Ohio State Football: Buckeyes By The Numbers

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Here’s a look at the 18th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes, by the numbers:

  • 21.7 million, in dollars. Jim Tressel’s total pay for his 10 years as the Buckeyes coach before he was pushed out on May 30 in the wake of the money-for-memorabilia scandal.
  • 2.36 million, in dollars. Reported figure paid to ex-Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor by the Oakland Raiders after being taken in the third round of last week’s supplemental draft.
  • 1.3 million, in dollars. Cost to build Ohio Stadium in 1922.
  • 1 million, in dollars. Conservative estimate on Ohio State’s tab for investigations and penalties for cleaning up the mess left when Tressel didn’t report potential improper benefits to his superiors and played ineligible players during 2010, including Pryor. Neither Tressel nor Pryor are currently required to give a dime toward the tab for the investigations.
  • 850,000, in dollars. Akron receives $850,000 for making the two-hour trip down I-71 to Columbus on Saturday. A week later, Toledo receives nada, nothing, zippo, zero. Why? Because the Rockets got to keep all the money when they hosted Ohio State at Cleveland Browns Stadium in 2009. They lost 38-0 but gained a small fortune to support the athletic department.
  • 106,000, capacity of Ohio Stadium. Ohio State expects it to be filled to capacity, even though that on Monday morning there were roughly 1,000 tickets still available for Saturday’s game against Akron.
  • 81,067, capacity of Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium. There will be that many, and probably a whole lot more, on hand come Oct. 8 when Ohio State makes its first trip to its new Big Ten opponent. The game will be Nebraska’s 315th consecutive sellout. The Cornhuskers and Buckeyes have not met since playing in back-to-back years, 1955-56.
  • 1921. Last year Ohio State lost to an in-state opponent, a 7-6 setback to Oberlin. Since then the Buckeyes have gone 41-0-1 heading into games against Akron on Saturday and Toledo a week later, both at Ohio Stadium.
  • 200, in pounds, difference in weight between the heaviest Buckeye (freshman offensive lineman Chris Carter at 370) and the lightest one (redshirt freshman DB Julian Vann at 170).
  • 107, number of meetings between Michigan and Ohio State in football heading into their game in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Nov. 26. The last time the two old rivals each had a first-year coach – the Buckeyes have Luke Fickell, the Wolverines have Brady Hoke – was 1929 when Sam S. Willaman had just taken over at Ohio State and Harry Kipke was the new guy at Michigan. The Buckeyes won that meeting, 7-0.
  • 104, page number in the online Ohio State football media guide, where Tressel’s bio now resides. It’s under the “Legends And Greats” section. Tressel is listed third among those legends, right behind Woody Hayes and Archie Griffin. There’s no mention whatsoever of how or why he left the program. (The rest of the legends after those first three are listed in alphabetical order, so Paul Brown and the other five Heisman winners come long after Tressel.)
  • 101, consecutive appearances by Ohio State in The Associated Press Top 25 football rankings. The Buckeyes are ranked No. 18 in the preseason. Alabama is second on the active list of consecutive appearances in the AP poll with 50.
  • 94, career wins for Tressel at Ohio State. The media guide does list Tressel’s win total after subtracting the vacated 2010 season. So he’s 94-21 (instead of 106-22) and is credited with an 8-1 record vs. Michigan (9-1 before 2010 was erased), nine bowl appearances (instead of 10) and six Big Ten championships (he had seven before the self-imposed penalties took away last season).
  • 47, number of people listed under the heading “Coaches” on the official Ohio State roster posted on the school’s football page. Only 10 of those 47 actually do any coaching. Most of the rest are support personnel, ranging from trainers, doctors and equipment managers to secretaries, assistant ADs and the team spokesman. Among the employees and their actual job titles: Bob Tucker, Academic Encourager.
  • 38, age in years of Luke Fickell. He is the 23rd head coach at Ohio State and only the fourth who also was an undergrad at the school.
  • 14, career wins in minor leagues by Ohio State QB Joe Bauserman. Bauserman spent 2004-2006 in the Pittsburgh Pirates minor-league system, going 14-12 with a 3.42 ERA. He abandoned baseball to come to Ohio State in 2008.
  • 13, difference in inches between the tallest Buckeye (6-8 junior tight end Reid Fragel) and the shortest one (5-7 redshirt freshman DB Adam Griffin).
  • 11, returning starters for the Buckeyes. That includes seven on offense and four on defense.
  • 9, number of players majoring in Communications, the most popular course of study among Buckeyes upperclassmen. Second is Family Resource Management with six student-athletes, followed by Business with five. Next comes Sport & Leisure, Exercise Science and Management & Industry, with four each. QB Joe Bauserman is the lone player listing the major of Fisheries & Wildlife.
  • 5, current players suspended for the opener against Akron on Saturday. They include offensive lineman Mike Adams, tailback Daniel Herron, wide receiver DeVier Posey, defensive lineman Solomon Thomas and linebacker Jordan Whiting. Whiting will be back for the second game, while the rest must sit out the first five games. They’ll return for the Oct. 8 game at Nebraska.
  • 1, number of times Fickell was on winning Ohio State teams against archrival Michigan, in four meetings from 1992-96.
  • 0, Ohio State’s number of wins and also number of losses, during the 2010 campaign. Vacating the season transformed a 12-1 record into a mark of 0-0 overall and 0-0 in the conference.