List of Ohio State Buckeyes football seasons

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The first football team representing the Ohio State University in 1890.
The Buckeyes take to the field for a game during the 2006 season.

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 East Division of the Big Ten Conference. Ohio State has played their home games at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio since 1922.[1]

The Buckeyes claim eight national championships[2] along with 37 conference championships and ten undefeated seasons (six perfect seasons). Ohio State is second among all Big Ten programs in terms of conference championships (35) and has an overall record of 468-171-24 in conference play.[3] 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.[4]

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.[2] The Buckeyes won two conference championships while members of the OAC and in 1913 became members of the Big Ten Conference.[5] 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.[2]

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.[2] 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.[2] 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.[6] Ohio State won seven Big Ten championships under Tressel and appeared in eight Bowl Championship Series games, winning five of them.

Prior to the 2012 season, Ohio State hired their current head coach, Urban Meyer, who led the program to their eighth national championship in the 2014 season and an undefeated 2012 season. Through the 2017 season, Ohio State has compiled an official overall record of 898 wins, 324 losses, 53 ties and has appeared in 48 bowl games, with the most recent coming in 2017 Cotton Bowl.

Ohio State also holds the distinction of being the only program in college football history to never lose more than 7 games in a single season.

Seasons[edit]

National Champions dagger Conference Champions * Division Champions double-dagger Bowl game berth ^
Season Head coach
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Conference Season results
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Bowl result
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Final ranking
Conference
finish
Division
finish
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Won Lost Tied Associated Press Poll
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Coaches' Poll
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Ohio State Buckeyes
1890 Alexander Lilley Independent 1 3 0 N/A N/A
1891 2 2 0 N/A N/A
1892 Frederick Ryder 5 3 0 N/A N/A
1893 4 5 0 N/A N/A
1894 6 5 0 N/A N/A
1895 4 4 2 N/A N/A
1896 Charles Hickey 5 5 1 N/A N/A
1897 David Edwards 1 7 1 N/A N/A
1898 Frederick Ryder 3 5 0 N/A N/A
1899 John Eckstorm 9 0 1 N/A N/A
1900 8 1 1 N/A N/A
1901 5 3 1 N/A N/A
1902 Perry Hale Ohio Athletic Conference 2nd 6 2 2 N/A N/A
1903 2nd 8 3 0 N/A N/A
1904 Edwin Sweetland 2nd 6 5 0 N/A N/A
1905 2nd 8 2 2 N/A N/A
1906 * Albert Herrnstein 1st * 8 1 0 N/A N/A
1907 2nd 7 2 1 N/A N/A
1908 2nd 6 4 0 N/A N/A
1909 3rd 7 3 0 N/A N/A
1910 Howard Jones 3rd 6 1 3 N/A N/A
1911 Harry Vaughan 4th 5 3 2 N/A N/A
1912 * John Richards 1st * 6 3 0 N/A N/A
1913 John Wilce Big Ten Conference T–6th 4 2 1 N/A N/A
1914 T–4th 5 2 0 N/A N/A
1915 T–3rd 5 1 1 N/A N/A
1916 * 1st * 7 0 0 N/A N/A
1917 * 1st * 8 0 1 N/A N/A
1918 T–8th 3 3 0 N/A N/A
1919 2nd 6 1 0 N/A N/A
1920 * 1st * 7 1 0 Lost Rose Bowl to California Golden Bears, 28–0 ^ N/A N/A
1921 T–2nd 5 2 0 N/A N/A
1922 8th 3 4 0 N/A N/A
1923 8th 3 4 1 N/A N/A
1924 7th 2 3 3 N/A N/A
1925 8th 4 3 1 N/A N/A
1926 3rd 7 1 0 N/A N/A
1927 T–6th 4 4 0 N/A N/A
1928 4th 5 2 1 N/A N/A
1929 Sam Willaman T–5th 4 3 1 N/A N/A
1930 T–4th 5 2 1 N/A N/A
1931 T–4th 6 3 0 N/A N/A
1932 4th 4 1 3 N/A N/A
1933 2nd 7 1 0 N/A N/A
1934 Francis Schmidt 2nd 7 1 0 N/A N/A
1935 * T–1st * 7 1 0 N/A N/A
1936 T–2nd 5 3 0 N/A
1937 2nd 6 2 0 13 N/A
1938 6th 4 3 1 N/A
1939 * 1st * 6 2 0 15 N/A
1940 T–4th 4 4 0 N/A
1941 Paul Brown T–2nd 6 1 1 13 N/A
1942 †* 1st 9 1 0 1 N/A
1943 7th 3 6 0 N/A
1944 * Carroll Widdoes 1st * 9 0 0 2 N/A
1945 3rd 7 2 0 12 N/A
1946 Paul Bixler T–6th 4 3 2 N/A
1947 Wes Fesler 9th 2 6 1 N/A
1948 4th 6 3 0 N/A
1949 * T–1st * 7 1 2 Won Rose Bowl vs. California Golden Bears, 17–14 ^ 6 N/A
1950 T–2nd 6 3 0 10 14
1951 Woody Hayes 5th 4 3 2
1952 3rd 6 3 0 17j 15
1953 4th 6 3 0 20
1954 †* 1st * 10 0 0 Won Rose Bowl vs. USC Trojans, 20–7 ^ 1 2
1955 * 1st * 7 2 0 5 5
1956 T–4th 6 3 0 15
1957 †* 1st 9 1 0 Won Rose Bowl vs. Oregon Webfoots, 10–7 ^ 2 1
1958 3rd 6 1 2 8 7
1959 T–8th 3 5 1
1960 3rd 7 2 0 8 8
1961 †* 1st 8 0 1 2 2
1962 T–3rd 6 3 0 13
1963 T–2nd 5 3 1
1964 2nd 7 2 0 9 9
1965 2nd 7 2 0 11
1966 6th 4 5 0
1967 4th 6 3 0
1968 †* 1st * 10 0 0 Won Rose Bowl vs. USC Trojans, 27–16 ^ 1 1
1969 * T–1st * 8 1 0 4 5
1970 †* 1st * 9 1 0 Lost Rose Bowl to Stanford Indians, 27–17 ^ 5 2
1971 T–3rd 6 4 0
1972 * T–1st * 9 2 0 Lost Rose Bowl to USC Trojans, 42–17 ^ 9 3
1973 * T–1st * 10 0 1 Won Rose Bowl vs. USC Trojans, 42–21 ^ 2 3
1974 * T–1st * 10 2 0 Lost Rose Bowl to USC Trojans, 18–17 ^ 4 3
1975 * 1st * 11 1 0 Lost Rose Bowl to UCLA Bruins, 23–10 ^ 4 4
1976 * T–1st * 9 2 1 Won Orange Bowl vs. Colorado Buffaloes, 27–10 ^ 6 5
1977 * T–1st * 9 3 0 Lost Sugar Bowl to Alabama Crimson Tide, 35–6 ^ 11 12
1978 4th 7 4 1 Lost Gator Bowl to Clemson Tigers, 17–15 ^
1979 * Earle Bruce 1st * 11 1 0 Lost Rose Bowl to USC Trojans, 17–16 ^ 4 4
1980 T–2nd 9 3 0 Lost Fiesta Bowl to Penn State Nittany Lions, 31–19 ^ 15 15
1981 * T–1st * 9 3 0 Won Liberty Bowl vs. Navy Midshipmen, 31–28 ^ 12 15
1982 2nd 9 3 0 Won Holiday Bowl vs. BYU Cougars, 47–17 ^ 12 12
1983 4th 9 3 0 Won Fiesta Bowl vs. Pittsburgh Panthers, 28–23 ^ 9 8
1984 * 1st * 9 3 0 Lost Rose Bowl to USC Trojans, 20–17 ^ 12 13
1985 T–4th 9 3 0 Won Citrus Bowl vs. BYU Cougars, 10–7 ^ 11 14
1986 * T–1st * 10 3 0 Won Cotton Bowl Classic vs. Texas A&M Aggies, 28–12 ^ 6 7
1987 5th 6 4 1
1988 John Cooper T–7th 4 6 1
1989 T–3rd 8 4 0 Lost Hall of Fame Bowl to Auburn Tigers, 31–14 ^ 21
1990 5th 7 4 1 Lost Liberty Bowl to Air Force Falcons, 23–11 ^
1991 T–3rd 8 4 0 Lost Hall of Fame Bowl to Syracuse Orange, 24–17 ^
1992 2nd 8 3 1 Lost Citrus Bowl to Georgia Bulldogs, 21–14 ^ 18 19
1993 * T–1st * 10 1 1 Won Holiday Bowl vs. BYU Cougars, 28–21 ^ 11 10
1994 2nd 9 4 0 Lost Citrus Bowl to Alabama Crimson Tide, 24–17 ^ 14 9
1995 2nd 11 2 0 Lost Citrus Bowl to Tennessee Volunteers, 20–14 ^ 6 8
1996 * T–1st * 11 1 [d] Won Rose Bowl vs. Arizona State Sun Devils, 20–17 ^ 2 2
1997 T–2nd 10 3 Lost Sugar Bowl to Florida State Seminoles, 31–14 ^ 12 12
1998 * T–1st * 11 1 Won Sugar Bowl vs. Texas A&M Aggies, 24–14 ^ 2 2
1999 T–8th 6 6
2000 4th 8 4 Lost Outback Bowl to South Carolina Gamecocks, 24–7 ^
2001 Jim Tressel 3rd 7 5 Lost Outback Bowl to South Carolina Gamecocks, 31–28 ^
2002 †* T–1st * 14 0 Won Fiesta Bowl vs. Miami Hurricanes, 31–24 ^ 1 1
2003 T–2nd 11 2 Won Fiesta Bowl vs. Kansas State Wildcats, 35–28 ^ 4 4
2004 T–5th 8 4 Won Alamo Bowl vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys, 33–7 ^ 20 19
2005 * T–1st * 10 2 Won Fiesta Bowl vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 34–20 ^ 4 4
2006 * 1st * 12 1 Lost BCS National Championship to Florida Gators, 41–14 ^ 2 2
2007 * 1st * 11 2 Lost BCS National Championship to LSU Tigers, 38–24 ^ 5 4
2008 * T–1st * 10 3 Lost Fiesta Bowl to Texas Longhorns, 24–21 ^ 9 11
2009 * 1st * 11 2 Won Rose Bowl vs. Oregon Ducks, 26–17 ^ 5 5
2010[e] T–1st[f] 0 (12) 1 Won Sugar Bowl vs. Arkansas Razorbacks, 31–26 ^ 5 5
2011 Luke Fickell[g] 4th 6 7 Lost Gator Bowl to Florida Gators, 24–17 ^
2012 double-dagger Urban Meyer 1st double-dagger 12 0 Ineligible 3 Ineligible
2013 double-dagger 2nd 1st double-dagger 12 2 Lost Orange Bowl to Clemson Tigers, 40–35 ^ 12 10
2014 †* 1st * 1st double-dagger 14 1 Won Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama Crimson Tide, 42–35 (CFP Semifinal)
Won College Football Playoff National Championship vs. Oregon Ducks, 42–20 ^
1 1
2015double-dagger T–1st double-dagger 12 1 Won Fiesta Bowl vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 44–28 ^ 4 4
2016double-dagger T–1st double-dagger 11 2 Lost Fiesta Bowl vs. Clemson Tigers, 31-0 (CFP Semifinal)^ 6 6
2017 * 1st 1st double-dagger 12 2 Won Cotton Bowl Classic vs. USC Trojans, 24-7 ^ 5 5
2018 * Urban Meyer / Ryan Day 1st T–1st double-dagger 12 1 Rose Bowl vs. Washington Huskies

All-time records[edit]

Records current through Dec. 4, 2018.

Statistic Wins Losses Ties Winning Percentage
Ohio State Buckeyes regular season record (1890–2017) 886 300 53 .736
Ohio State Buckeyes bowl game record (1890–2017) 24 25 .490
All-time regular and bowl game record (1890–2017) 910 325 53 .727
Ohio State Buckeyes CFP game record (2014-2017) 2 1 0 .667

Notes[edit]

  • a The Big Ten Conference introduced divisional play in 2011; the divisional winners advance to the Big Ten Championship Game to determine the conference champion.[9]
  • b The Associated Press began conducting a weekly college football poll in 1936.[4]
  • c The college football coaches' poll has been sponsored by multiple organizations since its creation in 1950. Its current sponsor is USA Today.[4]
  • d Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible.[10]
  • e Ohio State vacated all 12 of its victories and its Big Ten Conference championship from the 2010 season.[11][12][13]
  • f Ohio State finished with a share of the Big Ten championship in 2010, which was unaffected by the vacation of the school's victories from that season.
  • g Luke Fickell was named as the interim head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2011, following Jim Tressel's dismissal on May 30, 2011.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ohio Stadium". Ohio State Buckeyes. Retrieved 2012-06-10.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Ohio State Buckeyes Football Results by Year" (PDF). Ohio State Buckeyes.com. Retrieved 2012-06-10.
  3. ^ "Ohio State Opponents". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2012-06-10.
  4. ^ a b c "Football Bowl Subdivision Records" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved 2012-06-10.
  5. ^ "Big Ten History". Big Ten Conference. Archived from the original on 2013-11-14. Retrieved 2012-06-10.
  6. ^ "2003 Fiesta Bowl". FiestaBowl.org. Archived from the original on 2012-10-19. Retrieved 2012-06-10.
  7. ^ "Ohio State Buckeyes Football Coaching Records" (PDF). Ohio State Buckeyes.com. Retrieved 2012-06-10.
  8. ^ "Ohio State Buckeyes Football Bowl Results" (PDF). Ohio State Buckeyes.com. Retrieved 2012-06-10.
  9. ^ "Big Ten Announces Football Division Alignments and 2011 and 2012 Conference Schedules". Big Ten.com. Retrieved 2012-06-10.
  10. ^ "Overtime system still excites coaches". USA Today.com. Retrieved 2012-06-10.
  11. ^ Ludlow, Randy (July 8, 2011). "Ohio State vacates wins from 2010 football season, places program on probation". The Columbus Dispatch. Dispatch Printing Co. Archived from the original on July 10, 2011. Retrieved July 8, 2011.
  12. ^ Ohio State vacates all 2010 victories, ESPN, July 22, 2011
  13. ^ NCAA record book, Ohio State, 2010-11 season
  14. ^ "Luke Fickell Named Interim Ohio State Football Coach". 10TV.com. Retrieved 2012-06-10.