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1968 Ohio State Buckeyes football
National Champions
Big Ten Champions
Rose Bowl, W 27-16 vs. USC
Conference Big Ten Conference
Coaches #1
AP #1
1968 record 10-0 (7-0 Big Ten)
Head coach Woody Hayes
Offensive scheme Heavy Run
Base defense Multi

Home stadium

Ohio Stadium
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The 1968 Ohio State Buckeyes football team is considered one of the strongest in OSU history, fielding 11 All-Americans and six first-round NFL draft picks. With quarterback Rex Kern and running back Jim Otis leading a powerful OSU offense and Jack Tatum on defense, Woody Hayes' Buckeyes capped an undefeated season with a dominating 50–14 victory over archrival Michigan and a come-from-behind 27–16 victory over Southern California in the 1969 Rose Bowl to secure the national title.[1] This was also the first year the Buckeye players were awarded Buckeye pride stickers for their helmets, each one a reward for a good play. OSU was the first team to have such a program.



Date Opponent Site Result
September 28* Southern Methodist Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 35-14  
October 5* Oregon Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 21-6  
October 12 Purdue Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 13-0  
October 19 Northwestern Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 45-21  
October 26 at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, Illinois W 31-24  
November 2 Michigan State Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 25-20  
November 9 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, Wisconsin W 43-8  
November 16 at Iowa Iowa StadiumIowa City, Iowa W 33-27  
November 23 Michigan Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 50-14  
January 1* vs. USC Rose BowlPasadena, California (Rose Bowl) W 27-16  
*Non-Conference Game.

Statistical leaders

  • Scoring-Jim Otis
  • Rushing-Jim Otis
  • Passing-Rex Kern
  • Receiving-Bruce Jankowiki

Coaching staff

1969 NFL draftees

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Rufus Mayes 1 14 Tackle Chicago Bears
Dave Foley 1 26 Tackle New York Jets
Steve Howell 10 239 Tight End Cincinnati Bengals


  1. ^ OSU Football National Championships, Ohio State University Archives
Win/Loss statistics
Draft data


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