College Football Preview: Ohio State vs. Army

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College Football Preview: Ohio State vs. Army

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Ohio State’s Derrick Malone, a Thurgood Marshall graduate, warms up before a game against Oklahoma on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff

Who: Army (2-0) at No. 8 Ohio State (1-1)

When: 4:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus

TV/Radio: FOX/1410

Series history: This is the first meeting. Ohio State will be the ninth current Big Ten team Army has played in its history. Army is 43-50-1 against the Big Ten.

Last week: Ohio State lost 31-16 at home to Oklahoma. Army beat Buffalo 21-17 in West Point, N.Y.

Coaches: Ohio State’s Urban Meyer is 62-7 in his sixth season. Jeff Monken is 16-23 in three seasons at Army.

Ohio State notes: The Buckeyes have not lost two games in a row in the regular season since they lost the last three games of the 2011 season. The last time they lost two games in a row in one season was 2013 when they lost to Michigan State in the Big Ten championship and to Clemson in the Orange Bowl. … Meyer is 94-16 in first-time coaching matchups. … Sean Nuernberger is 5-for-5 on field-goal attempts. He has made 112 straight extra points. … J.T. Barrett needs 679 passing yards to become Ohio State’s career leader. … Drue Chrisman ranks second in the Big Ten in punting average (45.5 yards). … The crowd of 109,088 last week was the second biggest in Ohio Stadium history. Ohio State set the record of 110,045 in its previous home game against Michigan in 2016. … Linebacker Chris Worley tied a career high with 11 tackles against Oklahoma. K.J. Hill tied his career high with five receptions.

Army notes: The Black Knights have not allowed a point in the second half in their first two games. … Army has seven players from Ohio, including Bayle Wolf, a senior linebacker from Clinton Massie High School. He’s listed as a second-string linebacker on the depth chart and has three tackles in the first two games. … Quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 147 yards against Buffalo. He’s tied for 20th in school history in career rushing yards (1,616). … Army returned seven starters on defense and 10 on offense from last season. … Army finished 8-5 last season and beat Navy for the first time since 2001. Army beat North Texas 38-31 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. It was Army’s first bowl victory since 2010. … Army has scored nine touchdowns in 10 trips into the red zone.

Quoted: Monken said Ohio State “perhaps may be the most talented football team Army has ever faced in school history.”

Next game: Ohio State plays UNLV at noon Sept. 23 at Ohio Stadium. Army plays at Tulane at noon Sept. 23.

Prediction: Ohio State 40, Army 10.

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