Don’t let anyone tell you that you alone can’t make a difference!
Don’t let anyone tell you that you alone can’t make a difference!
The Bowl Championship Series (BCS) football is over for college football. It went out in style last night as the Florida State Seminoles beat out the Auburn Tigers, which is probably in the top five championship games played during the BCS era (Ohio state over Miami in 2002, Texas over USC in 2005 are my favorites).
Already the pundits are already talking about what the 2014-2015 preseason rankings are going to be as well as who is going to make it to the 2014-2015 championship game, which I find to be a pity. For the most part we don’t even know who will be playing on each team due to some players still holding out on whether to commit to the draft and the second contingency of what will happen on the NCAA Signing Day for new recruits. I personally have a problem with preseason rankings because I think they hold entirely too much weight on the entire season. Take Alabama for example – they are a good team but they were ranked #1 all season despite showing “talent points” and close wins against teams that they should have smashed only to lose their last two games against Auburn and then Oklahoma (for granted, Alabama was a victim in the Auburn Miracle experiment). In my opinion if Alabama was judged the same the way the rest of the fleet then they wouldn’t have been the reigning #1 for most of the season.
The Bowl Series was on par with how it always has been in college ball – crazy, unexpected, and full of upsets. Alabama fell to Oklahoma, Stanford lost to Michigan State, Baylor lost to UCF, Arizona State got smashed by Texas Tech, NIU dropped the ball against Utah, and Ball State lost to Arkansas. To me all this simply shows how fickle and biased rankings can be – how can the big bad Alabama lose to Oklahoma? This is why NCAA football is so much better than the NFL to me – anyone can win any game. It just depends on who wants it more paired with field conditions, home-field advantage, injuries, depth of roster, and coaching. You generally don’t get that with the NFL as all players are top notch as are their backups.
I’d like to share with you the results of the Bowl games. First off how the Big Ten (B1G) faired.
27DEC13: Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Syracuse Orange (ACC)… (17-21)
28DEC13: Michigan Wolverines vs Kansas State Wildcats (Big-12)… (14-31)
01JAN14: Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Georgia Bulldogs (SEC)… (24-19)
01JAN14: Iowa Hawkeyes vs LSU Tigers (SEC)… (14-21)
01JAN14: Wisconsin Badgers vs South Carolina Gamecocks (SEC)… (24-34)
01JAN14: Michigan State Spartans vs Stanford Cardinals (PAC-12)… (24-20)
03JAN14: Ohio State Buckeyes vs Clemson Tigers (ACC)… (35-40)
B1G vs SEC (3): 1-2
B1G vs ACC (2): 0-2
B1G vs Big-12 (1): 0-1
B1G vs PAC-12 (1): 1-0
FINAL B1G OVERALL: 2-5
The gripe all season from many was that Ohio State was not deserving of its ranking. The main complaint was that the conference play in the B1G was weak. And to that, I largely agree. To go 2-5 in postseason and claim that you are still a power conference is a tough sell to voters and pundits. However, I don’t think the B1G is dead. Every team has up and down years as do conferences – this is possibly no more true than in NCAA football. Go back a few decades and the B1G was the conference to beat – Ohio State, Michigan, and Penn State were consistently some of the toughest teams to beat. With all this said I’m sad that the B1G didn’t fare too well this year and I hope that we come back next year and earn our respect back.
Here is how other conferences came out of the post-season.
OVERALL BY CONFERENCE:
2-0, 1.000: SUN BELT (2)
7-3, 0.700: SEC (10)
6-3, 0.667: PAC-12 (9)
2-1, 0.667: FBS INDEPENDENTS (3)
3-3, 0.500: BIG12 (6)
3-3, 0.500: MW (6)
3-3, 0.500: C-USA (6)
5-6, 0.455: ACC (11)
2-3, 0.400: AAC (5)
2-5, 0.286: B1G (7)
0-5. 0.000: MAC (5)
Even with a BCS Championship the ACC didn’t fare well either which gives some sort of creedance to the fact that even if a team has a weak conference they can still be a good team… or the Champions. I was actually one of those detractors saying that FSU may not be as good as their undefeated record shows because of their conference but in the end they pulled out a Champinship victory. I give props to the SEC and the PAC-12 in their victories as there is no doubt that these are conferences that have a lot going for them. To the B1G, my beloved B1G, all I have to say is that it is time to step up their game. Specifically I’d like to say congratuations to the Michigan Spartans on their win – they deserve their B1G Title and their Rose Bowl win!
So what will 2014 bring by Buckeyes? On our offensive line we will be losing Jack Mewhort, Andrew Norwell, Corey Linsey, and Marcus Hall. Also on offense we will be losing Carlos Hyde, Jordan Hall, Corey Philly-Brown, and Kenny Guiton. On defense we will be losing Corey Brown, C.J. Barnett, Bradley Roby (draft), and Ryan Shazier (draft). So as it seems our high-powered offense will be under full renovation and much of our defense will be left to work out their kinks. In the world of recruits Ohio State has been ranked second – we are expected to see Raekwon McMillan (ILB), Johnnie Dixon (WR), Kyle Trout (OT), Stephen Collier (QB), Sean Nuernberger (K), Marshon Lattimore (CB), Damon Webb (CB), Dante Booker (OLB), Curtis Samuel (ATH), Jamarco Jones (OT), Jalyn Holmes (WDE), Demetrius Knox (OG), Parris Campbell (WR), Erick Smith (S), Kyle Berger (OLB), Noah Brown (ATH), Sam Hubbard (ATH), Terry McLaurin (WR), Marcelys Jones (OG), Malik Hooker (ATH), and Dylan Thompson (SDE) all come into the mix.
I’m most excited to see what Damon Webb and Marshon Lattimore do to our pass defense as Ohio State’s pass defense was dismal this year – not to mention I didn’t think that Roby was all that he was cracked up to be. Roby seemed more interested in using Ohio State as a stopgap measure before he went into the NFL draft than someone that was a proud Buckeye through-and-through. I’m super sad to see Carlos Hyde and Ryan Shazier leave but at the same time excited to see how far Joey Bosa comes as he did a great job as a freshman.
I will also be looking forward to beating the Michigan Wolverines again.
As an Ohio State Buckeye fan I found this to be an interesting read. Go Bucks! (Original)
#3 Ohio State (11-0, 7-0 B1G) at Michigan (7-4, 3-4 B1G)
Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 – Noon ET
Michigan Stadium (109,901)
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Television: ABC will televise the game with Brad Nessler and Todd Blackledge in the booth and Holly Rowe on the sidelines.
Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the flagship station for the 64-station Ohio State Radio Network. The Urban Meyer pregame show airs 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Paul Keels will call the play-by-play with former Buckeye Jim Lachey in the booth and Marty Bannister on the sidelines. The game also can be heard on Sirius and XM channel 91.
First and 10
- Ohio State enters the game with the nation’s longest win streak at 23 games — a program record.
- The Buckeyes, who have won nine of the last 11 meetings with Michigan, are ranked No. 3 in the BCS rankings.
- Ohio State ranks sixth nationally in rushing defense (95.3 ypg).
- Ohio State is one of three FBS schools to not allow a 100-yard rusher in 2013 (Syracuse, Wisconsin).
- Ohio State leads the Big Ten and ranks third in the NCAA in scoring with 48.7 ppg.
- Ohio State also leads the Big Ten and ranks fifth in the NCAA in rushing with 314.7 ypg.
- Junior QB Braxton Miller became the third Buckeye in program history to record 7,000 total yards in a career with 334 yards at Illinois.
- Senior RB Carlos Hyde became the first RB under Urban Meyer to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. He has rushed for 938 yards and 13 TDs in his last six games and leads the Big Ten in rushing in B1G play with 146.1 ypg.
- Junior LB Ryan Shazier leads the Big Ten in TFL with 19.5. He has 36 tackles in his last two games with 16 at Illinois and 20 vs. Indiana.
- Head coach Urban Meyer is 33-3 in November games since 2003, his first season at Utah.
A Glance at the Buckeyes
Ohio State, 11-0 overall and 7-0 in the Big Ten, is currently ranked No. 3 in the BCS standings. The Buckeyes have clinched the Big Ten Leaders Division title for the second consecutive season and earned a spot in the 2013 Big Ten Championship Game vs. Legends Division champion Michigan State Dec. 7 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
The Buckeye offense, averaging a Big Ten-best 48.7 points per game, leads the Big Ten and ranks seventh nationally with 530.9 yards per game. Their rushing attack ranks first in the Big Ten and fifth in the NCAA with 314 yards per game, including a season-high 441-yard rushing performance at Illinois — the most ever for an Urban Meyer coached team.
Senior Carlos Hyde (1,064 yards, 13 TDs in eight games) is Ohio State’s top rusher and the first running back under Urban Meyer to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Junior QB Braxton Miller — OSU’s all-time leading rusher among QBs (2,724 yards, 25 TDs) — is the Big Ten leader in passer efficiency with 165.8 rating. He leads the Big Ten with 296 yards of total offense per game in conference play. Senior Corey “Philly” Brown (49 rec., 596 yds, 9 TDs) and junior Devin Smith (40 rec., 591 yds, 7 TDs) are Ohio State’s leading receivers.
The Silver Bullet defense is led by All-Big Ten junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, who leads the Big Ten in tackles (108), TFL (19.5) and forced fumbles (4). Sophomore viper Noah Spence (14.5 TFL), is second in the Big Ten with 7.5 sacks. This young group is among the best in the Big Ten and the nation, allowing just 95.3 yards per game on the ground. The Buckeye secondary, led by senior C.J. Barnett and junior All-American Bradley Roby, are second and third on the team with 61 and 55 tackles. Roby and junior Doran Grant leads the team with 3 INTs and have each returned INTs for TDs.
Saturday at noon in Ann Arbor, Mich., and Michigan Stadium, No. 3 Ohio State and Michigan meet once again in this storied rivalry that has been judged as the greatest rivalry in all of sports (and it still is) by ESPN. Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will describe the action for ESPN. John Sadak and Tim Brown will have the national radio call of the game on WestwoodOne Sports.
Ohio State will be seeking to close out an unbeaten regular season and stay in the chase for a championship with a win over the arch rival Wolverines. Ohio State capped just the sixth unbeaten/untied season in school history with a 26-20 win over Michigan last year in Ohio Stadium. Michigan is 7-4 overall.
Ohio State Sets School Mark
The Ohio State teams of 2012 and 2013 have established a school record for longest winning streak: currently 23 games. These Buckeyes have topped the winning streak by Woody Hayes’ great teams of the late 1960s and early 1970s, which won 22 consecutive games between 1967 and 1969. This is the 124th season of Ohio State football and the program has produced 15 winning streaks of at least 10 games.
Ohio State Winning Streaks (Buster)
23 – 2012-13 (current)
22 – 1967-69 (at Michigan, 24-12)
19 – 2005-06 (vs. Florida, 41-14)
19 – 2002-03 (at Wisconsin, 17-10)
17 – 1915-17 (tied Auburn, 0-0)
14 – 1899-00 (Ohio Medical, 11-6)
13 – 1957-58 (tied at Wisconsin, 7-7)
12 – 1944-45 (Purdue, 35-13)
11 – 1995 (at Michigan, 31-23)
11 – 1979 (vs. USC, 17-16)
11 – 1975 (vs. UCLA, 23-10)
11 – 1954-55 (at Stanford, 6-0)
10 – 2010 (Illinois, 28-21)
10 – 1996 (Michigan, 13-9)
10 – 1934-35 (Notre Dame, 18-13)
The emotional drama coupled by the fierceness of the struggle truly makes this game the epitome, or the perfect example, of the “thrill of victory and the agony of defeat” narration at the start of ABC’s Wide World of Sports. The 2013 game will be the 110th meeting and the 96th consecutive year the teams have played. While Michigan leads the all-time series with 58 wins against 44 losses and six ties, Ohio State has been victorious – officially – in nine of the last 11 meetings.
Spoiler Alert: 5 Times By UM
Michigan has interrupted undefeated seasons for Ohio State in 1969 (Ohio State was ranked No. 1 and was 8-0), 1973 (No. 1 and 9-0; the game ended in a tie), 1993 (No. 5 and 10-0-1), 1995 (No. 2 and 11-0) and 1996 (No. 2 and 10-0). Ohio State has spoiled Michigan’s undefeated seasons in 1970 (No. 4 and 9-0), 1972 (No. 3 and 10-0), 1973 (No. 4 and 100), 1974 (No. 3 and 10-0), 1975 (No. 4 and 8-0-2) and 2006 (No. 2 and 11-0).
This Series … Since Woody
Michigan won 19 of the first 24 games (with two ties) in the series which dates to 1897. Since the 1951 season and the arrival of Woody Hayes, Ohio State leads the series 32-27-2 (Note: Ohio State’s 2010 victory over UM in Columbus, 37-7, was vacated. All series records, streaks, etc., in this release do not include the result of the 2010 game).
Some Series Streaks
When Michigan defeated Ohio State, 40-34, at Ohio Stadium in 2011, it snapped a six-game Ohio State winning streak in the series. Those six consecutive wins by the Buckeyes represented the longest winning streak for Ohio State against Michigan. The streak also tied the second-longest winning streak for either team in this series and it was the longest streak in 84 years. Michigan owns the longest such streak – nine games between 1901-09.
OSU / UM Series Win Streaks
9 Michigan, 1901-09 6 Ohio State, 2004-09 6 Michigan, 1922-27 4 Michigan, 1988-91 4 Ohio State, 1960-63 4 Michigan, 1945-48 4 Ohio State, 1934-37
Lore And More
Since Ohio State’s first win over Michigan in 1919, the series is virtually even with Michigan holding a one-win lead, 45-44-4. Here’s more good stuff through the years …
- Ohio State vs. Michigan has been the regular season ender every year since 1935 except one: in 1942 Ohio State ended the season with a game against the Iowa Seahawks;
- In 1950 the famous “Snow Bowl” game with Michigan was played in Columbus. Michigan won, 9-3, scoring a safety and a touchdown off blocked punts. Michigan’s Chuck Ortmann punted 24 times; Ohio State’s Heisman winning Vic Janowicz punted 21 times;
- Fifty years ago Ohio State defeated Michigan in Ann Arbor, 14-10, in a game that was delayed a week while the nation mourned the death of President John F. Kennedy;
- Defending national champion Ohio State rolled through the 1969 season with a 9-0 record, but Michigan ended the team’s 22-game winning streak and bid for consecutive national titles with a 24-12 win.
The Greatest Rivalry: Proof!
The Ohio State vs. Michigan rivalry was named the greatest rivalry of the 20th century by ESPN.com in 1999. Ali vs. Frazier was No. 2 … Michigan has a Big Ten-best 42 conference championships; Ohio State is second with 34 … Ohio State has the longest winning streak of Big Ten games (20 between 2005-07) and Michigan is second with 19.
Home vs. Away
Ohio State is 20-31-4 vs. Michigan in Ann Arbor and 24-27-2 in Columbus.
The 10-Year War
The Big Ten Conference championship was on the line for all 10 games between Ohio State and Michigan between 1969-78. The name for this era was The 10-Year War.
Ohio State will unveil a fifth Nike “rivalry” uniform for the game. The look features white jerseys with large scarlet numbers on front, and on the shoulder pads. Names across the back are in all black. The white pants include scarlet, black and white piping along the sides. Seven Buckeye leaves ring the back of the collar and a “Block O” is on the front of the collar at the v-neck. The team will sport the shiny chrome helmet with a wide scarlet, white and black stripe that it used for this year’s Wisconsin and Penn State games.
Nation’s Longest Win Streak
Ohio State continues to hold the nation’s longest winning streak at 23 consecutive games. The Buckeyes went 12-0 in Coach Urban Meyer’s first season as coach in 2012 and the streak has continued in 2013 with 11 more wins heading into the game this weekend at Michigan.
Nation’s Longest Win Streaks
1. Ohio State 23 2. Alabama 15 3. Florida State 13 4. Northern Illinois 11 5. Fresno State 10
A Top 5 Big Ten Win Streak
Ohio State’s 23 consecutive wins places the program among the Top 5 longest winning streaks in Big Ten Conference history. Ohio State’s current 23-game streak is the longest by a Big Ten team 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 – Minnesota, 1903-05
23 – Ohio State, 2012-current
22 – Ohio State, 1967-69
21 – Minnesota, 1933-36
20 – Iowa, 1920-23
Three 20-Game Streaks For Meyer
Urban Meyer is 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 40 head coaches at this highest 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.
Multiple 20-Game Win Streak Coaches
24 – Florida (2010) & Ohio State (2012-current)
22 – Florida (2008-09)
20 – Utah (2003-04) & Florida (2005)
28 – Yale (1888-89)
27 – Yale (1890-92)
22 – Tennessee (1937-39)
20 – Tennessee (1950-51)
26 -Nebraska (1994-96)
22 -Nebraska (1982-83)
23 – Penn State (1968-69)
20 – Penn State (1993-95)
28 – Oklahoma (1973-75)
20 – Oklahoma (1986-87)
47 – Oklahoma (1953-57)
31 – Oklahoma (1948-50)
34 – Pennsylvania (1894-96)
31 – Pennsylvania (1896-98)
29 – Michigan (1901-03)
26 – Michigan (1903-05)
More On Meyer’s Streaks
Urban Meyer’s teams have now had five winning streaks of at least 10 games. He has had a winning streak of at least eight games at all four of his head coaching positions.
Urban Meyer Winning Streaks
24 – Florida (2010) & Ohio State (2012-13)
22 – Florida (2008 & 2009)
20 – Utah (2003 & 2004) & Florida (2005)
11 – Florida (2006 and 2007)
11 – Bowling Green (2001 & 2002)
Single Season Winning Streaks
12 – Florida (2009)
12 – Utah (2004)
12 – Ohio State (2012)
11 – Ohio State (2013)
10 – Florida (2008)
8 – Bowling Green (2002)
Braxton Shines In Win
Quarterback Braxton Miller rushed for 144 yards with two flying, head-first touchdowns, and he passed for 160 yards and two more scores to power the Buckeyes to a 42-0 lead over Indiana and an eventual 42-14 victory Saturday in a cold and snowy Ohio Stadium. Miller scored on runs of 37 and 5 five yards – and took flight both times and connected with Dontre Wilson (24 yards) and Devin Smith (39) for touchdown passes on the way to a school-record extending 10th game of 300 or more yards of total offense (304).
Braxton Now Second In Touchdowns
Braxton Miller’s four-touchdown game against Indiana moved the junior signal caller past 2006 Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith and into sole possession of second-place on Ohio State’s career list with 72 touchdowns responsible for. Miller has 47 touchdown passes and 25 rushing touchdowns. Art Schlichter (1978-81) holds the record with 85.
Shazier: 20 Tackles & 2 Records
Ryan Shazier had 20 tackles, 5.0 tackles-for-loss (totaling 15 yards), a sack, a forced fumble and a pass break-up to lead an impressive defensive effort over an Indiana team that was Top 15 in the nation in scoring and Top 20 in total offense. Here’s more good stuff on Ryan Shazier’s afternoon vs. the Hoosiers:
- Shazier’s 20 tackles marked the first time a Buckeye has reached 20 since the 2004 season (A.J. Hawk vs. Wisconsin);
- He tied the school record with 16 solo tackles, a mark set 35 years ago when Tom Cousineau had 16 vs. SMU in 1978; and
- He tied the school record with five tackles for loss in one game, a mark held by four Buckeyes and most recently reached by John Simon last year vs. Wisconsin.
Another Big Ten Honor
For the third time this season and the second consecutive week, Ryan Shazier has been named the Big Ten Conference defensive player of the week; this time for his 20-tackle-and-more effort vs. the Hoosiers. Buckeyes have been honored by the Big Ten 13 times this season for either offensive, defensive, special teams or freshman of the week.
Season TFL Record In Sight
Season TFLs – Buckeyes
1. 26.0 Mike Vrabel, 1995 2. 23.0 Andy Katzenmoyer, 1996 3. 20.0 Will Smith, 2003 20.0 Mike Vrabel, 1994 20.0 Matt Finkes, 1994 6. 19.5 Ryan Shazier, 2013 19.5 Matt Wilhelm, 2002
Roby: 10 Solos, 3 PBUs & 1 Block
Fourth-year junior Bradley Roby enjoyed his final game in Ohio Stadium with a personal best 10 solo tackles and three pass break-ups in the win over Indiana. Roby also had a key blocked punt deep in IU territory – his second of the season and his third career punt block – with just over 10 minutes to play in the second quarter and the Buckeyes leading 14-0. Two plays later Ohio State led, 21-0.
Hyde Is 28th To Top 1,000 Rush Yards
A sixth consecutive 100-yard rushing game for Carlos Hyde has pushed the senior over 1,000 yards for the season … in less than eight games played. Hyde’s 117-yard, two-touchdown effort vs. Indiana pushed him to 1,064 yards for the season, the 28th 1,000-yard season by a Buckeye and the first since Beanie Wells rushed for 1,197 in 2008. Hyde is averaging a robust 7.7 yards per carry and he has scored 13 rushing touchdowns.
Meyer: 22 With 600-Plus Yards Rushing
Carlos Hyde may be only the second player for Urban Meyer to top 1,000 yards rushing, and the first running back, but Meyer’s players know how to run the ball. In Meyer’s 12 coaching seasons he has had 22 different players rush for over 600 yards in a season. And he has had five teams rank among the Top 15 rushing teams in the nation, and this year’s team will increase that total to six.
Hyde Rolls To 246 Yards
Carlos Hyde rushed for 246 yards – the fourth-most in school history – and scored five touchdowns to power Ohio State to a 60-35 victory over Illinois two weeks ago in Champaign. Hyde averaged 10.2 yards per carry with touchdown runs of 8, 1, 51 and 55 yards plus had an 18-yard touchdown reception. He totaled 272 all-purpose yards on the day.
Top 3 Rush Game Ties Archie
In the process of rushing for 246 yards against the Illini, Carlos Hyde tied the great Archie Griffin for third on Ohio State’s single game rushing list. Griffin had 246 yards vs. Iowa in 1973. The Top 5 rushing games in school history include three against Illinois.
Most Rushing Yards – Game
1. 314 – Eddie George, 1995 vs. Illinois
2. 274 – Keith Byars, 1984 vs. Illinois
t3. 246 – Carlos Hyde, 2013 vs. Illinois
t3. 246 – Archie Griffin, 1973 vs. Iowa
5. 239 – Archie Griffin, 1972 vs. North Carolina
Shazier Leads The Big Ten
Behind back-to-back career-highs in tackles (16 vs. Illinois and 20 vs. Indiana) and 6.5 tackles-for-losses in the last three games, Ryan Shazier has powered his way to the Big Ten Conference lead in tackles with 108 and tackles per game with 9.8. His 77 solo stops lead the Big Ten by 17. Shazier also leads the Big Ten, and ranks third nationally, with 19.5 tackles-for-loss, and in forced fumbles with four. He is seventh in sacks (7.5).
14 Stops For Barnett A Career Best
C.J. Barnett also had a career-best total with 14 tackles vs. Illinois, a total that included 10 solo stops. Barnett also recorded an interception – his second this season and the sixth of his career – and had a pass break-up on the afternoon.
Braxton Rushes For 184
Braxton Miller rushed for 184 yards and one touchdown – a 70-yard run just 36 seconds into the game – and threw for 150 yards and two scores in the Buckeyes’ 60-35 win over Illinois. Miller directed the Buckeyes to an early lead of 28-0 with touchdown passes to Carlos Hyde (18 yards) and Corey Brown (11), and to a 35-7 halftime lead. The 334 yards of total offense was his school record-extending ninth game of over 300 yards.
Hyde, Miller 10th & 11th
Back-to-back 100-yard rushing games by Carlos Hyde (363 yards in two games) and Braxton Miller (328 yards) have moved the pair into 10th and 11th place, respectively on Ohio State’s all-time rushing charts. Hyde enters the Michigan game with 2,741 career yards. Miller has 2,724 rushing yards.
Joey Bosa: 2.5 Sacks In One Half
Joey Bosa, the powerful and precocious true freshman who has started seven games at defensive end, was dominant in just two quarters of play vs. the Illini with 2.5 sacks for losses totaling 21 yards. He had four tackles on the day, but left after the second play of the third quarter with what appeared to be an upper body issue. He had five tackles, including 1.5 TFLs, vs. Indiana. He ranks ninth in the Big Ten with 5.0 sacks.
Cameron Johnston Sets School Mark
Ray Guy semifinalist Cameron Johnston set an Ohio State single record by averaging 57.0 yards per punt in the Illinois game. The freshman from Geelong, Australia, broke Tom Skladany’s 37-year old record average of 52.3 yards per punt, set in 1976 vs. Michigan. Johnston bested his previous career long of 61 yards three times on the day with punts of 63, 50, 64, 53, 71 and 41 yards. Two were downed at the Illinois 4 and a third was downed inside the 20 at the 13. Johnston doesn’t yet qualify for NCAA rankings (he needs 3.6 punts per game and has just 3.2), but he is tied for first in the Big Ten with his 43.9-yard average.
Another Fine Game By “Philly”
Wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown had seven receptions for 49 yards with one touchdown in the Illinois game. The touchdown was his ninth this season and leaves him just two shy from owning one of the top four totals in school history. Five different players are tied for fourth with 11 TD receptions in one year. Brown came into the season with five career touchdown receptions and he has moved into 13th on the all-time school charts with 14 for his career. Brown ranks eighth with 131 career receptions. He needs nine to crack the Ohio State Top 5.
Offense On A Roll
Ohio State’s offense is on a roll in 2013. The unit ranks seventh nationally and first in the Big Ten in yards per game (530.9), third nationally and first in the Big Ten in scoring (48.7), fifth nationally and first in the Big Ten in rushing (314.7) and eighth nationally and first in the Big ten in passing efficiency with a rating of 164.9. The Buckeye offense is also…
- Fourth nationally in red zone scores (51 of 54);
- 10th nationally in completion pct. (68.0); and
- Eighth nationally in first downs per game (291).
TD & Points Records Smashed
Ohio State has already established a new school record for touchdowns scored in a season with 73. The old mark: 64 by the 1995 team. And last week vs. Indiana the season points record of 504 by the 1998 team was topped with Ohio State’s second touchdown of the game. The Buckeyes have 536 points entering the Michigan game.
Some notable points on points …
- Ohio State has scored 221 points the last three games – 63 vs. Penn State, 56 vs. Purdue, 60 vs. Illinois and 42 vs. Indiana – for the most points ever in a four-game span.
- Ohio State is scoring 48.7 points per game. The school record is 42.5.
- The 33 passing touchdowns are tied with the all-time single season record of 33 set by the 1995 team.
- Ohio State has scored 40-or-more points in nine of 11 games this season.
Rushing Toward History
Thirty-nine years ago – 1973 – Ohio State’s offense rushed for a still-standing school record 4,199 yards in one season. The record was set during an 11-game season and it has withstood handfuls of 12-, 13- and 14-game seasons since. It may not withstand 2013. The 2013 Buckeyes have totaled 3,462 rushing yards…just 737 yards from the mark and the team is averaging 314.7 yards per game. The top two per game averages appear safe: 355.3 in 1973 and 349.9 in 1974.
9 300-Plus Rush Games
Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes have rushed for 300-or-more yards nine times in his 23 games as coach, including two games this season of over 400 yards. In the 15 previous years – and 176 games – Ohio State teams had topped 300 yards rushing only seven times. Two weeks ago against Illinois, Ohio State rushed for 441 yards, an all-time high for an Urban Meyer coached team.
Most Rushing Yards Under Meyer
1. 441 (105 ypc) vs. Illinois – 2013 2. 408 (8.0 ypc) vs. Penn State – 2013 3. 388 (8.4) vs. Florida A&M – 2013 4. 371 (7.7) vs. Nebraska – 2012 5. 353 (6.5) at Indiana – 2012 6. 345 (8.4) at Purdue – 2013 7. 332 (6.0) vs. California – 2012 8. 330 (5.8) vs. Illinois – 2012 9. 311 (8.0) vs. Indiana – 2013
Best Yards Per Carry … Ever!
Ohio State averaged a school-record 10.5 yards per carry vs. Illinois. It marked the first time an Ohio State team has ever averaged in double figures for per carry average. Urban Meyer’s teams now hold seven of the Top 10 single game yards per carry averages in school history.
Best Rushing Averages – Game
1. 10.5 at Illinois – 2013 2. 9.23 at Illinois – 1962 3. 8.41 at Purdue – 2013 4. 8.40 vs. Florida A&M – 2013 5. 8.34 vs. Eastern Michigan – 2010 6. 8.00 vs. Penn State – 2013 8.00 vs. Indiana – 2013 8. 7.82 vs. Wisconsin – 1941 9. 7.70 vs. Florida A&M – 2013 7.70 vs. Nebraska – 2012
A Top Defense
Ohio State’s defense is ranked sixth nationally against the run (95.3), eighth in scoring (18.4) and 12th in total defense with 333.4 yards per game allowed. Here’s more bullet points on the Silver Bullets:
- Their 36 sacks and 3.2 per game average each rank third nationally;
- The unit has yet to allow a 100-yard rusher this season;
- They have an interception in 10 of 11 games this season; and
- They rank 16th nationally in third-down conversion pct. (32.5; 53 of 163).
Record Setting Pace
At 530.9 yards per game, Ohio State will be knocking at the door looking to break the single-season record for total yards in a season (6,222), set in 1995. The 2013 Buckeyes have totaled 5,840 yards and are on pace for 6,370 yards by the end of the regular season.
Buckeyes Hold Big Ten Rushing Attacks in Check
In Big Ten play Ohio State has shut down the run. The Buckeyes held No. 23 Wisconsin to 104 rushing yards — 245 yards below its season average. The very next week Ohio State held No. 15 Northwestern to 155 yards below its average of 249 yards per game. Against Iowa, Ohio State held the Hawkeyes to 130 yards on the ground, 77 yards below its season average, before holding Penn State to 120 yards, 37 below its average. The Buckeyes then allowed just 27 rushing yards in the 56-0 win at Purdue and held Indiana 67 yards below its average.
Opponent Avg. Yds. Actual Yds. Diff. Wisconsin 349.5 104 -245 Northwestern 249.0 155 -94 Iowa 207.5 130 -77 Penn State 157.2 120 -37 Purdue 76.1 27 -49 Illinois 136.4 132 -2 Indiana 189.9 122 -67
Moving the Chains
The Ohio State offense has converted on 52.9 percent of its third downs, good for seventh in the NCAA, and ranks 11th with a 66.7 conversion rate on fourth down. As a result, the Buckeyes lead the Big Ten and are eighth in the NCAA with 291 first downs (175 rushing, 103 passing and 13 on penalties). They also rank second in percentage of drives ending with a touchdown and in fewest offensive 3-and-outs.
Percentage Of Drives Scoring a TD
(Does not include drives taking a knee)
Rk. Team # of Drives # of TD’s .Pct 1. Florida State 132 71 .538 2. Ohio State 131 70 .534 3. Baylor 145 73 .503 4. Alabama 120 57 .475 5. Texas A&M 137 65 .474
Fewest Offensive 3-and-Outs
Rk. School % of Drives 1. Baylor .146 (22 of 151) 2. Ohio State .149 (20 of 134) 3. Navy .150 (17 of 113) 4. Alabama .158 (19 of 120) 5. Florida State .167 (22 of 132)
Red Zone Efficiency
Ohio State is officially 51 of 54 in the red zone this season with 45 TDs and six field goals.
The only times Ohio State did not score in the red zone were after an interception in the end zone vs. FAMU (Ohio State would force and recover a fumble on that same play and score the very next play), when Ohio State took a knee to run out the clock vs. Wisconsin and after a fumble inside the 5-yard line at Northwestern.
OSU has 24 scoring plays of at least 20 yards this season, 15 through the air and nine rushing.
The Silver Bullet Defense
Ohio State has featured a Top 20 scoring defense in nine of the past 10 seasons, including a top 6 in six of the last eight.
Ohio State recorded its first shutout since 2011 with the 76-0 win over FAMU Sept. 21 and then notched a second with the 56-0 win at Purdue. The Buckeyes also are one of three FBS teams who have not allowed a 100-yard rusher and just one run of more than 20 yards.
Year PPG Allowed FBS Rank 2013 18.4 8th 2012 22.8 31st* 2011 21.0 27th 2010 14.3 5th 2009 12.5 5th 2008 13.9 6th 2007 12.8 1st 2006 12.8 5th 2005 15.3 5th 2004 18.3 19th 2003 17.6 16th 2002 13.1 2nd
*Defense ranked No. 2 nationally in the month of November in total defense, allowing just 269.7 yards per game; ranked sixth nationally in passing defense, allowing just 140.3 yards per game; ranked in a tie-for-second nationally in fewest plays allowed over 10 yards with 26; and ranked 19th nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 19.0 points per game.
FBS teams that have not allowed a 100-Yard Rusher in 2013:
First Time Since 1917
This year Ohio State opened the season with four consecutive 40-plus point games for the first time since 1917 when Ohio State opened with wins over Case (49-0), Ohio Wesleyan (53-0), Northwestern (40-0) and Denison (67-0).
With 76 points Sept. 21 vs. FAMU, it marked the first time since 2005 that a Buckeye team has scored at least 40 points in four consecutive games overall.
Another 10-or-more TFL Game
Ohio State defense has put together three consecutive games of 10-or-more tackles-for-loss (10 vs. Purdue and Illinois and 12 vs. Indiana). Big Ten leader Ryan Shazier has 10.5 TFLs during this time with Michael Bennett (5.5), Joey Bosa (5.0) and Noah Spence (4.0) prime perpetrators as well.
Unfortunate News for Bryant
Three-year starting safety and team leader Christian Bryant suffered a broken ankle at the end of the Wisconsin game and has been lost for the season. Voted to be one of the team’s eight game captains prior to the start of the season, Bryant had played in 36 Ohio State games and had made 27 starts in the secondary. He recorded 171 tackles in his career with two interceptions, 23 pass break-ups, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
Braxton & Kenny
Ohio State quarterbacks Braxton Miller and Kenny Guiton are combining to complete 68.0 percent of their passes with 33 touchdowns and only six interceptions. They rank first and second, respectively, in the Big Ten Conference in passing efficiency with ratings of 165.8 and 165.2, respectively.
Braxton 0’Brien Semifinalist
Braxton Miller is a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. Miller was a finalist for the O’Brien Award last season along with Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and Kansas State’s Collin Klein.
Miller has been precise and razor sharp all season. He has completed 67.6 percent of his passes, a total that would break the school completion record of 65.3 percent set by Troy Smith during his Heisman Trophy-winning season of 2006. Miller’s 165.8 efficiency rating is also just above the school single season record of 163.4 by Bobby Hoying in 1995. Miller, from Huber Heights, Ohio, and Wayne High School, has thrown 19 touchdown passes with only four interceptions, and he has also rushed for 738 yards and five TDs.
National Honors For TE Heuerman
Jeff Heuerman’s career-best receiving day vs. Purdue earned the junior from Naples, Fla., and Barron Collier High School the John Mackey Tight End of the Week award. Heuerman tied a career-best with five receptions vs. the Boilermakers and he set personal bests with 116 receiving yards and with a long reception of 40 yards. Heuerman gained four first downs on the afternoon and had additional catches covering 24, 34 and 18 yards.
A Top Tight End Game
Heuerman’s big game marked the first time an Ohio State tight end had topped 100 receiving yards since Rickey Dudley recorded 106 against Tennessee in the 1996 Citrus Bowl. Heuerman’s 116 yards were also the most by an Ohio State tight end in 30 years, or since John Frank had 123 receiving yards vs. Michigan in 1983. Heuerman is tied for third on the team with 22 receptions for 314 yards and two touchdowns.
Shazier’s Impact Recgonized Nationally
LB Ryan Shazier was named the Lott IMPACT National Player of the Week after the 6-2, 230-pound junior from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida had three tackles for loss, including two sacks, and seven total tackles as the Buckeyes rolled over Purdue, 56-0 Nov. 2.
Lots of National Award Opps.
Ryan Shazier heads a list of four Ohio State players who are in contention for major national awards this season. He is a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, the Bednarik Award and the Lott IMPACT Trophy. Here is the list of Buckeye candidates:
- Semifinalist – Butkus Award
- Semifinalist – Bednarik Award
- Semifinalist – Lott IMPACT Trophy
- Semifinalist – O’Brien Award
- Semifinalist – Thorpe Award
- Semifinalist – Ray Guy Award
Touchdowns & More Touchdowns
Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde are each piling up impressive touchdown totals. Hyde has powered into fourth place all-time at Ohio State with 38 touchdowns scored. Miller is second all-time at Ohio State with 72 touchdowns responsible for. Miller has 47 passing TDs and 25 rushing TDs. Art Schlichter (85; 1978-81) holds the school record.
Who Are These Guys?
Ohio State’s offensive line features Sr. LT Jack Mewhort, Sr. LG Andrew Norwell, Sr. C Corey Linsley, Sr. RG Marcus Hall and So. RT Taylor Decker. They have combined for 135 starts. Add in 19 and two starts at tight end for Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett, respectively, and the total jumps to 157 starts for Ohio State’s corps of key blockers and the foundation for Ohio State’s impressive offensive numbers, such as:
- No. 3 nationally in scoring (48.7)
- No. 4 nationally in red zone pct. (.944)
- No. 5 nationally in rushing (314.7)
- No. 7 nationally in total offense (530.9)
- No. 8 nationally in passing eff. (164.9)
Braxton Throws for Career High
Braxton Miller passed for a career-high 252 yards on the way to 320 yards of total offense with five touchdowns in the Buckeyes’ 63-14 win over Penn State Oct. 26. Playing a little over two-and-a-half quarters, Miller was razor sharp once again in the pocket, completing 18 of 24 passes and touchdown strikes to three different receivers. He scored two touchdowns, including a 39-yarder with 1:10 to go in the first quarter to give the Buckeyes a 14-0 lead while building a 42-7 first-half lead.
The very next week at Purdue, Miller picked up right were he left off, completing 19 of 23 passes for 233 yards and four TDs in just over one half of play.
No. 5 Now 25-6 as starting QB
The Buckeyes have won 21 consecutive games that Braxton Miller has started, making the junior from Huber Heights (near Dayton, Ohio) 25-6 as a starting quarterback at Ohio State and 20-0 under Urban Meyer.
Top OSU QB Win Totals
1. Art Schlichter (36-11-1 from 1978-81)
2. Cornelius Greene (31-3-1 from 1973-75)
3. Bobby Hoying (30-6-1 from 1993-95)
t4. Troy Smith (25-3 from 2004-06)
t4. Rex Kern (25-2 from 1968-70)
t4. Braxton Miller (25-6 from 2011-present)
7. Mike Tomczak (23-8 from 1982-84)
8. Jim Karsatos (22-6 from 1983-86)
21-0 Since 2005 With Punt Block
Urban Meyer’s teams are now 21-0 since the 2005 season when blocking a punt. Bradley Roby’s third career blocked punt (vs. Indiana) was the most recent — his second of the season. Doran Grant also has a blocked punt this season vs. FAMU.
60 Blocked Kicks
Urban Meyer-coached teams, from 2001 to the present, have now blocked 60 kicks. Meyer’s Buckeyes have blocked nine kicks, including three punt blocks this season. (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)
Kenny `G’ Starts & Stars
Fifth-year senior Kenny Guiton threw a school-record six touchdown passes – all in the first half – to lead Ohio State to a 55-0 halftime lead over Florida A&M and to an eventual 76-0 win Sept. 21 at Ohio Stadium. In just his second career start, Guiton connected on 24 of 34 throws for 215 yards and one interception. He and the Buckeyes did not attempt a pass in the second half. Guiton threw four of his touchdown passes in the first quarter. He tied Bobby Hoying’s (1994 vs. Purdue; 1995 vs. Pitt) and John Borton’s (1952 vs. Washington State) record for touchdown passes in a game when he connected with Chris Fields on a 15-yarder. He then broke the record with 13 seconds to play in the half, hitting Evan Spencer with a 15-yard completion.
Kenny G’s 6-Touchdown Day
11:50 1st – 11 pass to Jeff Heuerman
9:25 1st – 8 pass to Evan Spencer
00:32 1st – 1 pass to Carlos Hyde
00:13 1st – 5 pass to Devin Smith
6:09 2nd – 15 pass to Chris Fields
00:05 2nd – 15 pass to Evan Spencer
Starred in First Start, Too
Kenny Guiton had back-to-back record-setting starts vs. Cal and FAMU. Making his first career start at California Sept. 14, he threw for three touchdowns in the first six minutes of the game to spark Ohio State to a quick 21-0 lead and finished with 368 yards of total offense and four touchdowns in a 52-34 win at Cal’s Memorial Stadium. Guiton connected with Devin Smith on a school-record 90-yard touchdown pass – the longest play from scrimmage in school history – on his second throw of the game and later hit Smith on a 47-yard touchdown pass, Chris Fields on a 1-yarder and Corey Brown on a 6-yard play to give Ohio State a 45-20 lead in the third quarter. When he wasn’t handing off to Jordan Hall, who carried 30 times for 168 yards and three touchdowns, Guiton was rushing it himself for 92 total yards. He led a Buckeye offense to a then three-year high 608 yards of offense, the most ever for an Urban Meyer coached Ohio State team until the Buckeyes racked up 686 vs. Penn State.
About 76 points scored
The 76 points Ohio State scored against FAMU represented the most points ever for an Urban Meyer-coached team and the sixth-most points scored in a game in school history. It was the most points in 63 years, or since the 1950 team scored 83 vs. Iowa.
More Scoring Numbers
Some notes about the offensive explosion by the Buckeyes against Florida A&M, keyed by a 55-point first half that was keyed by a 34-point first quarter:
- The 55-point half is the second-most points scored in a half in modern history (since 1950), trailing only the 56 scored vs. Iowa in 1996 and tied with the 55 scored vs. Iowa in 1950;
- The 34 points in the first quarter is second-most in a quarter since 1950 (35 in the first vs. Iowa;
- The 11 touchdowns scored is fourth-most in school history;
- The six passing touchdowns is the second-most in school history, trailing only seven vs. Pitt in 1995;
- The 76-point margin of victory is tied for fifth-largest in school history, and it is the largest since defeating Drake, 85-7, in 1935.
No better three-game TD run
Kenny Guiton threw 12 touchdown passes in his three-game stretch vs. SDSU, Cal and FAMU. No Ohio State quarterback has ever thrown for as many touchdowns in one three-game stretch.
Guiton named Walter Camp player of the week Sept. 16
Kenny Guiton, who completed 21 of 32 passes for 276 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions (or sacks) and rushed for 92 yards in the win at Cal, was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s offensive player of the week Sept. 16. Guiton became the eighth Buckeye to earn national player of the week honor from the prestigious Walter Camp Football Foundation, joining LB Bobby Carpenter (10/16/05), LB A.J. Hawk (11/13/05), LB James Laurinaitis (9/10/06 and 11/4/07), QB Troy Smith (11/19/06), DT Cameron Heyward (11/8/09) and DB Chimdi Chekwa (9/12/10).
Smith, Guiton combine for longest play
Speedy junior receiver Devin Smith caught a strike in stride from Kenny Guiton at about midfield Sept. 14 at Cal and then cruised untouched into the end zone to complete the longest play from scrimmage in Ohio State history: 90 yards. Minutes later he caught a 47-yard touchdown pass from Guiton for the fourth multi-touchdown of his career.
Ohio State Longest Plays from Scrimmage:
89 – Gene Fekete rush vs. Pittsburgh in 1942
88 – Morris Bradshaw rush vs. Wisconsin in 1971
87 – Eddie George rush vs. Minnesota in 1995
86 – Art Schlichter pass to Calvin Murray vs. Washington State in 1979
85 – Troy Smith pass to Santonio Holmes vs. Notre Dame in 2005 Fiesta Bowl
Smith: 17 TDs at 38.8 yards per score
Devin Smith has caught 17 touchdown passes in his career at an average distance of 38.8 yards per score. Smith, who has 84 career receptions for 1,503 yards, is tied for seventh all-time at Ohio State with his 17 TD receptions.
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
Eight Serving as Game Captains
Eight student-athletes will serve as Ohio State game captains for the 2013 season with a decision coming at the end of the year as to who will be recognized as the season’s official team captains. Those eight individuals include:
- Fifth-year senior left tackle Jack Mewhort, a consumer and family financial services major from Toledo and St. John’s High School;
- Fifth-year senior strong safety C.J. Barnett, a criminology major from Dayton and Northmont High School;
- Senior free safety Christian Bryant, a sociology major from Cleveland and Glenville High School;
- Fifth-year senior quarterback Kenny Guiton, a consumer and family financial services major from Houston, Texas, and Eisenhower High School;
- Junior quarterback Braxton Miller, a communications major from Huber Heights and Wayne High School;
- Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, a psychology major from Pompano Beach, Fla., and Plantation High School;
- Fifth-year senior center Corey Linsley, an economics major from Youngstown and Boardman High School; and
- Senior wide receiver Corey Brown, a criminology major from Upper Darby, Pa., and Cardinal O’Hara High School.
Ohio State’s game-by-game captains:
Buffalo: Mewhort, Norwell, Shazier and Bryant
SDSU: Mewhort, J. Hall, “Philly” Brown and Barnett
Cal: Mewhort, Linsley, Bryant and Barnett
FAMU: Barnett, Linsley, “Philly” Brown
Wisconsin: Guiton, Barnett, Mewhort, Bryant
Northwestern: Guiton, Barnett, Linsley, Mewhort
Iowa: Guiton, Barnett, “Philly” Brown, Bryant
Penn State: Bryant, Barnett, Guiton, “Philly” Brown
Purdue: Mewhort, Barnett, Guiton, Brown
Illinois: Barnett, “Philly” Brown, Norwell, Linsley
Indiana: Guitoin, Barnett, Mewhort, Bryant
To the House
The Buckeyes have returned at least one punt and/or a kickoff for a touchdown in 10 consecutive years. That mark is tied for second among FBS schools and second overall among BCS programs. Last season Corey Brown’s 76-yard punt return for a TD vs. Nebraska extended Ohio State’s streak to 10.
Ohio State also is one of three FBS schools who have at least three players on a team with career kickoff or punt returns for TDs.
Consecutive Years of Returning a Kickoff/Punt for a Touchdown:
1. LSU 12 2. Ohio State 10 FIU 10 4. UConn 9 5. Florida 8 Ole Miss 8 Kansas State 8
209 Years of Coaching Experience
Meyer’s staff has 209 combined years of NFL, college and high school coaching experience. The total includes three coaches on staff with college head coaching experience (Meyer, Luke Fickell and Everett Withers), two with a combined 32 years of high school head coaching experience (Kerry Coombs and Tim Hinton), two with 14 years of offensive coordinator experience on the collegiate level (Tom Herman and Ed Warinner) and two with 17 years of collegiate defensive coordinator or co-defensive coordinator experience (Withers and Fickell).
Not Since 1922-24
Ohio State ranks first among all NCAA Div. I programs with now 88 consecutive seasons (counting 2013) since last posting back-to-back losing records. The Buckeyes have not been under .500 for two or more consecutive seasons since 1922-24. Tennessee had been first until back-to-back losing seasons in 2010 and 2011 snapped a 98-year streak (since 1909-11).
Staff Remains Intact
Urban Meyer’s coaching staff is one of 10 BCS schools and one of four Big Ten schools keeping its coaching staff intact from 2012 to 2013.
Below is a list of all FBS schools who have remained completely intact: Akron, Baylor, Boise State, Buffalo, Louisville, Maryland, Memphis, Minnesota (2011-12-13), Navy, Nebraska, Northwestern (2011-12-13), Notre Dame, Ohio State, Rice, Toledo, Tulane, Tulsa and Vanderbilt.
A number of players have changed numbers and/or positions since last season or earlier this year. Among the more notable changes:
- RB Jordan Hall is now No. 7 (was 2);
- RB Rod Smith is now No. 2 (was 7);
- WR Devin Smith is now No. 9 (was 15);
- WR Evan Spencer is now No. 6 (was 16);
- LB Camren Williams is now No. 55 (was 5);
- J.T. Moore has switched from DL to TE and is now wearing No. 8 on offense (was 50);
- SAF Vonn Bell is now No. 11 (was 7)
- LB Ryan Shazier is now No. 2 (was 10)
BLack Stripe Program
The Ohio State freshmen were watched closely this fall. Coach Urban Meyer had a black stripe taped on each of their helmets at the beginning of camp. Getting the black stripe removed is a signal that a freshman is ready to become a full-fledged Buckeye.
Each freshman is assigned a big brother, a leader on the team, who helps the younger player get through the rigors of fall camp while teaching what it takes to be an Ohio State Buckeye. It is a program that Meyer has implemented throughout his head coaching career, beginning in 2001 at BGSU.
35 Consecutive Home Opening Wins
With its victory over Buffalo Aug. 31, Ohio State has now won 35 consecutive home-opening games with the last loss happening 36 years ago – Sept. 16, 1978 – when Joe Paterno’s No. 5 Penn State team defeated No. 6 Ohio State, 19-0, to open what would ultimately be Woody Hayes’ final season as head coach. A few more home game notes:
- Ohio State has an all-time opening game record of 108-12-4. The Buckeyes’ last season-opening loss came against the Miami Hurricanes in the 1999 Kickoff Classic in East Rutherford, N.J.
- All-time, the Buckeyes are 112-8-4 in home openers since 1890.
124th Year of Football in Columbus
The 2013 college football season represents the 124th season of football for The Ohio State University Buckeyes. It also represents Ohio State’s 101st season in the Big Ten Conference. The Buckeyes have an all-time record of 848-316-53 to rank among the top five winningest programs in NCAA history.
NCAA Top 5 Winningest Programs
1. Michigan 911 2. Texas 874 3. Notre Dame 873 4. Nebraska 864 5. Ohio State 848
101st Big Ten Season
The 2013 season is Ohio State’s 101st season of play in the Big Ten Conference. Ohio State joined the former Western Conference during the 1912-13 academic year, but it could not compete in the conference in football until 1913. Ohio State ranks second in all-time Big Ten wins with a record of 472-171-24. Ohio State also ranks second with 34 outright or shared Big Ten championships.
91st Year in Ohio Stadium
Ohio Stadium, grand and venerable and registered on the National Register of Historic Places, is hosting its 91st football season in 2013. 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.
Ohio Stadium Stats
Ohio State has an all-time record of 411-109-20 in Ohio Stadium and the stadium has an official capacity of 102,329. The Buckeyes have not played before fewer than 100,000 fans in the last 94 games, or since the completion of a three-year renovation project in 2001 that restored and improved the stadium but also boosted attendance from an 88,000-plus capacity to over 100,000. Ohio State has played before more than 105,000 fans 48 times with a record crowd of 106,102 vs. Nebraska on Oct. 6, 2012.
Pace Named to College Football HOF
Orlando Pace, one of the all-time greats at Ohio State as well as in college and professional football, was named a member of the 2013 College Football Hall of Fame Class by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) in May. Pace is the 24th Buckeye player to be so honored by the NFF.
Pace and the rest of the 2013 Hall of Fame Class will be inducted at the 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on December 10, 2013, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. They will be honored guests at the National Hall of Fame Salute at the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on January 2, 2014 and officially enshrined in the summer of 2014.
In 1995 he became the first sophomore to win the Lombardi Award and in 1996 he became the first to ever win the Lombardi Award twice. Pace was a first-team consensus All-American in 1995 and 1996 and first-team all-Big Ten Conference in 1995 and 1996. In 1996 he was the first offensive lineman since Ohio State’s John Hicks in 1972 to finish among the Top 4 vote getters for the Heisman Trophy. In 1997 Pace was the first pick of the 1997 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams.
Buckeye Players in the College Football HOF:
Name (Year Inducted)
Chic Harley, 1951
Gaylord Stinchcomb, 1973
Wes Fesler, 1954
Gomer Jones, 1978
Gust Zarnas, 1975
Bill Willis, 1971
Les Horvath, 1969
Warren Amling, 1984
Jim Daniel, 1977
Vic Janowicz, 1976
Howard Cassady, 1979
Jim Parker, 1974
Aurealius Thomas, 1989
Archie Griffin, 1986
Jim Stillwagon, 1991
Bob Ferguson, 1996
Randy Gradishar, 1998
John Hicks, 2001
Jack Tatum, 2004
Jim Houston, 2005
Rex Kern, 2007
Chris Spielman, 2009
Eddie George, 2012
Orlando Pace, 2014
- Ohio State is tied with Oklahoma with the most (8) BCS bowl appearances. USC, Florida and Florida State are tied for third with seven.
- Ohio State’s three BCS national championship game appearances match Alabama, Florida State and LSU for the second-most all-time. Only Oklahoma has more with four.
- Ohio State is 5-3 in BCS bowls and is tied with Florida (5-2) and USC (5-1) for the most BCS Bowl wins all-time.
- Ohio State (19-23) is second behind Michigan (20-22) for the most bowl wins all-time by a Big Ten team. Nebraska is 24-25 in bowl games overall, but did not represent the Big Ten in bowl games until the 2011 season.
- Ohio State has won 34 Big Ten titles. Only Michigan has more with 42.
Champions vs. Indiana
Players of the game vs. Indiana were Corey Linsley and Braxton Miller on offense, Ryan Shazier and Michael Bennett on defense and Von Bell on special teams. These player were joined as game “champions” by Andrew Norwell, Taylor Decker, Jeff Heuerman, Devin Smith, Chris Fields, Carlos Hyde, Joey Bosa, Bradley Roby and on special teams: Roby and Jordan Hall.
I grew up in a family with three other siblings. To say the least we were competitive – both academically and athletically. I was in the National Honor Society, Math League, and took honors classes. In my senior year of high school I actually took the most difficult load I could take while most took the easiest load they could. In college I made the President’s List almost every semester (which for those of you who don’t know is more prestigious than the Dean’s List at most schools). Athletically I played soccer, baseball, track, wrestling, cross country, and football. My siblings were better athletes than me as they were all on all-star teams but I probably bested them academically.
My point in all this was there was recognition in my family that there were winners and losers. If you slacked off, your sibling would take the spotlight. If you worked hard then you would be recognized. If you failed academically (which at my house was getting a “C” on a report card) then you would get in trouble (grounding, loss of privileges, etc.) or maybe just Mom telling you that your siblings wouldn’t take care of you when you were off failing at life. However, today through our super sensitive, offend-nobody attitudes we are scared to offend anyone.
Specifically speaking, nobody can be a loser in life – academically or athletically. I have heard all sorts of stories about people being moved onto the next grade with sub-par performance. So gone is the threat of you being “left behind” or your siblings being in the same grade as you. At my school we didn’t have summer school to allow you to “make up” your work so you could stay with your graduating class. Todayit sounds like some students rely on summer school – and even with this crazy opportunity they still almost fail. Then there are test scores which routinely get diluted and diminished. We have Common Core on the horizon which touts that it will “help standardize schools across the nation” but “won’t lower standards for anyone.” Which if you have any logic left in you should strike some bells – we can’t standardize the school without bringing the over performing schools down to the underperforming level. It doesn’t stop there though – you also can’t be a loser in sports these days either.
When I played sports, even in T-ball and the first-year soccer, you were most definitely a winner or a loser. We kept score. The winner got to get snacks. The winner for the season got a trophy. After 3 outs, you switched sides. If you threw a tantrum the umpire would remove you from the field. If you sucked then you went home empty handed. I actually remember being an umpire for coach-pitch baseball (6-7yrs) and calling someone out after throwing a bat. While the parents were unhappy that I became forceful, they respected my rules.
Last week my son got signed up for T-ball/coach-pitch baseball. I had heard these above rumors but I honestly couldn’t believe the rules placed in front of me. They don’t keep score. Unlimited outs. Everyone bats. Batters keep running until an infielder has possession and holds it over their head. Everyone gets a snack after each game and everyone gets a trophy at the end of the year. To me, that isn’t baseball… that is batting practice. To be honest, I am actually offended at the rules. I understand that these kids are 4-5yrs old but to me that is old enough to recognize that you can’t just show up and get rewarded for it. If that is the case then let’s just have them play from home on the Wii.
Maybe I am just a hard ass and all this doesn’t matter. Maybe when they get a few years older and the next league actually has outs, innings, and they keep score things like that will make sense. However, I can’t help but think… kids for centuries have been playing sports and keeping scores – there were winners and losers. The world moved on when you lost and you could either chose to go home and practice and get better or go home and decide that you wanted to try your hand at something else that you could excel at so you didn’t have to go back to the field next week and get cremated by your superior opponent. Likewise, even the winners could chose to practice and maintain their greatness or sit around and lose later to the guy who went home and worked out and practiced to get better.
I can’t help but to inject my political beliefs into all this and this is what I think I am most upset about. Today we are taught that it doesn’t matter what you do – all you have to do is exist and you are a winner. If you draw a picture as a kid, you’re Da Vinci. If you get a C in school (when last year you got straight A’s) then bravo, you passed. Show up to a sporting event and presto, you’re a winner. Buy a house and default on it – that’s OK, someone else will bail you out or force your lender to lower your contractual agreements so you can “afford” it. How about your business -want to take exponentially risky and unethical moves? That’s OK, you’re too big to fail and the American public will bail you out. Anyone and everyone should go to school and when you graduate everyone thinks they should be awarded that $80,000 job they were promised. Never mind that half the kids your age also graduated with the same degree and the market is super saturated with your degree, you were at the bottom of your class, you only showed up to a third of your classes, and you have no idea how to even balance a check book – the government is going to help you pay your bills by either completely forgiving your debt or forcing your lender to reduce the amount you owe. No responsibility for your actions these days.
Greatness and success used to be awarded to those who went home and busted their rump to make it to the top. They knew that if they were too risky or didn’t work hard enough that they would be left with nothing except failure. They kept score with their competition – in the classroom or on the field. They wanted to be the best – for the trophy, the resume, the report card, or the fame. Today all that is gone “because we just want kids to have fun” or “we don’t want to hurt their feelings.”
I say that is hogwash and that type of attitude is an underlying reason why society has some of the problems we have today.
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