No. 2 Ohio State vs. Rutgers
Saturday, October 1st, 2016, Noon ET
Ohio Stadium (104,955), Columbus, OH
Kevin Kugler (Play-By-Play)
Matt Millen (Analyst)
Lisa Byington (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 channels 134 (Sirius) and 196 (XM) and SiriusXM internet channel 958.
FIRST AND 10
URBAN MEYER. CHRIS ASH.
Saturday will mark the first coaching matchup between teams coached by Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and first-year Rutgers coach and former Meyer assistant Chris Ash. Ash is the 106th different coach that Meyer will game plan against. He is 90-15 in first-time coaching matchups.
Greg Schiano, associate head coach, defensive coordinator along with Luke Fickell and safeties coach, led Rutgers for 11 seasons (2001-11). He guided Rutgers to six of its 10 bowl games, including five consecutive bowl wins, and had a 68-67 coaching record along the banks of the Raritan River. In 2006 Schiano led the Scarlet Knights to an 11-2 record and he was named the Eddie Robinson, Walter Camp, Home Depot and Liberty Mutual national coach of the year as well as the Big East Coach of the Year. That same season, Rutgers earned its first Top 25 ranking in 30 years.
MEYER: 8TH MEETING AGAINST FORMER ASSISTANT
Urban Meyer has had 14 of his assistant coaches move on to collegiate head coaching positions (see list of coaches below) with 11 of them active head coaches. Saturday will mark the eighth meeting between Meyer and one of his former assistant’s teams. Meyer is 6-1 in the previous games.
MEYER VS. ASSISTANTS
14 MEYER ASSISTANTS TO HEAD COACHES
Urban Meyer has had 14 of his assistant coaches move on to head coaching positions. Chris Ash, in his first year at Rutgers, is the most recent. Currently, 11 former Meyer assistant coaches are collegiate head coaches.
MEYER ASSISTANTS TO HEAD COACHES
Year reflects 2016 campaign; (Most recent position)
Steve Addazio: Boston College, 4th year
Gary Andersen: Oregon State, 2nd year
Chris Ash: Rutgers, 1st year
Tim Beckman: Illinois (2011-14)
Gregg Brandon: Bowling Green (2003-08)
D.J. Durkin: Maryland, 1st year
Tom Herman: Houston, 2nd year
John “Doc” Holliday: Marshall, 7th year
Dan McCarney: North Texas (2011-15)
Dan Mullen: Mississippi State, 8th year
Mike Sanford: Indiana St, 4th year
Charlie Strong: Texas, 3rd year
Kyle Whittingham: Utah, 12th year
Everett Withers: Texas State, 1st year
44-3 WITH MORE THAN A WEEK TO PREPARE
Coach Urban Meyer is 44-3 in games in which he has more than one week to prepare for an opponent. This figure includes season openers, games after an “off” week and post-season games.
Ohio State has four players from the state of New Jersey on scholarship: third-year sophomore WR Noah Brown, who is coming off a four-touchdown game against Oklahoma, is from Flanders and Pope John XIII High School; OL Kevin Feder, a red-shirt freshman still recovering from spring foot surgery, is from Ramsey and Don Boscoe Prep; true freshman Jordan Fuller, from Old Tappan High School, has played in all three games on special teams and in two games at safety; and third-year sophomore DE Darius Slade is out for the year after surgery this fall for an achilles tendon injury.
RUTGERS TIES TO OHIO STATE
Chris Ash, who was co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach at Ohio State for the 2014 national championship season and in 2015, has a number of key personnel on his staff and in his program with Ohio State ties, including: