Jody Victor®: 10 Buckeyes First-Team All-Big Ten

Jody Victor: Flying on the coattails of a big win over Michigan last Saturday, the Buckeyes take some honors. From osu.edu– Ten student-athletes from the six-time defending Big Ten champion Ohio State Buckeyes, including seven seniors, were named first-team all-Big Ten Conference today by either a vote of the conference head coaches, a vote of the conference media or in five cases, both.

First-team all-Big Ten Buckeyes as selected by both the coaches and the media are defensive lineman Cameron Heyward, receiver Dame Sanzenbacher, linebacker Brian Rolle, cornerback Chimdi Chekwa and offensive tackle Mike Adams.

Those Buckeyes named first-team all-Big Ten by the coaches include running back Dan “Boom” Herron, linebacker Ross Homan and safety Jermale Hines. Additional first-team media choices were offensive guard Justin Boren and center Mike Brewster.

The honors for the seniors was most fitting when one considers the remarkable run of success the members of this class have been a part of:

* Never not winning or sharing a Big Ten Conference championship, and in the process…

* Extending Ohio State's run of Big Ten championships to a record-tying six consecutive;

* Winning 43 games the last three-plus years against only eight losses;

* Winning 28 of 32 games against Big Ten Conference opponents;

* Helping Ohio State become the only FBS school with five consecutive AP Top 10 finishes; and

* Extending Ohio State's streak of 10-or-more-win seasons to a Big Ten record six consecutive years

The first-team honors, which boost Ohio State's total to 361 all-time first-team honorees, are the first for all of the Buckeyes except for Boren, who was also chosen last season by the media. The 10 accolades ties five other Ohio State teams for third on the school's all-time lists of most all-Big Ten selections. The 1969 team and the 1975 team each had 11 first-teamers.

Kicker Devin Barclay was a second-team selection by the conference media. Buckeyes picking up honorable mention honors on both the coaches and the media ballots are quarterback Terrelle Pryor, receiver DeVier Posey and defensive lineman John Simon.

Senior offensive guard Bryant Browning was chosen as Ohio State's Sportsmanship Award honoree.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

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Jody Victor® Beat Michigan!

Jody Victor : This Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010 Ohio State (10-1, 6-1) plays Michigan (7-4, 3-4) at Noon ET in Ohio Stadium. ABC will televise the game. In the meantime here are some facts and stats from osu.edu.

* Saturday will be the 107th meeting in the storied rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan

* Ohio State has won the last five meetings with Michigan and 8 of the last 9 overall. Michigan has not won in Columbus since 2000

* The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten and rank third nationally in both total and rushing defense. They are tied for the Big Ten lead with 17 INTs

* Pryor needs 67 yards rushing to become Ohio State's career rushing leader among quarterbacks

* Ohio State is the only team that ranks in the Top 10 of both the current USA Today coaches' poll and also the APR rankings

* Jim Tressel (239 wins) is the second-winningest active FBS coach behind Joe Paterno (401)

* Ohio State has won 43 of its last 48 Big Ten conference games

* Junior DeVier Posey has caught at least one pass in 25 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the Big Ten

* Junior Daniel “Boom” Herron has scored at least one touchdown in 10 consecutive games

With its win at Iowa Saturday, Ohio State became the first team in Big Ten history to win at least 10 games in six consecutive seasons.

Michigan enters the game 3-4 in the Big Ten and 7-4 overall after winning two of its last three. They are coming off a 48-28 loss at home to Wisconsin Saturday after winning two in a row against Illinois (67-65, 3ot) and Purdue (27-16). The Wolverines started the season 5-0 with wins over Connecticut, at Notre Dame, Massachusetts, Bowling Green and at Indiana.

Michigan leads the all-time series with Ohio State by a 57-43-6 count. Michigan leads 27-23-2 in games played in Columbus and 30-20-4 in Ann Arbor. Since 1951, the Buckeyes hold a 31-26-2 lead. Including victories in eight of the nine games during the Jim Tressel era. Ohio State has won the last six meetings with Michigan. The two teams first met in 1897 and the rivalry has been continuous since 1918. Since 1935, the game has been the traditional conference finale between the two schools.

Since joining the Big Ten in 1913, Ohio State is 462-191-28 all-time in Big Ten games. The Buckeyes' all-time conference win percentage of 69.9% is the best of any Big Ten school.

Go Bucks! Go Bucks!! Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

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Jody Victor®: No. 9 Ohio State at No. 20 Iowa

Jody Victor: This Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010 Ohio State (9-1, 5-1) plays at Iowa (7-3, 4-2) in Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa. Kickoff time is 3:30 pm and the game will be televised by ABC. Until then, here are some facts and stats from osu.edu.

* QB Terrelle Pryor ranks second in the Big Ten and fifth nationally in pass efficiency (166.4)

* Ohio State leads the Big Ten and ranks second in the NCAA in total defense (238.0 ypg) while also leading the league and ranking sixth overall in scoring (41.6 ppg)

* The Buckeyes rank among the NCAA Top 6 in eight statistical categories overall

* QB Terrelle Pryor needs 78 yards rushing to reach 2,000 for his career

* QBs Terrelle Pryor and Ricky Stanzi have 44 TD passes between them this season  – they are tied for the Big Ten lead with 22 apiece

* DeVier Posey has caught at least one pass in 24 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the Big Ten

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

Ohio State is the only team that ranks in the Top 10 of both the current USA Today/Coaches' poll and also the APR rankings. Only four teams rank in the Top 25 of both: Ohio State (7 polls/9 APR); Boise State (3/12 APR); TCU (4/21 APR); and Wisconsin (5/21 APR).

The Hawkeyes (7-3, 4-2) enter Saturday's game with a No. 20 BCS ranking after falling in the final minutes at Northwestern last Saturday. Iowa scored 17 straight points and rallied from a first-half deficit, only to surrender two fourth-quarter scoring drives of 85 and 91 yards for the 21-17 setback to the Wildcats.

Iowa features one of the top defenses in the conference, leading the Big Ten in rushing defense (86.8 ypg) and ranking second in scoring defense (15.0 ppg), total defense (307.0 ypg), TO margin (+1.20) and pass efficiency defense (114.1 ypg).

This will be the 63rd meeting between Iowa and Ohio State in a series that began in 1922. The Buckeyes have a 45-14-3 lead thus far and are 28-8-1 in all games played in Columbus and 17-6-2 in games played in Iowa City. Ohio State has won 11 of the last 12 games dating back to 1992. Iowa's 33-7 win in 2004 in Iowa City snapped an eight-game OSU winning streak. The Buckeyes won the last meeting, 38-17, in Iowa City during the 2006 campaign.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

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Jody Victor®: No. 9 Ohio State vs. Penn State

Jody Victor: This Saturday's football game between #9 Ohio State (8-1, 4-1) and Penn State (6-3, 2-2) will kickoff at 3:30 pm at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. ABC (ESPN mirror) will televise. In the meantime here's some facts and stats from osu.edu.

* QB Terrelle Pryor ranks second in the Big Ten and fifth nationally in pass efficiency (165.2)

* Ohio State leads the Big Ten and ranks third in the NCAA in total defense (234.2 ypg) while also leading the league and ranking seventh overall in scoring (42.0 ppg)

* The Buckeyes rank among the NCAA Top 7 in eight statistical categories overall

* The Buckeyes are averaging an FBS-best 5.88 three-and-outs per game this season

* A total of seven different Buckeyes scored touchdowns in the win at Minnesota

* Junior DeVier Posey has caught at least one pass in 23 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the Big Ten

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

Saturday will be the 15th game in NCAA history between two FBS coaches with at least 200 career wins. It will be the fourth such meeting between Ohio State's Jim Tressel and Penn State's Joe Paterno.

The Nittany Lions are coming off a 35-21 win against Northwestern last Saturday, giving head coach Joe Paterno his 400th career victory to become the only coach to win 400 games at the FBS level. Penn State trailed 21-0 in the first half before exploding for 35 unanswered points to improve to 6-3 and 3-2 in the Big Ten. Two of its three losses have come to ranked teams (Alabama and Iowa) and the third against Illinois.

The Buckeyes' series with Penn State shows Ohio State with a narrow 13-12 advantage. The series is tied 5-5 in all games played in Happy Valley. Ohio State has an 8-6 advantage in all games played in Columbus and an 11-6 advantage in games since Penn State began Big Ten football participation in 1993.

Since joining the Big Ten in 1913, Ohio State is 460-191-28 all-time in Big Ten games. The Buckeyes' all-time conference win percentage of 69.8% is the best of any Big Ten school.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

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Jody Victor®: The Buckeyes Take A Bye Week

Jody Victor: Saturday's game was exciting to watch. Here's some great football news from osu.edu.

Saturday Dan”Boom” Herron rushed for a career-high 114 yards and a TD – all in the first half – and Terrelle Pryor recorded 277 yards and accounted for three TDs as the Buckeyes improved to 8-1 and 4-1 in Big Ten play. Pryor completed 18 of 22 passes and also rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown for the Buckeyes, who are trying to ram their way back into the national championship picture.

After a disappointing loss at Wisconsin two weeks ago, the Buckeyes have bounced back to outscore Purdue and Minnesota 101-10, showing they're not ready to give up on making another BCS title game appearance just yet. They got some help earlier in the day when Missouri and Michigan State were both bounced from the ranks of the unbeaten.

Ohio State senior cornerback Chimdi Chekwa is one of 10 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation's best college defensive back. A native of Clemont, Fla., Chekwa is tied for the Big Ten lead with three interceptions in 2010. He recorded two in the win over No. 12 Miami (FL) back in September when he also broke up two pass attempts and recorded six tackles, including one for a loss. He is coming off one of his best games of the season Saturday at Minnesota where he recorded an interception and had one sack that caused a fumble and led to a John Simon touchdown late in the game. On the season, Chekwa has 28 tackles (22 solo), 4.0 TFL, 1.0 sack, two forced fumbles, three picks and five pass break-ups.

Ohio State has a bye this week and then finishes the season with a home game against Penn State and a road trip to Iowa before the annual showdown with Michigan at the Horseshoe in the finale.

The Ohio State-Penn State football game will kick off at 3:30 pm Eastern Saturday Nov. 13th, the Big Ten Conference announced this week.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

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