Jody Victor® : Ohio State vs. Penn State

Jody Victor: Ohio State and Penn State meet Saturday in a 3:30 p.m. game at Ohio Stadium that will be televised by ABC. Both teams are coming off losses. The Buckeyes, 6-4 overall and 3-3 in the Big Ten Leaders Division, dropped a 26-23 overtime decision at Purdue while Penn Stae, 8-2 and 5-1, had its seven-game winning streak snapped by Nebraska, 17-14, on its Senior Day at Beaver Stadium. In the meantime here's some great Buckeye football news from osu.edu  and OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

First and 10

  Twenty-four (24) Ohio State seniors will be honored before the start of Saturday's game.

  The Buckeyes are 15-2 in November games since the start of the 2005 season and 7-1 at home that month (not including 2010).

  Head coach Luke Fickell is 2-2 against ranked teams this season.

  Senior RB Dan “Boom” Herron has carried 89 times for 480 yards (120.0 ypg and 5.3 ypc) and 2 TDs in four games this season.

  Ohio State's three Big Ten defeats have been by a total of 13 points — an average of 4.3 per game.

  Ohio State has had six different true freshmen make starts while 14 have played in at least one game — 10th-most in the NCAA.

  Ohio State has allowed just one 100-yard rusher in the past 28 games at Ohio Stadium.

  All-American center Mike Brewster has made 46 consecutive starts for the Buckeyes.

  Braxton Miller set an Ohio State record for the longest rush by a QB with his 81-yard TD run against the Hoosiers Nov. 5.

  Three different Buckeyes (Herron, Miller, Carlos Hyde) rushed for at least 100 yards in the win over Indiana Nov. 5.

Ramifications of Last Week
Ohio State no longer controls its chances at a Leaders Division title – as it would have with a win over Purdue Saturday – and subsequent entry into the Big Ten championship game Dec. 3 in Indianapolis. Ohio State now needs wins over Penn State and Michigan in its final two games coupled with a Wisconsin loss at Illinois this week and a Wisconsin win against Penn State in two weeks to climb into a championship game tie-breaker scenario.

Penn State, meanwhile, can clinch a share of first place in the Leaders Division with a win this week, although a share of first place won't secure a Nittany Lion trip to Indianapolis. It would, however, set the Nittany Lions up for a winner-goes-to-Indy game Nov. 26 at Wisconsin.

One-Win Difference
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Penn State by the slimmest of margins: 13-12. Ohio State has won six of the last eight games in the series. (Note: Ohio State's 2010 victory at Ohio Stadium was vacated. All series records, streaks, etc. in this release do not include the result of the 2010 game.)

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor