Jody Victor®: Ohio State At Nebraska

Jody Victor: This week Ohio State (3-2, 0-1) plays at Nebraska (4-1, 0-1), Saturday, Oct. 8, 7/8 p.m. ET in Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Nebraska. Here's some great Buckeye football news from osu.edu  and OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

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 in 1913, Ohio State is 61-32-5 in conference road openers.
  • Ohio State is 198-78-10 (.709) all-time in Big Ten road games.
  • This is the third meeting between the schools in football; Ohio State leads the series 2-0.
  • Ohio State is making its first trip to Lincoln.
  • The Buckeyes rank second in the Big Ten with six interceptions in five games.
  • The Silver Bullets also rank third in the conference in rushing defense and fourth in total defense.
  • Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini was a four-year letterwinner and a two-year starter at free safety for Ohio State from 1987-90 and a team captain in 1990.
  • 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 (behind Nebraska) and sixth in the NCAA in kickoff returns at 29.0 yards per return.
  • Junior Jordan Hall is averaging 155.3 all-purpose yards in three games this season.

About the Huskers
Nebraska is 4-1, 0-1 in the Big Ten and ranked No. 14 and 15 in the latest Associated Press and USA Today polls. They suffered their first loss of the season Saturday night at No. 7 Wisconsin, 48-17. The Huskers started the season with wins over Chattanooga (40-7), Fresno State (42-29), Washington (51-38) and at Wyoming (38-14).

As a team, Nebraska leads the nation in kickoff returns at 30.5 yards a return and rank ninth in rushing, racking up just under 250 yards per game. Ameer Abdullah is the nation's best return man at 35.1 yards per kick return and 18th with 12.0 yards per punt return. Running back Rex Burkhead and quarterback Taylor Martinez rank second and fourth in rushing in the Big Ten with 103.2 and 96.4 yards per game, respectively.

Bo Pelini (Ohio State, 1990) is in his fourth season at Nebraska with a 34-13 overall record. He has led the Cornhuskers to three consecutive bowl games: Gator (2008) and Holiday Bowls (2009, 2010). Prior to getting the head coaching job at Nebraska, he served as LSU's defensive coordinator from 2005-07 and Oklahoma's co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach in 2004. He also was NU's defensive coordinator in 2003 after coaching stints in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers.

Series History
The Buckeyes and the Cornhuskers have met only twice all-time back in 1955 and 1956, both Ohio State victories in Columbus under Woody Hayes. Ohio State defeated Nebraska, 28-20, in its 1955 season opener (Sept. 24) before a 34-7 season-opening win on Sept. 29, 1956.

Big Ten Road Openers
Since joining the Big Ten Conference in 1913, Ohio State is 61-32-5 in conference road openers. Ohio State is 198-78-10 (.709) all-time in Big Ten road games.

By decades on the road in the Big Ten: 7-4 (1913-19); 12-6-1 (1920-29); 17-6-1 (1930-39); 8-9-2 (1940-49); 17-8-1 (1950-59); 24-6 (1960-69); 30-5-1 (1970-79); 26-14-1 (1980-89); 26-11-3 (1990-99); 31-9 (2000-09).

A Pair of Top 5 Programs
Ohio State and Nebraska are two of the Top 5 winningest teams in college football history. Ohio State is fifth all-time with 822 victories in 1,185 games. Nebraska is just ahead of the Buckeyes in fourth place all-time with 841 wins in 1,227 games.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor