Game Data: Miami (Ohio) at Ohio State
* Date, Time: Sat., Sept. 1, noon (Eastern)
* Location: Ohio Stadium
* TV: Big Ten Network (announcers: Eric Collins, Derek Rackley and Lisa Byington)
* 2011 Records: Ohio State, 6-7 overall, 3-5 Big Ten (fourth in Leaders Division); Miami, 4-8 overall, 3-5 MAC (fourth in Eastern Division).
* 2012 Rankings: Ohio State, 18th in Associated Press poll; Miami, unranked.
* Series History: This will be the fifth meeting ever between Ohio State and Miami. OSU is 4-0 all-time against Miami with wins in 1904 (80-0), 1911 (3-0), 2000 (27-16) and 2005 (34-14). All of the previous meetings were also played in Columbus.
* Miami Schedule: Sept. 1, at Ohio State; Sept. 8, Southern Illinois; Sept. 15, at Boise State; Sept. 22, Massachusetts; Sept. 29, at Akron; Oct. 6, at Cincinnati; Oct. 13, at Bowling Green; Oct. 27, Ohio U.; Nov. 3, at Buffalo; Nov. 10, Kent State; Nov. 17, at Central Michigan; Nov. 23, Ball State.
* Miami Key Players (2011 Stats): QB Zac Dysert (295 of 448 passing, 3,513 yards, 23 TDs, 11 INTs), RB Justin Semmes (41 carries, 170 yards, 2 TDs), WR Nick Harwell (97 carries, 1,425 yards, 9 TDs), WR Dawon Scott (20 catches, 424 yards, 2 TDs), WR Andy Cruse (43 catches, 391 yards, 4 TDs), LB Pat Hinkel (70 tackles), CB Dayonne Nunley (58 tackles, 3 INTs), DE Jason Semmes (42 tackles, 4-1/2 sacks, 9-1/2 TFLs), DT Austin Brown (33 tackles, 8-1/2 TFLs, 3 sacks).
* Miami Fast Facts: Location: Oxford, Ohio; Enrollment, 18,863; Conference: Mid-American Conference; Nickname, RedHawks; Colors, Red and White; Stadium, Yager Stadium (surface, FieldTurf; capacity, 24,286).
* Ohio State Schedule: Sept. 1, Miami (Ohio); Sept. 8, Central Florida; Sept. 15, California; Sept. 22, UAB; Sept. 29, at Michigan State; Oct. 6, Nebraska; Oct. 13, at Indiana; Oct. 20, Purdue; Oct. 27, at Penn State; Nov. 3, Illinois; Nov. 17, at Wisconsin; Nov. 24, Michigan.
* Ohio State Key Players (2011 Stats): QB Braxton Miller (85 of 157 passing, 1,159 yards, 13 TDs, 4 INTs; 159 carries, 715 yards, 7 TDs), RB Carlos Hyde (106 carries, 566 yards, 6 TDs), RB Rod Smith (29 carries, 116 yards, 1 TD), TE Jake Stoneburner (14 catches, 193 yards, 7 TDs), WR Philly Brown (14 catches, 205 yards, 1 TD), WR Devin Smith (14 catches, 294 yards, 4 TDs), DB C.J. Barnett (75 tackles, 2 INTs), DB Christian Bryant (69 tackles), DT Johnathan Hankins (67 tackles, 3 sacks, 11 TFLs), LB Etienne Sabino (62 tackles, 6-1/2 TFLs), LB Ryan Shazier (57 tackles, 3 sacks, 5 TFLs), DE John Simon (53 tackles, 7 sacks, 16 TFLs), CB Bradley Roby (47 tackles, 3-1/2 TFLs, 3 INTs).
Ohio State Offense
LT 74 Jack Mewhort** 6-6, 312, Jr.
76 Darryl Baldwin* 6-5, 300, So.
LG 78 Andrew Norwell** 6-6, 310, Jr.
73 Antonio Underwood* 6-2, 306, So.
C 71 Corey Linsley** 6-3, 295, Jr.
50 Jacoby Boren 6-2, 287, Fr.
RG 79 Marcus Hall** 6-5, 315, Jr.
57 Chase Farris 6-4, 290, Fr.
RT 77 Reid Fragel*** 6-8, 310, Sr.
68 Taylor Decker 6-7, 313, Fr.
TE 81 Nick Vannett 6-6, 255, Fr.
OR 86 Jeff Heuerman* 6-5, 250, So.
WR (H) 11 Jake Stoneburner*** 6-5, 245, Sr.
80 Chris Fields* 6-0, 197, Jr.
QB 5 Braxton Miller* 6-2, 220, So.
13 Kenny Guiton* 6-3, 210, Jr.
RB 34 Carlos Hyde** 6-0, 232, Jr.
25 Bri’onte Dunn 6-1, 210, Fr.
FB 44 Zach Boren*** 6-1, 245, Sr.
49 Adam Homan*** 6-3, 245, Sr.
WR (X) 15 Devin Smith* 6-1, 200, So.
83 Michael Thomas 6-2, 198, Fr.
WR (Z) 10 Corey Brown** 6-0, 187, Jr.
16 Evan Spencer* 6-2, 205, So.
K 24 Drew Basil** 6-1, 210, Jr.
39 Kyle Clinton 6-1, 215 So.
Ohio State Defense
LEO 54 John Simon*** 6-2, 263, Sr.
88 Steve Miller* 6-3, 255, So.
OR 8 Noah Spence 6-3, 240, Fr.
DT 52 Johnathan Hankins** 6-3, 322, Jr.
92 Adolphus Washington 6-3, 289, Fr.
OR 90 Tommy Schutt 6-2, 295, Fr.
NT 53 Garrett Goebel*** 6-4, 290, Sr.
51 Joel Hale* 6-4, 295, So.
72 Chris Carter 6-4, 340, Fr.
DE 63 Michael Bennett* 6-3, 285, So.
50 J.T. Moore* 6-3, 260, So.
OLB 10 Ryan Shazier* 6-2, 230, So.
36 Conner Crowell 6-1, 235, Fr.
25 David Perkins 6-2, 220, Fr.
MLB 14 Curtis Grant* 6-3, 235, So.
5 Camren Williams 6-1, 225, Fr.
OLB 6 Etienne Sabino*** 6-3, 237, Sr.
15 Joshua Perry 6-4, 238, Fr.
CB 1 Bradley Roby* 5-11, 190, So.
12 Doran Grant* 5-11, 188, So.
SAF 2 Christian Bryant** 5-10, 192, Jr.
19 Orhian Johnson*** 6-3, 210, Sr.
SAF 4 C.J. Barnett** 6-1, 202, Jr.
3 Corey Brown** 6-1, 198, Jr.
CB 7 Travis Howard*** 6-1, 200, Sr.
9 Adam Griffi n 5-8, 180, So.
P 17 Ben Buchanan 5-11, 192, Sr.
24 Drew Basil 6-1, 210, Jr.
LS 41 Bryce Haynes 6-4, 220, Fr.
56 George Makridis 6-2, 230, Jr.
Z 25 Dawon Scott * 6-1, 173, So., Columbia, SC
12 Willie Culpepper * 5-9, 155, Jr., San Antonio, TX
LT 71 Zach Lewis * 6-6, 275, So., Mt. Prospect, IL
74 Jeff Tanner 6-3, 293, Jr., Cincinnati, OH
LG 73 Brandyn Cook 6-2, 291, Fr., Cincinnati, OH
66 Matt Kennedy *** 6-5, 248, Sr., Mt. Prospect, IL
C 52 JoJo Williams *** 6-2, 285, Sr., Houston, TX
67 John Anevski ** 6-3, 283, Jr.,Cincinnati, OH
RG 72 Brad Bednar *** 6-4, 292, Sr., Mentor, OH
75 Marcus Matthews * 6-3, 310, So., Manassas, VA
RT 64 Josh Harvey ** 6-5, 348, Jr., Columbia, MO
65 Trevan Brown 6-4, 289, So., Florence, KY
TE 84 Dustin White ** 6-2, 256, Jr., Lake Charles, LA
or 87 Steve Marck ** 6-3, 242, Jr., Newtown, PA
QB 4 Zac Dysert *** 6-4, 219, Sr., Ada, OH
16 Austin Boucher ** 6-1, 216, Jr., Kettering, OH
TB 46 Justin Semmes ** 6-2, 230, Sr., Clarkston, MI
28 Robert Williams 5-9, 198, Jr., Cincinnati, OH
F 8 Nick Harwell ** 6-1, 190, Jr., Missouri City, TX
23 Luke Swift ** .6-2, 185, Sr., Greenwood, IN
X 15 Andy Cruse *** . 6-4, 215, Sr., Cincinnati, OH
80 David Frazier * 6-0, 167, So., Columbia, SC
PK 13 Kaleb Patterson 5-9, 161, Fr., Duncan, SC
or 39 Mason Krysinski ** 6-3, 203, Jr.
