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

O-H-L-A: Buckeyes Face Arizona In NCAA Sweet 16

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No. 2 seed Ohio State Buckeyes (28-7) vs. No. 6 seed Arizona Wildcats (27-7)

Date: March 28, 2013
Site: Staples Center (18,118)
Game Time: 7:47 p.m. ET
Television: TBS
Talent: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play)
Reggie Miller (expert analysis)
Len Elmore (expert analysis)
Lewis Johnson (sideline)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius TBA/XM TBA
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play)
Ron Stokes (expert analysis)

The 2013 NCAA Tournament
The No. 2-seeded (West) Buckeyes entered the 2013 NCAA Tournament after winning the 2013 Big Ten Tournament in Chicago with a 3-0 record. Thad Matta, in his ninth year as head coach at Ohio State, has taken the Buckeyes to seven NCAA tournaments during his time in Columbus, including a title game appearance in 2007. The Buckeyes have appeared in the last five NCAA tournaments.

Ohio State enters the game vs. Arizona with a 28-7 overall record and as 2013 Big Ten Tournament Champions. The Buckeyes finished the Big Ten regular season with a 13-5 record, good for a tie for second with Michigan State. Ohio State was the No. 2 seed in the league tournament last week. The Buckeyes have won 20 Big Ten titles and are making their 25th appearance in the NCAA tournament.

2013 Buckeyes in the NCAA Tournament: Deshaun Thomas is averaging 23.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in NCAA tournament play this year. Sam Thompson has contributed 13.5 points along with a team-leading 6.5 rebounds a game. LaQuinton Ross (12.0 ppg.) and Aaron Craft (11.0 ppg.) also are in double digits offensively. Shannon Scottand Craft each have 13 assists. Craft has a team-high eight steals. As a team, Ohio State is shooting nearly 50 percent from the field (59-120/.492) while averaging 86.5 ppg.

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Jody Victor

No. 10 Buckeyes Set for No. 3 Michigan Tuesday

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Feb. 4, 2013
No. 10 Ohio State (17-4, 7-2) at No. 3 Michigan Wolverines (20-2, 7-2)
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center (12,721))
Game Time: 9:05 p.m. ET
Television: ESPN
Talent: Mike Tirico (play-by-play)
Dan Dakich (expert analysis)
Samantha Ponder
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 91/XM 91
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play)
Ron Stokes (expert analysis)

The Michigan Series
Overall, the Buckeyes are up 93-72 in the series following the Ohio State victory in Columbus Jan. 13 over the then-No. 2 ranked Wolverines (56-63). The Buckeyes have won eight of the last nine meetings in the series. The Buckeyes are 36-45 in Ann Arbor vs. the Wolverines and are 35-5 as a ranked team vs. Michigan. The Buckeyes were ranked No. 15 in the Associated Press poll earlier this season in the game at Ohio State. Ohio State has won 14 of the last 15 games as a ranked team in the series. When both teams are ranked, Ohio State is 7-3. Both teams have been ranked in the last four meetings and Ohio State has won three of those games. Deshaun Thomas leads Ohio State in the Michigan series with an average of 13.4 points a game. Lenzelle Smith Jr. is Ohio State’s top rebounder with 7.3 boards a game in the series.

A Look at the Wolverines
Michigan and Ohio State enter the matchup tied for the No. 2 spot with Michigan State at 7-2 in the Big Ten regular-season standings. The Wolverines are 20-2 overall following the loss at Indiana last Saturday. Michigan opened the season on a 16-game win streak before falling to the Buckeyes in Columbus Jan. 13, 56-53. Columbus native Trey Burke leads Michigan with 18.2 points per game. He is one of four Wolverines in double figures offensively. Tim Hardaway Jr. (15.6 ppg.), Nik Stauskas (12.5 ppg.) and Glenn Robinson III (11.7 ppg.) are the others. Reserve Mitch McGary leads the team in rebounding with six boards a game.

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Jody Victor

No. 9 Ohio State Travels To Penn State

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#9 Ohio State (8-0, 4-0) at Penn State (5-2, 3-0)
Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 – 5:30 p.m. ET
Beaver Stadium (106,572)
University Park, Pa.

THE BROADCASTS
Television:ESPN will televise the game with Sean McDonough and Chris Spielman in the booth and Quint Kessenich on the sidelines.

Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the flagship station for the 73-station Ohio State radio network. The Urban Meyerpregame 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 92 and XM channel 192.

FIRST AND 10
Originally scheduled to be a 6 p.m. start when the networks made their night game selections a few months ago, the start time for this game was moved to 5:30 p.m. two weeks ago.
While neither team will play in the Big Ten championship game, both are eligible to win the Leaders Division.
The Buckeyes are ranked No. 9 this week by the Associated Press, dropping two spots from a season-best No. 7 ranking last week.
Urban Meyer, the 24th head coach in Ohio State football history, is 112-23 in his 11th season as a head coach.
Bill O’Brien is in his first season as a collegiate head coach after spending the last five years with the New England Patriots. He is in his 20th year of coaching.
Ohio State officially lists this rivalry with Penn State as even with 13 wins apiece.
Ohio State is playing its 100th season in the Big Ten, having joined the league in 1912 and playing its first season of Big Ten football in 1913.
Penn State is playing its 126th season of football and its 20th as a member of the Big Ten.
Ohio State’s final four games of the season are against teams with a combined record of 18-11 and a 9-4 Big Ten mark.
The Buckeyes are one of only 11 unbeaten Football Bowl Subdivision teams and the only team 8-0.
BIG GAME ON
The 8-0 (and 4-0 Big Ten Conference) Ohio State Buckeyes, riding their longest winning streak in five years, or since the 2007 team opened 10-0, travel to State College, Pa., for a 5:30 p.m. game Saturday against the 5-2 and 3-0 Penn State Nittany Lions. ESPN will televise the game to a national audience with Sean McDonough, former Buckeye great Chris Spielman and Quint Kessenich on the call.

13 WINS APIECE IN ALL-TIME SERIES
According to Ohio State’s official records, the Ohio State/Penn State series is tied with each team winning 13 games. Penn State won the first four games in this series – in 1912-56-63-64 – but since then there has been only one winning streak as long as three games (Ohio State won in 2002-03-04).

HOME AND AWAY
The Buckeyes are 5-5 vs. Penn State in games played in State College and have won two consecutive and three of the last four there. Ohio State holds a slim, 8-7, lead in victories in games played in Columbus, including an 8-6 record vs. Penn State in Ohio Stadium. Penn State won the only game played on a neutral field: at the 1980 Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Ariz.

Last 5 in State College:
Nov. 7, 2009 – Ohio State 24, Penn State 7
Oct. 27, 2007 – Ohio State 37, Penn State 17
Oct. 8, 2005 – Penn State 17, Ohio State 10
Nov. 1, 2003 – Ohio State 21, Penn State 10
Oct. 27, 2001 – Penn State 29, Ohio State 27

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