2014 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

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2014 Ohio State Buckeyes football
2013 Ohio State Buckeyes logo.svg
Conference Big Ten Conference
East Division
2014 record 0–0 (0–0 Big Ten)
Head coach Urban Meyer (3rd year)
Offensive coordinator Tom Herman (3rd year)
Co-offensive coordinator Ed Warriner (3rd year)
Offensive scheme Spread Option[1]
Co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell (9th year)
Co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash (1st year)
Base defense Multiple
Home stadium Ohio Stadium
(Capacity: 102,329)
Seasons
« 2013 2015 »
2014 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Indiana   0 0         0 0  
Maryland   0 0         0 0  
Michigan   0 0         0 0  
Michigan State   0 0         0 0  
Ohio State   0 0         0 0  
Penn State*   0 0         0 0  
Rutgers   0 0         0 0  
West
Illinois   0 0         0 0  
Iowa   0 0         0 0  
Minnesota   0 0         0 0  
Nebraska   0 0         0 0  
Northwestern   0 0         0 0  
Purdue   0 0         0 0  
Wisconsin   0 0         0 0  
Championship: December 6, 2014
*Penn State ineligible for conference championship game and post-season bowl games due to NCAA sanctions
As of December 6, 2014; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2014 Ohio State Buckeyes football team will represent The Ohio State University in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It will be the Buckeye's 125th overall, the 102nd as a member of the Big Ten Conference, and first as a member of the newly reorganized Eastern Division. The team will be led by Urban Meyer, in his third year as head coach, and with play its home games at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

Before the season[edit]

Previous season[edit]

Following the 2012 undefeated season, head coach Urban Meyer entered his second season at Ohio State in 2013, and brought in his second consecutive top-five recruiting class.[2] The Buckeyes entered the 2013 season ranked No. 2 in all major polls, with many considering them a favorite to win the Big Ten championship, while also being in the discussion for the national championship.[3] Ohio State continued to build on the successes of the 2012 team, extending the their winning streak to 23 games following a 42–14 victory over Indiana Hoosiers, a school record for consecutive victories.[4] The Buckeyes' won their second consecutive game over arch rival Michigan and completed their second consecutive undefeated regular season, while also winning the Leaders Division and qualifying for the Big Ten Championship Game.[5] Following a 34–24 loss to Michigan State in the conference championship game, Ohio State was selected to play in the Orange Bowl as a BCS at-large team.[6] The Buckeyes' suffered their second consecutive loss against the Clemson Tigers in the Orange Bowl, and finished the season with a 12–2 overall record, an 8–0 record in the Big Ten.[7] Ohio State ranked No. 10 in the final Coaches' Poll and No. 12 in the final AP Poll.[8]

Spring practice[edit]

Spring Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Gray 3 7 0 7 17
Scarlet 7 0 0 0 7
  • Date: April 12
  • Location: Columbus, Ohio
  • Game start: 1:30 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 2:01
  • Game attendance: 61,058
  • Game weather: Mostly Sunny, 73°F, Wind: S 17 MPH
  • Referee: Ron Snodgrass
  • TV announcers (BTN): Tom Werme (play-by-play), Glen Mason (color)

Ohio State's spring practice began on March 4 and consisted of fifteen separate practice sessions, which culminated with the spring game on April 12.[11] Following a shoulder surgery on February 21, quarterback Braxton Miller was limited in practice, while receiver Evan Spencer, still rehabilitating from an injury during the previous season, did not participate in any spring practice drills.[12] The spring game was broadcast on the Big Ten Network and returned to Ohio Stadium, after being played at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio in the previous season.[13]

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer will be in his third year as the Buckeye's head coach during the 2014 season. In his previous two seasons with Ohio State, he led the Buckeyes to an overall record of 24 wins and 2 losses (24–2), while also winning the Big Ten Leaders Division championship in those two seasons. On December 21, 2013, co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers accepted the head coaching position at James Madison.[14] On January 23, 2014, Ohio State announced the hiring of Chris Ash to replace Withers as co-defensive coordinator, along with being named the safeties coach.[15] Defensive line coach Mike Vrabel also left the Ohio State staff following the 2013 season to accept a coaching position with the Houston Texans.[16] On January 15, 2014, former Penn State coach Larry Johnson was brought onto the Ohio State staff as the defensive line and assistant head coach.[17]

