COLUMBUS, Ohio -- While the eyes of the college football world will be fixated on Ohio Stadium Saturday night, the team that occupies The `Shoe during the spring has made winning at home a habit.
In 2017, the Buckeyes finished with a perfect 6-0 record at Ohio Stadium, including some noteworthy wins that helped pave the way to the most successful season in program history. Consider:
The Buckeyes opened their Ohio Stadium schedule with an 8-7 win over UMass, the first victory over the Minutemen in program history.
After topping Cleveland State, 12-4, on March 11, the Buckeyes returned to the Ohio Stadium turf a week later and improved to 9-0 on the year with a 16-7 signature win over No. 1 Denver. Ohio State ripped off 10 straight goals and held the Pioneers scoreless for nearly 40 minutes.
Ohio State defeated Johns Hopkins, 13-9, in front of a national TV audience on BTN in April. It was the first of two wins last year over the Blue Jays.
In one of the most memorable games in Buckeye history, Ohio State rallied from a five-goal second quarter deficit and topped eventual national champion Maryland, 11-10, in overtime on April 22. That win was the Buckeyes' second of the season at home over a top-two ranked team.
In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, third-seeded Ohio State began its march towards the Final Four with a 7-4 victory over Loyola.
Two years prior in 2015, the Buckeyes won three of four contests inside Ohio State, including two over ranked teams (No. 3 Denver, No. 19 Johns Hopkins). Overall, Ohio State is 14-4 (.778) inside Ohio Stadium over the past three seasons.
The `Shoe has also been home to several of the largest single-game crowds in NCAA history. From 2008 through 2010, the Buckeyes set and subsequently broke a national record for on-campus and regular season attendance, topping out with a crowd of 31,078 for the Showdown in the `Shoe in April of 2010 vs. Air Force.