No. 14 Ohio State Travels To No. 20 Michigan State

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#14 Ohio State (4-0, 0-0) at #20 Michigan State (3-1, 0-0)
Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 – 3:30 p.m. ET
Spartan Stadium (75,005)
East Lansing, Mich.

THE BROADCASTS
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 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 137, XM 85 and Dial Global Sports (formerly Westwood One).

FIRST AND 10

  • Ohio State and Michigan State are meeting for the 41s time on the gridiron since the first meeting in 1912.
  • Ohio State is playing its first game in Spartan Stadium in four years, or since the 2008 season.
  • Ohio State won the last meeting in East Lansing, 45-7 in 2008.
  • Urban Meyer and Mark Dantonio are each the 24th head coaches in their respective school’s history.
  • This is Ohio State’s first game on grass this year.
  • Ohio State was 0-3 on grass fields in 2011 (losses at Miami, Purdue and Florida at the Gator Bowl)
  • Ohio State is playing its 100th season in the Big Ten Conference this season, having joined the league in 1912 and playing its first season of Big Ten football in 1913.
  • This year is Michigan State’s 60th season of Big Ten football after joining the league in 1949 and playing its first season in 1953.
  • The game will be the Big Ten opener for each school. Ohio State is 70-24-4 in Big Ten openers.
  • QB Braxton Miller is averaging 110.2 rushing yards per game and is seventh in the NCAA in scoring at 11.5 points per game.

GAME ON
No. 14 Ohio State, unbeaten and 4-0 after four consecutive home games at Ohio Stadium to open the 2012 season, travels to East Lansing, Mich., for a 3:30 p.m., nationally televised game against the No. 20 Michigan State Spartans. ABC will televise the game. ESPN College Gameday will be on site, the 30th time the Buckeyes will be a featured team at a GameDay site.

FIRST GAME IN EAST LANSING SINCE 2008
Ohio State hasn’t played at Spartan Stadium since the 2008 season. The teams did not play in either 2009 or 2010. Last year Michigan State snapped a seven-game losing streak in the series with a 10-7 win in Ohio Stadium.

FIRST VISIT FOR VIRTUALLY EVERY BUCKEYE
Not only will the game be the first road test of the season for Urban Meyer’s Ohio State team, it will also be the first visit to Michigan State for virtually every player on the team with these two exceptions: Sr. DE Nathan Williams played as a true freshman in the 2008 game and made one tackle; Sr. LB Etienne Sabino also played in that 2008 game on special teams as a true freshman.

COACH vs. COACH
Ashtabula, Ohio, native Urban Meyer (Cincinnati, ’86; Ohio State, ’88) and Zanesville, Ohio, native Mark Dantonio (South Carolina, ’79; Ohio, ’80) will coach on opposite sidelines as head coaches for the first time. Meyer is 108-23 in 11 seasons as a head coach and Dantonio is 65-40 in his ninth season as a collegiate head coach.

OHIO STATE vs. MICHIGAN STATE IN 2012
The game will match a Spartan defense that ranks first in the Big Ten Conference in scoring (11.8 points allowed), rushing (69.2 yards allowed), total defense (233.5 yards allowed) and is second against the pass (164.2 yards allowed) against an Ohio State offense that ranks third in scoring (37.8 points per game), second in rushing (229.2 yards per game) and fourth in total offense (427.0 yards per game). The Buckeyes are 10th in passing offense with an average of 197.8 yards per game.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor

No. 18 Ohio State Welcomes Central Florida in Week 2

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UCF (1-0) at #18 Ohio State (1-0)
Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 – Noon ET
Ohio Stadium (102,329)
Columbus, Ohio

THE BROADCASTS
Television:ESPN2 will televise the game with Beth Mowins and former Buckeye Joey Galloway on the call.

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 channel 196.

FIRST AND 10

  • Ohio State and Central Florida (UCF) are meeting for the first time on the gridiron.
  • Fans will be asked to wear scarlet and to wear gray for a Scarlet and Gray the Shoe promotion.
  • Ohio State is playing its 123rd season of football; UCF is playing its 34th.
  • Two cool schools: 56,867 attend Ohio State’s main campus; 58,698 attend UCF.
  • Both teams are coming off 50-point openers: Ohio State over Miami, 56-10, and UCF winning at Akron, 56-14.
  • Urban Meyer has 105 wins as a collegiate head coach. UCF’s George O’Leary has 103.
  • Ohio State has won 58 consecutive regular-season non-conference home games vs. teams not ranked in the AP Top 25. The last loss: 34-17 to Florida State, Oct. 2, 1982.
  • Ohio State is 58-7 at Ohio Stadium since the start of the 2002 season.
  • Ohio State has opened a season with a win every year since 2000, 13 consecutive wins.
  • Ohio State is 32-2 in its last 34 season-openers Both of those 0-1 starts took place in the Kickoff Classic at Giants Stadium – 1999 to Miami and 1986 to Alabama.KICKING THINGS OFF
    Ohio State hosts UCF Saturday in Ohio Stadium in the first-ever meeting between the schools. The noon kickoff will be televised nationally on ESPN2 with former Buckeye and NFL wide receiver great Joey Galloway providing color commentary alongside the play-by-play of Beth Mowins.

    OSU & UCF OPEN WITH 50-POINT GAMES
    Ohio State is coming off a season-opening 56-10 win over Miami in front of 105,039 fans at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes shook off a slow start to amass eight touchdowns and 538 offensive yards – 368 by Braxton Miller- while the team’s defense held the Redhawks to negative rushing yards (-1).

    UCF rolled over Akron last Thursday, 56-14, in front of a partisan crowd of 12,616 fans at Akron’s InfoCision Stadium. The Knights scored four rushing and four passing touchdowns and put the game away with a 28-point second quarter. Statistically, outside of a 206-69 rushing advantage for UCF, the numbers were similar (UCF had 386 yards to Akron’s 325; Akron led in first downs 19-18, but the Zips also lost three fumbles).

  • BUCKEYES RANKED 18TH BY AP
    Ohio State is still currently ranked 18th this week by the Associated Press with the new poll scheduled to be released Tuesday. The Buckeyes, who have been ranked by the AP more times – 790 weeks – than any school in the nation, appeared in the AP preseason poll for the 24th consecutive season two weeks ago, the longest such streak in the nation. This initial ranking in 2012 also marked the 45th consecutive season Ohio State has appeared in the AP toll, tying Alabama for the longest active streak.

    OPENING SALVOS …
    The season-opening win by the Buckeyes was the first at Ohio State for Urban Meyer, who is now 4-0 in inaugural games. The win improved first-year coaches’ records at Ohio State to 22-1-1 in their debut games and to 22-1-1 in their initial home game. Ohio State has won 33 consecutive home openers.

  • Go Bucks!!!
  • Jody Victor

Three Sign Free Agent Contracts

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Former Buckeyes Michael Brewster, J.B. Shugarts and Andrew Sweat recently signed free agent deals with NFL teams after going unselected in last weekend’s NFL Draft.

Brewster, a four-year starter, signed with his home-state Jacksonville Jaguars, which is about 2 hours away from his home in Orlando. Shugarts and Sweat also stayed close to Ohio State, both signing deals with the Cleveland Browns.

Brewster, who graduated in December 2011 with his degree in strategic communications, is one of the finest centers to ever suit up for the Scarlet and Gray. A 2010 All-American and first-team all-Big Ten Conference performer, Mike was a four-year starter for the Buckeyes. He was named (with Mike Adams) as the team’s 2011 Jim Parker Award winner as the team’s outstanding offensive lineman. He was also one of four team captains as voted on by the players. He capped his Buckeye career in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl by making his 49th consecutive start, the second-longest streak in school history (Luke Fickell started 50 consecutive games). Brewster was named a game captain a team-high eight times this past season, including in six of the last seven games. He was named to the Rimington and Outland Trophy watch lists at the beginning of his senior season. Brewster was a Freshman All-American in 2008 after playing in 12 games and starting the final 10 games of the season. He went on to start all 13 games in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Brewster was the only junior in 2010 to be named a finalist for the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s outstanding center. He played in a total of 51 games.

A native of Washington, Pa., and a graduate of Trinity High School, Andrew will soon graduate from Ohio State with his degree in finance. He is in Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business, one of the most prestigious schools at the university. This past year Sweat’s efforts earned him second-team all-Big Ten Conference honors. He was named the team’s Randy Gradishar Award winner as the outstanding linebacker on the squad. He ranked second among Buckeyes with 72 tackles on the season, numbers that included a career-high 10 tackles vs. Michigan State and a career-high seven solo tackles vs. Indiana. He also had an interception vs. Akron. He had nine tackles vs. both Miami and Indiana. Sweat, who played as a true freshman in nine games in 2008, has started for the Buckeyes in parts of three years (19 career starts and 38 games played). He is the team leader in career tackles with 129. Selected as a game captain by the OSU coaches seven times this season, his peers voted him one of four season captains at the end of the regular season.

Shugarts, a family resource management major, made an immediate impact on this team as a true freshman four seasons ago and he capped his Ohio State career as a three-year starter at right tackle. Despite battling through a number of injuries early in his career, Shugarts started his 35th game when the Buckeyes played Florida in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl. That start also represented his 44th game as a Buckeye. He started 12 times in 2011 and was chosen as a game captain for the season opener vs. Akron. J.B. was a four-year lettermen.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor