Ohio State vs. No. 25 Michigan State Game Notes
The Buckeyes will be hoping for more scenes like this one Saturday against No. 25 Michigan State.

Sept. 26, 2011

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Ohio State (3-1, 0-0) vs. #25 Michigan State (3-1, 0-0)
Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011
3:30 p.m. ET
Ohio Stadium (102,329) - Columbus, Ohio

The Broadcasts
Television: ABC will televise the game with Sean McDonough, Matt Millen and Heather Cox (sideline) on the call.

Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the flagship station for the 73-station Ohio State radio network. The Luke Fickell pregame show airs 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Paul Keels will call the play-by-play with former Buckeye Jim Lachey in the booth and Marty Bannister on the sidelines. The game can also be heard live on Sirius satellite radio channel 91 and also XM 91.

First and 10

  • Since joining the Big Ten Conference in 1913, Ohio State is 70-23-4 in conference openers.
  • This is the 40th meeting between the schools in football; Ohio State leads the series 27-12.
  • Ohio State has won seven in a row against Michigan State.
  • Michigan State has not won in Columbus since the 1998 season when Ohio State was No. 1.
  • Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio was the Buckeyes' defensive coordinator from 2001-03.
  • Freshman Braxton Miller threw for 83 yards and two TDs and rushed for 83 more in his first career start last Saturday against Colorado.
  • Ohio State is 14-of-17 inside the red zone this season (82.3 percent) with 10 TDs and 4 FGs.
  • Ohio State ranks second in the Big Ten and fifth in the NCAA in kickoff returns at 30.8 yards per return.
  • Junior Jordan Hall racked up 231 all-purpose yards last week vs. Colorado and is averaging 177.0 in two games this season.
  • Ohio State is 55-5 at Ohio Stadium since the start of the 2002 season.

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    Did you Know?
    Luke Fickell will be the first Ohio State coach to face a defending Big Ten champion in his conference opener (Michigan State) since the Buckeyes began Big Ten competition in 1913.

    About the Spartans
    Michigan State is 3-1 on the season and ranked No. 25 in this week's USA Today/Coaches poll. The Spartans opened the season with wins over Youngstown State (28-6) and Florida Atlantic (44-0) at home before suffering their first loss of the season in week 3 at Notre Dame (31-13). Last week they rebounded against in-state foe Central Michigan, 45-7, in East Lansing.

    The Spartans lead the nation in total and pass defense, giving up just 172.2 yards per game and 101.0 yards through the air. They also rank third in pass efficiency defense (79.25) and eighth in fewest points allowed (11.0) and have picked off a Big Ten-best six passes in four games.

    Senior quarterback Kirk Cousins is third in the Big Ten in passing yards per game (236.8) and fourth in passer efficiency (147.9). His favorite target is senior wide receiver and Biletnikoff candidate B.J Cunningham, who leads the Big Ten with 29 catches while averaging 107.0 yards per game and 14.8 yards per catch. Le'Veon Bell (217 yards, 6 TDs) and Edwin Baker (216 yards, 1 TD) are the leading men on the ground.

    Mark Dantonio, Ohio State's defensive coordinator from 2001-03, is in his fifth season in East Lansing after spending the previous three at Cincinnati. He is 54-37 in his career as a head coach and 36-20 at Michigan State, leading the Spartans to a Big Ten co-championship and Capital One bowl appearance in 2011.

    Series History
    The Buckeyes lead the series with Michigan State 27-12, with a 14-7 advantage in Columbus. Ohio State has won the last seven games in the series overall. Michigan State will be returning to Columbus for the first time since 2007 when Ohio State held off a late Spartan rally, 24-17. Complete series information can be found on page 16.

    Legends. Leaders. Now!
    This weekend kicks off the initial weekend of Big Ten action in its new Legends and Leaders divisional alignment. The Ohio State/Michigan State game is one of three intra-divisional games on the Big Ten schedule this week. The others: Nebraska at Wisconsin and Northwestern at Illinois. The first two games pitting divisional foes is Minnesota at Michigan and Penn State at Indiana.

