Jody Victor®: Ohio State (3-1, 0-0) vs. #25 Michigan State (3-1, 0-0)

Jody Victor: This week's game is on Saturday, Oct 1. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. ET in Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio. And here's some great Buckeye football news from osu.edu and OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

The Broadcasts
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 Conference in 1913, Ohio State is 70-23-4 in conference openers.

·  This is the 40th meeting between the schools in football; Ohio State leads the series 27-12.

·  Ohio State has won seven in a row against Michigan State.

·  Michigan State has not won in Columbus since the 1998 season when Ohio State was No. 1.

·  Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio was the Buckeyes' defensive coordinator from 2001-03.

·  Freshman Braxton Miller threw for 83 yards and two TDs and rushed for 83 more in his first career start last Saturday against Colorado.

·  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 and fifth in the NCAA in kickoff returns at 30.8 yards per return.

·  Junior Jordan Hall racked up 231 all-purpose yards last week vs. Colorado and is averaging 177.0 in two games this season.

·  Ohio State is 55-5 at Ohio Stadium since the start of the 2002 season.

 

 

Did You Know?

Luke Fickell will be the first Ohio State coach to face a defending Big Ten champion in his conference opener (Michigan State) since the Buckeyes began Big Ten competition in 1913.

About the SpartansMichigan State is 3-1 on the season and ranked No. 25 in this week's USA Today/Coaches poll. The Spartans opened the season with wins over Youngstown State (28-6) and Florida Atlantic (44-0) at home before suffering their first loss of the season in week 3 at Notre Dame (31-13). Last week they rebounded against in-state foe Central Michigan, 45-7, in East Lansing.

The Spartans lead the nation in total and pass defense, giving up just 172.2 yards per game and 101.0 yards through the air. They also rank third in pass efficiency defense (79.25) and eighth in fewest points allowed (11.0) and have picked off a Big Ten-best six passes in four games.

Senior quarterback Kirk Cousins is third in the Big Ten in passing yards per game (236.8) and fourth in passer efficiency (147.9). His favorite target is senior wide receiver and Biletnikoff candidate B.J Cunningham, who leads the Big Ten with 29 catches while averaging 107.0 yards per game and 14.8 yards per catch. Le'Veon Bell (217 yards, 6 TDs) and Edwin Baker (216 yards, 1 TD) are the leading men on the ground.

Mark Dantonio, Ohio State's defensive coordinator from 2001-03, is in his fifth season in East Lansing after spending the previous three at Cincinnati. He is 54-37 in his career as a head coach and 36-20 at Michigan State, leading the Spartans to a Big Ten co-championship and Capital One bowl appearance in 2011.

Series History

The Buckeyes lead the series with Michigan State 27-12, with a 14-7 advantage in Columbus. Ohio State has won the last seven games in the series overall. Michigan State will be returning to Columbus for the first time since 2007 when Ohio State held off a late Spartan rally, 24-17. 

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor