Ohio State Buckeyes Football 10-year Review

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When college football fans think about the greatest programs in the history of the game, Ohio State is usually one of the first names to pop up. The Buckeyes have won seven national titles in five different decades, their most recent coming in 2002. Having filled up 26 spots on the first-team All-American rosters since 1996 is a real testament to just how dominant this program has been. Aside from a brief period at the start of the decade, Ohio State has consistently been one of the elite programs in the country.

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Ohio State Football Records

  • 1996: 11-1 overall; 7-1 Big Ten (Tied 1st)
  • 1997: 10-3 overall; 6-2 Big Ten (Tied 2nd)
  • 1998: 11-1 overall; 7-1 Big Ten (Tied 1st)
  • 1999: 6-6 overall; 3-5 Big Ten (Tied 8th)
  • 2000: 8-4 overall; 5-3 Big Ten (4th)
  • 2001: 7-5 overall; 5-3 Big Ten (3rd)
  • 2002: 14-0 overall; 8-0 Big Ten (1st)
  • 2003: 11-2 overall; 6-2 Big Ten (Tied 2nd)
  • 2004: 8-4 overall; 4-4 Big Ten (Tied 5th)
  • 2005: 10-2 overall; 7-1 Big Ten (Tied 1st)
  • 2006: 12-1 overall; 8-0 Big Ten (1st)


Ohio State Football Bowl Appearances

  • 1996 - Rose Bowl: Ohio State 20 – Arizona St 17
  • 1997 – Sugar Bowl: Florida St 31 – Ohio State 14
  • 1998 – Sugar Bowl: Ohio State 24 – Texas A&M 14
  • 2000 – Outback Bowl: South Carolina 24 – Ohio State 7
  • 2001 – Outback Bowl: South Carolina 31 – Ohio State 28
  • 2002 – Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Ohio State 31 – Miami 24
  • 2003 - Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Ohio State 35 – Kansas St 28
  • 2004 – Mastercard Alamo Bowl: Ohio State 33 – Oklahoma St 7
  • 2005 - Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Ohio State 34 – Notre Dame 20
  • 2006 - Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Florida 41 – Ohio State 14


Ohio State Football National Championship Game Appearances

  • 2002 – Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Ohio State 31 – Miami 24
  • 2006 - Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Florida 41 – Ohio State 14


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Ohio State Football National Championships

  • 2002 – Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Ohio State 31 – Miami 24


Ohio State Football Coaching Records

  • John Cooper: 1988-2000 (111-43-4)
  • Jim Tressel: 2001-Present (62-14-0)


Ohio State Football First Team All-Americans

  • 1996: Orlando Pace (OT), Shawn Spring (CB), Mike Vrabel (DE)
  • 1997: Andy Katzenmoyer (LB), Rob Murphy (OG), Antoine Winfield (CB)
  • 1998: David Boston (SE), Damon Moore (SS), Rob Murphy (OG), Antoine Winfield (CB)
  • 1999: Na’il Diggs (LB)
  • 2000: Mike Doss (SS)
  • 2001: LeCharles Bentley (C), Mike Doss (SS)
  • 2002: Mike Doss (SS), Andy Groom (P), Mike Nugent (K), Matt Wilhelm (LB)
  • 2003: Will Allen (SS), Will Smith (DE)
  • 2004: Mike Nugent (K), A.J. Hawk (LB)
  • 2005: A.J. Hawk (LB)
  • 2006: Troy Smith (QB), Quinn Pitcock (DT), James Laurinaitis (LB)


Ohio State Football Players Who Went Pro

  • 1997: Orlando Pace (OT), Shawn Springs (CB), Rob Kelly (S), Mike Vrabel (DE), Nicky Sualua (FB), Matt Finkes (DL)
  • 1999: David Boston (SE), Antoine Winfield (CB), Andy Katzenmoyer (LB), Joe Montgomery (TB), Joe Germaine (QB), Damon Moore (SS), Brent Bartholomew (P), Dee Miller (FL)
  • 2000: Ahmed Plummer (CB), Na’il Diggs (LB), Garry Berry (FS), Michael Wiley (RB), James Cotton (LB), Kevin Houser (ST)
  • 2001: Nate Clements (CB), Ryan Pickett (DT), Rodney Bailey (DE), Reggie Germany (WR), Derek Combs (RB), Ken-Yon Rambo (WR)
  • 2002: LeCharles Bentley (C), Derek Ross (CB), Jonathan Wells (RB), Darnell Sanders (TE), Jamar Martin (RB), Courtland Bullard (OLB), Tyson Walter (OT), Steve Bellisari (QB)
  • 2003: Michael Doss (SS), Kenny Peterson (DE), Willie Grant (OLB), Matt Wilhelm (ILB), Donnie Nickey (FS),
  • 2004: Will Smith (DE), Chris Gamble (CB), Michael Jenkins (WR), Ben Hartcock (TE), Tim Anderson (DT), B.J. Sander (P), Darrion Scott (DE), Alex Stepanovich (C), Will Allen (S), Craig Krenzel (QB), Drew Carter (WR), Robert Reynolds (ILB), Shane Olivea (OT), Adrien Clark (OG)
  • 2005: Mike Nugent (K), Dustin Fox (S), Maurice Clarett (RB)
  • 2006: AJ Hawk (OLB), Donte Whitner (S), Bobby Carpenter (OLB), Santonio Holmes (WR), Nick Mangold (OC), Ashton Youboty (CB), Anthony Schlegel (ILB), Nate Salley (S), Rob Sims (OG)



Ohio State Football Future Outlook

Ohio State’s football team loses a lot from their 2006 team that lost in the National Championship game to Florida. Twelve starters in all, six on offense and six on defense, are gone from last season’s team.

Offense is where departures will be taking their biggest tolls on the Buckeyes. Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Troy Smith is gone, as well as leading rusher Antonio Pittman and the team’s top two receivers Ted Ginn Jr. and Anthony Gonzalez. First-team All-Big Ten selections Doug Datish (C) and T.J. Downing (T) will be gone from the front line as well. The good news for the O-line is the return of tackles Kirk Barton and Alex Boone, both who tip the scales at over 310 pounds.

Junior Todd Boeckman appears to be the early favorite to replace Smith at quarterback simply because of his experience (he appeared in three games last year) and his knowledge of the team’s system. Sophomore Chris Wells and junior Maurice Wells (no relation) will be the two-headed attack expected to fill the void left by the departure of Pittman. The Buckeyes are also excited about their young crop of wide receivers; a group the team feels can do a solid job in its first real opportunity at playing time.

The defensive line loses three of its four starters, but the Buckeyes will be returning plenty of talent on the other side of the ball. Bronko Nagurski Award winner James Laurinaitis is back at linebacker along with Marcus Freeman, the Buckeyes top two tacklers last year. Vernon Gholston is returning at defensive end where last season he led the team in tackles for a loss and sacks.

Overall the future looks very bright for Ohio State. There is enough talent returning this season for the Buckeyes to have themselves another season ranked in the top 25 nationally as well as contend in the Big Ten. Jim Tressel is a fantastic coach; combine that with the prestige of Buckeye football, and Ohio State will be drawing elite recruits from across the country for years to come.


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By Joey Whelan, CollegeSports-fans.com Staff Writer
Published April 2007


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