Tressel ball clicking for Ohio State

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Special teams and field position have always been hallmarks of good Jim Tressel-coached teams, and Ohio State is maximizing those elements in tonight's game.

The Buckeyes have been extremely sharp on special teams, while USC has stumbled, shorting a 44-yard field-goal attempt and taking a safety on a bad punt snap by Cooper Stephenson. Ohio State punter Jon Thoma is having an outstanding game, consistently pinning USC deep in its own territory, and the Buckeyes defensive line has kept the Trojans there.

If Terrelle Pryor and the offense can capitalize on such favorable field position, Ohio State will be in excellent shape for a victory.