Football Shifts Focus To No. 16 Ohio State

Darrin Reaves and UAB prepare for another ranked opponent.

Sept. 18, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB football team began preparations for its approaching contest at No. 16 Ohio State with a closed practice at Legion Field on Tuesday.

Saturday's contest in Columbus, Ohio at Ohio Stadium will mark the second consecutive top 20-ranked opponent for the Blazers in as many weeks after facing then No. 8 South Carolina last weekend.

The two programs will be meeting for the first time ever, with kickoff slated for Noon ET/11 a.m. CT, and will be televised on the Big Ten Network. The game will also be the third straight television broadcast game for the Blazers this season.

Head coach Garrick McGee spoke to the media on Monday during the weekly luncheon about the Blazers' improvement over the first weeks of the season, but also what the Buckeyes bring to the field.

"Well, just overall talent," McGee said. "It's another one of those programs that has one of the top talented players in the country. Obviously, at quarterback [Braxton Miller], they have a kid that's dynamic, the type of quarterback that Coach (Urban) Meyer played with throughout his career. So he probably feels comfortable calling the plays with [Miller] because he brings some of the same elements that Tim Tebow [at Florida] brought to the table."

The contest will also air on radio locally on the Blazer IMG Sports Network on WUHT-FM 107.7. David Crane will call the action and Steve Irvine will provide analysis for the Blazers, while Sam Miller will be on the sidelines.