Jody Victor®: No. 17/15 Ohio State vs. New Mexico State

Jody Victor: This week's game pits Ohio State (6-2, 4-1) vs. New Mexico State (3-5, 1-3) in a Noon game At Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio. Saturday's game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network. Here are the stats.

* This will be the first meeting between Ohio State and New Mexico State in football

* Ohio State is 3-0 all-time against current members of the Western Athletic Conference

* Coach Jim Tressel is 89-21 in 9 seasons at Ohio State: 224-78-2 in his 24th season overall

* OSU has the fourth-best home winning percentage (.909/50-5) among FBS schools since 2002

* The Illinois win was the 500th for the Tressel family as head coaches, second only to the Bowdens

* With three sacks against Minnesota, Thaddeus Gibson was named the Big Ten co-defensive player of the week

* OSU ranks seventh nationally in scoring defense (13.1) and 10th in rushing defense (92.25 ypg)

* Ohio State leads the Big Ten in scoring offense in conference games with 30.0 ppg.

* Ohio State is 52-0 when scoring 30 points or more since 2001

* Ohio State has won four Big Ten titles in a row, won at least 10 games in each of the last four years, played in the national championship game twice and two other BCS bowls

The New Mexico State Aggies are 3-5 overall and 1-3 in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) coming into Saturday's game. Its three wins have come against Prairie View A&M (21-18) and Utah State (20-17). They enter Saturday's game coming off a 34-3 loss at the hands of Fresno State Oct. 24.

This will be the first meeting between Ohio State and New Mexico State in football. The Buckeyes have faced the Aggies previously in men's gymnastics, softball, men's tennis and women's volleyball.

Ohio State is 3-0 all-time against current members of the Western Athletic Conference. The Buckeyes hold a 2-0 mark against Fresno State and a 1-0 record against San Jose State.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

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Jody Victor®: 18/17 Ohio State vs. Minnesota

Jody Victor: This Saturday's Homecoming football game in the Ohio Stadium will be televised live on ESPN at Noon ET. Here's the stats.

* This will be the 49th meeting between these Big Ten conference opponents

* Ohio State leads the all-time series with Minnesota 41-7

* Coach Jim Tressel is 88-21 in nine seasons at Ohio State: 223-78-2 in his 24th season overall

* The Illinois win was the 500th for the Tressel family as head coaches, second only to the Bowdens

* Ohio State is 63-19-5 in Homecoming games

* Ohio State is 18-2 after a loss during the Tressel era

* Terrelle Pryor needs two yards on the ground to become the fifth Ohio State quarterback to rush for 1,000 career yards

* Kicker Aaron Pettrey leads the Big Ten in scoring with 8.0 points per game

* Ohio State is 51-0 when scoring 30 points or more since 2001

* Ohio State has won 4 Big Ten titles in a row, won at least 10 games in each of the last four years, played in the national championship game twice and two other BCS bowls

The Buckeyes and Gophers are playing for the 49th time; Ohio State has a 41-7 advantage in the series, with a 21-3 mark in Columbus. The Buckeyes have won the last six games in the series, including a 34-21 OSU victory last season in Columbus.

Ohio State's record in Homecoming games is 63-19-5; 2009 will be the 88th Homecoming celebrated at Ohio State. The Buckeyes have only faced four non-conference teams (3-0-1) in Homecoming games: San Jose State (2002), Penn (1932), Navy (1931), and Princeton (1928).

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

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Jody Victor®: No.7/7 Ohio State at Purdue

Jody Victor: The Buckeyes will be looking for a record-tying 17th consecutive Big Ten road victory this Saturday when they play at Purdue. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network – 12:00 p.m. kickoff. In the meantime, here are some stats.

* This will be the 52nd meeting between these Big Ten conference opponents

* Ohio State leads the all-time series with Purdue, 37-12-2

* Sophomore Terrelle Pryor needs 36 yards rushing to become the fifth Ohio State QB to rush for 1,000 career yards

* Coach Jim Tressel is 88-20 in 9 seasons at Ohio State; 223-77-2 in his 24th season overall

* The Illinois win was the 500th for the Tressel family as head coaches, second only to the Bowdens

* Ohio State's defense has allowed just four TDs in its last 19 quarters of play

* Ross Homan was named the Big Ten defensive player of the week (career-high 15 tackles)

* Ohio State is trying for a Big Ten record-tying 17th consecutive conference road win

* Ohio State has won 4 Big Ten titles in a row, won at least 10 games in each of the last four years, played in the national championship game twice and two other BCS bowls

* Forty former Buckeyes were on 2009 NFL opening-day roster

Since a season-opening win over Toledo (52-31), Purdue (1-5, 0-2) has lost five straight, with four by an average of 4.5 points. The Boilers lost by two at Oregon, by a touchdown to NIU before two fourth-quarter, heartbreaking defeats to Notre Dame and Northwestern at home.

Despite their record the Boilermakers pose one of the top passing attacks in the Big Ten. Senior quarterback Joey Elliot leads the Big Ten in passing and total offense with 262.5 yards per game through the air and 283.7 yards per game overall. Running back Ralph Bolden is second in the conference in rushing with 99.8 ypg while receiver Keith Smith is second in the Big Ten in both receptions (7.0) and yards per game (97.5). Meanwhile, senior receiver/return man Aaron Valentine ranks first with 145.2 all-purpose yards per game.

Purdue is led by first-year head coach Danny Hope, who spent 2003-07 as the head coach at Eastern Kentucky, his alma mater, where he went 32-8 in OVC play. In 2008 Hope served as assistant head coach and offensive line coach at Purdue under former coach Joe Tiller.

Since joining the Big Ten Conference in 1913, Ohio State is 453-189-28 all-time in Big Ten games, and 257-112-18 in conference home games. The Buckeyes' all-time conference win percentage of 69.7% is the best of any Big Ten school.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

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Jody Victor®: No. 9/8 Ohio State vs. No. 25 Wisconsin

Jody Victor: The Buckeyes and Badgers, both 2-0, will battle for first place in the Big Ten this Saturday at 3:30 pm in Ohio Stadium. And it will be televised on ABC. It 'll be a great game you won't want to miss! Here's some stats.

* This will be the 75th meeting between these Big Ten conference opponents

* Ohio State leads the all-time series with Wisconsin, 52-17-5

* Coach Jim Tressel is 87-20 in 9 seasons at Ohio State; 222-77-2 in his 24th season overall

* The Illinois win was the 500th for the Tressel family as head coaches, second only to the Bowdens

* Ohio State's defense has allowed 13, 82 and 18 yards rushing over the last three games, and average of 37.6/ypg

* The TD catch by Zach Boren at IU was the first TD catch by a Buckeye fullback since 2001

* RB Brandon Saine ruched for a career-high 113 yards at Indiana Saturday

* Ohio State has won 4 Big Ten titles in a row, won at least 10 games in each of the last four years, played in the national championship game twice and two other BCS bowls

* Crowds of more than 100,000 have seen the last 51 games at Ohio Stadium

* Forty former Buckeyes were on 2009 NFL opening0day rosters

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

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