Oct. 13, 2014

Ohio State leads the Big Ten with nine interceptions. Senior cornerback Doran Grant (pictured) recorded his first INT of the season Oct. 4 at Maryland.
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First and 10

  • Ohio State enters the game having won 17 consecutive Big Ten regular season games. The B1G record is 20, set by the 2005-07 Ohio State teams.
  • Ohio State ranks fifth in the NCAA in scoring with 44.6 points per game.
  • Ohio State and Rutgers rank second and fourth, respectively, in the NCAA in pass efficiency.
  • QB J.T. Barrett has thrown 14 TD passes — with only one INT — in the past three games, an Ohio State record over a three-game stretch.
  • Barrett leads the Big Ten and ranks 15th in NCAA in total offense (326.0). He also ranks second in the Big Ten in passing yards (270.8).
  • Sophomore RB Ezekiel Elliott has 321 yards rushing over the past two games.
  • Senior WR Devin Smith needs one more reception (99) to reach 100 for his career.
  • Sophomore DE Joey Bosa (7.0 TFL, 3.5 sacks) has three forced fumbles this season, all of which have led directly to Buckeye points (23 total).
  • Head coach Urban Meyer has not lost a game in the month of October since the 2010 season.
  • Coach Meyer’s teams are 37-3 all-time with more than a week to prepare for an opponent.

Homecoming 2014
This week is Homecoming week at Ohio State. This year’s Homecoming will be the 102nd recognized on campus and the game vs. Rutgers is the 93rd official Homecoming game. The Buckeyes are officially 67-19-5 in Homecoming games.

Open Weeks: Two and Done
Ohio State is coming off its second “open” weekend of the season. This will be the last season until 2019 in this current college football landscape that Ohio State will have two open weekends during a season. Note for wedding planners: Ohio State’s next in-season open weeks will occur on the following dates:

Upcoming Open Weeks
2015 – October 31
2016 – September 24
2017 – October 21
2018 – October 27
2019 – Oct. 12 & Nov. 2

Go Bucks. Go!
Starting with the Rutgers game, Ohio State will close out its regular season with seven consecutive Saturdays of games, including road games at Penn State, Michigan State and Minnesota and just one home game in the month of October.

Ohio State: 17-9 After Open Week
Ohio State is 17-9 in games played after a mid-season open week. The Buckeyes have won six consecutive games after an open week, including four consecutive wins for Urban Meyer’s teams. Ohio State is 13-2 in Ohio Stadium after an open week, including 11 consecutive victories. The last loss: 1990 vs. Illinois, 31-20.

Ohio State After Open Week

1971 L Colorado, 20-14
1972 W North Carolina, 29-14
1973 W TCU, 37-3
1986 L at Washington, 40-7
1990 L Illinois, 31-20
1991 W Wisconsin, 31-16
1992 L at Wisconsin, 20-16
1993 W Northwestern, 51-3
1994 L at Washington, 25-16
1995 W Washington, 30-20
1996 W Pittsburgh, 72-0
1997 W Bowling Green, 44-13
1998 W Penn State, 28-9
1999 W UCLA, 42-20
2000 W at Wisconsin, 23-7
2001 L at UCLA, 13-6
2002 W Kent State, 51-17
2003 L at Wisconsin, 17-10
2004 L at Northwestern, 33-27 OT
2005 L at Penn State, 17-10
2008 W at Northwestern, 45-10
2011 W Wisconsin, 33-29
2012 W at Wisconsin, 21-14 OT
2013 W Iowa, 34-24
W at Illinois, 60-35
2014 W Cincinnati, 50-28

Meyer’s Teams: 37-3 After “Off” Week
Coach Urban Meyer’s teams are 37-3 when having more than one week to prepare for an opponent (includes season-openers, games after an “off” or open week, and bowl games). The only losses: Bowling Green vs. Miami in 2001; Florida vs. Michigan in 2007; and Ohio State vs. Clemson last year.

Meyer’s Teams “On” after being “Off”

Bowling Green (2001-02) 5-1
Utah (2003-04) 7-0
Florida (2005-10) 19-1
Ohio State (2012-14) 6-1

Another First Meeting
Similar to two weeks ago vs. Maryland, Ohio State and new Big Ten Conference member Rutgers are meeting for the first time on the college football gridiron. Rutgers and Maryland each joined the Big Ten on July 1 of this year. Rutgers’ football team played games as a member of the American Athletic Conference (formerly the Big East) in 2013 after being a Big East member since 1991.

17 Consecutive Big Ten Wins
Ohio State, with a current streak of 17 consecutive Big Ten Conference wins, now has six of the top seven longest winning streaks for conference games only (regular season games). Ohio State’s current streak dates to the start of the 2012 conference season. The Big Ten record for conference wins is 20, set by the 2005-07 Ohio State teams.

Conference Games Win Streaks

20 Ohio State, 2005-07
19 Michigan, 1990-92
17 Ohio State, 2012-current
Ohio State, 1974-76
Ohio State, 1967-69
Ohio State, 1954-56

Three 20-Game Win Streaks for Meyer
Last season Urban Meyer became the first head coach at the highest level of the collegiate coaching ranks (major college, Division I, FBS, etc.) to have three winning streaks of at least 20 games. A total of 41 head coaches at this level have lead a team to a winning streak of at least 20 games. Nine of those coaches have had two winning streaks of at least 20 wins. Meyer is the first to add a third such winning streak to his name.

And Only One Three-Game Losing Streak
The win over Navy snapped a two-game losing streak for coach Urban Meyer’s team. Meyer has had just one losing streak reach three games in his 155-game head coaching career: in 2010 at Florida. He has had only four multi-game losing streaks in all, with all of them two-game streaks except for the 2010 trio while at Florida. The others: in 2002 at Bowling Green; 2007 at Florida; and 2013 at OSU.

First Coaching Match-up
The game will match an Urban Meyer-coached team vs. a Kyle Flood-coached team for the first time. Meyer is in his 13th season as a head coach while Flood is in Year 3 as a collegiate head coach. A 22-year coaching veteran, Flood has been at Rutgers since the 2005 season, working as Greg Schiano’s offensive line coach for seven seasons and serving as assistant head coach for four seasons before being elevated to head coach when Schiano departed for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the 2012 season.

Meyer 78-15 in First Meetings
In first coaching opportunities versus the head coach on the opposite sidelines, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer’s teams are 78-15 in such games. As that record will indicate, Rutgers’ coach Kyle Flood will be the 94th different head coach Meyer has game-planned against.

Three Consecutive Wins
Ohio State is on a three-game winning streak after its 52-24 win at Maryland two weeks ago. J.T. Barrett continued his fine play by completing nearly 80 percent of his passes (18 of 23; 78.3 pct.) for 267 yards and four touchdowns. Ezekiel Elliott had 139 rushing yards, Michael Thomas led nine different players with pass receptions with four for 75 yards, including a spectacular 25-yard touchdown in the corner of the end zone where he out-jumped his defender, snared the football and then landed with his fee just inside the end zone line. Jalin Marshall, Devin Smith and Nick Vannett also had touchdown receptions.

Terps Held 118 Yards Below Average
Ohio State’s defense put forth a fine effort against the dangerous Terrapin offense, holding it 118 yards below its season average with 310 total yards. Ohio State picked off four passes, including a “pick six” by Raekwon McMillan. Darron Lee, Eli Apple and Doran Grant also had interceptions for the Buckeyes while Joshua Perry and Vonn Bell led the team with six tackles apiece. Joey Bosa had 2.5 tackles for loss, including one sack.

First 4-INT Game in Four Years
Ohio State’s four interceptions against the Terrapins represented its first four-or-more interception game in four years (four vs. Miami, Fla., in 2010).

Ohio State Leads Big Ten With 9 INTs
Ohio State has played at least one, and in some cases two, fewer games than every other Big Ten school, but the team is currently leading the league with nine interceptions (six-gamers Minnesota and Northwestern also have nine). The nine interceptions through the first five games this year represent the most at this point of the season in eight years, or since the 2006 team had 11 through five games.

Eight with Interceptions
Eight different players have recorded interceptions for the Buckeyes – the second-highest total in the nation – including five by four freshmen (Eli Apple has two and Erick Smith, Darron Lee and Raekwon McMillan have one apiece).

No. of Players with an INT

1. Houston 9
2. Ohio State 8
Virginia 8
Georgia Tech 8
5. Georgia Southern 7
Minnesota 7
Mississippi 7
Utah State 7

Stats Streaks I
Ohio State has three consecutive games with 500-or-more yards of total offense (628 vs. Kent State; 710 vs. Cincinnati; and 533 vs. Maryland). The school record is four by the 1998 team. The 1,871 yards the Buckeyes have amassed in the last three games is the second-most in school history over three games.

Most Total Yards – 3 Consec. Games
1,917 yards – 2013 (PSU/PUR/ILL)
1,871 yards – 2014 (KSU/CIN/MAR)
1,758 yards – 1974 (IND/NW/ILL)
1,734 yards – 1969 (ILL/NW/WISC)
1,691 yards – 1982 (PUR/MINN/NW)

Stats Streaks II
Ohio State also has three consecutive 50-point games which ties the school record. It also is the longest streak of 50-point games for Urban Meyer. Three times he has had a team score 50-or-more points in three consecutive games – 2004 at Utah; last year and this year) – but never in a fourth consecutive game.

A Quick Look at the Offense
Ohio State’s offense is averaging 523.6 yards per game to rank 12th nationally and second in the Big Ten Conference. The school record, set last year, is 511.9 yards per game. The offense is also second nationally – to Oregon – in passing efficiency and fifth in scoring at 44.6 points per game.

Where the Defense Stands
Ohio State is 14th nationally in total defense with 314.4 yards allowed per game. The Buckeyes are 13th in passing yards (178.8), 28th in pass efficiency and 31st in scoring defense (20.8). Ohio State is only 45th to date against the run (135.6), but in the last four games the Buckeyes have given up just 308 yards rushing or 77.0 yards per game.

Total Defense – National Rankings
No. 5 – Penn State / 283.3 ypg
No. 6 – Wisconsin / 286.0 ypg
No. 9 – Michigan / 301.0 ypg
No. 12 – Michigan State / 304.2 ypg
No. 14 – Ohio State / 307.2 ypg

Leading The Way: J.T. Barrett
Ohio State’s red-shirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett is now third nationally in passing efficiency with a rating of 186.34. He trails only Oregon’s Marcus Mariota (193.7) and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson (187.0). In addition, Barrett leads the Big Ten and is 15th nationally in total offense at 326.0 yards per game and he is second in the Big Ten in passing yards at 270.8 yards per game.

Really Fine Three-Game Stretch
J.T. Barrett has completed at least 70 percent of his passes in three consecutive games and in four of five games this season. In Ohio State’s current three-game winning streak, Barrett has completed 67 of 89 passes (75.3 pct.) for 909 yards with 14 touchdowns and one interception. That three-game total for touchdown passes is an all-time Ohio State quarterback high.

More Good Stuff on J.T.
Wichita Falls, Texas’ Joe Thomas Barrett IV has a high game of 330 passing yards (vs. Cincinnati), 409 total yards (also vs. UC) and six touchdowns (vs. Kent State) this season. His total offense total is the second-highest in school history next to Art Schlichter’s 412-yard game vs. Florida State in 1981. With 312 yards passing vs. Kent State and 330 vs. Cincinnati, Barrett is the first Buckeye to throw for 300-or-more yards in consecutive games since Troy Smith did so vs. Michigan and Notre Dame at the end of the 2005 season.

321 Yards Last Two for Ezekiel
Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott has now rushed for 100 yards or more in consecutive games and has an impressive 321 rushing yards in the last two. Elliott had a career-high 182 vs. Cincinnati (off a career-high 28 carries) and he came back with 139 yards and 24 more carries vs. Maryland. Elliott, who has scored three rushing touchdowns, is averaging 92.4 yards per game and 5.8 yards per carry.

Heuerman on Mackey Midseason List
Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman, who has four receptions for 66 yards the last two games, is one of 33 tight ends nationally to be on the John Mackey Award’s midseason watch list.

Johnston Knows I20 and I10
Punter Cameron Johnston is averaging 44 yards per punt for his career. The sophomore from Geelong, Australia, has not only punted long, but he has punted with precision as 62.3 percent of his 61 career punts have been downed inside the opponents 20 (38 of 61) with 29.5 of his punts (18 of 61) downed inside the opponents’ 10. He’s had 26 punts fair caught and only three have been touchbacks. So far in 2014, Johnston is averaging 43.4 yards per punt with seven I20 and four of his 12 kicks travelling over 50 yards with a long of 69.

