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Ohio State's Meyer says spring game serious business for players hoping to earn starting spot

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    FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2012, file photo, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer celebrates a touchdown by Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller during an NCAA college football game against Penn State in State College, Pa. Meyer says his Ohio State team has accomplished a lot this spring.The Buckeyes had their 13th workout on Wednesday, April 10, and close out the spring on Saturday with the annual intrasquad scrimmage. There is a new wrinkle this year, with the game shifting to Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati because of concrete work being done at Ohio Stadium. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) (The Associated Press)

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    In this photo taken Jan. 1, 2013, the Wisconsin new football coach Gary Andersen, center, watches from the sidelines with deputy athletic director Sean Frazier during the Rose Bowl football game between the Stanford Cardinals and Wisconsin in Pasadena, Calif. Andersen came into the spring with plenty of starters returning for the three-time defending Big Ten champion Badgers. But Montee Ball is gone, and an Ohio State team that went 12-0 last season is eligible again. (AP Photo/The Wisconsin State Journal, Michael P. King) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2012, file photo Penn State players huddle on the field before an NCAA college football game against Wisconsin in State College, Pa. Penn State said about 90 percent of the $7.8 million decline in revenue for the athletic department was due to a loss of one-time fees related to football season-ticket renewals that were not budgeted for in 2012. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) (The Associated Press)

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says his players better take the spring game seriously on Saturday because their starting spots could depend on it.

Last season the Buckeyes were 12-0 but couldn't play for the Big Ten championship because of NCAA violations. Now eligible, and with almost everyone back on offense, they'll go into the fall favored to unseat three-time defending Big Ten champion Wisconsin in the Leaders Division.

Meyer says the spring game counts for more at Ohio State than it does at some other schools.

Gary Andersen is in his first spring at Wisconsin and Darrell Hazell debuts at Purdue. The Badgers, Boilermakers and Penn State have quarterback competitions this spring.

Indiana has put an emphasis on defense, and Illinois has 40 new players on its roster.