No. 14 Ohio State Travels To No. 20 Michigan State

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#14 Ohio State (4-0, 0-0) at #20 Michigan State (3-1, 0-0)
Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 – 3:30 p.m. ET
Spartan Stadium (75,005)
East Lansing, Mich.

THE BROADCASTS
Television: ABC will televise the game with Brent Musburger and former Buckeye Kirk Herbstreit in the booth and Heather Cox on the sidelines.
Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the fl agship station for the 73-station Ohio State radio network. The Urban Meyer 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 channel 137, XM 85 and Dial Global Sports (formerly Westwood One).

FIRST AND 10

  • Ohio State and Michigan State are meeting for the 41s time on the gridiron since the first meeting in 1912.
  • Ohio State is playing its first game in Spartan Stadium in four years, or since the 2008 season.
  • Ohio State won the last meeting in East Lansing, 45-7 in 2008.
  • Urban Meyer and Mark Dantonio are each the 24th head coaches in their respective school’s history.
  • This is Ohio State’s first game on grass this year.
  • Ohio State was 0-3 on grass fields in 2011 (losses at Miami, Purdue and Florida at the Gator Bowl)
  • Ohio State is playing its 100th season in the Big Ten Conference this season, having joined the league in 1912 and playing its first season of Big Ten football in 1913.
  • This year is Michigan State’s 60th season of Big Ten football after joining the league in 1949 and playing its first season in 1953.
  • The game will be the Big Ten opener for each school. Ohio State is 70-24-4 in Big Ten openers.
  • QB Braxton Miller is averaging 110.2 rushing yards per game and is seventh in the NCAA in scoring at 11.5 points per game.

GAME ON
No. 14 Ohio State, unbeaten and 4-0 after four consecutive home games at Ohio Stadium to open the 2012 season, travels to East Lansing, Mich., for a 3:30 p.m., nationally televised game against the No. 20 Michigan State Spartans. ABC will televise the game. ESPN College Gameday will be on site, the 30th time the Buckeyes will be a featured team at a GameDay site.

FIRST GAME IN EAST LANSING SINCE 2008
Ohio State hasn’t played at Spartan Stadium since the 2008 season. The teams did not play in either 2009 or 2010. Last year Michigan State snapped a seven-game losing streak in the series with a 10-7 win in Ohio Stadium.

FIRST VISIT FOR VIRTUALLY EVERY BUCKEYE
Not only will the game be the first road test of the season for Urban Meyer’s Ohio State team, it will also be the first visit to Michigan State for virtually every player on the team with these two exceptions: Sr. DE Nathan Williams played as a true freshman in the 2008 game and made one tackle; Sr. LB Etienne Sabino also played in that 2008 game on special teams as a true freshman.

COACH vs. COACH
Ashtabula, Ohio, native Urban Meyer (Cincinnati, ’86; Ohio State, ’88) and Zanesville, Ohio, native Mark Dantonio (South Carolina, ’79; Ohio, ’80) will coach on opposite sidelines as head coaches for the first time. Meyer is 108-23 in 11 seasons as a head coach and Dantonio is 65-40 in his ninth season as a collegiate head coach.

OHIO STATE vs. MICHIGAN STATE IN 2012
The game will match a Spartan defense that ranks first in the Big Ten Conference in scoring (11.8 points allowed), rushing (69.2 yards allowed), total defense (233.5 yards allowed) and is second against the pass (164.2 yards allowed) against an Ohio State offense that ranks third in scoring (37.8 points per game), second in rushing (229.2 yards per game) and fourth in total offense (427.0 yards per game). The Buckeyes are 10th in passing offense with an average of 197.8 yards per game.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

No. 16 Ohio State Hosts UAB

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UAB (0-2) at #16 Ohio State (3-0)
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 – Noon ET
Ohio Stadium (102,329)
Columbus, Ohio

The Broadcasts
Television:BTN will televise the game with Eric Collins and Derek Rackley calling the action and Lisa Byington on the sidelines. The game also is available on BTN2Go.com.

Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the flagship station for the 73-station Ohio State radio network. The Urban Meyer 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 113 and XM channel 197.

FIRST AND 10

  • Ohio State concludes a four-game home-stand of noon games Saturday against the University of Alabama at Birmingham or “UAB”. Either is correct on first reference.
  • Ohio State and UAB are playing for the first time in football.
  • Ohio State is seeking win No. 400 in 90-year-old Ohio Stadium. Ohio State’s official record in the stadium is 399-109-20.
  • Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is 107-23 in his 11th season as a head coach.
  • UAB coach Garrett McGee is in his first season as a collegiate head coach. He has been an assistant with six different teams, including Northwestern (2004-07).
  • Urban Meyer’s teams are 37-4 in the month of September and have won 11 consecutive games (Mississippi, 2008).
  • Ohio State is 60-7 at Ohio Stadium since the start of the 2002 season.
  • Ohio State has won 60 consecutive regular-season non-conference home games vs. unranked (Associated Press) teams. The last loss: 34-17 to Florida State, Oct. 2, 1982.
  • Quarterback Braxton Miller is the Big Ten Conference’s offensive player of the week for the first time. He was freshman of the week twice in 2011.
  • Next Week: Ohio State opens Big Ten play on the road against Michigan State.

KICKING THINGS OFF
Ohio State concludes a four-game homestand to open the 2012 season with a noon game Saturday, Sept. 22 against the University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State is ranked 16th this week by the Associated Press after opening the season 18th, moving up to 14th in Week 2 and to 12th in Week 3.

TOUGH WIN vs. CAL KEEPS BUCKS UNBEATEN
Ohio State prevailed in a battle against a talented and determined California team on Saturday and improved to 3-0 on the season with a 35-28 victory. Braxton Miller connected with a wide open Devin Smith on a 72-yard touchdown pass play with 3:26 left in the game and Christian Bryant capped the win with an interception with 1:09 to play. Cal, 1-2 on the season and at USC this week, outgained the Buckeyes, 512 to 412, and came back from a 20-7 deficit to lead 21-20 in the fourth quarter. But Miller led two scoring drives around Cal’s third missed field goal of the day to give Ohio State its 399th victory in Ohio Stadium. Miller finished with a career-high 249 yards passing and four touchdowns with Smith and Jake Stoneburner catching two apiece. Miller also had a 55-yard touchdown run.

A LITTLE ABOUT UAB
Garrick McGee was named the head football coach at UAB Dec. 4, 2011 after serving on the staff at Arkansas for four years, including the past two seasons as the Razorbacks’ offensive coordinator. UAB is coming off a 49-6 loss at No. 8 South Carolina Saturday that dropped its record to 0-2 on the season. UAB lost to in-state rival Troy, 39-29, in its opener and had an open week in Week 2 of the season.

The Gamecocks led, 21-6 at halftime, although they were outgained by the Blazers, 178-130. Twice in the second half UAB did not score on first-and-goal situations while USC added four scores, includin g a 94-yard touchdown pass, to put the game away.

UAB STATS LEADERS
The Blazers are averaging 363.0 yards per game (282.5 passing; 80.5 rushinig) and allowing 477.0 (256.5 passing and 220.5 rushing). Quarterback Jonathan Perry has completed 52.2 percent of his passes (35 of 67) for 536 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Jacki Williams and Patrick Hearn have 11 receptions apiece, for 202 and 174 yards, respectively. Linebackers Marvin Burdette (17) and Greg Irvin (16) lead the team in tackles.

123RD FOOTBALL SEASON
The 2012 football season will be the 123rd season for the Ohio State football program. Football became a varsity sport at Ohio State in 1890. Ohio State ranks fifth all-time in NCAA Division I history with 826 wins. Ohio State’s all-time record is 827-315-53.

100TH BIG TEN SEASON
The 2012 season will be Ohio State’s 100th season of play in the Big Ten Conference. Ohio State joined the former Western Conference during the 1912-13 academic year, but it could not compete in the conference in football until 1913. Ohio State ranks second in all-time Big Ten wins with a record of 457-171-24. Ohio State also ranks second with 34 outright or shared Big Ten championships.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

No. 12 Ohio State Hosts California

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California (1-1) at #12 Ohio State (2-0)
Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 – Noon ET
Ohio Stadium (102,329)
Columbus, Ohio

The Broadcasts
Television: ABC will televise the game to a national audience with Beth Mowins and former Buckeye Joey Galloway on the call and Lewis Johnson on the sidelines.
Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the flagship station for the 73-station Ohio State radio network. The Urban Meyer  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 and XM channel 91.

FIRST AND 10

  • Seventy years ago (1942) Ohio State won the first of its seven national championships and four members off that 1942 team – E Paul Matus, G Carmen Naples, QB Paul “Robin” Priday and E Don Steinberg – will be honored at the game.
  • Ohio State and California are playing for the first time in 40 years.
  • Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is 106-23 in his 11th season as a head coach.
  • Cal coach Jeff Tedford is 80-49 in his 11th season as a head coach (all at Cal).
  • Meyer’s teams are 36-4 in the month of September.
  • Ohio State and Cal will square off Sept. 14, 2013 at Cal’s newly renovated Memorial Stadium.
  • Ohio State is 7-3 in its last 10 games against Pac-12 competition, dating back to the 1997 season.
  • The Big Ten Conference went 0-3 last week – all on the road – vs. teams from the Pacific-12.
  • Ohio State has won 59 consecutive regular-season non-conference home games vs. teams not ranked in the AP Top 25. The last loss: 34-17 to Florida State, Oct. 2, 1982.
  • Ohio State is 59-7 at Ohio Stadium since the start of the 2002 season.KICKING THINGS OFF
    Ohio State and California kick off a two-year home-and-home series with a game Saturday, Sept. 15, at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes are 2-0 so far this season and are ranked 12th this week by the Associated Press while Cal comes to town with a 1-1 record.

    The game will be the third of four consecutive home games at Ohio Stadium for the Buckeyes. Cal is on the road for the first time this season. Ohio State hosts UAB next week (time still TBD). Cal plays at USC.

    12 TO ENTER HALL OF FAME
    Twelve outstanding former student-athletes will be enshrined into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame this weekend. The class will be inducted Friday at a dinner in the Ohio Union and will be introduced to the public at halftime of the Ohio State/California game Saturday. The 2012 class includes Louise Bond-Williams (fencing), Pete Cusick (football), Jessica Davenport (basketball), George Downes (wrestling), Joseph Gailus (football), Ray Griffin (football), Rex Holman (wrestling), Bob Knight (lifetime achievement), Keturah Lofton (track and field), Dick Schafrath (football), Jim Stone (women’s volleyball coach) and Mike Vrabel (football).

    ABOUT THE GOLDEN BEARS
    California is 1-1 on the season with a 31-24 opening game loss to Nevada, followed by a 50-31 win over Southern Utah Saturday.

    Senior QB Zach Maynard is fifth in the Pac-12 with a 154.2 passer rating. He has completed 64.2 percent of his passes for 474 yards to go along with three TDs and one INT. Last week in the win over Southern Utah he was 17 of 23 for 229 yards with one TD and one INT. Freshman Chris Harper is his favorite target with 12 catches for 151 yards and one score. Wide receiver Keenan Allen has 11 receptions in 2012 and 155 for his career for nearly 2,000 yards.

    Defensively, Cal is sixth in the NCAA with 10.0 TFL per game and tied for 23rd with 3.0 sacks.

    Jeff Tedford is in his 11th season in Berkeley with an 80-49 record. He has led the Golden Bears to eight bowl appearances, going 5-3 in those contests.

    BUCKEYES LEAD SERIES, 5-1
    Ohio State and Cal have met six times previously, and the start of this home-and-home is the third time the teams have played in consecutive years.

    Ohio State vs. California
    1-1-21 – Cal 28, Ohio State 0 (at Rose Bowl)
    1-2-50 – Ohio State 17, Cal 14 (at Rose Bowl)
    10-3-53 – Ohio State 33, Cal 19 (Memorial Stadium)
    10-2-54 – Ohio State 21, Cal 13 (Ohio Stadium)
    10-2-71 – Ohio State 35, Cal 3 (Ohio Stadium)
    10-7-72 – Ohio State 35, Cal 18 (Memorial Stadium)

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

No. 18 Ohio State Welcomes Central Florida in Week 2

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UCF (1-0) at #18 Ohio State (1-0)
Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 – Noon ET
Ohio Stadium (102,329)
Columbus, Ohio

THE BROADCASTS
Television:ESPN2 will televise the game with Beth Mowins and former Buckeye Joey Galloway on the call.

Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the fl agship station for the 73-station Ohio State radio network. The Urban Meyer 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 channel 113 XM channel 196.

FIRST AND 10

  • Ohio State and Central Florida (UCF) are meeting for the first time on the gridiron.
  • Fans will be asked to wear scarlet and to wear gray for a Scarlet and Gray the Shoe promotion.
  • Ohio State is playing its 123rd season of football; UCF is playing its 34th.
  • Two cool schools: 56,867 attend Ohio State’s main campus; 58,698 attend UCF.
  • Both teams are coming off 50-point openers: Ohio State over Miami, 56-10, and UCF winning at Akron, 56-14.
  • Urban Meyer has 105 wins as a collegiate head coach. UCF’s George O’Leary has 103.
  • Ohio State has won 58 consecutive regular-season non-conference home games vs. teams not ranked in the AP Top 25. The last loss: 34-17 to Florida State, Oct. 2, 1982.
  • Ohio State is 58-7 at Ohio Stadium since the start of the 2002 season.
  • Ohio State has opened a season with a win every year since 2000, 13 consecutive wins.
  • Ohio State is 32-2 in its last 34 season-openers Both of those 0-1 starts took place in the Kickoff Classic at Giants Stadium – 1999 to Miami and 1986 to Alabama.KICKING THINGS OFF
    Ohio State hosts UCF Saturday in Ohio Stadium in the first-ever meeting between the schools. The noon kickoff will be televised nationally on ESPN2 with former Buckeye and NFL wide receiver great Joey Galloway providing color commentary alongside the play-by-play of Beth Mowins.

    OSU & UCF OPEN WITH 50-POINT GAMES
    Ohio State is coming off a season-opening 56-10 win over Miami in front of 105,039 fans at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes shook off a slow start to amass eight touchdowns and 538 offensive yards – 368 by Braxton Miller- while the team’s defense held the Redhawks to negative rushing yards (-1).

    UCF rolled over Akron last Thursday, 56-14, in front of a partisan crowd of 12,616 fans at Akron’s InfoCision Stadium. The Knights scored four rushing and four passing touchdowns and put the game away with a 28-point second quarter. Statistically, outside of a 206-69 rushing advantage for UCF, the numbers were similar (UCF had 386 yards to Akron’s 325; Akron led in first downs 19-18, but the Zips also lost three fumbles).

  • BUCKEYES RANKED 18TH BY AP
    Ohio State is still currently ranked 18th this week by the Associated Press with the new poll scheduled to be released Tuesday. The Buckeyes, who have been ranked by the AP more times – 790 weeks – than any school in the nation, appeared in the AP preseason poll for the 24th consecutive season two weeks ago, the longest such streak in the nation. This initial ranking in 2012 also marked the 45th consecutive season Ohio State has appeared in the AP toll, tying Alabama for the longest active streak.

    OPENING SALVOS …
    The season-opening win by the Buckeyes was the first at Ohio State for Urban Meyer, who is now 4-0 in inaugural games. The win improved first-year coaches’ records at Ohio State to 22-1-1 in their debut games and to 22-1-1 in their initial home game. Ohio State has won 33 consecutive home openers.

  • Go Bucks!!!
  • Jody Victor