Football

No. 4/3 Ohio State Hits the Road to Face California

Sep 9, 2013

Senior backup QB K. Guiton totaled 235 yards with two TD passes and a 44-yard TD run vs. San Diego State.
Senior backup QB Kenny Guiton totaled 235 yards with two TD passes and a 44-yard TD run vs. San Diego State.

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FIRST AND 10

  • Ohio State enters the game with the nation's longest winning streak at 14 games.
  • Ohio State is playing in Berkeley for the first time since the 1972 season, a 35-18 OSU win.
  • Ohio State is 6-1 all-time vs. Cal, having won the last six meetings overall.
  • Ohio State and Cal are meeting for the second consecutive season, with OSU winning 35-28 last season in Columbus.
  • Ohio State's defense has not allowed a single point in the first and fourth quarters this season.
  • The Silver Bullet defense has only allowed one rush of more than 10 yards and has allowed an average of only 68.5 yards on the ground.
  • Ohio State is playing in its first regular season game in the state of California since 2008 at USC.
  • Junior Braxton Miller (2,068) needs 13 yards rushing to pass Cornelius Greene (2,080) and become Ohio State's all-time leading rusher among QBs.
  • Head coach Urban Meyer is 44-4 in his career in games played in August/September.
  • Meyer is 2-0 in his head coaching career vs. California, with one of those wins coming at Utah in 2003.

Scouting The Bears
California is 1-1 on the season after dropping its season opener to Northwestern, 44-30, before picking up its first win last Saturday with a 37-30 victory over Portland State.

The Bears are led offensively by true freshman quarterback Jared Goff, who leads the nation with 930 passing yards to go along with four TDs and three INTs. He has completed 62.3 percent of his passes while his 114 passing attempts (71 completions) also leads the nation.

Junior Brendan Bigelow leads the Bears on the ground with 140 yards (4.1 avg) while sophomores Bryce Treggs (21 rec., 266 yds) and Chris Harper (15 rec., 212 yds) are Goff's favorite targets. Thirteen different Bears have caught at least one pass through two games this season.

California is led by first-year head coach Sonny Dykes, who is 23-16 in his career after spending the past three seasons at Louisiana Tech. Dykes led the Bulldogs to the Poinsettia Bowl after winning the Western Athletic Conference title in 2011.

Buckeyes Lead Series, 6-1
Ohio State and Cal have met seven times previously, and the end of this home-and-home is the third time the teams have played in consecutive years. Ohio State vs. California
1-1-21 - Cal 28, Ohio State 0 (at Rose Bowl)
1-2-50 - Ohio State 17, Cal 14 (at Rose Bowl)
10-3-53 - Ohio State 33, Cal 19 (Memorial Stadium)
10-2-54 - Ohio State 21, Cal 13 (Ohio Stadium)
10-2-71 - Ohio State 35, Cal 3 (Ohio Stadium)
10-7-72 - Ohio State 35, Cal 18 (Memorial Stadium)
9-15-12 - Ohio State 35, Cal 28 (Ohio Stadium)

Buckeyes vs. Current PAC-12
Ohio State has a record or 57-26-2 against teams that are current members of the Pac-12. USC (9-13-1) and Stanford (2-3) are the only teams Ohio State doesn't own at least a .500 record against.

Ohio State vs. Pacific-12 (Last meeting)

vs. Arizona3-1 (2000)
vs. Arizona State2-0 (1996)
vs. California6-1 (2012)
vs. Colorado4-1 (2011)
vs. Oregon8-0 (2009)
vs. Oregon State2-0 (1984)
vs. Stanford2-3 (1982)
vs. USC9-13-1 (2009)
vs. UCLA4-4-1 (2001)
vs. Utah1-0 (1986)
vs. Washington8-3 (2007)
vs. Washington State8-0 (2002)

