No. 3 Ohio State vs. Indiana Game Notes

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#3 Ohio State (10-0, 6-0 B1G) vs. Indiana (4-6, 2-4 B1G)
Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 – 3:30 p.m. ET
Ohio Stadium (102,329)
Columbus, Ohio

The Broadcasts
Television: ABC (ESPN2 reverse mirror) will televise the game with Dave Flemming (p-by-p) and Chris Spielman (analyst) in the booth and Shannon Spake 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 119 & XM 202.

A Glance at the Buckeyes
Ohio State, 10-0 overall and 6-0 in the Big Ten, is currently ranked No. 3 in the BCS standings.

The Buckeye offense, averaging a Big Ten-best 49.4 points per game, leads the Big Ten and ranks fourth nationally with 536.9 yards per game. Their rushing attack ranks first in the Big Ten and fourth in the NCAA with 315.1 yards per game. The offense recorded a season-high 441-yard rushing performance at Illinois — the most ever for an Urban Meyer coached team.

Senior Carlos Hyde (947 yards, 11 TDs in seven games) is Ohio State’s top rusher and is 53 yards shy of becoming the first running back under Urban Meyer to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Junior QB Braxton Miller — OSU’s all-time leading rusher among QBs (2,580 yards, 23 TDs) — is the Big Ten leader in passer efficiency with 165.3 rating. He also is tied for the Big Ten lead with 295.0 yards of total offense per game in conference play. In his last outing he recorded his ninth career game with 300+ yards of total offense, rushing for 184 yards and a TD and throwing for 150 yards and a TD. Senior Corey “Philly” Brown (48 rec., 596 yds, 9 TDs) and junior Devin Smith (39 rec., 552 yds, 6 TDs) are Ohio State’s leading receivers.

The Silver Bullet defense is led by All-Big Ten junior linebacker Ryan Shazier (14.5), who, along with sophomore viper Noah Spence (12.0), rank first and third in the Big Ten in TFL, respectively. This young group is among the best in the Big Ten and the nation, allowing just 92.6 yards per game on the ground — fifth best in the NCAA. The Buckeye secondary, led by senior C.J. Barnett and junior All-American Bradley Roby, are third and fourth on the team with 56 and 45 tackles. Roby and junior Doran Grant leads the team with 3 INTs and have each returned INTs for TDs in consecutive games.

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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.

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Jody Victor

No. 3/4 Ohio State Travels to No. 15/16 Northwestern

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#3/4 Ohio State (5-0, 1-0) at #15/16 Northwestern (4-0, 0-0)
Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 – 7/8 p.m. ET
Ryan Field (47,130)
Evanston, Ill.

The Broadcast
Television: ABC will televise the game with Brent Musburger and former Buckeye Kirk Herbstreit in the booth and Heather Cox 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 nationally on Sports USA Radio with Adam Amin, Gary Barnett and Troy West and Sirius-XM channels 91.

First and 10
Ohio State enters the game with the nation’s longest winning streak at 17 games.
Ohio State has won the last four meetings with Northwestern and 28 of the last 29 overall.
Ohio State ranks first in the Big Ten and fifth in the NCAA in first downs with 127.
Ohio State leads the Big Ten and ranks sixth in the NCAA in scoring with 48.2 ppg.
Ohio State is outscoring teams 216-21 in the first quarter this season.
Ohio State is averaging 501.2 yards of total offense per game while giving up only 304.0.
Ohio State’s defense ranks eighth nationally in rushing defense (84.6 ypg). The unit has not allowed a run of 20 or more yards this season.
Junior Braxton Miller passed Cornelius Greene to become Ohio State’s all-time leading rusher among QBs with 83 yards rushing vs. Wisconsin.
Miller is tied for first with Joe Germaine with six career games of at least 300 yards of total offense.
Junior LB Ryan Shazier leads the B1G with 7.0 TFL.
Urban Meyer last faced Northwestern in 2001 in his first season at Bowling Green, a 43-42 win for the Falcons in Evanston.

Scouting The Wildcats
The Widcats (4-0, 0-0) are ranked 15th in this week’s USA Today/Coaches Top 25 poll and 16th in the Associated Press poll. They had a bye last Saturday and are coming off a 35-21 win over Maine Sept. 21. The Wildcats also have posted wins at Cal (44-30), and at home vs. Syracuse (48-27) and Western Michigan (38-17).

Northwestern’s offense, which ranks 18th in the NCAA with 249.5 rushing yards per game, features a two-quarterback system in senior Kain Colter and junior Trevor Siemian. Colter, who has started all four games for the Wildcats this season, has 264 yards passing with three TDs and two INTs to go along with 237 yards rushing and three TDs. Siemian has completed 77.1 percent of his passes for 671 yards, four TDs and two INTs. Senior RB Venric Mark, a second team All-Big Ten performer and first-team All-American at punt returner in 2012, has not played since the Aug. 31 game at Cal because of an injury. Last season he posted the second-most all-purpose yards in a single-season in school history with 2,166 yards.

The defense is led by junior LB and Gahanna, Ohio native Chi Chi Ariguzo who has 35 tackles on the season. Junior safety Ibraheim Campbell ranks fifth nationally and second in the Big Ten with three interceptions this season. As a team, NU ranks third in the NCAA with 10 total interceptions, four of those returned for TDs.

Pat Fitzgerald is in his eighth season as head coach with a 54-39 record. Last season he led the Wildcats to a 10-3 overall record, including a win over Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl.

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Jody Victor

Five Buckeyes watched by Maxwell FB Club

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Maxwell Football Club, presenters of the prestigious Maxwell Award and the Bednarik Award, announced its initial 2013 watch lists for each award today and five Ohio State Buckeyes are under consideration:

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (Maxwell Award watch list);
Senior running back Carlos Hyde (Maxwell Award);
Senior safety C.J. Barnett (Bednarik Award watch list);
Junior cornerback Bradley Roby (Bednarik Award); and
Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier (Bednarik Award).

The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert W. “Tiny” Maxwell, has been given to America’s College Player of the Year since 1937. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995.

Semifinalists for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced Oct. 29, while the three finalists for each award will be unveiled Nov. 18. The winners of the 2013 Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 5. The formal presentations of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Harrah’s Entertainment Atlantic City on March 7, 2014.

The watch list candidates have been chosen by the Maxwell Football Club’s selection committee, which analyzes both past performance and future potential.

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Jody Victor

Football job fair draws 57 companies

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – All of the players on the Ohio State football team, and dozens more student-athletes from across the school’s 36-sport Department of Athletics, took part in a first-ever student-athlete job fair at Ohio Stadium that drew senior staff and human resource representatives from 57 businesses and organizations and Ohio Governor John Kasich.

The job fair, an idea of coach Urban Meyer and organized by administrators in the football program, was an opportunity for Buckeye student-athletes to prepare now and to experience today the protocols, experiences, tools and preparation needed to secure a good job when their athletic playing days are over.

Only at Ohio State?
It is hard to imagine any other school or location that could hold a student-athlete centered job fair and end up with such a comprehensive selection of major companies, many with their corporate headquarters in Columbus, so eager to participate.

And judging by the comments from the representatives at the event and the eagerness of the student-athletes to meet with them, the effort and the organization was not only well worth it but it is something that will be repeated over and over.

All this education today about the future tomorrow because, as the saying goes, “life does come at you fast.”

And the Buckeyes will be ready.

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Jody Victor