Jody Victor: The Buckeyes will be playing their first Thursday night regular season game since the 1997 opener against Wyoming. Did the Buckeyes win? Read on to find out. Here some interesting stats, records and info from osu.edu.
The Big Ten Network will televise the game – Marshall (0-0) at #2/2 Ohio State (0-0) this Thursday evening, Sept, 2, 2010 – 7:30 pm ET in Ohio Stadium (102,329).
* Thursday kicks off the 121st season of football at Ohio State
* Jim Tressel is 18-5-1 all-time in season openers and 9-0 at Ohio State
* Jim Tressel has won 14 straight season openers and 18 of his last 20 overall
* The Buckeyes will be going for their sixth consecutive Big Ten championship in 2010
* Ohio State has 34 Big Ten championships all time, trailing only Michigan with 42
* Ohio State is 52-5 at Ohio Stadium since the start of the 2002 season
* Ohio State is one of only three FBS teams to record at least 10 wins in each of the past five seasons (Virginia Tech, Texas)
* Ohio State has played in 8 BCS bowls, the most all-time ahead of USC and Oklahoma (7)
* Ohio State has won 54 consecutive regular-season, non-conference home games against teams not ranked in the AP Top 25
* Ohio State has had 55 consecutive crowds of more than 100,000 at Ohio Stadium
* Ohio State has not lost a home opener in 32 years – Sept 16, 1978 to be exact when No. 6 Ohio State suffered a 19-0 loss to No. 5 Penn State in Woody Hayes final season as head coach
* Ohio State has a all-time opening day record of 104-12-4. The Buckeyes' last opening day loss away from Columbus was to Miami in the 1999 Kickoff Classic in East Rutherford, N.J.
* All-time, the Buckeyes are 108-8-4 in home openers since 1890. The largest opening day crowd at Ohio Stadium was 105,092 in the 2009 opener vs. Navy.
* Thursday's opener will be the first time the Buckeyes play a home game on a non-Saturday since beating Wyoming, 24-10, Aug, 28, 1997, in a Thursday night season opener – the season following the 1997 Rose Bowl victory under John Cooper.