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Sept. 4, 2017

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#2 Ohio State vs. #7 Oklahoma
Saturday, September 9th, 2017, 7:30 p.m. ET
Ohio Stadium (104,955), Columbus, Ohio

TV: ABC
Chris Fowler (Play-By-Play)
Kirk Herbstreit (Analyst)
Maria Taylor (Sideline)

Radio: WBNS (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.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two of college football’s most tradition-rich and storied programs meet for just the fourth time ever when No. 2 Ohio State and No. 7 Oklahoma tangle on Saturday night in front of a national audience on ABC. Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will have the call with Maria Taylor on the sidelines. ESPN’s College GameDay is also headed to Columbus, the 16th time that it’s visited Ohio State’s campus.

Both Ohio State and Oklahoma are coming off impressive opening-weekend victories. The Buckeyes scored 29 unanswered points to earn a 49-21 Big Ten Conference victory at Indiana last Thursday while Oklahoma routed UTEP, 56-7, in Norman.

Saturday’s game will be just the fourth all-time between Ohio State and Oklahoma. Last year, a young and inexperienced Buckeye team got a signature early-season win by topping the Sooners 45-24 behind a four-TD pass eff ort from J.T. Barrett. LB Jerome Baker also had a momentum-swinging play, grabbing a first quarter interception and returning it 68 yards for a touchdown to give the Scarlet and Gray a 14-0 lead.

FOR STARTERS

  • Ohio State is 16-4 in night games at Ohio Stadium and has won 15 of its last 17 night games overall.
  • Head coach Urban Meyer is 19-7 in his career against top 10 teams, including an 8-4 mark at Ohio State. Overall, the Buckeyes have won seven of their last nine against top-10 ranked opponents.
  • The Buckeyes and Sooners are No. 3 and No. 5, respectively, in all-time winning percentage. Ohio State is 887-322-53 (.724) in its 128th season while Oklahoma is 873-321-53 (.721) in its 123rd season.
  • The Sooners are making just their second-ever trip to Columbus and first in 40 years.
  • Ohio State and Oklahoma have combined to produce 818 NFL Draft picks and 12 Heisman Throphy winners.

Setting the Stage: Buckeyes versus Sooners

REAL QUICK…

Ohio State leads the all-time series with Oklahoma, 2-1. Inaddition to last year’s victory in Norman, the Buckeyes also toppedthe Sooners 24-14 in 1983, also in Norman. Oklahoma kicked alast-second field goal to edge the Buckeyes 29-28 in 1977. Bothteams have been ranked in the Top 15 in each meeting. Both Oklahomaand Ohio State are ranked in the top five for total winssince 2003. The Sooners are No. 2 (148) while Ohio State is No. 4(141). Head coach Urban Meyer is 58-5 in his career in games played inAugust/September. The Buckeyes are 114-9-4 all-time in home openerssince 1890. Ohio State is 19-5-1 all-time against current membersof the Big 12 Conference. Prior to last year’s meeting withOklahoma, the last time the Buckeyes had faced a Big 12 opponentwas Texas on Jan. 2, 2009 in the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz.Nine players made their first career start last Thursday atIndiana: WR Austin Mack, WR K.J. Hill, RB J.K. Dobbins and RG Branden Bowen on offense; DL Jalyn Holmes and Nick Bosa, CBs Denzel Ward and Damon Arnette and safety Jordan Fuller on defense. The Buckeyes’ secondary interceptedtwo passes at Indiana last Thursday and have 23 INTs over the last14 games. Five of those have been returned 40 or more yards. OhioState has been ranked in the top 10 of the Associated Press Top 25poll for 40 consecutive weeks. Head coach Urban Meyer has the highest winning percentage among active FBScoaches with at least 10 years of head coaching experience (.851).

COLLEGE GAMEDAY IS BACK
ESPN’s College GameDay returns to Columbus and the campus of Ohio State University for the 16th time this week. The setting returns to the heart of campus — the Oval — in front of the iconic William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library.

11-4 IN COLUMBUS ON GAMEDAY
Ohio State is 11-4 all-time when Game Day is in Columbus. This marks the 39th GameDay location appearance for Ohio State, which is tied with Alabama for most all-time.

CHAMPIONS versus INDIANA
Parris Campbell and J.K. Dobbins shared the coaching staff’s offensive player of the week honors for the Indiana game. Defensively, Tyquan Lewis earned the honor and Amir Riep (kickoff return tackles at the 13 and 20) was special team’s player of the week.

Offensive champions: Parris Campbell, J.K. Dobbins, J.T. Barrett, K.J. Hill, Johnnie Dixon, Terry McLaurin, Billy Price, Jamarco Jones, Michael Jordan, Branden Bowen and Isaiah Prince
Defensive champions: Tyquan Lewis, Jalyn Holmes, Nick Bosa, Dre’Mont Jones, Sam Hubbard, Tracy Sprinkle and Jordan Fuller
Special teams player of the game: Amir Riep

SCOUTING OKLAHOMA
Oklahoma opened the Lincoln Riley era last Saturday with a 56-7 rout of UTEP, highlighted by the 19-for-20, 329-yard, three-touchdown performance from quarterback Baker Mayfield. His first 14 completions went to 10 different receivers and he also set an OU record by completing each of his first 16 attempts.

The Sooners graduated the program’s all-time leading rusher last year (Samaje Perine, 4,122 career yards) but three different backs — Abdul Adams, Marcelias Sutton and Trey Sermon — all compiled 50 yards or more on the ground. Starter Rodney Anderson carried four times for 14 yards and a touchdown.

Mayield’s favorite target was tight end Mark Andrews, who caught seven passes for 134 yards (19.1 yards/reception) and one touchdown. In all, 14 diff erent receivers caught passes as the Sooners racked up 676 yards of total off ense (496 through the air, 180 on the ground).

On defense, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo had the most impressive day statistically with four tackles, one sack and two TFLs.