Jody Victor: Third-ranked Ohio State (6-0/3-0 in the Big Ten) completes non-conference play for 2007, hosting Kent State (3-3/1-2 in the MAC) in a noon game this Saturday, at Ohio Stadium (102,329) in Columbus.
The Buckeyes lead the short series with the Kent State Golden Flashes by a 1-0 advantage. The only previous meeting between the schools was a 51-17 Ohio State win on Sept. 7, 2002, in a game played at Ohio Stadium. Coach Jim Tressel had a 4-3 record against Kent State in his 15 seasons as head coach at Youngstown State.
Ohio State is 173-48-15 in its history against opponents from the state of Ohio; that list includes Akron, Bowling Green, Case, Cincinnati, Denison, Heidelberg, Kent State, Kenyon, Marietta, Miami, Mount Union, Muskingum, Oberlin, Ohio Medical, Ohio, Ohio Wesleyan, Otterbein, Toledo, Western Reserve, Wilmington, Wittenberg, Wooster and Youngstown State.
The last time the Buckeyes matched up against three in-state rivals was in 1926, when they defeated Wittenberg (40-0), Ohio Wesleyan (47-0) and Wilmington (13-7). OSU faced Youngstown State and Akron and now Kent State in 2007. The Buckeyes have played at least one team from Ohio each season since 1997.
With six wins, the Buckeyes are one of just six teams in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (out of 119) to be bowl-eligible at this point of the 2007 season. The others are: Louisiana State, Cincinnati, Boston College, Hawaii and Arizona State.
You can watch the Buckeyes vs. the Golden Flashes at noon this Saturday on the Big Ten Network.