Jody Victor : OSU Hosts Minnesota – Big Ten Opener

Jody Victor: No. 13/14 Ohio State (3-1/0-0) hosts undefeated Minnesota (4-0/0-0) in a noon game this Saturday at Ohio Stadium (102,329). The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.

The Buckeyes and Gophers are playing for the 48th time; Ohio State has a 40-7 advantage in the series, with a 20-3 mark in Columbus. The Buckeyes have won the last five games in the series, including a 30-7 OSU victory last season in Minneapolis.

* Ohio State is 3-1 and 0-0 in the Big Ten.

* Minnesota is 4-0 and 0-0 in the Big Ten.

* This is the 48th meeting between the schools in football; Ohio State leads the series 40-7.

* Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel is 76-17 in eight seasons in Columbus; 211-74-2 in his 23 rd season overall.

* Ohio State was picked as Big Ten preseason favortie and is the three-time defending Big Ten champion.

* Coach Tim Brewster is 5-11 in two seasons at Minnesota.

* The win over Ohio was the Buckeyes' 800th all-time victory.

* Crowds of more than 100,000 have seen the last 44 games at Ohio Stadium.

* The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten in pass defense and are second in total defense.

* Autumn quarter classes at Ohio State begin Wednesday, September 24.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor