Jody Victor®: No. 11 Ohio State at Minnesota

Jody Victor: This Saturday October 30, 2010, Ohio State plays at Minnesota. It's a night game in TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis at 7/8 p.m. ET. ABC is televising. Here's some facts and stats from osu.edu in the meantime.

* With 6,998 total yards, Terrelle Pryor is set to become just the third Ohio State player to eclipse 7,000 yards of total offense.

* The Buckeyes rank among the NCAA Top 10 in eight statistical categories.

* Ohio State leads the Big Ten and ranks third in the NCAA in both turnover margin (+1.38) and total defense (234.5).

* Ohio State leads the Big Ten and ranks sixth in the NCAA with 40.8 points per game.

* Ohio State has won 40 of its last 45 Big Ten conference games.

* Junior DeVier Posey has caught at least one pass in 22 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the big Ten

* Junior Daniel “Boom” Herron has scored at least one touchdown in seven consecutive games

Junior linebacker Andrew Sweat has been on a tear filling in for injured starting linebacker Ross Homan the past two games. Sweat has 16.0 tackles, 2.5 TFL, one interception, a forced fumble and a pass break-up in those two games after recording 28.0 tackles and 1.5 TFL in his first 21 career games combined.

The Gophers enter Saturday's game 1-7 and 0-4 in the Big Ten and are under the direction of interim head coach Jeff Horton. Minnesota is coming off a 33-21 loss to Penn State last week in Minneapolis.

In that game Minnesota quarterback Adam Weber became the fifth Big Ten quarterback to reach 10,000 career yards and now trails only Purdue's Drew Brees (11,792) and Curtis Painter (11,163), Northwestern's Brett Basanez (10,580), and Iowa's Chuck Long (10,461) for all-time passing yardage. Weber also holds the Minnesota record with 69 career touchdown passes.

The Buckeyes and Gophers are playing for the 50th time; Ohio State has a 42-7 advantage in the series, with a 22-3 mark in Columbus and a 20-4 record away from Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes have won the last seven games in the series, including a 38-7 victory last season in Columbus.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

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Jody Victor®: Ohio State vs. Purdue For Homecoming

Jody Victor: It's Homecoming this week! Saturday, Oct. 23, Ohio State (6-1, 2-1) will play Purdue (4-2, 2-0) at Noon ET in Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio. The Big Ten Network will televise. In the meantime here are some facts and stats from osu.edu.

* Terrelle Pryor needs 90 passing yards to surpass 5,000 in his career

* Ohio State leads the Big Ten in turnover margin (+1.43), forcing 18 and committing just eight

* Ohio State leads the Big Ten with 39.6 points per game and is first in total defense with just 251.1 yards given up

* Ohio State has won 39 of its last 44 Big Ten conference games

* Ohio State is 35-38 (.920) in the red zone this season, sixth best in the nation

* Dan “Boom” Herron has scored at least one TD in six consecutive games

* The Buckeyes encourage fans to wear something pink Saturday as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Boilermakers (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten) enter Saturday's game having won four of their last five, including both Big Ten contests with wins at Northwestern (20-17) and at home last week against Minnesota (28-17). Purdue has been devastated by injuries on offense this season, losing its starting quarterback Robert Marve, running back Ralph Bolden and No. 1 wide receiver Keith Smith, each with torn ACLs. The Boilers also lost No. 2 wide receiver Justin Siller, who will miss another few weeks with a sprained foot.

Despite the setbacks, Purdue is 2-0 in the Big Ten behind redshirt freshman quarterback Rob Henry, who has thrown for 210 yards and rushed for 189 in his first two starts. He leads the team in rushing with 356 yards. Last week against the Gophers, he passed for 163 yards with one touchdown and rushed for an additional 57 with three scores. Running back Dan Dierking has 353 yards on the ground with four TDs and is coming off a 126-yard rushing performance against Minnesota.

Defensively, Purdue is led by All-Big Ten defensive lineman Ryan Kerrigan, who leads the team with 28 tackles. He leads the Big Ten and is second in the NCAA with 14.0 TFL and also tops the Big Ten with 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.

The Buckeyes and Boilermakers have met 52 times previously on the football field, with Ohio State holding a 37-13-2 advantage in the series. Ohio State leads 24-5-2 in all games played at Columbus and 12-7 in all games at Purdue.

Ohio State's record in Homecoming games is 64-19-5. This year will be the 89th 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. 1/1 Ohio State at No. 18/16 Wisconsin

Jody Victor: This Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010 at 7 p.m. ET, Ohio State (6-0. 2-0) will play Wisconsin (5-1, 1-1) at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis. The game will be televised on ESPN and ESPN3D. In the meantime here are some facts and stats from osu.edu.

