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1981 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Ohio State buckeyes logo.png
Big Ten Co-Champions
Liberty Bowl, W 31-28 vs. Navy
Conference Big Ten Conference
Coaches #12
AP #15
1981 record 9-3 (6-2 Big Ten)
Head coach Earle Bruce

Home stadium

Ohio Stadium
« 1980 1982 »

The 1981 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the college football season of 1981-1982. The Buckeyes compiled a 9–3 record, including the 1981 Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee, where they won 31–28 against the Navy Midshipmen.



Date Opponent Site Result
September 12* Duke Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 34-13  
September 19 Michigan State Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 27-13  
September 26* at Stanford Stanford StadiumStanford, California W 24-19  
October 3* Florida State Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio L 27-36  
October 10 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, Wisconsin L 21-24  
October 17 Illinois Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 34-27  
October 24 Indiana Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 29-10  
October 31 at Purdue Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, Indiana W 45-33  
November 7 at Minnesota Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, Minnesota L 31-35  
November 14 Northwestern Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 70-6  
November 21 at Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, Michigan W 14-9  
December 30* vs. Navy Liberty BowlMemphis, Tennessee (Liberty Bowl) W 31-28  
*Non-Conference Game.

Coaching staff

1982 NFL draftees

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Art Schlichter 1 4 Quarterback Baltimore Colts
Anthony Griggs 4 105 Linebacker Philadelphia Eagles
Bob Atha 12 317 Kicker St. Louis Cardinals


Win/Loss statistics
Draft data


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