Ohio State Buckeyes face Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Ohio State Buckeyes will go up against Rutgers Scarlet Knights this Saturday, October 18. The home game will be the homecoming game for the Buckeyes. You can catch it on ABC, ESPN or BTN on TV or 97.1 FM on the radio. Kickoff time is 3:30 pm.

This will be the first time the teams will play each other, since Rutgers only joined the Big Ten Conference July 1 this year.

You can read more game notes here.

The homecoming weekend kicks off with pre-parade activities at 5:30 pm on Friday, October 17. The parade starts at 6:00 pm starting at the Ohio Stadium and ending at the Ohio Union. Immediately following, the Homecoming Pep Rally will be held inside the Ohio Union.

Find all information about Ohio State Homecoming week here.

Jody Victor

No. 3/4 Ohio State Back in Action Saturday vs. Iowa

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#3/4 Ohio State (6-0, 2-0 B1G) vs. Iowa (4-2, 1-1 B1G)
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 – 3:30 p.m. ET
Ohio Stadium (102,329)
Columbus, Ohio

THE BROADCASTS
Television: ABC (ESPN2 reverse mirror) will televise the game with Bob Wischusen and Rod Gilmore in the booth and Quint Kessenich on the sidelines.
Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the flagship station for the 64-station Ohio State Radio Network. The Urban Meyer 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 also can be heard on Sirius 113 and XM 190.

FIRST AND 10
Ohio State enters the game with the nation’s longest winning streak at 18 games.
Ohio State has won the last three meetings with Iowa and 11 of the last 12 overall.
Saturday’s game will feature the Big Ten’s second and third ranked rushing defenses (OSU, 2nd, 86.2 ypg; Iowa, 3rd, 88.5 ypg).
Ohio State leads the Big Ten and ranks sixth in the NCAA in scoring with 46.8 ppg.
Ohio State is outscoring teams 126-28 in the first quarter this season.
Ohio State is averaging 492.8 yards of total offense per game while giving up 326.8.
Ohio State’s defense ranks sixth nationally in rushing defense (86.2 ypg). The unit has not allowed a run of 20 or more yards this season.
Urban Meyer’s teams are 34-2 overall with more than a week to prepare for an opponent.
Junior QB Braxton Miller is tied for first with Joe Germaine with six career games of at least 300 yards of total offense.
Junior LB Ryan Shazier is second in the B1G with 8.0 TFL.
Saturday is Homecoming for Ohio State. #HomecomingOSU

SCOUTING THE HAWKEYES
The Hawkeyes (4-2, 1-1 B1G Legends) are also coming off one of their bye weekends after a 26-14 loss at home to Michigan State Oct. 5. Iowa opened the season with a 30-27 loss to now nationally-ranked Northern Illinois Aug. 31, but rebounded to win their next four vs. Missouri State (28-14), at Iowa State (27-21), Western Michigan (59-3) and at Minnesota (23-7).

Iowa features one of the top defenses in the Big Ten, ranking third in total defense (290.0 ypg), fewest points allowed (16.8 ppg), rushing defense (88.5 ypg) and pass defense (201.5 ypg) while its nine interceptions on the year are tied for third. They lead the conference in red zone defense, allowing just one TD and five field goals in nine opportunities. And when forcing its opponents to punt, they make them pay with a Big Ten-best 21.8 yards per return (2 for TDs), good for third in the NCAA. Senior LB Anthony Hitchens leads the team and is second in the Big Ten with 59 tackles. Senior CB B.J. Lowery has three interceptions, two of which he has returned for TDs.

Junior RB Mark Weisman leads the team and is third in the Big Ten with 104.0 yards per game with three TDs. Sophomore Jake Rudock has completed 60.3 percent of his passes with eight TDs and six INTs. His favorite target is junior WR Kevonte Martin-Manley who has 26 catches for 225 yards and one TD.

IT’S HOMECOMING!
Ohio Stadium will play host to the 92nd Homecoming game in school history this week with the Iowa Hawkeyes in town. Ohio State is officially 66-19-5 in Homecoming games.

GO BUCKS GO BUCKS GO BUCKS

Jody Victor

Ohio State Hosts Nebraska In Primetime

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#12 Ohio State (5-0, 1-0) vs. #21/20 Nebraska (4-1, 1-0)
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 – 8 p.m. ET
Ohio Stadium (102,329)
Columbus, Ohio

THE BROADCASTS
Television: ABC will televise the game with Brad Nessler and Todd Blackledge in the booth and Holly Rowe on the sidelines.
Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the fl agship station for the 73-station Ohio State radio network. The Urban Meyer 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 channel 113, XM 191 and Dial Global Sports (formerly Westwood One).

FIRST AND 10

  • The game will be the first time Ohio State and Nebraska will meet as ranked teams.
  • Both teams are coming off comeback wins over last year’s Big Ten championship game teams.
  • Nebraska came back from 21 points down in the second half to defeat Ohio State, 34-27, last year in Lincoln, Neb.
  • Carlos Hyde had two touchdowns, including a career-long 63-yarder, and 104 yards rushing last year against Nebraska.
  • Ohio State is 4-0 at Ohio Stadium this year.
  • Ohio State defeated Nebraska, 34-7, to open the 1956 season before an Ohio Stadium record crowd of 82,153.
  • Ohio State is playing its 100th season in the Big Ten Conference, having joined the league in 1912 and playing its first season of Big Ten football in 1913.
  • Nebraska is in its second season of Big Ten play.
  • Nebraska is the first ranked opponent in Ohio Stadium since No. 21 Penn State was here on Nov. 19 of last year.
  • Both Ohio State and Nebraska are playing their 123rd season of intercollegiate football.GAME ON
    Unbeaten and 12th ranked Ohio State, 5-0 and coming off its biggest win under Coach Urban Meyer, hosts No. 21/20 and 4-1 Nebraska in a huge, Leaders vs. Legends matchup in the Big Ten Conference. ABC will carry the 8 p.m. game to a national television audience.

    GAME DAY IS GAME NIGHT
    The game will be the 11th night game in Ohio Stadium history. Ohio State is 7-3 all-time in home night games, including a 33-29 win over Wisconsin last year in a game where 31 fourth quarter points were scored.

    Ohio Stadium night games:
    1. Sept. 14, 1985 – 10-7 win over Pitt
    2. Sept. 11, 1993 – 21-12 win over Washington
    3. Aug. 28, 1997 – 24-10 win over Wyoming
    4. Sept. 11, 1999 – 42-20 win over UCLA
    5. Oct. 6, 2001 – 38-20 win over Northwestern
    6. Aug. 30, 2003 – 28-9 win over Washington
    7. Sept. 10, 2005 – 25-22 loss to Texas
    8. Oct. 25, 2008 – 13-6 loss to Penn State
    9. Sept. 12, 2009 – 18-15 loss to USC
    10. Oct. 29, 2011 – 33-27 win over Wisconsin

    1972 TEAM TO BE RECOGNIZED
    Members of the 1972 Ohio State team will be recognized during the Nebraska game. The 1972 Buckeyes went 9-2 overall and 7-1 in the Big Ten Conference to earn a share of the championship. It would be the first of a Big Ten-record six consecutive Big Ten titles (outright and shared). Captains were Richard Galbos and George Hasenohrl. LB Randy Gradishar and OT John Hicks were named all Americans while OG Charles Bonica and DT Hasenohrl joined them as all-Big Ten selections. This was the first year freshmen are eligible to play, signaling the start of the Archie Griffin era at Ohio State.

    AND IT’S HOMECOMING, TOO
    Ohio Stadium, celebrating its 90th season and where the Buckeyes won their 400th game two weeks ago (400-109-20) over UAB, will play host to the 91st Homecoming game in school history this week with the Cornhuskers in town. Ohio State is officially 65-19-5 in Homecoming games.

  • Go Bucks!!!
  • Jody Victor

Eddie George enshrined in College Football Hall of Fame

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2011 National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame class, including Ohio State’s Heisman Trophy-winning tailback Eddie George, was honored at the hall’s Enshrinement Festival last weekend in South Bend, Ind.

George, who holds the single season and single game rushing records for Ohio State and ranks second only to the great Archie Griffin in career yards, becomes the 23rd Ohio State player to enter college football’s Hall of Fame. He is one of only six Ohio State individuals with his name honored in lights in the north end zone of Ohio Stadium. The University recognized George’s pending induction into the Hall of Fame at halftime of Ohio State’s Oct. 28, 2011 Homecoming game against Wisconsin.

The weekend in South Bend kicked off with a Ribs Cook-Off and Block Party. Friday evening concluded with the annual Blazer Presentation, where the Hall of Famers were formally introduced and presented with their official blazers amidst the fans and spectators. Both events were hosted at the Hall of Fame Gridiron Plaza in downtown South Bend.

The events culminated Saturday night with the Hall of Fame Enshrinement Show, hosted by FOX and NFL Network analyst Charles Davis.

George, Ohio State’s sixth Heisman Trophy winner, rushed for a school-record 1,927 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior in 1995. Included in that total were three 200-yard games highlighted by a still-standing school-record 314-yard performance against Illinois. 

George rushed for 1,442 yards as a junior after a combined 399 yards rushing his first two seasons (giving him 3,768 career yards). He was drafted in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers. He was named the 1996 NFL Rookie of the Year and played nine years in the league, earning four Pro Bowl berths.

He received his degree in landscape architecture from Ohio State in 2001 through the school’s degree completion program. Later that year his No. 27 jersey was retired by the Athletics Department. In 2006 he was inducted into the Ohio State University Athletics Hall of Fame.

Eddie, and his wife Taj, live in Tennessee with their two sons, Eriq and Jaire.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor