Jody Victor : French Field House

Jody Victor: The Ohio State University boasts some of the finest sport facilities anywhere. The French Field House is one. The field house was named in honor of Prof. William E. French, who was the Western Conference faculty representative for The Ohio State University for 32 years.

Completed in November 1956 at a cost of $1,010,000, French Field House was designed for indoor track and field meets and as a practice facility for many sports. The 200-meter track features a Chevron 440 surface.

Presently, the facility possesses a strength and conditioning weight room along with an indoor rowing tank for the Ohio State varsity rowing squad. It is also home to many indoor track and field meets during the winter season.

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Jody Victor : OSU Aquatic Pavilion

Jody Victor: Dedicated October 14, 2005, the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion is the newest addition to Ohio State's top-notch athletic facilities. Considered one of the finest competition pools in the nation, the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion's new technology will provide a venue for some of the fastest times in the country.

The pavilion consists of the Mike Peppe Natatorium and the Ron O'Brien Diving Well. The Peppe Natatorium, named for the former Ohio state head coach, features a 50-meter competition pool and 1,750 spectator seating. The O'Brien Diving Well consists of 3-centerline towers and the ability to have 1- and 3-meter springboards on all four sides of the well. Holding nearly 1.56 million gallons of water in the entire facility, the Pavilion is part of Ohio State's new Recreation and Physical Activities Center (RPAC).

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Jody Victor : Block "O"

Jody Victor: Have you ever noticed, during Ohio State football games, there is a special decorative section in the stands? It's actually students.

An Ohio State University and Ohio Stadium tradition, Block “O” will celebrate its 69th anniversary this coming football season. Known for spreading spirit, starting cheers and performing card stunts, Block “O” was founded in 1938 by Clancy Isaac. After seeing a cheering section at the University of Southern California, Isaac decided that it was something Ohio State needed.

Sixty-nine years later, Block “O” is Ohio State's largest student organization on campus and has gained local and national recognition.

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Jody Victor : Ohio State Postgame Notes

Jody Victor: With the loss to Florida, Ohio State's 19-game winning streak came to an end, giving Boise State the nation's current longest winning streak at 13. The loss also snaps the Buckeyes' four game bowl winning streak. Ohio State is now 18-20 for all-time bowl games.

Monday night marked Ohio State's second appearance in the BCS title game. The Buckeyes defeated Miami, 31-24, in double-overtime to win the 2003 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and their seventh national championship.

Florida was the third No. 2-ranked team the Buckeyes have faced this year. Ohio State defeated No. 2 Texas 24-7 (Sept.9) and No. 2 Michigan 42-39 (Nov. 18). The Buckeyes are the first team in college football history to face three No. 2-ranked teams in the same season.

Ohio State has 19 seniors, 18 in their fifth year, who played their final game Monday night. During the past four years, this class has a combined record of 41-9, has played in four bowl games, including three BCS games, and has won two Big Ten titles (one outright in 2006 and one shared in 2005).

Jim Tressel's record with the Buckeyes is now 62-14 and his career record is 197-71-2. Tressel is now 4-2 in bowl games, including 3-1 in BCS games, all of which have been played in Phoenix. The first three games were wins in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

Ohio State is now 63-9-1 when ranked as the nation's No. 1 team. Overall, the Buckeyes are 295-69-9 when carrying a Top 10 ranking and 402-124-14 as a Top 25 team.

Junior Ted Ginn Jr. returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown, his second career kickoff return for touchdown (at Minnesota, Oct.29, 2005, 100yards). Ginn is the second Buckeye to return a kickoff for a touchdown in a bowl game. Keith Byars returned a kickoff 99 yards for a score against Pittsburgh in the 1984 Fiesta Bowl. Ginn has now scored 25 touchdowns in his collegiate career. Those include two by rush, six by punt return (65, 67, 60, 82, 62, and 60 yards), 15 by reception and two by kickoff return (93 and 100 yards). Ginn Jr. was held without a catch against Florida, snapping his streak of 31-consecutive games with at least one catch. Ginn had multiple catches in 28-consecutive games entering the game.

Junior Antonio Pittman's 18-yard touchdown run with 13:32 left in the second quarter was his 14th rushing touchdown this season. Pittman rushed for 62 yards in the game Monday, giving him 1,233 yards this season.

Junior wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez caught two passes, giving him multiple recepions in all 13 games this season.

Sophomore defensive end Vernon Gohlston's sack of Chris Leak in the third quarter gave him a team-best 8.5 this season.

Sophomore linebacker Marcus Freeman collected a career-high 15 tackles Monday against Florida. His previous high was nine against Northern Illinois.

Sophomore linebacker James Laurinaitis ended the game with 15 tackles, giving him five double-digit tackle games this season.

Former Buckeye Michael Jenkins (2000-03) served as Ohio State's honorary captain.

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Jody Victor : No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 2 Florida

Jody Victor: Ohio State and Florida meet for the first time in history this coming Monday night, Jan.8 at 6:30 p.m. MST (8:30 p.m. EST) in the University of Phoenix Stadium, Arizona.

In a battle of the top two teams in the nation, the Big Ten champion Buckeyes and SEC champion Gators will play for college football's ultimate prize, the BCS National Championship.

Ohio State and Florida enter the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game as the consensus top two teams in the nation. The Buckeyes finished the regular season 12-0 with wins over Texas and Michigan, teams that were ranked No. 2 at game time. The Gators finished the regular season at 12-1 with wins over LSU, at Tennessee and against Arkansas in the SEC Championship Game.

The Ohio State Buckeyes will be making their second appearance in a BCS National Championship Game. The Buckeyes defeated Miami, 31-24, in a double-overtime classic in the 2003 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The Florida Gators will be making their first appearance in a BCS National Championship Game. The Gators played Nebraska in the 1996 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl for the national championship and won the following year in the Sugar Bowl to claim the national title.

Look for Ohio State in their white jerseys on the east bench and Florida in their dark jerseys on the west bench televised on Fox 28.

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