* Ohio State is riding a 12-game win streak dating to last season, the second-longest among FBS teams behind Boise State (19)

* OSU leads the Big Ten in turnover margin (+1.67), forcing 17 and committing just seven

* The Buckeyes have won 39 of their last 43 Big Ten games and have won their last eight Big Ten road games against AP Top 25 opponents

* Coach Jim Tressel (235 wins) is the second-winningest active FBS coach behind Penn State's Joe Paterno (397)

* Jim Tressel won his 100th win at Ohio State last Saturday against the Hoosiers

* Ohio State is 199-78-10 (.709) all-time in big Ten road games and 29-8 (.783) in Big Ten road games under Tressel

* Ohio State is 32-35 (.910) in the red zone this season, 12th best in the nation

Ohio State is the new No. 1 in the Associated Press, USA Today and Harris college football polls. The Buckeyes moved up one spot in the Top 25 after preseason No.1 Alabama lost for the first time this season, 35-21, at South Carolina. Ohio State received 34 first-place votes in the AP and 49 in the Coaches. The last time Ohio State was No. 1 was the final regular season poll of 2007.

For the second time in three weeks, Ohio State junior Terrelle Pryor was honored by the Big Ten Conference as the co-offensive player of the week. Pryor passed for a personal-best 334 yards and set a career-high with 24 completions in the 38-10 win over Indiana. Pryor shared the offensive honor with Wisconsin running back John Clay, who rushed for 111 yards and scored three times to lead the Badgers to a 41-23 win over Minnesota.

The No. 18/16 Badgers are 5-1 and 1-1 in the Big Ten after their 41-23 win over Minnesota last Saturday in Madison. Their only setback was a 34-24 loss at undefeated Michigan State Oct. 2. They also have posted wins at UNLV (41-21) and at home against San Jose State (27-14), Arizona State (20-19) and Austin Peay (70-3).

Wisconsin features a powerful rushing attach with the duo of junior John Clay and freshman James White. They rank 11th nationally with 240.8 yards per game on the ground with Clay 14th in the NCAA with 115.3 ypg to go along with nine touchdowns. White has seen more playing time of late and has 216 yards and four touchdowns through two conference games. He ranks fourth among Big Ten running backs in yards per game in conference play.

As a team, the Badgers are scoring 37.1 points per game, third best in the Big Ten, and giving up 19.0 points per game. Their rushing defense ranks third in the Big Ten at 108.2 ypg allowed.

Bret Bielema (Iowas, 1992) is in his fifth season as the head coach with a 43-15 record entering Saturday's game. He has led the Badgers to bowl appearances all four seasons, including a victory over Miami (FL) in the Champs Sports Bowl last season.

The series between the Buckeyes and the Badgers, which dates back to 1913, shows Ohio State with a 53-17-5 lead. In games played in Columbus, the Buckeyes lead 29-7-3. In games played in Madison, the Buckeyes lead 24-10-2. Ohio State has an 8-5-1 advantage over the last 14 meetings(back through 1980). The Buckeyes have won the last three meetings between the squads.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

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Jody Victor®: No. 2/2 Ohio State vs. Indiana

Jody Victor: This Saturday's game between the Buckeyes (5-0, 1-0) and Indiana (3-1, 0-1) will be played at Noon ET in Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio. ESPN and ESPN3D will televise. Until then, here are some facts and stats from osu.edu.

* Ohio State is riding an 11-game win streak dating to last season, the third-longest among FBS teams behind Alabama (19) and Boise State (18)

* Ohio State leads the Big Ten in turnover margin(+1.80), forcing 14 and committing just five

* The Buckeyes have won 38 of their last 42 Big Ten games

* Coach Jim Tressel (234 wins) is the second-winningest active FBS coach behind Penn State's Joe Paterno (397)

* Jim Tressel is going for his 100th win at Ohio State Saturday against the Hoosiers

* Ohio State is 29-of-31 (.940) in the red zone this season, eighth best in the nation

* Terrelle Pryor has five career games with 300 yards total offense. The Ohio State record is six.

With a win Saturday, Head coach Jim Tressel would become the third-fastest coach to win 100 games at a Big Ten school (121 games) and the fastest at Ohio State. Michigan's Fielding Yost and Bo Schembechler each recorded their 100th win in their 119th game.

The Hoosiers are 3-1 and 0-1 in the Big Ten after dropping their first game of the season last Saturday to Michigan in a shootout, 42-35. Indiana opened the season with wins over Towson (51-17), at Western Kentucky (38-21) and Akron (35-20).

Statistically, Hoosiers quarterback Ben Chappell leads the Big Ten with 342.5 passing yards per game. Meanwhile, junior wide receiver Tandon Doss leads the conference with 107.7 receiving yards and 211.0 all-purpose yards per contest while ranking second in receptions per game (7.6) and kick return average (31.2).

Head coach Bill Lynch is in his fourth season in Bloomington with a 17-24 mark and a 98-91-3 record overall as a head coach. Lynch took the Hoosiers to the Insight Bowl in 2007.

Ohio State leads the all-time series with Indiana 66-12-5 and has a 23-2-1 edge when the two teams play in Indiana. The two teams did not play in 2007 or 2008 due to the Big Ten schedule rotation.

The Buckeyes have won 15 straight from the Hoosiers since a 41-7 loss in 1968 in Bloomington that represents the most lopsided setback for Ohio State in the 108-year-old series (first played in 1901). The Buckeyes have put together several winning streaks during the series, the longest of which was a 23-game stretch between 1960 and 1986.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

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