All About Ohio State University "Buckeyes" Football

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Ohio State University, in Columbus Ohio, has a long tradition of football excellence. In the team's 120-year history, they have been national champions seven times and Big-Ten conference champions 30 times. OSU players have won numerous awards, including six Heisman trophies.


Ohio State University has a long history. The team was founded in 1890, one of the first college football teams in the Midwest.

The OSU Buckeyes are a Division 1-A team and a member of the Big-Ten conference.

Past Glories:

In the 120-year history of the OSU Buckeyes, the team has been national champions five times and Big-Ten champions 32 times. OSU players have won seven Heisman trophies and 128 players have been 1st team All-Americans. Among the many, many talented players are Archie Griffin, two-time Heisman winner; Les Horvath; Eddie George; Howard "Hop-a-long" Cassidy; and most recently, Troy Smith.

The 2012 Team:

The 61-member 2012 OSU Football team features 15 players from Northeast Ohio, including several from football powerhouse, Glenville High School. To see the full, current roster, click here.


The 2012 Buckeyes are led by head coach Urban Meyer, a native of Ashtabula, Ohio. He is assisted by Assistant Head Coach, Everett Withers, Defensive Coordinator, Luke Fickell and offensive coordinator, Tom Herman.

Past OSU coaches have included Paul Brown (who went on to coach the original Cleveland Browns), Woody Hayes, and Mentor native, Jim Tressel.


Ohio State actively recruits high school football players from Ohio and throughout the US. To follow recruiter visits, commitments, and HS player stats, read the OSU page at

OSU Football Media:

Most OSU home and away games are televised in Cleveland on channel 5 (ABC) and ESPN. Fans can also listen to the games via their computer on Gametracker.

The Ohio State University Marching Band:

One of the few all-brass and percussion marching bands in the country, the 229-member OSU Marching Band is known for its crisp sound and its trademark "Script Ohio." The band, founded in 1878 as a 12-member fife and drum corps, has won numerous awards and was invented such marching band staples as high-stepping and script writing.

Ohio Stadium:

Ohio Stadium, built in 1922, sits on the banks of the Olentangy River in Columbus. The horseshoe-shaped stadium is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has a seating capacity of over 101,000, one of the largest in college football. The stadium has just undergone a three-year renovation which updated the facilities and added new restrooms and concessions.

Hotels Near Ohio Stadium:

Hotels near Ohio Stadium include the Holiday Inn Express and Suites (check rates), the Fairfield Inn on Olentangy River Rd. (check rates), and the Varsity Inn, also on Olentangy River Rd. (check rates). All are located right on the OSU campus.

Ohio Stadium is located at:
411 Woody Hayes Dr.
Columbus, Ohio

(last updated 10-21-12)