No. 4/3 Ohio State Hits the Road to Face California

Jody Victor: Here is some great Buckeye football news from and


Ohio State enters the game with the nation’s longest winning streak at 14 games.
Ohio State is playing in Berkeley for the first time since the 1972 season, a 35-18 OSU win.
Ohio State is 6-1 all-time vs. Cal, having won the last six meetings overall.
Ohio State and Cal are meeting for the second consecutive season, with OSU winning 35-28 last season in Columbus.
Ohio State’s defense has not allowed a single point in the first and fourth quarters this season.
The Silver Bullet defense has only allowed one rush of more than 10 yards and has allowed an average of only 68.5 yards on the ground.
Ohio State is playing in its first regular season game in the state of California since 2008 at USC.
Junior Braxton Miller (2,068) needs 13 yards rushing to pass Cornelius Greene (2,080) and become Ohio State’s all-time leading rusher among QBs.
Head coach Urban Meyer is 44-4 in his career in games played in August/September.
Meyer is 2-0 in his head coaching career vs. California, with one of those wins coming at Utah in 2003.

Scouting The Bears
California is 1-1 on the season after dropping its season opener to Northwestern, 44-30, before picking up its first win last Saturday with a 37-30 victory over Portland State.

The Bears are led offensively by true freshman quarterback Jared Goff, who leads the nation with 930 passing yards to go along with four TDs and three INTs. He has completed 62.3 percent of his passes while his 114 passing attempts (71 completions) also leads the nation.

Junior Brendan Bigelow leads the Bears on the ground with 140 yards (4.1 avg) while sophomores Bryce Treggs (21 rec., 266 yds) and Chris Harper (15 rec., 212 yds) are Goff’s favorite targets. Thirteen different Bears have caught at least one pass through two games this season.

California is led by first-year head coach Sonny Dykes, who is 23-16 in his career after spending the past three seasons at Louisiana Tech. Dykes led the Bulldogs to the Poinsettia Bowl after winning the Western Athletic Conference title in 2011.


Jody Victor