No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 14 Oklahoma
Saturday, September 17th, 2016, 7:30 p.m. ET
Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (84,389), Norman, Okla.
Gus Johnson (Play-By-Play)
Joel Klatt (Analyst)
Shannon Spake (Sideline)
Radio: WBNS FM (97.1 The Fan) The Urban Meyer pregame show airs 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Paul Keels will call the action with former Buckeye Jim Lachey and Matt Andrews on the sidelines. The game can also be heard nationally on Sirius-XM College Sports Nation, channels 84, with Gregg Daniels and Dale Hellestrae on the call.
FIRST AND 10
- Ohio State and Oklahoma are meeting for the third time and for the first time since 1983. Both teams have been ranked in the Top 15 each time, including this season. This is the first of a home-and-home series that will conclude in Columbus next year.
- Oklahoma is the first Big 12 opponent the Buckeyes have faced since Texas in the 2009 Fiesta Bowl.
- Ohio State has won a school-record 18 consecutive true road games (games on an opponents home field), the longest such streak in the nation.
- Ohio State ranks second in the FBS in scoring (62.5), third in first downs (30.5) and fifth in total offense (596.5) and total defense (216.0).
- Ohio State's defense has allowed zero touchdowns through two games, while scoring three of their own.
- Sophomore safety Malik Hooker leads the FBS with three interceptions through two games.
- Urban Meyer has the highest career winning percentage (.852) among active FBS coaches with at least 10 years head coaching experience.
- Meyer is 33-13 in his career vs. ranked teams, including 12-3 at Ohio State.
- Meyer is 56-5 in his career in games played in August/September.
- Ohio State lost 16 starters from last year's team, eight on each side of the ball. It returned just six starters (3 on offense, 3 on defense), the fewest among all 128 FBS schools.
A LOOK AT THE SOONERS
Oklahoma, ranked 14th in this week's Associated Press Top 25 poll, is 1-1 on the year after opening the season with a 33-23 loss to No. 13 Houston before defeating UL-Monroe, 59-17, last Saturday.
The Sooners are averaging 41.0 points per game while giving up 25.0 and averaging 516.5 yards of total offense and giving up 380.0.
Redshirt junior Baker Mayfield, who finished fourth in the Heisman voting last season, leads the Sooner attack on offense. He is 38 of 53 on the year for 567 yards with five TDs and zero interceptions. Senior WR Dede Westbrook leads OU with 12 receptions for 103 yards, but sophomore WR Mark Andrews leads with three TD grabs on just five catches for 154 yards. On the ground, sophomore Joe Mixon leads all rushers with 157 yards (7.8 ypc) and one score.
Defensively, OU is led by senior LB Jordan Evans, who leads all players with 18 tackles, 1.5 TFL and 2 pass break-ups.
Bob Stoops is in his 18th season in Norman and is the winningest coach in Oklahoma history. Stoops, the longest-tenured FBS head coach, has led the Sooners to a school-record 17 consecutive bowl berths and nine Big 12 titles.
MEYER, STOOPS MET ONCE BEFORE
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and Bob Stoops have met one previous time, and that was in the 2008 BCS National Championship game. Meyer's Gators defeated the Sooners, 24-14, Jan. 8, 2009, at the Orange Bowl in Miami.
ROAD WIN STREAK TOPS IN THE NCAA
Ohio State has won a school-record 18 consecutive true road games (games on an opponents home field), the longest such streak in the nation. The Buckeyes are undefeated, a perfect 18-0, in road games under head coach Urban Meyer.
Ohio State's last loss on the road was in the 2011 regular season finale at Michigan.
MEYER VS. RANKED TEAMS
Head coach Urban Meyer is 33-13 in his career against Top 25 competition, including 12-3 at Ohio State. Oklahoma will represent the fourth Top 15 opponent in the past six games for Ohio State dating to last season.
|Sept. 29||at #20 Michigan State||W, 17-16|
|Oct. 6||#21 Nebraska||W, 63-38|
|Nov. 24||#20 Michigan||W, 26-21|
|Sept. 28||#23 Wisconsin||W, 31-24|
|Oct. 5||at #16 Northwestern||W, 40-30|
|Dec. 7||vs. #10 Michigan State*||L, 24-34|
|Jan. 3||vs. #8 Clemson#||L, 35-40|
* B1G Championship at Indianapolis
# Orange Bowl at Miami Gardens, Fla.
|Nov. 8||at #8 Michigan State||W, 49-37|
|Nov. 15||at #25 Minnesota||W, 31-24|
|Dec. 6||vs. #13 Wisconsin*||W, 59-0|
|Jan. 1||vs. #1 Alabama#||W, 42-35|
|Jan. 12||vs. #2 Oregon^||W, 42-10|
* B1G Championship at Indianapolis
# Sugar Bowl; College Football Playoff semifinal at New Orlans, La.
^National Championship at Arlington, Texas
|Nov. 21||#9 Michigan State||L, 14-17|
|Nov. 28||at #10 Michigan||W, 42-13|
|Jan. 1||vs. #8 Notre Dame#||W, 42-28|
# Fiesta Bowl at Glendale, Ariz.
OHIO STATE VS. THE BIG 12
The Buckeyes are 18-5-1 all-time against current members of the Big 12 Conference. The last time the Buckeyes faced a Big 12 opponent was Texas on Jan. 5, 2009 at the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz., a 24-21 Longhorn victory.
A LOOK BACK TO LAST WEEK'S WIN OVER TULSA