Ohio State Buckeyes Football 10-year Review
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With the recent completion of the 2014 season, we at CollegeSports-Fans.com will now attempt to do our part to provide college football nuts with the content they desire and attempt to help satisfy their hunger as they anxiously await the arrival of next August and the 2015 campaign.
Today, we will launch our “Decade Reviews” series as we take a look at what the Ohio State program has accomplished since 2005.
The series will continue in the coming days and months with looks at this year’s College Football Playoff participants, the SEC and other FBS programs.
Ohio State Football Records
- 2005: 10-2 overall; 7-1 Big Ten
- 2006: 12-1 overall; 8-0 Big Ten
- 2007: 11-2 overall; 7-1 Big Ten
- 2008: 10-3 overall; 7-1 Big Ten
- 2009: 11-2 overall; 7-1 Big Ten
- 2010: 0-1 overall; 0-1 Big Ten (Wins were vacated due to NCAA Violations)
- 2011: 6-7 overall; 3-5 Big Ten
- 2012: 12-0 overall; 8-0 Big Ten
- 2013: 12-2 overall; 8-0 Big Ten
- 2014: 14-1 overall; 8-0 Big Ten
Ohio State Football Bowl Appearances
OSU Buckeyes team bowl history
- 2005: Fiesta Bowl: Ohio State 34 Notre Dame 20
- 2006: 2007 BCS Championship Game: Florida 41 Ohio State 14
- 2007: 2008 BCS Championship Game: LSU 38 Ohio State 24
- 2008: Fiesta Bowl: Texas 24 Ohio State 21
- 2009: Rose Bowl: Ohio State 26 Oregon 17
- 2011: Gator Bowl: Florida 24 Ohio State 17
- 2013: Orange Bowl: Clemson 40 Ohio State 35
- 2014: Sugar Bowl (CFB Playoff Semifinal): Ohio State 42 Alabama 35
- 2014/2015: CFB Playoff Championship Game (Dallas, TX): Ohio State 42 Oregon 20
Ohio State Football National Championships
- Jim Tressel: 2000-2010—94-21—81.7%
- Luke Fickell (Interim): 2011—6-7—46.1%
- Urban Meyer: 2012-present—38-3—92.7%
Ohio State Football B1G Conference Championships
- 2005 (Co-Champs)—2006—2007—2008(Co-Champs)—2009—2014
Ohio State Football National Championships
Ohio State Football All-Americans
- 2005: A.J. Hawk—LB
2006: Troy Smith—QB
Ted Ginn, Jr.—PR
- 2007: James Laurinaitis—LB
- 2008: James Laurinaitis—LB
- 2009: Kurt Coleman—DB
- 2010: Mike Brewster—C
- 2012: Johnathan Hankins—DT
- 2013: Ryan Shazier—LB
- 2014: Joey Bosa—DT
Ohio State Football Players Drafted
- 2005: Mike Nugent—K (2nd Rd—New York Jets)
Dustin Fox—CB (3rd Rd—Minnesota Vikings)
Maurice Clarett—RB (3rd Rd—Denver Broncos)
- 2006: A.J. Hawk—LB (1st Rd—Green Bay Packers)
Donte Whitner—S (1st Rd—Buffalo Bills)
Bobby Carpenter—LB (1st Rd—Dallas Cowboys)
Santonio Holmes—WR (1st Rd—Pittsburgh Steelers)
Nick Mangold—C (1st Rd—New York Jets)
Ashton Youboty—CB (3rd Rd—Buffalo Bills)
Anthony Schlegel—LB (3rd Rd—New York Jets)
Nate Salley—S (4th Rd—Carolina Panthers)
Rob Sims—OG (4th Rd—Seattle Seahawks)
- 2007: Ted Ginn, Jr.—WR (1st Rd—Miami Dolphins)
Anthony Gonzalez—WR (1st Rd—Indianapolis Colts)
Quinn Pitcock—DT (3rd Rd—Indianapolis Colts)
Antonio Pittman—RB (4th Rd—New Orleans Saints)
Jay Richardson—DE (5th Rd—Oakland Raiders)
Roy Hall—WR (5th Rd—Indianapolis Colts)
Troy Smith—QB (5th Rd—Baltimore Ravens)
Doug Datish—C (6th Rd—Atlanta Falcons)
- 2008: Vernon Gholston—DE (1st Rd—New York Jets)
Kirk Barton—OT (7th Rd—Chicago Bears)
Larry Grant—LB (7th Rd—San Francisco 49ers)
- 2009: Malcolm Jenkins—CB (1st Rd—New Orleans Saints)
Chris Wells—RB (1st Rd—Arizona Cardinals)
James Laurinaitis-LB (2nd Rd—St. Louis Rams)
Brian Robiskie—WR (2nd Rd—Cleveland Browns)
Donald Washington—CB (4th Rd—Kansas City Chiefs)
Brian Hartline—WR (4th Rd—Miami Dolphins)
Marcus Freeman—LB (5th Rd—Chicago Bears)
- 2010: Thaddeus Gibson—DE (4th Rd—Pittsburgh Steelers)
Doug Worthington—DL (7th Rd—Pittsburgh Steelers)
Kurt Coleman—DB (7th Rd—Philadelphia Eagles)
Austin Spitler—LB (7th Rd—Miami Dolphins)
- 2011: Cameron Heyward—DE (1st Rd—Pittsburgh Steelers)
Chimdi Chekwa—DB (4th Rd—Oakland Raiders)
Jermale Hines—DB (5th Rd—St. Louis Rams)
Brian Rolle—LB (6th Rd—Philadelphia Eagles)
Ross Homan—LB (6th Rd—Minnesota Vikings)
- 2012: Mike Adams—OL (2nd Rd—Pittsburgh Steelers)
DeVier Posey—WR (3rd Rd—Houston Texans)
Dan Herron—RB (6th Rd—Cincinnati Bengals)
Nate Ebner—DB (6th Rd—New England Patriots)
- 2013: Johnathan Hankins—DL (2nd Rd—New York Giants)
John Simon—DL (4th Rd—Baltimore Ravens)
Reid Fragel—OT (7th Rd—Cincinnati Bengals)
- 2014: Ryan Shazier—LB (1st Rd—Pittsburgh Steelers)
Bradley Roby—CB (1st Rd—Denver Broncos)
Carlos Hyde—RB (2nd Rd—San Francisco 49ers)
Jack Mewhort—OL (2nd Rd—Indianpolis Colts)
Corey Linsley—OL (5th Rd—Green Bay Packers)
Christian Bryant—DB (7th Rd—St. Louis Rams)
Ohio State Football Future Outlook
When it comes to football tradition, there are few schools that can compete with Ohio State. Regardless of the measure you use—national titles, All-Americans, Heisman Trophy winners, NFL first round draft picks, average attendance or others, the Buckeyes are most likely going to make the short list.
OSU’s convincing 42-20 victory over Oregon in the inaugural College Football Playoff Championship game meant the tradition-rich program captured its first national title since topping Miami for the 2002 crown and put third-year coach Urban Meyer among elite company.
With the dominant performance against the Ducks, Meyer—who won two national titles during his extremely successful six-year run at Florida—joined Nick Saban as just the second coach in FBS history to win a championship at multiple schools.
Of the three titles Meyer’s teams have won, this would certainly be considered the most unlikely and best coaching job.
Prior to the season, the Buckeyes appeared to have legitimate national title hopes with Heisman Trophy hopeful Braxton Miller returning at quarterback and a strong supporting cast. When Miller went down with a season-ending injury prior to the season, most outsiders thought those chances had likely vanished. However, after inexperienced back-up J.T. Barrett’s struggles were largely responsible for a 35-21 loss to Virginia Tech in Columbus, he responded with a Heisman-like campaign of his own to help OSU reel off ten straight victories. Then, with the Big Ten title game against Wisconsin looming, Barrett suffered an injury during the season finale’ to Michigan and was lost for the year.
At that point, Meyer called on redshirt sophomore Cardale Jones to make his first ever career start in the pivotal game with the Badgers. The 6’5”, 250 strong-armed Jones delivered—to say the least—and the unproven signal-caller continued to do so in the College Football Playoff as he kept the Buckeyes’ attack rolling.
Many folks in the media thought Jones—who attended prep school after high school and is already 22—may attempt to capitalize on his incredible three-game run as a starter and declare himself eligible for this year’s NFL Draft.
However, the inexperienced Jones opted to not do so and that will make the quarterback battle very interesting as the 2015 campaign approaches. Rumors have swirled that Braxton Miller, who has already graduated, may transfer and play his final season elsewhere. Barrett should be ready by fall camp, but will miss all of spring ball.
Ohio State’s speed and physicality were evident in their victories over Alabama and Oregon. With everything the Buckeyes’ program has to offer and the 38-3 mark that Meyer has produced over three seasons, expect the talent to continue to roll in and for OSU to place itself in contention for Big Ten and College Football Playoff berths on a pretty regular basis.
Over the next several years, the Big Ten’s East Division should be very entertaining and competitive. Ohio State and Michigan State have been the cream of the crop of late, but with James Franklin at Penn State and Jim Harbaugh returning to Michigan expect those traditional powers to place themselves back in contention.
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By Thomas "Bubba" Rosenbaum, CollegeSports-fans.com Lead Staff Writer
Published April 2015