    Week 4 Recap
    Braxton Miller, just the third freshman to start at quarterback for Ohio State, threw two touchdown passes to freshman Devin Smith and Jordan Hall accounted for 231 all-purpose yards, including a 90-yard kickoff return and a rushing touchdown, to lead Ohio State to a 37-17 win over Colorado last Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Miller and Smith hooked up on a 32-yard score in the second quarter and a 17-yard TD connection in the third. Smith finished with three receptions for 64 yards while Miller was 5 of 13 passing for 83 yards and gained 83 yards rushing, all in the first half. The duo has now teamed up three times for TD passes this season. Sparked by Hall's 145 return yards that directly led to 14 Ohio State points, the Ohio State special teams had a superb game against the Buffaloes. Ben Buchanan dropped three punts inside of the 15 -- 13, 5 and 9 -- and had a fourth muffed at the 11. Kicker Drew Basil, who has now hit five FGs in a row, hit all three of his field goal attempts, including a career-long 47-yarder. Hall led the team in rushing for the second consecutive game with 84 yards. Carlos Hyde had 40 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown run, and the Buckeyes outgained the Buffaloes on the ground by a 226-76 margin. Sophomore safety Christian Bryant, making his first career start, led the Buckeyes with six tackles. CB Travis Howard and DT John Simon had two pass break-ups apiece. The Ohio State defense did not allow a Colorado first down until the 6:55 mark of the second quarter.

    Big Ten Openers
    Since joining the Big Ten Conference in 1913, Ohio State is 70-23-4 in conference openers.

    In October
    The Buckeyes boast an all-time record of 360-126-28 in October games. Ohio State is 247-63-20 in October home games and 114-63-8 on the road that month.

    First of Four vs. Ranked Foes
    Michigan State, 25th in this week's USA Today Coaches poll, represents the first of potentially four consecutive games for Ohio State against ranked opponents. In two weeks Ohio State plays at No. 8 Nebraska and follows that game at No. 22 Illinois before hosting No. 7 Wisconsin.

    Been Done Three Times Previously
    Ohio State has played four consecutive ranked opponents three times before, most recently in 2003 when it defeated No. 14 Michigan State, defeated No. 11 Purdue, lost to No. 5 Michigan and defeated No. 8 Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl. Ohio State also played four consecutive games against Top 25 teams in 1958 (Wisconsin, Northwestern, Purdue and Iowa) and in 1959 (USC, Illinois, Purdue and Wisconsin).

    Last Game Without ...
    The services of four key senior performers who have been sitting out a five-game NCAA suspension: LT Mike Adams, RB Dan Herron, WR DeVier Posey and DE Solomon Thomas. Adams has 17 career starts and was first-team all-Big Ten by both the coaches and media in 2010. Herron was also all-Big Ten in 2010 after rushing for 1,155 yards and scoring 16 touchdowns. Posey has 124 career receptions for 1,793 yards. Thomas has played in 25 games and made three starts.

    Miller Solid in Starting Debut
    Braxton Miller, just the third freshman to start at quarterback for Ohio State, rushed for 83 yards, passed for 83 yards and threw two touchdown passes to Devin Smith to lead Ohio State to a 37-17 win over Colorado Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Miller and Smith hooked up on a 32-yard score in the second quarter to increase the lead to 17-0 and a 17-yard TD connection in the third to extend the lead to 27-7. Miller was 5 of 13 passing and he gained all of his rushing yards in the first half as he staked the Buckeyes to a 20-7 halftime lead. He did not have any turnovers despite constant blitzing from the Colorado defenders.

    Miller has played in three games thus far in his Buckeye career, completing 15 of 29 passes for 235 yards with three TDs and one INT. He also has carried 30 times for 145 yards.

    Miller led Wayne High School to the Division I state title game in 2010 while passing for 2,167 yards and 17 TDs while rushing for 658 yards and 17 TDs as a senior. He had a career record of 31-7 over three seasons and was a finalist for Ohio's Mr. Football. A first team all-state selection, he also played in the 2010 Under Armour All-American Game.

    Special Teams' Shine
    Sparked by Jordan Hall's 145 return yards that directly led to 14 Ohio State points, the Ohio State special teams had a superb game against the Buffaloes. Punt returner Chris Fields alertly pounced on a loose ball near midfield that had hit teammate Bradley Roby in the back. Zach Domicone rooted through a maze of bodies to recover a muffed punt at the CU 11. Ben Buchanan dropped three punts inside of the 15 yard line - 13, 5 and 9 - and had a fourth muffed at the 11. And kicker Drew Basil hit all three of his field goal attempts, including a career-long 47-yarder.

    Just for Kicks
    Ben Buchanan has nearly doubled the competition in the Big Ten in number of kicks dropped inside the 20 yard line with 11. The next closest competitors have done so six times. What's even more impressive is seven of Buchanan's 11 I20 punts are actually inside the 10. He has had three inside the 10 in each of the past two weeks, vs. Miami and Colorado.

    Zach's Big Three
    Zach Domicone is one of a number of Buckeyes who make a special contribution on special teams. Saturday vs. Colorado he rooted through a maze of bodies to recover a muffed punt at the CU 11. The recovery led to a field goal. Last year vs. Minnesota he recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown, and two years ago as a redshirt freshman he recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff of the second half vs. Minnesota.

    A Special Kind of Havoc
    Senior Nate Ebner and freshman Ryan Shazier each had two assisted tackles and one solo tackle on special teams Saturday. Also wrecking special havoc were Zach Domicone, who had an assist and a fumble recovery, and Christian Bryant, who had a solo tackle and an assist. Jamie Wood, Orhian Johnson and Corey "Pittsburgh" Brown also were in on special teams tackles.

    Passing Thoughts
    Ohio State's pass efficiency rating (132.7) is better than Big Ten foes Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State. Ohio State leads the league in fewest interceptions (tied with three other teams with one) and the Buckeyes are third in touchdowns passing (seven; trailing only Wisconsin and Iowa with 11 and 10, respectively).

    Hall Returns Big
    Jordan accounted for 147 return yards in the Buckeyes 37-17 win over Colorado. He opened the game with a 45-yard kickoff return. His 12-yard punt return in the second quarter gave Ohio State possession at the CU 46 and six plays later an OSU touchdown made the score 17-0. After a third-quarter field goal cut the Ohio State lead to 27-10, Hall returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards to the CU 5. One play later Ohio State scored for a 34-10 lead.

    Hall racked up 231 all-purpose yards overall and is averaging 177.0 all-purpose yards per game, best in the Big Ten.

    Brewster Reaches 40
    All-American center Mike Brewster started his 40th consecutive game Saturday vs. Colorado. The senior from Orlando, Fla. made his first start in Game 4 of the 2008 season vs. Troy and started the final 10 games of the season. He started all 13 games in 2009 and 2010, respectively, in addition to the first four games this year.

    Only two other active players have at least 20 starts to their credit: senior RT J.B. Shugarts has made 26 career starts and junior FB Zach Boren has started 23 times.

    Red Zone Efficiency
    Ohio State has scored 14 of 17 times (82.3 percent) this season inside the 20 with 10 touchdowns and four field goals. The only three times the Buckeyes have failed to score came on a fumble and on two end-of-game possession against Akron and Colorado while running out the clock.

    Noting the Buckeyes

  • After the loss to Miami in week 3 the Buckeyes fell out of the AP Top 25 for the first time since Nov. 20, 2004 -- nearly 7 years and ending the nation's longest current streak of appearances in the Top 25 (103 straight weeks).
  • Ohio State gave up its first QB sack Sept. 17 at Miami, ending the nation's third-longest active streak with 95 consecutive pass attempts without allowing a sack.
  • Tight end Jake Stoneburner set a modern day Ohio State record for tight ends by catching three touchdown passes vs. Akron Sept. 3, from 28, 11 and 2 yards out with Bauserman throwing all three. Stoneburner, who came into the game with two career touchdowns, finished with four catches for 50 yards. The Ohio State record for career touchdowns by a tight end: 10 by John Lumpkin from 1996-98.
  • Ohio State missed the services of two starters the last two weeks vs. Miami and Colorado: senior DE Nathan Williams was out for a third consecutive game with a knee issue and sophomore WR Corey "Philly" Brown has missed the last two contests with an ankle issue. Junior fullback Adam Homan also has sat the last two games with a knee issue.
  • Senior All-America center Mike Brewster is regarded by some as the best center in college football. He is a four-year starter with 40 career starts. In 2010 he was the only junior to rank among finalists for the Rimington Trophy, was a first team all-Big Ten selection and a FWAA and Phil Steele first team All-American. This season Brewster was named to the preseason Playboy All-America team, the Rimington and Outland Trophy watch lists and was voted one of 12 "players to watch" by a Big Ten media panel.
  • Junior running back/kick returner Jordan Hall, who sat out the first two games of the 2011 season, is averaging 177.0 all-purpose yards per game. In addition to his experience as a running back, Hall also returns kicks and punts. In his first game at Miami Hall rushed for 87 yards on 14 carries (6.2 ypc) and returned a punt 27 yards in the second quarter before being tripped up at midfield. Hall's first four rushes of the season in that game all went for first downs and covered 13, 13, 15 and 12 yards. His 87 yards rushing was just three short of his career high (90 vs. New Mexico State in 2009).
  • Junior defensive lineman John Simon was named one of 12 "players to watch" at the Big Ten media days in July. Simon has 65 career tackles and 14 TFL. A promising defensive star with power and strength, Simon was an honorable mention all-Big Ten selection and Lott Trophy nominee in 2010 as a true sophomore.
  • Senior linebacker Andrew Sweat leads the Buckeyes with 24 tackles this season. He recorded a team-high six tackles, including 2.0 TFL, a forced fumble and an interception against Akron in the season opener and had five and 1.0 TFL against Toledo. He has a team-best 85 career tackles, 7.5 TFL and three INTs.
  • Senior defensive end Nathan Williams, who is out indefinitely with a knee injury, was named to the Ted Hendricks preseason watch list. Williams has recorded 92 career tackles and 21.5 TFL. Last season he recorded 46 tackles, which included 9.5 TFL and 4.5 sacks.

    The Silver Bullet Defense
    The Buckeyes have a long-standing tradition of producing the best defenses in the Big Ten and the nation year in, year out and rank in the top 25 nationally in several defensive categories in 2011. Here are some bullets that put into perspective the Silver Bullets dominance:

  • Ohio State has featured a Top 20 scoring defense in each of the last nine seasons, including a top 6 in each of the last six.
    YearPPG AllowedFBS Rank

  • Since the beginning of the 2005 season, the Ohio State defense has allowed only 11 100-yard rushers during a span of 82 games and only seven since the start of the 2007 season. Both of those marks are the third best among FBS schools during those spans. Fewest 100-yd rushers allowed (FBS Teams Since 2005)
    1.Boston College8
    3.Ohio State11

    Fewest 100-yd rushers allowed (FBS Teams Since 2007)

    2.Boston College6
    3.Ohio State7
    4.Brigham Young9

    Last seven players to rush for 100 yards since 2007:

    9/17/11Lamar Millerat Miami26-184
    1/4/11Knile DavisArkansas26-139
    11/27/10D. RobinsonMichigan18 -105
    10/16/10John Clayat Wisconsin21-104
    9/13/08Joe McKnightat USC12-105
    11/10/07Daniel DufreneIllinois8-106
    9/15/07Jake Lockerat Washington14-102

