Who: Miami at No. 6 Ohio State
When: 3:30 p.m., Saturday
Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus
TV/Radio: Big Ten Network/1410
Series history: Ohio State leads 5-0.
Last game: Wayne graduate Braxton Miller threw for 207 yards and ran for 161 as Ohio State beat Miami 56-10 at Ohio Stadium in 2012. He accounted for three total touchdowns in the debut of Urban Meyer as the head coach of the Buckeyes. Ryan Shazier led Ohio State in tackles with eight and broke up a pass.
Coaches: Ohio State’s Ryan Day is 6-0, including a 3-0 mark last season as interim coach of the Buckeyes. Miami’s Chuck Martin is 97-48 as a head coach, including 23-41 at Miami.
Ohio State notes: The Buckeyes have the second-longest active winning streak in the nation at nine games, trailing only defending national champion Clemson (18)… They have scored at least 28 points in the first half of each of their games this season… J.K. Dobbins is 119 yards away from becoming Ohio State’s 11th player with at least 3,000 career rushing yards… Ohio State is 15th in the country in rushing yards per game (271) and 25th in total offense (499.0)… The Buckeyes are 12th in the country in total defense (252.7 yards per game allowed) and 10th in scoring (10.3 points per game)… Ohio State is on a 48-game unbeaten streak against opponents from Ohio that dates back to a 7-0 loss to Oberlin in 1921. The Buckeyes are 47-0-1 in that span.
Miami notes: Although the roster is 44.4 percent freshmen and 19.5 percent sophomores, the RedHawks were picked to finish second in the MAC East division… Brett Gabbert is the first true freshman to begin the season as Miami’s starting quarterback… Since the beginning of last season, the RedHawks are 53 for 55 scoring in the red zone with 43 touchdowns… Maurice Thomas, a senior from Talawanda High School, needs 34 yards to break the school record for career kick return yards held by Jamal Rogers (1,950). A threat as a runner and a passer, he is also nearing 3,000 career total yards… According to the MU sports information department, Miami has one of the most experienced offensive lines in the nation with a combined 82 games started. Danny Godlevske leads with 26 starts, followed by Middletown native Jarrett LaRubbio (22), Tommy Doyle (17) , Matt Skibinski (14), Peter Nank (2) and David Redding (1)… The RedHawks have 27 players from Ohio, including five who will be returning to Central Ohio: Long snapper Evan Crabtree and linebacker Nate Robinson of Dublin Coffman, receiver Zach Hazlett (Dublin Jerome), offensive lineman Jack Schroer (New Albany) and offensive lineman Donovan White (Gahanna Lincoln).
Quoted: Martin on the talent of the Buckeye roster: “They have great players backed up by great players. There’s going to be a physical mismatch. None of the kids that are recruited to play at Ohio State were looking at Miami of Ohio and vice versa. I said it’s kind of like going to recess and they’ve got the first 85 picks. You’d do pretty well at recess.”
Next game: The Buckeyes travel to Nebraska to take on the Cornhuskers next Saturday night. The RedHawks return home to play host to Buffalo on Saturday.
Prediction: Ohio State 56, Miami 7
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