A Handful og Honors For Barrett
J.T. Barrett has been honored by the Big Ten Conference or by a regional or national organization after four of his five starts this season.

  • Navy – Big Ten Freshman of the Week
    Kent State – Big Ten Offensive Player & Freshman of the Week
    Cincinnati – Big Ten Freshman of the Week
    Maryland – Athlon’s National Freshman of the Week & Earl Campbell Tyler Rose National Player of the Week

Big Bad Bosa
Joey Bosa continues to rank among the national leaders in a number of categories. The super talented sophomore defensive end is third nationally in forced fumbles with three and .60 per game. He is also 30th in tackles for loss with 7.0 and 1.4 per game. In the Big Ten, Bosa is second in TFLs and sixth in sacks with 3.5.

23 Points off Bosa Turnovers
Three forced fumbles by Joey Bosa have directly led to 23 Ohio State points so far this season.

  • 7 points – His forced fumble on Navy QB Keenan Reynolds was scooped up by

Darron Lee and returned 61 yards for a third-quarter touchdown.
7 points – His sack and forced fumble of Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Brewer was recovered by Rashad Frazier at the VT 15. Two plays later Ezekiel Elliott scored to tie the game at 21-all.
9 points – In the win over Cincinnati, Bosa delivered a devastating strip-sack to UC QB Gunner Kiel. The ball was batted out of the end zone for a safety and Ohio State scored on its possession after the free kick.

Fourth 300 & 300 Game
Ohio State had 380 rushing yards and 330 passing yards vs. Cincinnati. This marked the fourth time in school history the team has topped 300 yards in both categories in the same game.

300 Rushing & 300 Passing
2014 – 380 and 330 vs. Cincinnati
2010 – 342 and 303 vs. Eastern Michigan
1996 – 317 and 315 vs. Rice
1986 – 394 and 321 vs. Utah

Offensive Options
With Nick Vannett getting into the touchdown scoring column vs. Maryland, Ohio State now has 11 different players on offense who have scored a touchdown. Last year, 14 Buckeyes finished the season with a touchdown scored and in 2012 11 Buckeyes scored touchdowns.

29 Plays of 10-or-more Yards
Thirteen different Ohio State players combined for 29 offensive plays of 10-or-more yards vs. Cincinnati, on its way to the third-most prolific day in school history with 710 offensive yards. Ezekiel Elliott led the way with 11 such plays with Dontre Wilson next with three and three players – J.T. Barrett, Rod Smith and Devin Smith – netting two apiece.

Nice Game For Nuernberger
Sean Nuernberger’s 14-point game vs. the Bearcats included a critical, 42-yard field goal in the third quarter to put the Buckeyes up by a touchdown, 36-28, over a Bearcats team that was rallying against the home team behind a 21-3 run. Nuernberger had earlier connected on a 25-yard field goal. For the season, he is 3 of 4 from outside of 40 yards and 5 of 7 overall.

Record Crowd Makes Ohio State No. 1
A record crowd of 108,362 fans were in Ohio Stadium for the Ohio State/Cincinnati game. The crowd positioned Ohio State to No. 1 in average home attendance through the first seven weeks of the season.

2014 Home attendance – Average
1. 106,761 – Ohio State (Ohio Stadium)
2. 106,409 – Texas A&M (Kyle Field)
3. 105,907 – Michigan (Michigan Stadium)
4. 101,460 – LSU (Tiger Stadium)
5. 101,316 – Alabama (Bryant-Denny Stadium)
Top 5 Ohio Stadium crowds
1. 108,362 vs. Cincinnati; Sept. 27, 2014
2. 107,517 vs. Virginia Tech; Sept. 6, 2014
3. 106,102 vs. Nebraska; Oct. 6, 2012
4. 106,033 vs. USC; Sept. 12, 2009
5. 105,899 vs. Penn State; Oct. 26, 2013
105,899 vs. Michigan; Nov. 24, 2012

Barrett Hits 11 Different Receivers in Kent State Win
Redshirt freshman QB J.T. Barrett was spreading the ball all over the field in the 66-0 win over the Golden Flashes Sept. 13, hitting 11 different receivers and tying a school record with six TD passes in the win. It marked the first time in 25 years an Ohio State QB hit 11 different receivers in a game.