  • Ohio State has allowed just one 100-yard rusher in the past 25 games at Ohio Stadium.
  • Since the 2005 season, Ohio State has finished either first or second in scoring defense among Big Ten teams all six years. The Buckeyes were first in 2010, 2007 and 2005 and second in 2009, 2008 and 2006.
  • Among FBS teams in 2010, Ohio State ranked fourth in total defense (262.2 ypg), third in rushing defense (96.7 ypg), eighth in pass defense (165.5 ypg), fifth in scoring defense (14.3 ppg) and fourth in TO margin (+1.15).
  • Ohio State has held 64 opponents to 21 points or fewer since the start of the 2005 season, tied for the most among FBS teams with TCU (64).
  • Ohio State has allowed 118 touchdowns from scrimmage since the start of the 2005 season, the fewest by any FBS team in this span. TCU is second with 134 and Alabama is third with 136.
  • Ohio State has surrendered 50 rushing touchdowns since the start of the 2005 season. That mark is second fewest behind Alabama (49) for the fewest among FBS teams during that span.
  • Ohio State has allowed fewer than 10 points 30 times since the start of the 2006 season.
  • Ohio State has allowed an average of 13.6 points over the last six full seasons. That is the best scoring defense among FBS teams in this span. TCU is second at 14.2 points per game.
  • Ohio State had 30 takeaways last season. It was the second straight season that the Buckeyes forced at least 30 turnovers. The Buckeyes forced 35 in 2009.

    Head Coach Luke Fickell

  • New head coach Luke Fickell is backed by nine assistant coaches who have 184 years combined working as college assistant coaches or staff assistants in their careers.
  • Fickell is among four first-year head coaches in the Big Ten. The last time the Big Ten featured four first-year coaches: 1997. Illinois (Ron Turner), Indiana (Cam Cameron), Minnesota (Glen Mason) and Purdue (Joe Tiller) were hired that season.
  • Fickell will be the first Ohio State coach to face a defending Big Ten champion in his conference opener (Michigan State) since the Buckeyes began Big Ten competition in 1913.
  • Since 1913, Ohio State coaches are 6-4-1 in their Big Ten debuts. The last six Ohio State coaches are 2-3-1 in their Big Ten debuts.
  • In guiding OSU to a season-opening win in his first game as coach, Fickell joins 20 other Buckeye coaches with a first-game win. OSU has had only 23 head coaches in 122 years of football and that group is 21-1-1 in first games.

    Team/Miscellaneous Notes

  • Ohio State is tied with Oklahoma with eight BCS bowl appearances. USC is third with seven.
  • Ohio State is 1-2 in national title games since the inception of the BCS in 1998. The three national title game appearances match Florida State for the second-most all-time. Only Oklahoma has more with four.
  • Ohio State is 5-3 in BCS bowls, tied for second with Florida (5-1) for the most BCS Bowl wins all-time. USC is first at 6-1.
  • Ohio State has not finished with a losing record since finishing 4-6-1 in 1988 (John Cooper's first season leading the Buckeyes). Ohio State's run of 21 straight seasons without a losing record is the third-longest among active FBS teams. Florida State has gone 34 straight seasons since finishing 5-6 in 1976 and Florida has gone 31 seasons since going 0-10-1 in 1979. Virginia Tech and Texas Tech have the fourth-longest runs at 18 seasons each.
  • In Ohio State's eight BCS bowl appearances, they have only been the Big Ten's automatic BCS bowl qualifier four times (2002, 2006, 2007, 2009). They have received an at-large berth three times (1998, 2003, 2008) and were an automatic participant by the `3-4 rule' in 2005.
  • Ohio State has won the Fiesta Bowl three times, the Sugar Bowl once and the Rose Bowl once in the BCS era. The Buckeyes join Oklahoma (Orange, Rose and Fiesta), Florida (Orange, Sugar and BCS title game) and Miami (Sugar, Rose and Orange) as the only teams to win three different BCS bowls.
  • Ohio State is among three different programs to have appeared in at least four different BCS bowls, joining Oklahoma and Miami. The Buckeyes only need to play in the Orange Bowl to join Oklahoma as the only program to appear in five different BCS bowls. While Miami has won the BCS title (2001 season), they have not played in a bowl game specifically called the BCS title game.
  • Ohio State has appeared in a bowl game in 15 of the last 17 seasons. Fourteen of those bowl appearances have taken place in January (2004 Alamo Bowl). Ohio State has appeared in a January bowl in five of the past six seasons.
  • Ohio State (19) is tied with Michigan (19) for the most bowl wins all-time by a Big Ten team. Nebraska is 24-23 in bowl games, but has not represented the Big Ten in the postseason.
  • Ohio State has won 34 Big Ten titles. Only Michigan has more with 42.
  • Ohio State has 822 wins all-time, the fifth-most among FBS teams.
    Notre Dame847
    Ohio State822
    Penn State821

