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Ohio State Buckeyes football

Ohio State Buckeyes football
2021 Ohio State Buckeyes football team
Ohio State Buckeyes logo.svg
First season1890
Athletic directorGene Smith
Head coachRyan Day
2nd season, 23–2 (.920)
StadiumOhio Stadium
(Capacity: 102,780)
Year built1922
Field surfaceFieldTurf
LocationColumbus, Ohio
NCAA divisionDivision I FBS
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Past conferencesIndependent
Ohio Athletic Conference
All-time record931–327–53 (.730)
Bowl record25–26 (.490)
Playoff appearances4 (2014, 2016, 2019, 2020)
Playoff record3–3
Claimed national titles8 (1942, 1954, 1957, 1961, 1968, 1970, 2002, 2014)
National finalist3 (2006, 2007, 2020)
Conference titles41 (2 OAC, 39 Big Ten)
Division titles9 (2 Leaders, 7 East)
RivalriesMichigan (rivalry)
Illinois (rivalry)
Penn State (rivalry)
Heisman winners7
Consensus All-Americans90
Current uniform
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ColorsScarlet, Gray, White, and Black
Fight songAcross the Field and Buckeye Battle Cry
MascotBrutus Buckeye
Marching bandOhio State University Marching Band

The Ohio State Buckeyes football team competes as part of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, representing Ohio State University in the East Division of the Big Ten Conference. Ohio State has played their home games at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio since 1922.[1] The Buckeyes are recognized by the university and NCAA as having won eight national championships[2] along with 41 conference championships (including 39 Big Ten titles), 9 division championships, 10 undefeated seasons, and six perfect seasons (no losses or ties). As of 2017, the football program is valued at $1.5 billion,[3] the highest valuation of any such program in the country.

The first Ohio State game was a 20–14 victory over Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, on May 3, 1890. The team was a football independent from 1890 to 1901 before joining the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) as a charter member in 1902.[2] The Buckeyes won two conference championships while members of the OAC and in 1912 became members of the Big Ten Conference.[4]

Ohio State won their first national championship in 1942 under head coach Paul Brown.[2] Following World War II, Ohio State saw sparse success on the football field with three separate coaches and in 1951 hired Woody Hayes to coach the team. Under Hayes, Ohio State won over 200 games, 13 Big Ten championships and five national championships (1954, 1957, 1961, 1968, and 1970), and had four Rose Bowl wins in eight appearances.[2] Following Hayes' dismissal in 1978, Earle Bruce and later John Cooper coached the team to a combined seven conference championships between them. Jim Tressel was hired as head coach in 2001 and led Ohio State to its seventh national championship in 2002.[5] Under Tressel, Ohio State won seven Big Ten championships and appeared in eight Bowl Championship Series (BCS) games, winning five of them. Urban Meyer became head coach in 2011.[6] Under Meyer, the team went 12–0 in his first season and set a school record with 24 consecutive victories, won three Big Ten championships (2014, 2017, and 2018), and won the first College Football Playoff National Championship in 2014.[7][8]

  1. ^ "Ohio Stadium". Ohio State Buckeyes. Archived from the original on July 1, 2014. Retrieved June 10, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d "Ohio State Buckeyes Football Results by Year" (PDF). Ohio State Retrieved June 10, 2012.
  3. ^ Wall Street Journal. "How Much Is Your College Football Team Worth?". Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  4. ^ "Big Ten History". Big Ten Conference. Archived from the original on November 14, 2013. Retrieved June 10, 2012.
  5. ^ "2003 Fiesta Bowl". Archived from the original on October 19, 2012. Retrieved June 10, 2012.
  6. ^ "Ohio State Buckeyes introduce Urban Meyer as coach – ESPN". ESPN. November 29, 2011. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
  7. ^ The Columbus Dispatch. "NCAA: Ohio State banned from postseason play next season". Archived from the original on June 22, 2012. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
  8. ^ Cite error: The named reference OSU B10East was invoked but never defined (see the help page).