Last 10 vs. PAC-12
9-15-12 - at Ohio State 35, California 28
1-1-10 - Ohio St. 26, Oregon 17 (Rose Bowl)
9-12-09 - USC 18, at Ohio State 15
9-13-08 - at USC 35, Ohio State 3
9-15-07 - Ohio St. 33, at Washington 14
8-30-03 - at Ohio State 28, Washington State 9
9-14-02 - at Ohio St. 25, Washington State 7
9-22-01 - at UCLA 13, Ohio State 6
9-9-00 - Ohio State 27, at Arizona 17
9-11-99 - at Ohio State 42, UCLA 20

Home & Home Agendas
Ohio State's most recent home-and-home series have come against Notre Dame (1995-96), Missouri (1997-98), UCLA (1999 & 2001), Cincinnati (2000 & 2002), North Carolina State (2003-04), Washington (2003 and 2007), Texas (2005-06), USC (2008-09) and Miami (2010-11). Ohio State has upcoming home-and-home dates scheduled with Virginia Tech (2014-15), North Carolina (2015 & 2017) and Oklahoma (2016-17).

Not Too Familiar
This week's game at Cal will be only Ohio State's eighth non-conference road game in the 2000s, covering 14 seasons. It will be the first non-conference road game for Coach Urban Meyer's Buckeye teams - he is 37-13 all-time in road games - and the first since the 2011 contest at Miami.

Recent Non-Conference Road Games:
2013 at California
2011 at Miami; Lost 24-6
2008 at USC; Lost 35-3
2007 at Washington; Won 33-14
2006 at Texas; Won 24-7
2004 at North Carolina State; Won 22-14
2001 at UCLA; Lost
2000 at Arizona; Won 27-17

Buckeyes In the Polls
Ohio State dropped one spot in each poll this week. They are now No. 3 in the latest USA Today/Coaches Top 25 poll and No. 4 in the Associated Press poll.

The No. 2 preseason AP ranking was Ohio State's highest preseason ranking since 2010 when it started at No. 2 and its highest overall ranking since Oct. 10, 2010 when it was ranked No. 1. The Buckeyes, who have been ranked by the AP more times (806) than any other school, appeared in the AP preseason poll for the 25th consecutive season, the longest such streak in the nation. It also marked the 46th consecutive season Ohio State has appeared in the AP poll, tying Alabama for the longest active streak.

Since the start of the 2002 season, Ohio State has been ranked in the AP Top 10 more times than any other school (130). Oklahoma is second with 121.

Streaking
Ohio State carries the nation's current longest winning streak into Saturday at 14 games. It is the 15th winning streak in school history of 10-or-more games. The streak is tied for the fifth-longest in school history with 22 consecutive wins the longest.

Ohio State Winning Streaks (buster)
22 - 1967-69 (at Michigan, 24-12)
19 - 2005-06 (vs. Florida, 41-14)
19 - 2002-03 (at Wisconsin, 17-10)
17 - 1915-17 (tied Auburn, 0-0)
14 - 1899-00 (Ohio Medical, 11-6)
14 - 2012 (current)
13 - 1957-58 (tied at Wisconsin, 7-7)
12 - 1944-45 (Purdue, 35-13)
11 - 1995 (at Michigan, 31-23)
11 - 1979 (vs. USC, 17-16)
11 - 1975 (vs. UCLA, 23-10)
11 - 1954-55 (at Stanford, 6-0)
10 - 2010 (Illinois, 28-21)
10 - 1996 (Michigan, 13-9)
10 - 1934-35 (Notre Dame, 18-13)

Five 10-Plus Win Streaks For Meyer
Urban Meyer is in the midst of his third-longest winning streak. The only active coach - and one of only nine all-time - to have multiple 20-game winning streaks, Meyer won his last game at Florida - 37-24 over Penn State in the 2011 Outback Bowl - and he has guided the Buckeyes to 14 consecutive wins for a current 15-game winning streak. He has coached teams to winning streaks of 10 or more games five times.

