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Notes from Ohio State warm-ups

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- First, the most important news. Luke Fickell, as promised, is indeed wearing black. He came out in a black warm-up jacket despite temperatures in the mid-90s. We'll see how long that jacket lasts.

In actual important news, Joe Bauserman took the warm-up snaps with the first team offense. No surprise there. He should start, but Braxton Miller will play a lot.

Everyone will be watching the quarterbacks, of course, but I'll also be keeping a close eye on the running backs. With Daniel "Boom" Herron and Jordan Hall suspended, the Buckeyes' once deep stable has thinned. Jaamal Berry was supposed to be questionable today with a hamstring problem, but he warmed up and took snaps with the first team. If he is slowed or doesn't play, it's basically down to Carlos Hyde and Rod Smith at tailback. Both are bigger backs but not particularly shifty.

And how much will Akron try to challenge young cornerbacks Bradly Roby and Dominic Clarke? Surely the Zips will test them, but do they have enough talent to make Ohio State nervous?