COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- What's brewing with the 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes ...
BUCKEYES BUZZ: LB Curtis Grant is in mourning back in his hometown of Richmond, Va.
The junior's father, Curtis Raynard Grant, age 54 of Glen Allen, Va., died recently. The player is in his hometown with family.
"Curtis Grant lost his father and that was an issue we were dealing with over the weekend," coach Urban Meyer said during his weekly news conference on Monday. "Our prayers are out to Curtis and his family. It's just a tough situation."
One of Grant's best friends on the Ohio State team is fellow LB Ryan Shazier.
"I talked to him for a long time," Shazier said. "He's actually doing pretty good right now. I've been talking to him, letting him know that we're all here for him and if he needs anything I've got him."
Meyer said he was uncertain when Grant might return to the team. He said he'll play in Saturday's 3:30 p.m. game at Ohio Stadium against Iowa.
"We're behind him 100 percent," Meyer added.
INJURY UPDATE: Meyer said there was good news in terms of DL Tommy Schutt.
Schutt, who underwent foot surgery which included having a pin put in the bone to secure it, is practicing with the team and should be available for the Iowa game. He has missed the first six games.
"I'm so excited to have Tommy back. The entire D-line is happy to have him back," said DL Joel Hale. "It'll be good to fit him into the rotation, get some breaks for some guys like Mike Bennett. Get him in, get him moving. We'll see how it works."
Also returning to the practice field is RB Jordan Hall. He tweaked his knee in practice two weeks ago and could not play in the 40-30 win at Northwestern.
"He made some progress the week before last but just not enough for his comfort level to get out there and play against Northwestern," RBs coach Stan Drayton said. "So he took a week off, he gained a week with the bye week, which is a bonus. He's feeling much better right now, and we have plans for him to practice this week."
POLL DANCING: The top four teams remained in the exact same spots once again in the Associated Press poll.
Below that, however, a few shocking upsets created chaos.
Alabama, Oregon, Clemson and Ohio State again fill those top spots 1-4.
But Stanford, No. 5 the past couple of weeks, sustained its first loss, 27-20 at Utah.
A few trends should be noted. The ACC has two top-five teams and three top-10 teams for the first time since Oct. 30, 2005. The SEC became the first conference to ever place eight teams in the rankings.
NOT NECESSARILY GOOD NEWS: Ohio State fans were smiling that Michigan was beaten by Penn State 43-40 in four overtimes and that top-10 teams Stanford and Georgia lost. But there are good reasons to not celebrate those results.
The first Bowl Championship Series rankings come out on Sunday and they are expected to show Ohio State at No. 5 or even No. 6. The major reason the Buckeyes are so low in the computers and coaches' poll is because of their strength of schedule -- or, more accurately, their lack of strength of schedule.
Michigan losing might give many in Ohio a temporary lift, but in the long run Ohio State needs all to have a quality foil if it is to impress voters and the computers.
GAMES OF THE WEEK: On Thursday night, No. 10 Miami travels to North Carolina. While high school football is played everywhere else, No. 8 Louisville hosts Central Florida on Friday night.
The major showdown on Saturday pits No. 5 Florida State visiting No. 3 Clemson. There are three other games between ranked teams: No. 22 Florida at No. 14 Missouri, No. 24 Auburn at No. 7 Texas A&M and No. 9 UCLA at No. 13 Stanford.
No. 1 Alabama welcomes Arkansas, while Washington State goes to No. 2 Oregon.
B1G GAMES: Only one other Big Ten team is ranked in the AP Top 25: Wisconsin at No. 25. The Badgers travel to Illinois on Saturday. In other games around the conference, Purdue is at Michigan State, Minnesota is at Northwestern and Indiana at Michigan.
OHIOAN IN SPOTLIGHT: Missouri and Ohio native Gary Pinkel moved to 6-0 with a 41-26 victory over Georgia.
Unfortunately, the Tigers lost QB James Franklin (separated throwing shoulder) in that big victory.
Stepping in for Franklin is Maty Mauk, a redshirt freshman from Kenton, Ohio, who is a former AP Mr. Football and holds many of the passing records in the state.
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