Urban Meyer Winning Streaks (seasons)
22 - Florida (2008 and 2009)
20 - Utah (2003 and 2004) and Florida (2005)
15 - Florida (2010) and Ohio State (2012-13)
11 - Florida (2006 and 2007)
11 - Bowling Green (2001 and 2002)

Meyer's Single Season Winning Streaks
12 - Florida (2009)
12 - Utah (2004)
12 - Ohio State (2012)
10 - Florida (2008)
8 - Bowling Green (2002)

Braxton Goes Down
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller suffered a left knee sprain early in the San Diego State game and did not return. He was injured on the seventh play of Ohio State's first series of the game trying to convert a fourth-and-1 in the SDSU red zone. He went to the locker room, was fitted with a knee brace and returned to the sidelines, but coaches ultimately decided to keep him sidelined as Ohio State led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter and 35-0 at halftime.

Smooth Play From Kenny G
Fifth-year senior quarterback Kenny Guiton was outstanding in relief of starter Braxton Miller in the second-ranked Buckeyes' 42-7 win over San Diego State Saturday. After Miller left the game with an injury on Ohio State's first series, Guiton directed the Scarlet and Gray to 445 yards of total offense and to six touchdowns in the 35-point win. The Houston, Texas, native completed 19-of-28 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns, and added a third TD rushing and 87 yards on the ground. The highlight of the game was a 44-yard TD run on an option read in the third quarter. He also threw two fine touchdown passes to Corey Brown covering 27 yards in the first quarter and 24 yards in the third.

Noting the Win over the Aztecs

  • With the win, Ohio State extended the nation's longest winning streak to 14 games.
  • The Buckeyes are now 8-1 all-time vs. members of the Mountain West Conference and 4-0 vs. San Diego State.
  • Four different players rushed for touchdowns in the game vs. the Aztecs. It is the first time Ohio State has had four players with touchdowns since the 2012 opener vs. Miami.
  • Through eight quarters of competition, the Ohio State defense has allowed just three offensive touchdowns.
  • Kenny Guiton's 44-yard touchdown run at 5:33 in the second quarter was a career-long rush for the senior Buckeye.
  • WR Corey Brown had touchdown receptions from Guiton in the first and third quarters, respectively, his first career game with multiple TD receptions.
  • Freshman running back Dontre Wilson rushed for seven yards in the opening drive to claim his first career touchdown.
  • Junior cornerback Doran Grant posted his first interception of the year - and the second of his career - in the first quarter. Sophomore cornerback Armani Reeves' fourth-quarter interception was the first of his career.
  • Junior running back Rod Smith scored his first touchdown of the season in the second quarter.
  • In his first game back, senior C.J. Barnett led the Buckeyes with seven total tackles.
  • Ohio State has scored 44 of its 82 points through its first two games in the first quarter.
  • The Buckeye defense forced the Aztec to go three and out on six of their 13 drives in the game.

Meyer: "...A chance He'll Be Ready."
"We had a long discussion on the sideline," Urban Meyer said in his post-game press conference about his star quarterback who is 17 of 24 for 208 yards with two touchdowns and one interception this season. "I think he could have [played]. But the thing that makes him dangerous is his wheels. And I don't think it would have been [wise], so we decided it was best not to. I think there's a chance he'll be ready next week."

The Pedal Was to the Metal
Kenny Guiton finished off Ohio State's first drive of the game, pitching to Dontre Wilson for a 7-yard touchdown run, and then he led the Buckeyes to touchdowns on four of the team's next six first-half possessions while building a 21-0 first-quarter lead and a 35-0 halftime lead. Guiton has now either finished off a TD drive or guided the Buckeyes to a touchdown in 15 of his 28 quarterback appearances the last two years and 14 games.

Familiar Defensive Leaders
The Buckeyes benefitted from the return of two key defensive players who missed the season opener. Senior SAF and 25-game starter C.J. Barnett returned from injury to lead the Buckeyes with seven tackles vs. the Aztecs. And junior All-American CB Bradley Roby contributed four tackles and a PBU in his first action of the season. Roby (23 starts) and SAF Christian Bryant (23 starts), along with Barnett, give the Buckeyes three three-year starters in the secondary (71 combined starts).

Michael Bennett: "A Difference Maker"
Junior DT Michael Bennett was called "a difference-maker right now" by Urban Meyer after the game. "I can't think of a guy playing better." Bennett had three tackles, including 1.5 tackles-for-loss (-9), a forced fumble and fumble recovery Saturday vs. San Diego State.

Grant and Grant Again
Junior LB Curtis Grant's heavy pressure on San Diego State quarterback Adam Dingwell resulted in a pass attempt that was intercepted by junior CB Doran Grant. Both Grants had nice games vs. the Aztecs: Curtis had six tackles and Doran had four tackles, two pass break-ups and an his second career interception (2012 vs. UAB was his first).

Defense Making Noise Early
Ohio State's defense is ranked 18th nationally in total defense, allowing 269.0 yards per game and it's rush defense is even better: a 68.9 yards per game average to rank 9th nationally.

Brown Cracks Top 20 Receivers
The wide receiver Corey Brown has climbed into Ohio State's all-time Top 20 for career receptions with his six-catch afternoon - two for touchdowns covering 27 and 24 yards - Saturday vs. the Aztecs. He passed Anthony Gonzalez (87 receptions between 2004-06) and Buster Tillman (88 between 1993-96) Saturday and has moved into a tie for 18th-place with Brian Hartline on the all-time list. Brown needs 200 receiving yards - he has 1,077 now - to crack Ohio State's Top 20 in that category.

Some Quick Facts...
Noah Spence had three tackles vs. SDSU, including an assist on a TFL (-5 yards) to give him his first back-to-back games with TFLs ... Jordan Hall is fifth in the Big Ten in rushing with 117.0 yards per game and he leads the team with three touchdowns ... Steve Miller played extensively and well in place of Adolphus Washington (groin)m contributing his first career sack (-10 yards) and two tackles ... 340-pound Chris Carter also had significant playing time on the defensive line and had two assisted tackles and a fumble recovery ... Ezekiel Elliott averaged 6.0 yards per carry with 36 rushing yards vs. SDSU ... Dontre Wilson, in addition to scoring his first career touchdown, averaged 10.2 yards per carry with 51 yards off five carries ... Devin Smith's seven receptions vs. SDSU represent a career high. Smith has 11 career touchdowns, including a multi-touchdown game last year vs. Cal with a 25-yarder and a game-winning 72-yard score with 3:26 left to play.

Miller Moves into Top 10 in Passing
Junior QB Braxton Miller, who is now 18-6 as a starting quarterback with 14 consecutive victories, is tied for 10th at Ohio State with 30 career touchdown passes (Terrelle Pryor). And, with his 30 passing yards vs. SDSU, he moved into Ohio State's all-time Top 10 in that category. Miller enters the Cal game with 3,406 passing yards, passing up Pryor for 10th (3,405 yards in 2008 and 2009). Miller still has a way to throw for No. 9 on the list: Craig Krenzel is at 4,493 yards.

Miller Eyes Greene
Braxton Miller, who surpassed 2,000 career rushing yards in the win vs. Buffalo, is closing in on another milestone. With 2,068 career rushing yards, he needs just 13 more to surpass Cornelius Greene to become Ohio State's all-time leading rusher among quarterbacks.

Spreading the Wealth
Braxton Miller, who completed his first seven passes Aug. 31 vs. Buffalo, was 15 of 22 overall, hitting seven different receivers throughout the game. Devin Smith, Chris Fields and Jordan Hall each caught three passes while Corey Brown, Evan Spencer and Jeff Heuerman each had two. True freshman Dontre Wilson also had one catch for 18 yards.

First New DL in 28 Years
Ohio State started an entirely new defensive line from last season Aug. 31 against Buffalo with juniors Joel Hale and Michael Bennett manning the inside tackle positions and sophomores Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington at defensive end, respectively. This was the first time in 28 years (1985) that the Buckeyes had an entirely new set of down lineman along the defensive line. All three starters along the front line from 1984 - LT Dave Crecelius, NG Anthony Giuliani and RT Dave Morrill - completed their eligibility that season. (Note: Byron Lee is listed as an OLB in these mid-1980s defenses.)

Mr. 3,000
With 75 all-purpose yards vs. San Diego State, senior Jordan Hall surpassed the 3,000 all-purpose-yard mark and now has 3,030 yards in his career, good for 17th all-time at Ohio State. He recently passed Michael Wiley, who had 2,991 yards from 1996-98. Within Hall's sight Saturday are:

15. Michael Jenkins - 3,095 yards (2000-03) 14. Santonio Holmes - 3,123 yards (2003-05)

Picking Up Where He Left Off
Ryan Shazier, arguably, was the top linebacker in the Big Ten at season's end last year. He was among the conference's Top 10 in five categories, including leading the league with 17 tackles-for-loss, ranking second with 115 tackles and eighth with 12 passes defended. He was named first-team all-Big Ten.

Shazier led the Buckeyes with 7.0 tackles, 1.0 TFL and one pass break-up in the win over Buffalo Aug. 31 and followed that up with a 5.0-tackle, 1.0 TFL performance vs. SDSU. He and the Silver Bullets have only allowed one rush (14 yards) of more than 10 yards this season.

Off the Edge
Sophomore viper Noah Spence enjoyed a career day in the win over Buffalo. The Harrisburg, Pa., native recorded six tackles (three solo) and, had 2.0 TFL for 11 yards, including a QB sack for seven yards. He now has 2.5 sacks on his young career.

Powell First Since Roby
Tyvis Powell, who red-shirted the 2012 season as a true freshman, was the first Buckeye to start in his first Ohio State game (vs. Buffalo) since CB Bradley Roby, a 2010 red-shirt, did so against Akron in the 2011 season opener.

Career Afternoon for Hall
Jordan Hall returned to action in a big way Aug. 31 vs. Buffalo after missing most of the 2012 season with injuries. The fifth-year senior made his seventh career start one to remember with career highs in rushing yards (159), carries (21), long rush (49TD) and touchdowns scored (two). His 49-yard touchdown burst late in the first quarter gave Ohio State a 23-0 lead. And after Buffalo closed to within 23-13, he raced 37 yards on OSU's first play from scrimmage to extend the lead to 30-13.

124th Year of Football in Columbus
The 2013 college football season represents the 124th season of football for The Ohio State University Buckeyes. It also represents Ohio State's 101st season in the Big Ten Conference. The Buckeyes have an all-time record of 839-316-53 to rank among the top five winningest programs in NCAA history, and 465-171-24 all-time in Big Ten games.

NCAA Top 10 Winningest Programs

1.Michigan906
2.Texas868
3.Notre Dame866
4.Nebraska859
5.Ohio State839
6.Oklahoma833
7.Alabama828
8.Tennessee801
9.USC787
10.Georgia760

Eight Will Serve as Game Captains
Urban Meyer has announced that eight student-athletes will serve as Ohio State game captains for the 2013 season with a decision coming at the end of the year as to who will be recognized as the season's official team captains. Those eight individuals include:

  • Fifth-year senior left tackle Jack Mewhort, a consumer and family financial services major from Toledo and St. John's High School;
  • Fifth-year senior strong safety C.J. Barnett, a criminology major from Dayton and Northmont High School;
  • Senior free safety Christian Bryant, a sociology major from Cleveland and Glenville High School;
  • Fifth-year senior quarterback Kenny Guiton, a consumer and family financial services major from Houston, Texas, and Eisenhower High School;
  • Junior quarterback Braxton Miller, a communications major from Huber Heights and Wayne High School;
  • Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, a psychology major from Pompano Beach, Fla., and Plantation High School;
  • Fifth-year senior center Corey Linsley, an economics major from Youngstown and Boardman High School; and
  • Senior wide receiver Corey Brown, a criminology major from Upper Darby, Pa., and Cardinal O'Hara High School.

Ohio State's game-by-game captains:
Buffalo: Mewhort, Norwell, Shazier and Bryant
SDSU: Mewhort, J. Hall, Corey "Philly" Brown and Barnett

34 Consecutive Home Opening Wins
With its victory over Buffalo, Ohio State has now won 35 consecutive home-opening games with the last loss happening 36 years ago - Sept. 16, 1978 - when Joe Paterno's No. 5 Penn State team defeated No. 6 Ohio State, 19-0, to open what would ultimately be Woody Hayes' final season as head coach. A few more home game notes:

  • Ohio State has an all-time opening game record of 108-12-4. The Buckeyes' last season-opening loss came against the Miami Hurricanes in the 1999 Kickoff Classic in East Rutherford, N.J.
  • All-time, the Buckeyes are 112-8-4 in home openers since 1890.
  • The largest opening day crowd at Ohio Stadium was 105,092 in the 2009 opener vs. Navy.

Meyer 12-0 in Season Openers
Head coach Urban Meyer is now 12-0 all-time in season openers with an average margin of victory of 30.4 points. His largest margin of victory (59) in an opener was vs. Charleston Southern at Florida in 2009, a 62-3 UF victory.

90 Starts Along The Offensive Line
The Buckeyes returned four senior starters from last season along the offensive line. Averaging 6-5 and 308 pounds, this unit has helped the Buckeyes average 262.0 rushing yards per game through two games. Last season they paved the way for the Buckeyes to rank 10th in the nation last year with 242.2 rushing yards per game while scoring a 34-year Ohio State high 37 rushing touchdowns.

Boasting a combined 90 cumulative starts on the line, the group features LT Jack Mewhort, LG Andrew Norwell, C Corey Linsley, RG Marcus Hall and RT Taylor Decker, who made his first career start vs. the Bulls.

Roby A Returning All-American
Bradley Roby, who sat out the Buffalo game, earned first-team All-America honors last year by ESPN.com after leading the nation in passes defensed (1.73 per game) with a school record-tying 17 pass break-ups. This big play maker also scored touchdowns three different ways: an interception return vs. Nebraska; off a fumbled punt vs. Miami; and off a blocked punt return vs. Indiana.

Five Recruits Enroll Early
Five from the 2013 recruiting class - CB Eli Apple, QB J.T. Barrett, CB Cam Burrows, DL Tyquan Lewis and DL Tracy Sprinkle - enrolled at Ohio State in January and took part in spring drills.

Staff Remains Intact
Urban Meyer's coaching staff is one of 10 BCS schools and one of four Big Ten schools keeping its coaching staff intact from 2012 to 2013.

Below is a list of all FBS schools who have remained completely intact:
Akron, Baylor, Boise State, Buffalo, Louisville, Maryland, Memphis, Minnesota (2011-12-13), Navy, Nebraska, Northwestern (2011-12-13), Notre Dame, Ohio State, Rice, Toledo, Tulane, Tulsa and Vanderbilt.

To the House
The Buckeyes have returned at least one punt and/or a kickoff for a touchdown in 10 consecutive years. That mark is tied for second among FBS schools and second overall among BCS programs. Last season Corey Brown's 68-yard punt return for a TD extended Ohio State's streak to 10.

Ohio State also is one of three FBS schools who have at least three players on a team with career kickoff or punt returns for TDs.

Consecutive Years of Returning a Kickoff/Punt for a Touchdown:

1.LSU12
2.Ohio State10
 FIU10
4.UConn9
 Florida8
 Ole Miss8
 Kansas State8
8.Louisiana Tech7
 Oklahoma State7
10.UCF6
11.Auburn5
 Southern Cal5

At least three players on a team with career kickoff or punt returns for TDs:
TCU: B.J. Catalon (KR), Deante' Gray (PR), Waymon James (KR)
Ohio State: Corey Brown (PR), Chris Fields (PR), Bradley Roby (PR)
Oklahoma State: Zack Craig (PR), Justin Gilbert (KR), Desmond Roland (KR)

Since 2005: 18-0 When Blocking A Punt
Urban Meyer's six Florida teams blocked a total of 21 punts, and they were 16-0 in those games. His Buckeyes have blocked two punts since the start of the 2012 season and his teams are now 18-0 when blocking a punt since the start of the 2005 season.

209 Years of Coaching Experience
Meyer's Ohio State coaching staff has 209 combined years of NFL, college and high school coaching experience. The total includes three coaches on staff with college head coaching experience (Meyer, Luke Fickell and Everett Withers), two with a combined 32 years of high school head coaching experience (Kerry Coombs and Tim Hinton), two with 14 years of offensive coordinator experience on the collegiate level (Tom Herman and Ed Warinner) and two with 17 years of collegiate defensive coordinator or co-defensive coordinator experience (Withers and Fickell).

The Silver Bullet Defense
Ohio State has featured a Top 20 scoring defense in nine of the past 10 seasons, including a top 6 in six of the last eight.

YearPPG AllowedFBS Rank
201222.831st*
201121.027th
201014.35th
200912.55th
200813.96th
200712.81st
200612.85th
200515.35th
200418.319th
200317.616th
200213.12nd

*Defense ranked No. 2 nationally in the month of November in total defense, allowing just 269.7 yards per game; ranked sixth nationally in passing defense, allowing just 140.3 yards per game; ranked in a tie-for-second nationally in fewest plays allowed over 10 yards with 26; and ranked 19th nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 19.0 points per game.

Not Since 1922-24
Ohio State ranks first among all NCAA Div. I programs with 87 consecutive seasons since last posting back-to-back losing records. The Buckeyes have not been under .500 for two or more consecutive seasons since 1922-24. Tennessee had been first until back-to-back losing seasons in 2010 and 2011 snapped a 98-year streak (since 1909-11).

Changes
A number of players have changed numbers and/or positions since last season. Among the more notable changes:

Game Snapshots
There will be a number of team reunions and teams being honored at Ohio Stadium this season. The list of past team honorees and recognitions - to date - includes the following:

  • Buffalo - Scarlet and Gray Game, OSU Marching Band, Student-Athlete/Cris Carter recognition
  • San Diego State - Alumni Band/Cheerleader game
  • Florida A&M - Military Appreciation Game, 1973 Big Ten championship team, student veteran and Ohio National Guard recognition
  • Wisconsin - Hall of Fame Game, 1993 Big Ten championship team recognition
  • Iowa - Homecoming Game
  • Penn State - Go Pink, Breast Cancer Awareness, Orlando Pace and 1968 Big Ten and National Championship team recognition
  • Indiana - Senior Day

101st Big Ten Season
The 2013 season will be Ohio State's 101st season of play in the Big Ten Conference. Ohio State joined the former Western Conference during the 1912-13 academic year, but it could not compete in the conference in football until 1913. Ohio State ranks second in all-time Big Ten wins with a record of 465-171-24. Ohio State also ranks second with 34 outright or shared Big Ten championships.

Black Stripe Watch List
The Ohio State freshmen were watched closely this fall. Coach Urban Meyer had a black stripe taped on each of their helmets at the beginning of camp. Getting the black stripe removed is a signal that a freshman is ready to become a full-fledged Buckeye.

Each freshman is assigned a big brother, a leader on the team, who helps the younger player get through the rigors of fall camp while teaching what it takes to be an Ohio State Buckeye. It is a program that Meyer has implemented throughout his head coaching career, beginning in 2001 at Bowling Green.

Below are the first 10 Buckeyes to get their stripe removed, with big brother in parenthesis:
QB Joe Ramstetter (Michael Thomas)
RB Dontre Wilson (Bri'onte Dunn)
LB Mike Mitchell (Curtis Grant)
DL Joey Bosa (Michael Bennett)
RB Ezekiel Elliott (Warren Ball)
CB Cam Burrows (Armani Reeves)
LB Aaron Mawhirter (Craig Fada)
DL Michael Hill (Adolphus Washington)
OL Billy Price (Corey Linsley)
SAF Vonn Bell (Tyvis Powell)

91st Year in Ohio Stadium
Ohio Stadium, grand and venerable and registered on the National Register of Historic Places, is hosting its 91st football season in 2013. Ohio Stadium is endearingly nicknamed the "Horseshoe" or the "Shoe" because of its open south end. It is also referred to as the "House that Harley Built" after Chic Harley, Ohio State's first three-time All-American who fans flocked to see at Ohio Field in 1916-17-19. Just one year after Harley's career at Ohio State was over, things were in motion for a new stadium for the Buckeyes.

Ohio Stadium Stats
Ohio State has an all-time record of 406-109-20 in Ohio Stadium and the stadium has an official capacity of 102,329. The Buckeyes have not played before fewer than 100,000 fans in the last 79 games, or since the completion of a three-year renovation project in 2001 that restored and improved the stadium but also boosted attendance from an 88,000-plus capacity to over 100,000. Ohio State has played before more than 105,000 fans 44 times with a record crowd of 106,102 vs. Nebraska on Oct. 6, 2012.

Pace Named to College Football HOF
Orlando Pace, one of the all-time greats at Ohio State as well as in college and professional football, was named a member of the 2013 College Football Hall of Fame Class by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) in May. Pace is the 24th Buckeye player to be so honored by the NFF. <>p> Pace and the rest of the 2013 Hall of Fame Class will be inducted at the 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on December 10, 2013, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. They will be honored guests at the National Hall of Fame Salute at the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on January 2, 2014 and officially enshrined in the summer of 2014.

In 1995 he became the first sophomore to win the Lombardi Award and in 1996 he became the first to ever win the Lombardi Award twice. Pace was a first-team consensus All-American in 1995 and 1996 and first-team all-Big Ten Conference in 1995 and 1996. In 1996 he was the first offensive lineman since Ohio State's John Hicks in 1972 to finish among the Top 4 vote getters for the Heisman Trophy. In 1997 Pace was the first pick of the 1997 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams.

Buckeye Players in the College Football HOF:
Name (Year Inducted)

Chic Harley, 1951
Gaylord Stinchcomb, 1973
Wes Fesler, 1954
Gomer Jones, 1978
Gust Zarnas, 1975
Bill Willis, 1971
Les Horvath, 1969
Warren Amling, 1984
Jim Daniel, 1977
Vic Janowicz, 1976
Howard Cassady, 1979
Jim Parker, 1974
Aurealius Thomas, 1989
Archie Griffin, 1986
Jim Stillwagon, 1991
Bob Ferguson, 1996
Randy Gradishar, 1998
John Hicks, 2001
Jack Tatum, 2004
Jim Houston, 2005
Rex Kern, 2007
Chris Spielman, 2009
Eddie George, 2012
Orlando Pace, 2014

Team/Miscellaneous Notes

  • Ohio State is tied with Oklahoma with the most (8) BCS bowl appearances. USC, Florida and Florida Sttae are tied for third with seven.
  • Ohio State's three BCS national championship game appearances match, Alabama, Florida State and LSU for the second-most all-time. Only Oklahoma has more with four.
  • Ohio State is 5-3 in BCS bowls and is tied with Florida (5-2) and USC (5-1) for the most BCS Bowl wins all-time.
  • Ohio State (19-23) is second behind Michigan (20-22) for the most bowl wins all-time by a Big Ten team. Nebraska is 24-25 in bowl games overall, but did not represent the Big Ten in bowl games until the 2011 season.
  • Ohio State has won 34 Big Ten titles. Only Michigan has more with 42.
  • Ohio State has had 79 consecutive crowds of more than 100,000 at Ohio Stadium.


 

 

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