  • Ohio State has featured 14 NFL Draft first-round picks since 2004. That is the most by any college team in this span.
  • Ohio State has had 66 consecutive crowds of more than 100,000 at Ohio Stadium.
  • Ohio State has not lost a home opener in 34 years - Sept. 16, 1978 to be exact when No. 6 Ohio State suffered a 19-0 loss to No. 5 Penn State in Woody Hayes' final season.
  • Ohio State has an all-time opening game record of 105-12-4. The Buckeyes' last opening day loss away from Columbus was to Miami in the 1999 Kickoff Classic in East Rutherford, N.J.
  • All-time, the Buckeyes are 109-8-4 in home openers since 1890. The largest opening day crowd at Ohio Stadium was 105,092 in the 2009 opener vs. Navy.

    Not Since 1922-24
    Ohio State ranks second among all NCAA Div. I programs with 85 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, which trails only Tennessee; the Vols have not had back-to-back losing seasons since 1909-11, a span of 98 consecutive seasons.

    Ohio State to Wear Advanced Nike Uniforms for Wisconsin Game
    Ohio State will be one of nine college football programs donning uniquely designed, highly advanced Nike uniforms for at least one game during the 2011-12 season.

    The teams selected to sport the 2011 Nike Pro Combat system of dress uniforms include the United States Military Academy (Army), Boise State University, University of Georgia, Louisiana State University, Michigan State University, the United States Naval Academy, The Ohio State University, University of Oregon, and Stanford University.

    The uniforms will hit the field on opening day of the 2011-12 college football season and throughout the year during some of fiercest rivalries in college football. Dates include Oregon vs. LSU at Cowboys Stadium (9/3), Boise State vs. Georgia at the Georgia Dome (9/3), Michigan State vs. Michigan (10/15), LSU vs. Auburn (10/22), Ohio State vs. Wisconsin (10/29), Stanford vs. Notre Dame (11/27) and the annual service academy bragging rights matchup between two of the nation's most prestigious football programs - Army vs. Navy (12/10).

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Ohio State University's undefeated 1961 championship season -- a distinctive milestone that provides a source of inspiration for a program steeped in tradition and rooted in pride. The 2011 Nike Pro Combat system of dress design for the Buckeyes harkens back to that team, whose offensive power lived in its backfield, led by the 6'0, 227 pound All-American fullback, Bob Ferguson. The Heisman runner-up was a power runner and contributed immensely to the team's noteworthy speed, aggression and smarts. This uniform acknowledges the dominance of the 1961 team and will deliver an undeniable motivation for the current Buckeyes when they face off against Wisconsin on October 29.

    Distinctive white block lettering on Ohio State's bold scarlet jersey is accompanied by gray sleeve and collar accents that provide a retro look high in contrast. An inscription of the year "1961" on the inner neckline, socks and sleeves act as a silent reminder of the indisputable determination of that year's lineup. A steel gray baselayer and matching arm sleeves feature a print reminiscent of a buckeye tree. These two pieces are patterned after Buckeye Grove - home to a collection of buckeye trees planted in honor of each first team All-American player, like Ferguson, whose presence always commanded respect. Dark gray pants complement the baselayer design, emblazoned with a prominent block `O' on the hip alongside a scarlet streak on the pant leg.

    Buckeyes vs. the State of Ohio
    Ohio State is 178-48-15 in its history against opponents from the state of Ohio; that list includes Akron, Bowling Green, Case, Cincinnati, Denison, Heidelberg, Kent State, Kenyon, Marietta, Miami, Mount Union, Muskingum, Oberlin, Ohio Medical, Ohio, Ohio Wesleyan, Otterbein, Toledo, Western Reserve, Wilmington, Wittenberg, Wooster and Youngstown State.

    The Buckeyes have played at least one team from Ohio each season since 1997. Ohio State has not lost to an Ohio opponent since 1921, falling to Oberlin 7-6; the Buckeyes tied Wooster 7-7 in 1924 in Columbus.

    Big Ten Announces 2013-14 Football Schedule
    The Big Ten Conference has announced its 2013 and 2014 conference football schedules. Ohio State, a member of the Leaders division, will play four home and four away league contests in each of those seasons.

    In 2013, OSU opens Big Ten play hosting Wisconsin Sept. 28. Other Big Ten games in 2013: Oct. 5 at Northwestern; Oct. 19 vs. Iowa; Oct. 26 vs. Penn State; Nov. 2 at Purdue; Nov. 16 at Illinois; Nov. 23 vs. Indiana; Nov. 30 at Michigan.

    Ohio State has two non-conference dates confirmed for the 2013 season: Aug. 31 vs. Vanderbilt at Ohio Stadium; and Sept. 14 at California.

    In 2014, Ohio State begins Big Ten action hosting Purdue Oct. 4. Other Big Ten contests in 2014: Oct. 18 at Iowa; Oct. 25 vs. Northwestern; Nov. 1 at Wisconsin; Nov. 8 vs. Illinois; Nov. 15 at Penn State; Nov. 22 at Indiana; Nov. 29 vs. Michigan.

    The Buckeyes' non-conference games for 2014 are Aug. 30 vs. Navy in Baltimore; followed by three games at Ohio Stadium: Sept. 6 vs. Cincinnati; Sept. 13 vs. Kent State; and Sept. 20 vs. Virginia Tech.

    The champions of the Legends Division and the Leaders Division will meet in the Big Ten Football Championship Game on the first Saturday of December, with the winner earning the Big Ten Championship and a chance to play in the Rose Bowl Game or Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game. The inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played in prime time on December 3, 2011, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, while the second Big Ten Football Championship Game is scheduled for Dec. 1, 2012, at a site TBD.

    Big Ten to Play Nine Conference Games Beginning with 2017 Season
    The Big Ten will move to a nine-game conference schedule beginning with the 2017 season.

    Three teams each from the Legends Division and Leaders Division will feature five conference home games during odd-numbered years, while the other three schools from each division will host five conference contests during even-numbered years. The 2017 schedule will include five conference home outings for Iowa, Michigan State and Nebraska from the Legends Division and Illinois, Indiana and Ohio State from the Leaders Division. The 2018 schedule will feature five Big Ten home games for Michigan, Minnesota and Northwestern of the Legends Division and Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin of the Leaders Division. The Big Ten will return to a full nine-game conference schedule for the first time since the 1983 and 1984 seasons. Eight of 10 conference schools played nine-game schedules during the 1981 and 1982 seasons, while two of 10 teams featured nine-game schedules from 1971-72 and 1977-80.

    Up Next
    Ohio State will hit the road to face No. 8 Nebraska in the Cornhuskers' first Big Ten home game Oct. 8 in Lincoln, Neb. The game will kick at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.