Jody Victor®: Ohio State (4-3, 1-2) vs. #15 Wisconsin (6-1, 2-1)

Jody Victor: Here's some great Buckeye football news about this week's game from osu.edu  and OhioStateBuckeyes.com. The game is Saturday, October 29, 2011 with kickoff at 8 p.m. ET in Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio.

The Broadcasts
Television: ESPN will televise the game with Brad Nessler and Todd Blackledge in the booth and Holly Rowe on the the sidelines.

Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the flagship station for the 73-station Ohio State radio network. The Luke Fickell 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 can also be heard live on Sirius-XM satellite radio and Westwood One.

First and 10

·  Head coach Luke Fickell picked up his first victory over a ranked opponent with a 17-7 win at No. 15 Illinois Oct. 15.

·  The Buckeyes rank sixth in the NCAA with 27.2 yards per kickoff return.

·  Ohio State ranks 12th nationally in fewest points allowed at 16.2 ppg.

·  Braxton Miller is one of just three true freshman starting QBs among FBS schools.

·  Senior RB Dan “Boom” Herron has scored a rushing TD in 13 straight games, the most by a Buckeye since Keith Byers (21) in 1983-84.

·  The Buckeyes are 19-1 in Herron's career when he rushes for at least 55 yards.

·  Junior DL John Simon recorded 2.0 sacks and 4.0 TFL, the most by a Buckeye since 2007, in the win at Illinois. The 4.0 TFL also tied for second best on OSU's all-time single-game list.

·  Kicker Drew Basil has connected on eight consecutive field goal attempts.

·  Senior LB Andrew Sweat leads the Buckeyes with 49 tackles.

·  Eddie George, OSU's 1995 Heisman Trophy winner, will be honored at halftime Saturday.

About the Badgers
Wisconsin is ranked No. 15 in the latest BCS standings with a 6-1 overall record and a 2-1 mark in the Big Ten Leaders Division. Its only blemish came at the hands of Michigan State on a last-second, 44-yard Hail Mary TD pass at the end of regulation that handed UW its first setback of the season, 37-31. The loss snapped a nine-game conference winning streak by the Badgers along with their 13-game regular-season winning streak.

The Badgers enter Saturday's game at the Horseshoe ranked No. 5 nationally in scoring, averaging 47.3 points per game. They also rank in the Top 10 in the NCAA in rushing (8th, 252.1 ypg), total offense (8th, 511.7) and passing efficiency (2nd, 193.1). Junior running back Monte Ball leads the nation in scoring at 16.29 points per game and is 15th with 109.7 rushing yards per game — good for second best in the Big Ten. Quarterback Russell Wilson leads the Big Ten and is second nationally in passer efficiency (204.9). He has completed 109 of 149 pass attempts for 1,780 yards with 16 TDs and three interceptions.

The other side of the ball has posted some of the better defensive numbers in the country as well, ranking in the Top 10 in total defense (9th, 286.7 ypg), fewest points allowed (6th, 13.5 ppg) and pass defense (4th, 165.5 ypg). They also rank second in punt returns with a 20.0 ypg average. Sophomore linebacker Chris Borland leads the team with 71 tackles and 10.0 TFL to go along with 2.0 sacks and one interception.

Bret Bielema (Iowa, 1992) is in his sixth season as the head coach with a 55-17 record entering Saturday's game. He has led the Badgers to bowl appearances all five seasons, including a trip to the Rose Bowl last season.

OSU-UW Series
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. (Note: the 2010 season was vacated by The Ohio State University).

Ohio State to Wear Advanced Nike Uniforms for Wisconsin Game
Ohio State will be donning uniquely designed, highly advanced Nike uniforms Saturday against Wisconsin, honoring the 50th anniversary of The Ohio State University's undefeated 1961 championship season — a distinctive milestone that provides a source of inspiration for a program steeped in tradition and rooted in pride. The 2011 Nike Pro Combat system of dress design for the Buckeyes harkens back to that team, whose offensive power lived in its backfield, led by the 6'0, 227 pound All-American fullback, Bob Ferguson. The Heisman runner-up was a power runner and contributed immensely to the team's noteworthy speed, aggression and smarts. This uniform acknowledges the dominance of the 1961.

Distinctive white block lettering on Ohio State's bold scarlet jersey is accompanied by gray sleeve and collar accents that provide a retro look high in contrast. An inscription of the year “1961” on the inner neckline, socks and sleeves act as a silent reminder of the indisputable determination of that year's lineup. A steel gray baselayer and matching arm sleeves feature a print reminiscent of a buckeye tree. These two pieces are patterned after Buckeye Grove – home to a collection of buckeye trees planted in honor of each first team All-American player, like Ferguson, whose presence always commanded respect. Dark gray pants complement the baselayer design, emblazoned with a prominent block `O' on the hip alongside a scarlet streak on the pant leg.

Homecoming
Saturday will be the 90th Homecoming celebrated at Ohio State with the Buckeyes 64-19-5 in Homecoming games. The 2010 game is not reflected in the overall record.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

 

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Jody Victor®: Buckeyes Get a Bye Week

Jody Victor: Here's some great Buckeye football news from osu.edu and OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The bye week comes at just the right time for the Buckeyes in between a 17-7 win at No. 16 Illinois and a home date with No. 6 Wisconsin looming next Saturday night under the lights in the Horseshoe.

The Buckeyes picked up a solid, much-needed victory over the previously unbeaten Illini on the road, giving the team some positive momentum as they get to heal some bumps and bruises with an extra week to prepare for the Badgers.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

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Jody Victor®: Ohio State at No. 16/15 Illinois

Jody Victor: This week's game is Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 at 2:30/3:30 p.m. ET, in Memorial Stadium, Champaign, Illinois. Here's some great Buckeye football news from osu.edu  and OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

The Broadcasts
Television: ABC will televise the game with Bob Wischusen, Bob Davey and Heather Cox (sideline) on the call.

Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the flagship station for the 73-station Ohio State radio network. The Luke Fickell 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 can also be heard live on Sirius-XM satellite radio.

First and 10

·  Ohio State is 0-2 in the Big Ten for just the second time since 1993.

·  Ohio State lost back-to-back games for the first time in 88 games (2004), snapping the nation's longest streak without consecutive losses.

·  The Buckeyes rank sixth in the NCAA with 27.4 yards per kickoff return.

·  Ohio State is tied for 17th nationally in fewest points allowed at 17.8 ppg.

·  Freshman QB Braxton Miller racked up 186 yards of total offense in his third career start at Nebraska in two and a half quarters of play.

·  Sophomore RB Carlos Hyde recorded the first 100-yard rushing game of his career and the first for the Buckeyes this season with 104 yards and two TDs at Nebraska.

·  In his first game back from injury, WR Corey Brown caught three passes for 61 yards.

·  No. 16/15 Illinois is the third of four straight ranked opponents for the Buckeyes in October.

·  Kicker Drew Basil has connected on seven consecutive field goal attempts.

·  Senior LB Andrew Sweat  leads the Buckeyes with 43 tackles.

 

About the Illini
At 6-0, The Fighting Illini are off to their best start under head coach Ron Zook and their best since 1951 when the Illini started the season 7-0. Illinois has now won seven in a row dating back to its Texas Bowl victory to end 2010.

Offensively, Illinois is led by quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase who is fifth nationally and second in the Big Ten in passer efficiency (175.83).

Biletnikoff Award candidate A.J. Jenkins is fifth in the nation with 135.8 yards receiving per game. He caught six passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns Saturday at IU, marking his fourth 100-yard receiving game this season and the seventh of his career. Jenkins has 450 yards over the past two games, the most by an Illinois receiver in consecutive games.

Defensively, Illinois ranks first in the Big Ten and sixth nationally in sacks with 3.67 per game, with Whitney Mercilus second in the NCAA with 1.42 sacks per game. Tavon Wilson was named the Big Ten defensive player of the week after Saturday's win over Indiana. Wilson returned a fumble 66 yards for a touchdown to give the Illini a lead they would not relinquish in the 21-point win. Wilson also recorded a team-high 11 tackles, including nine solos, a career-high 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack and one pass break-up in the game.

Head coach Ron Zook is in his seventh season in Champaign with a record of 34-45 and his 10th overall (57-59) as a head coach. Prior to Illinois Zook spent three seasons at the University of Florida from 2002-04 where he went 23-14. Zook was named the 2007 National and Big Ten Coach of the Year after leading the Illini to the 2008 Rose Bowl.

Series History
Ohio State and Illinois will be meeting for the 97th time since the series was inaugurated in 1902. Until the series was interrupted in 2003, the two teams had played every year from 1914 to 2002.

Ohio State leads the series 62-30-4 and has a 33-12 advantage in Champaign. Between 1968 and 1982, the Buckeyes put together a 15-game winning streak against the Illini, the longest streak in the series by either team. Illinois won five in a row between 1988 and 1992.

Ohio State has won five of the last six meetings, but Illinois was a 28-21 winner in 2007 in Columbus. (Note: the 2010 season was vacated by The Ohio State University)

Illibuck Trophy
Illibuck is a wooden replica of a turtle presented to the winner of the Ohio State-Illinois football game. The tradition began with a live turtle in 1925. Illibuck is the second oldest trophy exchanged in the Big Ten, behind the Little Brown Jug between Minnesota and Michigan.

Not Since 2004
This week against unbeaten Illinois Ohio State will seek to stop a two-game Big Ten losing streak. The Buckeyes have not lost three games consecutively nor started 0-3 in the Big Ten since 2004. Both occurred concurrently. Ohio State finished 8-4 overall and 4-4 in the Big Ten (T4th) that season.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

 

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Jody Victor®: Ohio State At Nebraska

Jody Victor: This week Ohio State (3-2, 0-1) plays at Nebraska (4-1, 0-1), Saturday, Oct. 8, 7/8 p.m. ET in Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Nebraska. Here's some great Buckeye football news from osu.edu  and OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Television: ABC will televise the game with Sean McDonough, Matt Millen and Heather Cox (sideline) on the call.

Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the flagship station for the 73-station Ohio State radio network. The Luke Fickell 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 can also be heard live on Sirius satellite radio channel 91 and also XM 91.

First and 10

  • Since joining the Big Ten in 1913, Ohio State is 61-32-5 in conference road openers.
  • Ohio State is 198-78-10 (.709) all-time in Big Ten road games.
  • This is the third meeting between the schools in football; Ohio State leads the series 2-0.
  • Ohio State is making its first trip to Lincoln.
  • The Buckeyes rank second in the Big Ten with six interceptions in five games.
  • The Silver Bullets also rank third in the conference in rushing defense and fourth in total defense.
  • Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini was a four-year letterwinner and a two-year starter at free safety for Ohio State from 1987-90 and a team captain in 1990.
  • Ohio State is 14-of-17 inside the red zone this season (82.3 percent) with 10 TDs and 4 FGs.
  • Ohio State ranks second in the Big Ten (behind Nebraska) and sixth in the NCAA in kickoff returns at 29.0 yards per return.
  • Junior Jordan Hall is averaging 155.3 all-purpose yards in three games this season.

About the Huskers
Nebraska is 4-1, 0-1 in the Big Ten and ranked No. 14 and 15 in the latest Associated Press and USA Today polls. They suffered their first loss of the season Saturday night at No. 7 Wisconsin, 48-17. The Huskers started the season with wins over Chattanooga (40-7), Fresno State (42-29), Washington (51-38) and at Wyoming (38-14).

As a team, Nebraska leads the nation in kickoff returns at 30.5 yards a return and rank ninth in rushing, racking up just under 250 yards per game. Ameer Abdullah is the nation's best return man at 35.1 yards per kick return and 18th with 12.0 yards per punt return. Running back Rex Burkhead and quarterback Taylor Martinez rank second and fourth in rushing in the Big Ten with 103.2 and 96.4 yards per game, respectively.

Bo Pelini (Ohio State, 1990) is in his fourth season at Nebraska with a 34-13 overall record. He has led the Cornhuskers to three consecutive bowl games: Gator (2008) and Holiday Bowls (2009, 2010). Prior to getting the head coaching job at Nebraska, he served as LSU's defensive coordinator from 2005-07 and Oklahoma's co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach in 2004. He also was NU's defensive coordinator in 2003 after coaching stints in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers.

Series History
The Buckeyes and the Cornhuskers have met only twice all-time back in 1955 and 1956, both Ohio State victories in Columbus under Woody Hayes. Ohio State defeated Nebraska, 28-20, in its 1955 season opener (Sept. 24) before a 34-7 season-opening win on Sept. 29, 1956.

Big Ten Road Openers
Since joining the Big Ten Conference in 1913, Ohio State is 61-32-5 in conference road openers. Ohio State is 198-78-10 (.709) all-time in Big Ten road games.

By decades on the road in the Big Ten: 7-4 (1913-19); 12-6-1 (1920-29); 17-6-1 (1930-39); 8-9-2 (1940-49); 17-8-1 (1950-59); 24-6 (1960-69); 30-5-1 (1970-79); 26-14-1 (1980-89); 26-11-3 (1990-99); 31-9 (2000-09).

A Pair of Top 5 Programs
Ohio State and Nebraska are two of the Top 5 winningest teams in college football history. Ohio State is fifth all-time with 822 victories in 1,185 games. Nebraska is just ahead of the Buckeyes in fourth place all-time with 841 wins in 1,227 games.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

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