Next up on our list of Penn State opponent previews are the Ohio State Buckeyes. Coach Urban Meyer will bring his team into Happy Valley on October 25 for a primetime game under the bright lights of Beaver Stadium. As if the game wasn’t big enough, it’s the annual “White Out” game, meaning the atmosphere will be electric.
For the Nittany Lions, this game comes after a week layoff following a trip to Michigan Stadium for a night game against the Wolverines. Head coach James Franklin is sure to have his team ready to face off against Meyer and the Buckeyes in an important Big Ten East division game.
Ohio State enters this year with high hopes after finishing the 2013 season with an overall record of 12-2, including an 8-0 conference record. However, the Buckeyes ended the year with two straight losses. They were upset in the Big Ten Championship by Michigan State and then followed that up with a loss to Clemson in the Orange Bowl.
This year, Ohio State is ranked No. 6 in the preseason USA Today poll and returns an experienced team that features a quarterback who is expected to find himself near the top of the list of Heisman Trophy candidates.
The Buckeyes are considered by many to be a favorite to make the innugural College Football Playoff.
- Head Coach – Urban Meyer, 3rd season at Ohio State, 13th overall (24-2, 128-25 overall)
- Conference – Big Ten Conference
- 2013 Record – 12-2
- Key Departures – QB Kenny Guiton, RB Carlos Hyde, RB Jordan Hall, WR Philly Brown, OLB Ryan Shazier, DB Bradley Roby
- Key Returners – QB Braxton Miller, WR Devin Smith, OL Joel Hale, DE Noah Spence, CB Doran Grant, LB Joshua Perry