September 2, 2018

Sunday Lookahead: Ohio State vs. Rutgers

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THE BASICS


Rutgers at No. 5 Ohio State • Saturday, Sept. 8 • When: 3:30 • Ohio Stadium; Columbus, Ohio • TV: BTN• Play by Play: Kevin Kugler • Analyst: Matt Millen • Sidelines: Rick Pizzo


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SERIES HISTORY


• Saturday marks the fifth-ever meeting between Ohio State and Rutgers, all of which have come since the Scarlet Knights joined the Big Ten in 2014.

• Ohio State’s won all four matchups and have back to back shutouts in the series (58-0 in 2016, 56-0 in 2017). The last time the Buckeyes shut out back to back conference opponents was Wisconsin in 1979 and 1980.

KNOW THY OPPONENT


• Founded in 1766, Rutgers is older than the nation itself and is the eighth oldest college in the U.S. It is also one of the nine “Colonial Colleges” chartered before the American Revolution.

• Rutgers and Princeton played the first game of intercollegiate football in 1869. The game tok place where the present-day College Avenue gymnasium now stands in New Brunswick, NJ. Rutgers won the game 6-4.

• The entirety of Rutgers University consists of 31 schools and colleges, more than 20 libraries, over 650 buildings, and more than 20 computer labs for their whole student body. Total student enrollment is nearly 70,000 students on three different campuses (New Brunswick, Newark and Camden).

FIVE NOTES TO KNOW


• Ohio State has moved into sole possession of second place for most victories in college football history and Saturday against Rutgers the program can become, officially, the second school with at least 900 victories on the FBS level

• Mike Weber needs 92 yards to become the 26th player in program history to reach 2,000 career rushing yards.

• The Buckeyes’ roster has four players from New Jersey – SAF Jordan Fuller (Norwood, N.J. / Old Tappan H.S.), QB Chris Chugunov (Skillman, N.J. / Montgomery H.S.), Javontae Jean-Baptiste (Oradell, N.J. / Bergan Catholic) and Tyler Friday (Ramsey, N.J. / Don Bosco Prep).

• Ten players made their first-ever start for Ohio State last weekend – four on offense and six on defense.

• Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano spent 11 seasons as Rutgers’ head coach (2001-11) and took the Scarlet Knight to six bowl games, winning five. Over his final seven seasons (2005-11), Schiano’s teams were 56-33.