List of Ohio State Buckeyes football seasons
The Ohio State Buckeyes college football team competes as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, representing the Ohio State University in the Leaders Division of the Big Ten Conference. Ohio State has played their home games at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio since 1922.
The Buckeyes claim seven national championships along with 36 conference championships and ten undefeated seasons (six perfect seasons). Ohio State is second among all Big Ten programs in terms of conference championships (34) and has an overall record of 468-171-24 in conference play. With 837 wins in over 123 seasons of football, Ohio State ranks sixth among all programs in terms of total wins and is sixth all-time in win–loss records in the NCAA.
Football was introduced to the university by George Cole and Alexander S. Lilley in 1890. Lilley led the Buckeyes to a record of three wins and five losses over his two seasons as head coach. Ohio State was a football independent from 1890 to 1901 before joining the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) as a charter member in 1902. The Buckeyes won two conference championships while members of the OAC and in 1913 became members of the Big Ten Conference. The school saw its first real success in football and in the Big Ten under head coach John Wilce, who spent sixteen years at the university and won three conference championships, with a Rose Bowl appearance in 1921. Ohio State won two more Big Ten titles under head coach Francis Schmidt and would win their first national championship in 1942 under legendary head coach Paul Brown.
Following World War II, Ohio State saw sparse success on the football field with three separate coaches and in 1951 would hire Woody Hayes to coach the team. Under his guidance Ohio State won thirteen Big Ten championships and national championships in 1954, 1957, 1961, 1968 and 1970. During his tenure Ohio State appeared Rose Bowl eight times, with the Buckeyes winning four of them. Following Hayes' dismissal in 1978, Earl Bruce became the head coach, leading the Buckeyes to a conference championship and a Rose Bowl appearance in his first season. Bruce coached for the Buckeyes from 1979 to 1987 and was replaced in 1988 by John Cooper. Under Cooper and Bruce the Buckeyes won seven conference championships. Jim Tressel was hired as head coach in 2001 and quickly gave Ohio State its seventh national championship in 2002 with a win in the Fiesta Bowl. Ohio State won seven Big Ten championships under Tressel and appeared in eight Bowl Championship Series games, winning five of them. Through the 2011 season, Ohio State has complied an official overall record of 837 wins, 316 losses, 53 ties and has appeared in 43 bowl games, with the most recent coming in 2012 Gator Bowl.
|Ohio Athletic Conference (1902–1912)|
|Western Conference (1913–1952)|
|1920||John Wilce||7–1||1st||L Rose|
|1949||Wes Fesler||7–1–2||T-1st||W Rose||6|
|Big Ten Conference (1953–present)|
|1954||Woody Hayes||10–0||7–0||1st||W Rose||2||1|
|1957||Woody Hayes||9–1||7–0||1st||W Rose||1||2|
|1968||Woody Hayes||10–0||7–0||1st||W Rose||1||1|
|1970||Woody Hayes||9–1||7–0||1st||L Rose||2||5|
|1972||Woody Hayes||9–2||7–1||T-1st||L Rose||3||9|
|1973||Woody Hayes||10–0–1||7–0–1||T-1st||W Rose||3||2|
|1974||Woody Hayes||10–2||7–1||T-1st||L Rose||3||4|
|1975||Woody Hayes||11–1||8–0||1st||L Rose||5||6|
|1976||Woody Hayes||9–2–1||7–1||T-1st||W Orange||5||6|
|1977||Woody Hayes||9–3||7–1||T-1st||L Sugar||12||11|
|1978||Woody Hayes||7–4–1||6–2||4th||L Gator||12||11|
|1979||Earle Bruce||11–1||8–0||1st||L Rose||4||4|
|1980||Earle Bruce||9–3||7–1||T-2nd||L Fiesta||15||15|
|1981||Earle Bruce||9–3||T-1st||W Liberty||15||12|
|1982||Earle Bruce||9–3||2nd||W Holiday||12||12|
|1983||Earle Bruce||9–3||4th||W Fiesta||8||9|
|1984||Earle Bruce||9–3||1st||L Rose||13||12|
|1985||Earle Bruce||9–3||4th||W Citrus||14||11|
|1986||Earle Bruce||10–3||T-1st||W Cotton||7||6|
|1989||John Cooper||8–4||T-3rd||L Hall of Fame||21|
|1990||John Cooper||7–4–1||5th||L Liberty|
|1991||John Cooper||8–4||T-3rd||L Hall of Fame|
|1992||John Cooper||8–3–1||2nd||L Citrus||19||18|
|1993||John Cooper||10–1–1||T-1st||W Holiday||10||11|
|1994||John Cooper||9–4||2nd||L Citrus||9||14|
|1995||John Cooper||11–2||2nd||L Citrus||8||6|
|1996||John Cooper||11–1||T-1st||W Rose||2||2|
|1997||John Cooper||10–3||T-2nd||L Sugar||12||12|
|1998||John Cooper||11–1||T-1st||W Sugar†||2||2|
|2000||John Cooper||8–4||4th||L Outback|
|2001||Jim Tressel||7–5||3rd||L Outback|
|2002||Jim Tressel||14–0||T-1st||W Fiesta†||1||1|
|2003||Jim Tressel||11–2||T-2nd||W Fiesta†||4||4|
|2004||Jim Tressel||8–4||T-5th||W Alamo||19||20|
|2005||Jim Tressel||10–2||T-1st||W Fiesta†||4||4|
|2006||Jim Tressel||12–1||1st||L BCS National Championship Game†||2||2|
|2007||Jim Tressel||11–2||1st||L BCS National Championship Game†||4||5|
|2008||Jim Tressel||10–3||T-1st||L Fiesta†||11||9|
|2009||Jim Tressel||11–2||1st||W Rose†||5||5|
|2010||Jim Tressel||0–1*||T–1st*||W Sugar†||5||5|
|2011||Luke Fickell||6–7||4th (Leaders)||L Gator|
|2012||Urban Meyer||12–0||T-1st (Leaders)||3|
|2013||Urban Meyer||12–2||1st (Leaders)||L Orange||10||12|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
|†Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.|
- Ohio State finished 12-1 overall in 2010 and tied for 1st in the Big Ten, but after finding out they committed NCAA violations, the school self-vacated all 12 wins and Big Ten title and it was accepted in the official record books as part of the sanctions imposed by the NCAA.
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