July 22, 1999
Ohio State is entering its 110th season of collegiate football in 1999. The Buckeyes have an all-time record of 711-276-52. The Buckeyes are one of just seven programs with at least 700 wins and their all-time winning percentage of .711 is fourth-best among all Division IA schools.
The Kickoff Classic
Ohio State will open its season against the Miami Hurricanes at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Sunday, Aug. 29 in Kickoff Classic XVII. This will be Ohio State’s third appearance in the Kickoff Classic. OSU lost to Alabama, 16-10, in 1986 and defeated Boston College, 38-6, in 1995. Miami defeated Auburn in its only previous Kickoff Classic, 20-18 in 1984. This will be just the second meeting between Ohio State and Miami. The Buckeyes defeated the Hurricanes at Ohio Stadium, 10-0, to open the 1977 season.
Cincinnati on schedule
The Buckeyes and the Cincinnati Bearcats will meet Sept. 25 in Ohio Stadium, marking the first time in 68 years that the two schools, separated by about 100 miles of Interstate 71, will meet on the gridiron. Ohio State and UC have met 11 times previously with Ohio State holding a 9-2 advantage in wins. The two last met Oct. 3, 1931 (a 67-6 Ohio State win). The game will be the first of four between the two schools over the next eight years. OSU and UC will play Sept. 21, 2002 in Cincinnati, Sept. 4, 2004 at Ohio Stadium and Sept. 16, 2006 in Ohio Stadium.
Ohio on Schedule
One week before playing Cincinnati, Ohio State will play the Ohio Bobcats for only the fourth time and the first time in 97 years. The two schools, about 90 minutes apart, last met in 1902. The Buckeyes have won all four games by a combined 94-0 score.
The last time?
The last time Ohio State played two in-state schools in football in the same year: 70 years ago when it played Kenyon and Wittenberg in the 1929 season.
Cooper Good Stuff
Entering his 12th Big Ten Conference season, John Cooper is now the dean of Big Ten coaches. His seven straight first- or second place finishes in the Big Ten standings is the longest such stretch ever for an Ohio State head coach.
Pagac’s 18th Year
Only two individuals – Woody Hayes with 28 years as coach and Esco Sarkinnen with 32 years as an assistant – have coached longer at Ohio State than Fred Pagac, who is entering his 18th season as an OSU assistant.
New jersey numbers have flooded the secondary. Nate Clements is in jersey No. 20 after wearing No. 18 last year. Donnie Nickey has switched from 38 to 25. Derek Ross has taken Joe Germaine’s jersey No. 7 after wearing No. 37 last year. And Cie Grant will be in jersey No. 6 after wearing 29 last year.
Ohio State, with last years co-championship, has now won or shared 28 Big Ten Conference championships, including three in the last six years under the direction of head coach John Cooper.
A Force in the 1990s
Ohio State has been a force in college football in the 1990’s, with an 85-23-3 record and a winning percentage of .779, including a 62-12-1 record the past six years (.833). Coach John Cooper has guided the Buckeyes to three co-Big Ten Conference championships (1993, 1996 and 1998). His players have been named first-team All-American 19 times and he has seen 15 of them taken in the first round of the NFL Draft. Additionally, Buckeyes have won virtually every major award possible.
5-0 vs. Top 25 Teams
Ohio States 11-1 campaign in 1998, including a 7-1 mark in the Big Ten Conference, included a 5-0 mark in games against top 25 opponents. The wins: 34-17 at No. 11 West Virginia, 35-14 over No. 21 Missouri, 28-9 over No. 7 Penn State, 31-16 over No. 11 Michigan and 24-14 over No. 8 Texas A&M in the Nokia Sugar Bowl.
40 Wins & 10+ Wins
Ohio State is one of just four teams that has won at least 10 games over the last four seasons. The Buckeyes are also one of only six teams that have won 40 games the last four years. This year’s Ohio State senior class set a new school record with 43 wins over the last four seasons.
Consecutive 10-Win Seasons
1. Florida State (11-2) 12 Consecutive 2. Florida (10-2) 6 Consecutive 2. Ohio State (11-1) 4 Consecutive 3. Tennessee (13-0) 4 Consecutive
Buckeyes – Best of Big Tens Best
Since Penn State started Big Ten Conference competition in 1993, Ohio State has the best Big Ten Conference record and the most Big Ten championships. The Buckeyes have won 82.3 percent of their games and have claimed three Big Ten championships during that time.