LE 9 Wes Williams ** 6-3, 244, Jr., Houston, TX
95 Bryson Albright 6-5, 213, Fr., Cincinnati, OH
LT 90 Austin Brown *** 6-2, 270, Sr., Woodbridge, VA
60 Wesley Scott 6-3, 245, Fr., Ridgeland, SC
RT 94 Mike Johns *** 6-4, 271, Sr., Oak Forest, IL
92 Mwanza Wamulumba * 6-3, 264, Jr., Ft. Meade, MD
RE 93 Jason Semmes ** 6-3, 233, Sr., Clarkston, MI
36 Luke Kelly *** 6-4, 212, Sr., Cincinnati, OH
SLB 48 Chris Wade ** 6-1, 226, Jr., Slidell, LA
44 Collin Boucher * 6-2, 221, Jr., Kettering, OH
MLB 32 Jaytee Swanson *** .6-2, 218, Sr, Buford, GA
43 Kent Kern 6-1, 224, Fr., Toledo, OH
WLB 37 Pat Hinkel *** 6-1, 199, Sr., Westlake, OH
51 Josh Dooley 6-0, 201, Fr., Mason, OH
CB 31 Chrishawn Dupuy * 5-9, 175, So., New Orleans, LA
23 Trey Payne * 5-8, 165, Jr., Spring, TX
FS 6 D.J. Brown *** 6-1, 180, Sr., West Chester, OH
27 Jarrell Jones * 5-10, 174, So., Columbus, OH
SS 35 Brison Burris * 5-10, 179, So., Humble, TX
or 29 Justin Bowers *** 5-10, 207, Sr., Murfreesboro, TN
HB 3 Dayonne Nunley ** 5-8, 180, Jr., Monroeville, PA
1 Orne Bey * 5-8, 179, Jr., Monroeville, PA
P 45 Zac Murphy ** 6-0, 199, Jr., Cincinnati, OH
LS 59 David Zulandt 6-1, 175, Sr.
* In case you’ve been living under a rock since late last November, this will be Urban Meyer’s debut as the Ohio State head coach.
The last 21 Ohio State coaches are 20-0-1 in their debuts. The last OSU coach to lose his first game was Jack Ryder, whose 1892 team lost its opener at Oberlin 40-4.
* Meyer is 1-1 all-time against Miami (Ohio) as a head coach. That includes a 2001 loss when he was at Bowling Green (24-21) and a 2010 win when he was at Florida (34-12).
Meyer is also 10-0 in season openers as a college head coach.
* Ohio State has not lost a home opener in 34 years, dating to a 1978 loss to Penn State (19-0). All-time, the Buckeyes are 109-8-4 in home openers since 1890.
OSU has also won its last 12 season openers, dating to a 1999 loss to Miami (Fla.) (23-12) in the Kickoff Classic at East Rutherford, N.J.
* OSU has won 60 straight regular season nonconference home games against unranked teams. That string dates to a 1982 loss to Florida State.
* OSU is 180-48-15 all-time against opponents from the state of Ohio. Ohio State has not lost to an Ohio opponent since a 7-6 loss to Oberlin in 1921. Since then, OSU has posted a 42-0-1 mark against Ohio teams. That tie game was in 1924 against Wooster (7-7).
OSU did not play any Ohio teams for 58 years following a 76-0 win over Western Reserve in 1934. Bowling Green was signed as a late schedule replacement in 1992 and OSU took a 17-6 win in that game.
OSU has played at least one Ohio opponent every year since 1997. Since that 1992 BG game, Ohio State is 23-0 against Ohio teams and 20-0 against teams from the MAC.
* Ohio State ended the 2011 season on a four-game losing streak. OSU lost lost four games in a row in the same season for the first time since 1943, when the Buckeyes finished 3-6. OSU’s only other four-game losing streak in the same season occurred in 1922.
OSU has only lost five straight games over a two-year period one time in school history. It was in the school’s first two years of intercollegiate football with three losses to end the 1890 season and two to begin the 1891 year.
OSU ended up 6-7 last year for its first losing season since the 1988 team ended up 4-6-1.
* Miami has 664 all-time victories (No. 24 on college football’s all-time list) and a winning percentage of .618 (18th-best all-time among schools that have played a minimum of 30 seasons). This is Miami’s 65th season as a member of the Mid-American Conference.
The school has won more MAC games than any other league program (266), and its all-time MAC winning percentage is far and away the best (.648) among conference members. Including its championship in 2010, Miami has won or shared 15 MAC titles, five more than any other school. The RedHawks have either won outright or tied for the MAC East Division title four of the last nine seasons.
* Miami (Ohio) is 13-42-2 all-time against current members of the Big Ten. Miami has never faced Nebraska, Penn State or Wisconsin.
