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1979 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Ohio State buckeyes logo.png
Big Ten Champions
Rose Bowl, L 17-16 vs. Southern California
Conference Big Ten Conference
Coaches #4
AP #4
1979 record 11-1 (8-0 Big Ten)
Head coach Earle Bruce

Home stadium

Ohio Stadium
« 1978 1980 »

The 1979 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the college football season of 1979-1980. The Buckeyes compiled a 11–1 record, including the 1980 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, where they lost 17–16 to the Southern California Trojans.



Date Opponent Site Result
September 8* Syracuse Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 31-8  
September 15 at Minnesota Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, Minnesota W 21-17  
September 22* Washington State Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 45-29  
September 29* at UCLA Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, California W 17-13  
October 6 Northwestern Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 16-7  
October 13 Indiana Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 47-6  
October 20 Wisconsin Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 59-0  
October 27 Michigan State Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 42-0  
November 3 at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, Illinois W 44-7  
November 10 Iowa Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 34-7  
November 17 at Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, Michigan W 18-15  
January 1* vs. Southern California Rose BowlPasadena, California (Rose Bowl) L 16-17  
*Non-Conference Game.


Coaching staff

1980 NFL draftees

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Jim Laughlin 4 91 Linebacker Atlanta Falcons
Mike Guess 6 156 Defensive Back Chicago Bears
Ken Fritz 10 277 Guard Pittsburgh Steelers



Win/Loss statistics
Draft data


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