Harold Shelton III, BTN Studio Researcher, September 9, 2016
Ohio State takes on Tulsa at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.
I?ve got five things to know before the Buckeyes kick off Week 2 in the Big Ten.
1. This is the first meeting between these teams. Ohio State is 28-3-1 all-time against the current members of the American Conference. Their last meeting against a team from that league was in 2014 when they beat Cincinnati 50-28. Meanwhile, Tulsa is 1-6 all-time against Big Ten teams and has lost three straight since winning against Iowa in 1996. Their last three losses (Iowa and Minnesota twice) have been by a combined score of 144-36.
2. The Buckeyes have won 73 of their last 74 home games against unranked non-conference opponents. They?ve won 56 straight games against teams who currently aren?t in power conferences. They haven?t lost at home against one of those teams since 1950 against SMU. Urban Meyer just doesn?t lose these types of games either. In his head coaching career, Meyer is 55-5 in games played in August and September.
3. Ohio State's 67-point win last week helped Ohio State jump up two spots to No. 4 in this week?s AP Poll. It?s the five straight season that the Buckeyes have spent at least one week in the AP Top 5.
4. Ohio State running back Mike Weber rushed for 136 yards in Week 1. He is the first Buckeye freshman running back to run for 100 yards in a game since Ezekiel Elliott in 2013. He?s also the third freshman in the Urban Meyer era to run for 100 yards in a game, joining Elliott and J.T. Barrett.
5. Ohio State's Week 2 opponent, Tulsa, has lost nine straight games against ranked teams. They have never beaten a Top 5 team, going 0-18 all-time.