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.