Barrett On Pace For 3,000 Yards
J.T. Barrett has 1,354 passing yards through the first five games for an average of 270.8 yards per game through the air. At his current pace, Barrett would top 3,200 yards passing by the end of the regular season, which would be the most by an Ohio State QB since Joe Germaine threw for a school-record 3,330 yards in 1998 in 12 games. Germaine and Bobby Hoying (3,269 yards in 1995) are the only two Ohio State QBs to throw for 3,000 yards in a season.

A Top 5 Big Ten Win Streak
Ohio State’s 24 consecutive wins in 2012 and 2013 rank among the Top 5 longest winning streaks in Big Ten Conference history. It was the longest winning streak in the Big Ten in 64 years, or since Michigan won 25 consecutive games between 1946-49.

Longest Big Ten Winning Streaks
29 – Michigan, 1901-03
26 – Michigan, 1903-05
25 – Michigan, 1946-49
24 – Ohio State, 2012-13
24 – Minnesota, 1903-05
22 – Ohio State, 1967-69
21 – Minnesota, 1933-36
20 – Iowa, 1920-23

Thomas Emerging As Top WR Threat
Sophomore Michael Thomas is emerging as one of Ohio State’s top wide receiver threats. So far this season the Los Angeles native leads the Buckeyes with 17 catches for 322 yards and five TDs, with an average of 32.7 yards per TD reception and 64.4 yards per game.

Thomas caught a career-high six passes for 98 yards, including a 53-yard TD catch and run, in the loss to Virginia Tech and had two TD grabs in the win over Kent State. However, no TD was more impressive than his 25-yarder at Maryland where he leaped over a defender along the back corner of the end zone, getting both feet in bounds.

Devin Smith: 23 Career TDs
Devin Smith has caught 23 career touchdown passes at an average distance of 40.1 yards per score. Smith, who has 99 career receptions for 1,885 yards, is fifth all-time at Ohio State with his 23 TD receptions. He recently passed Joey Galloway and Dane Sanzenbacher, who each have 19. Furthermore, his 19.0 yards per catch average currently ranks fourth all-time on Ohio State’s career list. The Ohio State record is 21.3 yards per catch by Cedric Anderson, who played for the Buckeyes from 1980-83.

Devin Smith TD Receptions
2011 – 14 from B. Miller vs. Akron
2011 – 32 from B. Miller vs. Colorado
2011 – 17 from B. Miller vs. Colorado
2011 – 40 from B. Miller vs. Wisconsin
2012 – 23 from B. Miller vs. Miami
2012 – 25 from B. Miller vs. Cal
2012 – 72 from B. Miller vs. Cal
2012 – 63 from B. Miller vs. Michigan State
2012 – 60 from B. Miller vs. Indiana
2012 – 46 from B. Miller vs. Indiana
2013 – 47 from B. Miller vs. Buffalo
2013 – 90 from K. Guiton vs. Cal
2013 – 47 from K. Guiton vs. Cal
2013 – 5 from K. Guiton vs. FAMU
2013 – 26 from B. Miller vs. Wisconsin
2013 – 14 from B. Miller vs. Iowa
2013 – 39 from B. Miller vs. Indiana
2013 – 53 from B. Miller vs. Michigan
2014 – 80 from J.T. Barrett vs. Navy
2014 – 50 from J.T. Barrett vs. Kent State
2014 – 19 from J.T. Barrett vs. Cincinnati
2014 – 34 from J.T. Barrett vs. Cincinnati
2014 – 30 from J.T. Barrett vs. Maryland

Ohio State Career Touchdown Receptions

1. 34 David Boston 1996-98
2. 27 Cris Carer 1984-86
3. 25 Santonio Holmes 2003-05
4. 24 Brian Robiskie 2005-08
5. 23 Devin Smith 2011-14

Buckeyes in the Polls
Ohio State is ranked No. 13 in both the Associated Press and Coaches Top 25 polls.