Miami has lost its last eight meetings with Big Ten opponents, including a 29-23 decision at Minnesota last year. That string dates to a 2003 win at Northwestern (44-14).
* Miami coach Don Treadwell is an MU alum. Treadwell joins a strong list of Miami graduates who ultimately became the head coach at their alma mater, including Ara Parseghian, John Pont, Bo Schembechler, Bill Mallory, Tom Reed and Randy Walker.
Treadwell worked for former OSU coach Jim Tressel for six seasons at Youngstown State (1986-91). He worked for former OSU defensive coordinator Mark Dantonio at Cincinnati (2004-06) and at Michigan State (2007-10) before taking the Miami job last year.
* For satellite TV owners, Big Ten Network is Ch. 610 on DirecTV and Ch. 439 on Dish Network. However, BTN’s initial five-year contract with Dish expires before Saturday and the sides are far apart on talks for an extension. It is possible BTN will not be available on Dish for this opening weekend of college football.
Breaking It Down
* When Ohio State Has The Ball: OK, everything you’ve ever known about Ohio State and how the Buckeyes transact their business on offense, yeah, take that, tear it in half and throw both halves away.
It is a new day. Urban Meyer has brought the spread option offense to Ohio State. The Buckeyes also figure to run the hurry-up game to maximize their opportunities with the pigskin. By all reports, QB Braxton Miller is flourishing in this new offense as the trigger man. He threw for 350 yards and two touchdowns in an intrasquad scrimmage. (That was about three or four games’ production for Miller last year.)
Look for Miller to make hay running the ball and throwing it. Jake Stoneburner is now at wide receiver and is ready to have that big year OSU fans have been dreaming about since he signed five years ago. Philly Brown and Devin Smith also sound like they are ready to get deep and make some explosive plays.
At running back, Carlos Hyde is poised to have a big day. Miami was 75th against the run last year, allowing nearly 170 yards per game. The revamped offensive line has three new starters, but it may well turn out to be one of the best units on the team.
Miami has seven starters back on defense, led by former Iowa transfer DE Jason Semmes, LB Pat Hinkel and CB Davonne Nunley.
* When Miami Has The Ball: Last year, Miami threw the ball 55 percent of the time and ended up 14th nationally in passing yards per game (299.1 yards per game). QB Zac Dysert has thrown for 8,530 yards in three seasons and needs 2,300 yards to reach Ben Roethlisberger’s MU career passing record.
Dysert hit on nearly 66 percent of his throws last year, doing most of his damage with wideout Nick Harwell. Harwell had 97 catches for 1,425 yards and nine touchdowns.
Ohio State’s defensive line – led by DE John Simon and DT Johnathan Hankins – is supposed to be the strength of the defense. Well, this is their first chance to back up that kind of talk by getting pressure on Dysert and forcing him into some bad throws. The Miami O-line returns all five starters.
The secondary, which returns everybody but nickel back Tyler Moeller, will also be on the firing line here. That unit needs to log more interceptions and this would be a good first game to start that trend.
Miami was 120th (and dead last) in the I-A ranks in rushing yards per game last year (73.8 yards per game). If the RedHawks even get 50 yards rushing in this game, I would be somewhat shocked.
* How It Will Go: The black clouds over Columbus are starting to lift, even if the beloved hometown Buckeyes can’t win the Big Ten or advance to a postseason bowl game this year. That’s OK, because the new sheriff is in town in Urban Meyer.
Meyer has talked about making a strong first impression and establishing his new program. The best way to do that would be with an emphatic win over Miami, even if it is “just” a MAC team that won four games last year.
We feel pretty confident in believing that the Ohio State offense will be productive and enjoyable to watch. We also feel confident in saying the OSU defense will get back on the beam after an up-and-down season a year ago. And we are almost certain that the OSU special teams – Meyer’s pride and joy, it seems – will be letter perfect (or close to it).
Add it all up and I think the Buckeyes get out quick and win Meyer’s first game at OSU in impressive fashion. In short, it looks like the good times are coming back to the venerable Horseshoe on the banks of the Olentangy.
The one variable we don't know about is the weather. The current forecast for central Ohio, as we post this early Thursday morning, is for a high of 84 degrees and scattered showers. There is a 30 percent chance of rain. It's clear the remnants of Hurricane Isaac are headed to the Midwest. We just don't know exactly when the storm will arrive. (And our thoughts prayers go out to all of those affected by this storm.)
At any rate, I’ve got it Ohio State 41-14 (and, yes, do I have a sense of humor, or what?)
* For The Record: Last year, I was 7-6 straight-up and 6-7 against-the-spread with Ohio State. (The Buckeyes are a 24-1/2 point favorite over the RedHawks.)
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