Urban Meyer will be in his third year as Ohio State's head coach during the 2014 season.
Name Position Seasons at
Ohio State
Alma mater
Urban Meyer Head coach 3rd Cincinnati (1986)
Larry Johnson Assistant Head Coach, Defensive Line 1st Elizabeth City State (1973)
Tom Herman Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks 3rd California Lutheran (1997)
Ed Warinner Co-Offensive Coordinator, Offensive Line 3rd Mount Union (1984)
Luke Fickell Co-Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers 12th Ohio State (1997)
Chris Ash Co-Defensive Coordinator, Safties 1st Drake (1996)
Kerry Coombs Special Teams Coordinator, Cornerbacks 3rd Dayton (1983)
Stan Drayton Running Backs 4th Allegheny College (1993)
Zach Smith Wide Receivers 3rd Florida (2007)
Tim Hinton Tight Ends, Fullbacks 3rd Wilmington (1982)
Cody Hawkins Offensive Graduate Assistant 1st Colorado (2010)
Mickey Marotti Assistant Athletic Director for Football Sports Performance 3rd West Liberty (1987)
Reference:[1]

Returning starters[edit]

Roster[edit]

Recruiting class[edit]

Prior to National Signing Day on February 6, 2013, seven high school players of the 2014 recruiting class enrolled for the spring semester in order to participate in spring practice.[18] These early enrollments included: quarterback Stephen Collier, wide receivers Johnnie Dixon and Curtis Samuel, offensive linemen Marcelys Jones and Kyle Trout, linebacker Raekwon McMillan, and kicker Sean Nuernberger.[18]

Ohio State's recruiting class was highlighted by eleven players from the "ESPN 300", including five from the top 100: No. 13 Raekwon McMillan (inside linebacker); No. 34 Johnnie Dixon (wide receiver); No. 45 Marshon Lattimore (cornerback); No. 58 Damon Webb (cornerback); and No. 74 Jamarco Jones (offensive tackle).[19] The Buckeyes' signed the No. 3 recruiting class according to Rivals.com and 247Sports.com, the No. 5 recruiting class according to Scout.com, and the No. 7 recruiting class according to ESPN.[20][21][22][23]

Schedule[edit]

The Big Ten Conference released the schedule for the 2014 season on May 16, 2013.[24] With the addition of Maryland and Rutgers, the Big Ten will abandon its previous format to accommodate its expansion.[24] As a result, Ohio State will face all six Eastern Division opponents Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Rutgers.[24] Ohio State will also face two Western Division opponents: rival Illinois and Minnesota.[24] Ohio State will play four non-conference games: Navy, an FBS Independent, Kent State of the Mid-American Conference, Virginia Tech of the Atlantic Coast Conference, and Cincinnati of the American Athletic Conference. Ohio State has two bye weeks during the season, the first between their games against Kent State and Cincinnati and their second between their games against Maryland and Rutgers.

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 12:00 PM vs. Navy* M&T Bank StadiumBaltimore, MD CBSSN      
September 6 8:00 PM Virginia Tech* Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ESPN      
September 13 Kent State* Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH      
September 27 6:00 PM Cincinnati* Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH BTN      
October 4 at Maryland Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD      
October 18 3:30 PM Rutgersdagger Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH      
October 25 8:00 PM at Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA (Rivalry)      
November 1 8:00 PM Illinois Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH (Illibuck)      
November 8 at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI      
November 15 at Minnesota TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN      
November 22 Indiana Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH      
November 29 Michigan Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH (The Game)      
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game notes[edit]

Navy[edit]

1 2 Total
Ohio State 0
Navy 0
  • Location: Baltimore, Maryland
  • Sources:

On March 2, 2010, officials from both Ohio State and the United States Naval Academy agreed to a matchup between the Buckeyes and Midshipmen at M&T Bank Stadium.[26] In their previous meeting, Ohio State defeated Navy 31–27 during the 2009 season.[27]

Virginia Tech[edit]

1 2 Total
Virginia Tech 0
Ohio State 0
  • Location: Columbus, Ohio
  • Sources:

In their first home game of the 2014 season, Ohio State will host the Virginia Tech Hokies, in the first meeting between the two programs. The game was originally scheduled for September 20, however both schools agreed to move the game ahead two weeks on October 24, 2013.[28]

Kent State[edit]

1 2 Total
Kent State 0
Ohio State 0
  • Location: Columbus, Ohio
  • Sources:

In their third game of the 2014 season, Ohio State will play the Kent State Golden Flashes of the Mid-American Conference. In their previous meeting, Ohio State defeated Kent State 48–3 during the 2007 season, and the Buckeyes lead the all-time series 2–0.[29][30]


Cincinnati[edit]

1 2 Total
Cincinnati 0
Ohio State 0
  • Location: Columbus, Ohio
  • Sources:

In their final non-conference game of the 2014 season, Ohio State will play the Cincinnati Bearcats of the American Athletic Conference. In their previous meeting, Ohio State defeated the Bearcats 37–7 during the 2006 season, and the Buckeyes lead the all-time series 13–2.[31][32]

Maryland[edit]

1 2 Total
Ohio State 0
Maryland 0
  • Location: College Park, Maryland
  • Sources:

In their first meeting as conference foes, Ohio State will face the Maryland Terrapins in their first conference game of the season. This will be the first meeting between the two programs.

Rutgers[edit]

1 2 Total
Rutgers 0
Ohio State 0
  • Location: Columbus, Ohio
  • Sources:

In their second conference game of the 2014 season, Ohio State will play the Rutgers Scarlet Knights for the first time as conference foes, in Columbus. This will be the first meeting between the two programs.

Penn State[edit]

1 2 Total
Ohio State 0
Penn State 0
  • Location: University Park, Pennsylvania
  • Sources:

In their annual rivalry game, Ohio State will play the Penn State Nittany Lions at University Park. In their previous meeting, Ohio State defeated Penn State 63–14 during the 2013 season, and the Buckeyes lead the all-time series 15–8 (16–13 without NCAA vacations and forfeits).[33][34]

Illinois[edit]

Illibuck
1 2 Total
Illinois 0
Ohio State 0
  • Location: Columbus, Ohio
  • Sources:

In their annual rivalry game, Ohio State will play the Illinois Fighting Illini in Columbus. In their previous meeting, Ohio State defeated the Fighting Illini 60–35 during the 2013 season, and the Buckeyes lead the all-time series 65–30–4 (66–30–4 without NCAA vacations and forfeits).[35][36]

Michigan State[edit]

1 2 Total
Ohio State 0
Michigan State 0
  • Location: East Lansing, Michigan
  • Sources:

In their fifth conference game of the season, Ohio State will play the Michigan State Spartans in East Lansing. In their previous meeting, Michigan State defeated the Buckeyes 34–24 in the 2013 Big Ten Championship Game, and the Buckeyes lead the all-time series 28–14.[37][38]

Minnesota[edit]

1 2 Total
Ohio State 0
Minnesota 0
  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Sources:

In their final road conference game of the 2014 season, Ohio State will play the Minnesota Golden Gophers in Minneapolis. In their previous meeting, Ohio State defeated the Golden Gophers 52–10 during the 2010 season, and the Buckeyes lead the all-time series 42–7 (43–7 without NCAA vacations and forfeits).[39][40]

Indiana[edit]

1 2 Total
Indiana 0
Ohio State 0
  • Location: Columbus, Ohio
  • Sources:

In a conference divisional matchup, Ohio State will play the Indiana Hoosiers in Columbus. In their previous meeting, Ohio State defeated the Hoosiers 42–14 during the 2013 season, and the Buckeyes lead the all-time series 69–12–5 (70–12–5 without NCAA vacations and forfeits).[41][42]

Michigan[edit]

The Game
1 2 Total
Michigan 0
Ohio State 0
  • Location: Columbus, Ohio
  • Sources:

In the 2014 edition of The Game, Ohio State will play the Michigan Wolverines in Columbus. In their previous meeting, Ohio State defeated the Wolverines 42–41 during the 2013 season, and the Buckeyes trail in the all-time series 45–58–6 (46–58–6 without NCAA vacations and forfeits).[43][44]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP  
Coaches'  
CFP Not released Not released


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