Since the start of the 2002 season, Ohio State has been ranked in the AP Top 10 more times than any other school (150). Oklahoma (128) and LSU (126) are second and third, respectively.

The Buckeyes, who have been ranked by the AP Top 25 more times (829) than any other school, appeared in the AP preseason poll for the 26th consecutive season this year, the longest streak in the nation. It also marked the 47th consecutive season Ohio State has appeared in the AP poll, tying Alabama for the longest active streak.

A Lot of Yards To Replace
With the preseason injury to senior QB Braxton Miller, Ohio State entered the 2014 season without more than 3,100 yards of total offense from its 2013 squad, on top of losing top playmakers Carlos Hyde (1,521 yards rushing) and Corey “Philly” Brown (771 yards receiving). But as the Buckeyes have shown this season, they will replace those yards by committee with several talented players to spread the ball around to.

The Buckeyes returned just 11 percent of its total offense from a year ago heading into this season, the leading men being sophomore RB Ezekiel Elliott (262 yards rushing) and sophomore H-B Dontre Wilson (250 yards rushing; 210 yards receiving). The Buckeyes did, however, return two senior wide receivers in Devin Smith and Evan Spencer and senior tight end Jeff Heuerman.

Four New Starters Along O-Line
The Buckeyes have unveiled a new-look offensive line the first five games with four new starters in RG Billy Price, C Jacoby Boren, LG Pat Elflein and RT Darryl Baldwin. LT Taylor Decker is the only veteran with 19 career starts; 14 at right tackle last year.

Ohio State’s offensive linemen have just 45 career starts combined — the fewest in the Big Ten and the second-fewest in the nation behind Tennessee.

New On The Sidelines
Coach Urban Meyer’s staff features two new assistant coaches: Chris Ash is the team’s co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach and Larry Johnson is assistant head coach and defensive line coach. Ash spent the past year at Arkansas and the previous three years at Wisconsin. Johnson has coached collegiately for the past 18 years at Penn State.

Five Seniors Named Captains For 2014
Five seniors were chosen by vote of their teammates, included injured and out-for-the-year quarterback Braxton Miller, cornerback Doran Grant, linebacker Curtis Grant, defensive tackle Michael Bennett and tight end Jeff Heuerman.

The Early Arrivals
Seven prospects from the 2014 recruiting class (of 23) enrolled in January. Those seven were:

The Early Trend
The seven early arriving Buckeyes continue a trend of high school seniors electing to graduate early/complete requirements to graduate and enroll at Ohio State for a winter or spring academic session. Ohio State has a total of 21 players who have left high school early. Those players, in addition to the class of 2014 enrollees, include:

  • 2013: CB

Eli Apple, QB J.T. Barrett, CB Cam Burrows and DL Tyquan Lewis;
2012: OL Jacoby Boren, OL Taylor Decker, RB Bri’onte Dunn, QB Cardale Jones, LB Joshua Perry, DB Tyvis Powell and WR Michael Thomas; and
2011: OL Joel Hale, TE Jeff Heuerman, QB Braxton Miller.

22-0 Since 2005 With Punt Block
Urban Meyer’s teams are 22-0 since the 2005 season when blocking a punt. Last season Ohio State blocked three punts: Bradley Roby (2) vs. Indiana and at Northwestern and Doran Grant vs. FAMU. This season, Ohio State has one (Jeff Greene vs. KSU).

60 Blocked Kicks
Urban Meyer-coached teams, from 2001 to the present, have blocked 61 kicks. Meyer’s Buckeyes have blocked 10 kicks over the past two-plus seasons. (Source for the first 51 blocks: University of Florida stats)

Buckeyes Building Blocks:
1. Adolphus Washington (PAT vs. UCF)
2. Orhian Johnson (PAT vs. UAB)
3. Bradley Roby (Punt vs. Michigan State)
4. Travis Howard (Punt vs. Indiana)
5. Garrett Goebel (PAT vs. Purdue)
6. Johnathan Hankins (FG vs. Purdue)

7. Doran Grant (Punt vs. FAMU)
8. Bradley Roby (Punt vs. Northwestern)
9. Bradley Roby (Punt vs. Indiana)

10. Jeff Greene (Punt vs. KSU)

Future Opponents
Ohio State Notre Dame have agreed to a home-and-home series on the gridiron for the 2022 and 2023 seasons. Ohio State’s impressive slate of future non-conference home-and-home series now features games with:

  • Virginia Tech: last weekend and in 2015;
  • Oklahoma: 2016 in Norman and 2017 in Columbus;
  • TCU: 2018 in Fort Worth and 2019 in Columbus;
  • Oregon: 2020 in Eugene and 2021 in Columbus;
  • Notre Dame: 2022 in Columbus and 2023 in South Bend;
  • Texas: 2022 in Austin and 2023 in Columbus; and
  • Boston College: 2023 in Columbus and 2024 in Chestnut Hill.

The Big Ten Conference
Maryland and Rutgers are now members of the Big Ten Conference and a new East/West divisional format replaces the Legends and Leaders divisions. New division alignments will feature Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers in the East Division and Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin in the West Division. Each school will play the other six schools in its division plus two teams from the other division in 2014 and 2015 before moving to nine-game conference slates in 2016.

Bennett A Senior Class Candidate
Senior co-captain Michael Bennett has been named one of 30 candidates for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award in college football. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I FBS senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

Bennett, a Centerville, Ohio, native, is a force as an interior defensive lineman and a team-leader off the field and is the son of parents who each graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Bennett has played in 37 games with 17 starts. He has recorded 75 career tackles, including 19.5 TFL and also has a team-high 11 quarterback sacks.

Off the field, Bennett goes above and beyond in the community, participating in a variety of community service projects. In the past year, Bennett and his teammates have volunteered their time at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank and paid a visit to campers at King Arts Complex in Columbus, reading, playing and interacting with local kids. Bennett also has attended the Columbus Special Olympics, taking part in the opening ceremonies and cheering kids on during competition and has been involved with the 2nd and 7 Foundation, which promotes reading by providing free books and positive role models to kids in need. Last summer, Bennett and his teammates helped rebuild the playgrounds at Graham Expeditionary Middle School in Columbus and also visited sick kids at Columbus Children’s Hospital.

A Bigger, Better, Brighter Ohio Stadium
Capacity at Ohio Stadium has risen to 104,944 from 102,329, meaning attendance figures can expect to reach 107,000-plus this season after a record crowd of 108,362 vs. Cincinnati. An $8.9 million project at Ohio Stadium added 2,615 seats near the south stands’ stadium tunnels. The project included a new players’ tunnel and it also added rows of permanent MUSCO sports lighting atop the stadium’s east wall and above the press box. Upon completion, the south stands will hold just over 19,300 students (an additional 9,000 students will continue to have seats in the north end of the stadium).

92nd Year In Ohio Stadium
Ohio Stadium, grand and venerable and registered on the National Register of Historic Places, is hosting its 92nd football season in 2014. Ohio Stadium is endearingly nicknamed the “Horseshoe” or the “Shoe” because of its open south end. It is also referred to as the “House that Harley Built” after Chic Harley, Ohio State’s first three-time All-American who fans flocked to see at Ohio Field in 1916-17-19. Just one year after Harley’s career at Ohio State was over, things were in motion for a new stadium for the Buckeyes.

89 Consecutive Crowds of 100,000-Plus
Ohio State has had 89 consecutive crowds in excess of 100,000. The last time Ohio State did not have at least 100,000 at a home game in Ohio Stadium: the 2002 season vs. Kent when 98,689 were on hand for the second game of what would become a national championship-winning season.

More Than 29,000 Students Buy Tickets
The Ohio State Department of Athletics sold more than its allotment of student season tickets this year and as a result more than 29,000 students will be in the stands for home games this season. Students were allotted 28,333 season ticket packages (full season and Big Ten games-only) but demand prompted the ticket office to keep selling and an additional 1,281 season ticket packages sold for a total of 29,614.

Ohio State student ticket packages sold
2014 Season – 29,614 ticket packages sold
2013 Season – 26,304 sold
2012 Season – 25,798 sold
2011 Season* – 22,797 sold
2010 Season* – 29,701 sold
2009 Season* – 27,960 sold
*Packages these years, when Ohio State was on the quarter system and classes didn’t start until mid-September, consisted only of last four or five games of the season.