesn’t know the word “lose.” If the team’s performance wasn’t enough to make a convincing case of OSU as a quality destination, the Buckeyes pulled out all the stops with a laser light show in the tunnel before the game and Nike throwback uniforms. Fast-forward to Nov. 26, and it’s time for The Game. The playoff stakes were high between No. 2 OSU and No. 3 Michigan, and the last chance to see the Buckeyes in regular season action for the recruits came against OSU’s toughest opponent all year. The potential commits in attendance and watching on television were treated to one of the best finishes in recent memory. In the first-ever overtime finish to the match between the Scarlet and Gray and Maize and Blue, OSU overcame an early deficit to win in walk-off fashion.“Incredible gratitude to Buckeye Nation to supply that energy in that stadium,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said. “That’s as good as I ever heard. Someone told me 110,000 people. Going to ask Gene (Smith) to put more seats in there, man.”A record crowd was as loud as ever in Ohio Stadium, and players fed off the energy to find a way to win. When asked about his unit’s defensive performance, junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan had some candid thoughts on the impact the team’s performance had on recruiting. “Playing around all those great guys, in front of 110,000 people, Buckeye Nation going crazy … I don’t see how recruits could choose anywhere other than The Ohio State University,” he said.Sure, it might have been little more than a plug for more players to come play for his team, but McMillan has a point. With just one losing season in the past decade, national championships in 2002 and 2014, one of the best college football coaches in Urban Meyer, and recent dominant performances, OSU might become a haven for four and five star recruits.After all, OSU was able to wrangle players like Conley and Weber away from Michigan after first committing to Michigan. In time, the Buckeyes will have even more success in recruiting if the chips keep falling into place. read more

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Raining 3s OSU advances to Sweet 16 after recordbreaking rout of George

CLEVELAND — The Ohio State men’s basketball team has two slow starts and two dominating finishes in as many NCAA Tournament games this season. After falling behind to George Mason, 11-2, in the first 3:38 of the game, the Buckeyes came roaring back to defeat the Patriots, 98-66, on Sunday at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. OSU will advance to the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive season. The fast start by GMU was triggered by three offensive rebounds and four Buckeye turnovers, three by Naismith Award finalist, OSU freshman forward Jared Sullinger. The Buckeyes responded to the nine-point deficit after a media timeout with a 10-0 scoring run that included two 3-pointers from fifth-year senior forward David Lighty. “I don’t want them to ever play scared, and that was the message at the first timeout,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “We didn’t come up here to play like this.” The Patriots regained the lead, 14-12, with just less than 14 minutes remaining in the first half. That was their final lead of the game. The Buckeyes closed the first half on a 50-15 scoring run to double up GMU, 52-26, at halftime. OSU continued its hot shooting in the second half, finishing the game 36-for-59 from the field, including a blistering 16-of-26 from three. Lighty, a Cleveland native, led the way for the Buckeyes in his last game in his home state with a game-high 25 points after scoring just eight in the team’s first tournament game against Texas-San Antonio. The senior was 7-for-7 from three, which tied his career high for made 3-pointers in a game and set an OSU record for most made 3-pointers without a miss. “My teammates did a good job of finding me,” Lighty said. “We have so many weapons that the defense pretty much has to pick their poison. … I think I did a good job of getting my feet set and following through.” The abundance of weapons for the Buckeyes meant Lighty was not the Patriots’ first priority defensively. “First was Sullinger — we began with how we’re going to defend in the post. Second was Diebler,” GMU coach Jim Larranaga said. “Then it was let’s pray that Buford and Lighty don’t go off.” The Buckeyes also received a record day from freshman point guard Aaron Craft. OSU’s sixth man had a team single-game record 15 assists, to go along with just two turnovers. “Us sharing the ball, especially with Craft having 15 assists,” Lighty said, “it’s unbelievable.” Craft and Lighty were hardly the only Buckeyes to contribute. Sullinger finished the evening with 18 points and nine rebounds, while junior guard William Buford added 18 points of his own. Not to be left out, senior guard Jon Diebler also scored in double figures, finishing with 13. The large second-half lead allowed Matta to empty his bench early, as Sullinger, Buford and Lighty sat for much of the final minutes. The extended minutes for the reserves allowed all 10 Buckeyes who entered the game to score. Senior walk-on guard Eddie Days entered the game with 2:49 remaining and notched his first career point on a free throw with 1:17 to play. “To be here in Cleveland, to get his first college point,” Matta said, “I’m elated for him.” The Buckeyes held the Patriots to seven points below their season average, on 44 percent shooting. OSU also forced 17 turnovers. “We were kind of expecting that we’d be able to score the ball better than we did,” Larranaga said, “but their defense was very, very good.” Despite the dominating performance, the Buckeyes said they feel their best basketball could be ahead of them. “We can play better. We’ve got another game on Friday with Kentucky, (and) we are focusing on that,” Sullinger said. “We’re trying to take the momentum from this game and carry on to the next.” The Buckeyes will proceed to the Sweet 16 to play the Wildcats on Friday in Newark, N.J., for an opportunity to advance to the Elite Eight. read more

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Urban Meyer pleased with Ohio States offensive growth

Ohio State (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) scored so many points Saturday that coach Urban Meyer lost track. He came into the locker room after the game and, amid the victory celebration, had to ask the team how many points they ended up with. “(Meyer) didn’t even know what we put up. He was like, ‘How many points did we put up again?’” sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller said. The answer was 63 – nine touchdowns – against a Nebraska defense that coming into the game had given up an average of 21 points per game. It was the highest point outburst since OSU dropped 73 points against Eastern Michigan in 2010. Nebraska is no MAC team, though. Traditionally a defense-first squad, the Cornhuskers came into the game ranked as the No. 21 team in the country whose only loss came against a ranked UCLA team on the road. Meyer brushed off his forgetfulness after the game. “Braxton said that?” Meyer asked, laughing. “No comment. Just got caught up in the moment, caught up in the moment.” That moment might have been significant. With the win the Buckeyes moved up to No. 8 in the Associated Press poll and became the only remaining undefeated team in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes, which were seen by many as a team in the middle of a rebuilding process under a first-year coach, are now the team to beat in the Big Ten, as no other team is ranked in the conference. It’s a distinction that didn’t always seem likely. Meyer inherited a team that didn’t have the type of players to fit his typical spread offensive system, and many considered the Buckeyes at least a year away from being competitive on a national level. Despite winning its first four games, OSU – which was heavily favored – struggled at times against Central Florida, California and Alabama-Birmingham, causing concern from players and coaches. Every week during the three-game span, Meyer opened up his postgame press conference saying he was pleased with the win, and then delved into his team’s inadequacies and shortcomings. “It’s glaringly obvious we’ve got to get a lot better or we won’t win next week,” Meyer said after his team’s 29-15 win against UAB. But after beating Nebraska and Michigan State in consecutive weeks, the mood has changed. Meyer has given his team glowing reviews in each of the past two weeks and said the team – and especially the offense – is further along than he thought they’d be. “Being as honest as I can, they weren’t very good,” Meyer said Saturday. “They didn’t look the way we wanted them to look in January … And even early in the season I didn’t feel it. I didn’t feel us change the line of scrimmage against those early teams. I’m starting to feel us change the line of scrimmage … They’re changing the line of scrimmage against some very good defensive lines. The last two we played, those are very good defensive lines.” The last two wins have come in completely different fashions. Last week, in Meyer’s first Big Ten conference game against Michigan State, the Buckeyes won a physical, 17-16 game where points were scarce. Those hard-fought grind-it-out games are what the Big Ten is known for, but Meyer made it clear afterward that he’s not one to fit into stereotypes. “I like 70 (points) every once in a while,” Meyer said. They came close Saturday. After mounting just 17 yards in what Meyer said was a “train wreck” of a first quarter, the Buckeyes exploded for 482 yards of offense and 56 points in the next three quarters to win the game 63-38. Junior running back Carlos Hyde ran for 140 yards and four scores, and Miller broke his own single-game rushing record for a quarterback with 186 yards of his own. At the end of the day, OSU totaled 371 yards on the ground. “We’re kind of a pound-ya offense right now,” Meyer said. “I don’t mind that. I’ve not had a lot of those. But that’s a pound-ya offense.” The X’s and O’s are not what Meyer said is important, though. Meyer said this team has come together in a way he’s only seen six or seven times in his 26 years of coaching. That cohesiveness has changed big dreams into big expectations. “We’re trying to go 12-0, win every single game,” said redshirt sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby, who had two interceptions against Nebraska. “Trying to get that AP No. 1, go and win the national championship. That’s our goal.” OSU is slated to play Indiana next Saturday in Bloomington, Ind. at 8 p.m. read more

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