Linebacker Ryan Shazier went with lineman Joel Hale to his mother's house in Indianapolis and ate fried chicken and steak. Wide-out Corey Brown headed for Philadelphia to see his little brother touch the ball three times and score a touchdown each time.

Even coach Urban Meyer relaxed a little and watched some college games on TV.

The bye week was a perfect time for No. 4 Ohio State to reflect on its first half of the season and look ahead to what's coming next.

The Buckeyes healed, analyzed, got back to basics and then spent some time at home, catching their collective breath before beginning preparations for Saturday's game at home against Iowa.

Re-energized, they're ready to jump back into action.