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2007 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Ohio State buckeyes logo.png
Big Ten Champions
BCS Championship Game, L 38-24 vs. LSU
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #4
AP #5
2007 record 11-2 (7-1 Big Ten)
Head coach Jim Tressel
Offensive coordinator Jim Bollman
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator Jim Heacock
Base defense 4-3

Home stadium

Ohio Stadium (c. 101,568, Field Turf)
Seasons
« 2006 2008 »
2007 Big Ten football standings
     Conf       Overall
Team W   L     W   L
#5 Ohio State 7 1     11 2
#18 Michigan 6 2     9 4
#20 Illinois 6 2     9 4
#24 Wisconsin 5 3     9 4
Penn State 4 4     9 4
Iowa 4 4     6 6
Purdue 3 5     8 5
Indiana 3 5     7 6
Michigan State 3 5     7 6
Northwestern 3 5     6 6
Minnesota 0 8     1 11
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
Rankings from AP Poll
The Buckeyes kick off.

The 2007 Ohio State Buckeyes football team competed in football on behalf of the Ohio State University during the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Buckeyes were coached by Jim Tressel and played their home games in Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Tressel led the Buckeyes to their fourth Big Ten championship and third National Title game in six years, and their second straight National Title game defeat.

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Previous season

The 2006 Buckeyes squad finished the season as Big Ten Conference champions and ranked #2 in the final AP and Coaches' polls. They finished the regular season undefeated and advanced to the 2007 BCS National Championship Game where they lost to the Florida Gators, ending the season with a record of 12-1.

Preseason

On March 6, Coach Jim Tressel announced the hiring of Assistant Coach Taver Johnson. Johnson is a native of Cincinnati and a graduate of Wittenberg University. He had spent most of his coaching career at Miami University and had a very brief stint with the Oakland Raiders. Coach Johnson will replace Tim Beckman, who left Ohio State to become Defensive Coordinator at Oklahoma State University. Coach Johnson will coach the Cornerbacks.

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Watch lists

Linebackers James Laurinaitis and Marcus Freeman along with defensive end Vernon Gholston were among the list of 65 players under consideration for the Bednarik Award while Chris "Beanie" Wells was on the 65-player list for the Maxwell Award.

National Championship Game

On January 7, 2008 the Buckeyes played at the BCS National Championship game in New Orleans, Louisiana in the Louisiana Superdome. This was the first time in the school's history that the football team had played back to back National Championship games. The Buckeyes ended up losing the game to the Louisiana State University Tigers, 38-24. After a strong initial start (a 10-0 run in the first quarter in favor of the Buckeyes), the LSU Tigers went on one of their own, 31-0, from the first to third quarters. Two key pivotal special teams plays contributed to the LSU run, one being a blocked 38 yard Ryan Pretorius (Ohio State) field goal in the first quarter, and a roughing the kicker penalty committed by Austin Spitler (Ohio State) on a punt that extended an LSU touchdown drive in the third.Though the LSU run was simply too much to overcome, the Buckeyes added two more touchdowns to make a respectable final score.

Schedule

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
September 1* 12:00 p.m. Youngstown State #10 Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio BTN W 38–6  
September 8* 12:00 p.m. Akron #11 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, Ohio BTN W 20–2  
September 15* 3:30 p.m. at Washington #10 Husky StadiumSeattle, Washington ABC W 33–14  
September 22 3:30 p.m. Northwestern #9 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, Ohio ESPN (ABC in Ohio and Chicago) W 58–7  
September 29 8:00 p.m. at Minnesota #8 H.H.H. MetrodomeMinneapolis, Minnesota ESPN2 W 30–7  
October 6 8:00 p.m. at #20 Purdue #4 Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, Indiana ABC W 23–7  
October 13* 12:00 p.m. Kent State #3 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, Ohio BTN W 48–3  
October 20† 3:30 p.m. Michigan State #1 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, Ohio ABC W 24–17  
October 27 8:00 p.m. at #25 Penn State #1 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, Pennsylvania ABC W 37–17  
November 3 12:00 p.m. #19 Wisconsin #1 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, Ohio BTN W 38-17  
November 10 3:30 p.m. Illinois #1 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, Ohio (Illibuck) ABC L 28–21  
November 17 12:00 p.m. at #23 Michigan #7 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, Michigan (Michigan-Ohio State rivalry) ABC W 14-3  
January 7* 7:00 p.m. #2 LSU #1 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, Louisiana (BCS Championship) FOX L 38-24  
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
Panoramic view of the Buckeye vs. Wildcats game

Players

Roster

Wide Receivers
  • 5 Dukes, Albert - Junior
  • 9 Hartline, Brian - Sophomore
  • 89 Hummel, Garrett - Freshman
  • Jordan, Devin - Senior
  • 18 Lisko, David - Junior
  • 18 Lyons, Devon - Junior
  • 86 Potokar, Dan - Sophomore
  • 80 Robiskie, Brian - Junior
  • 15 Ruhl, Kyle - Junior
  • 12 Sanzenbacher, Dane - Freshman
  • 4 Small, Ray - Sophomore
  • 81 Ullery, Brent - Senior
  • 19 Washington, Taurian - Freshman
Offensive Tackles
  • 74 Barton, Kirk - Senior
  • 75 Boone, Alex - Junior
  • 65 Ebner, Doug - Junior
  • 66 Moses, Andrew - Sophomore
  • 77 Smith, Connor - Freshman
  • 76 Sika, Scott - Sophomore
  • 69 Slagle, Zach - Freshman
Offensive Guards
  • 68 Blankenship, Evan - Freshman
  • 70 Browning, Bryant - Freshman
  • 78 Dye, Daniel - Senior
  • 67 Mitchum, Kyle - Junior
  • 63 Person, Ben - Junior
  • 71 Rehring, Steve - Sophomore
  • 79 Skinner, Jon - Junior
Centers
  • 64 Cordle, Jim - Sophomore
  • 57 Malone, Chris - Sophomore
Tight End
  • 86 Ballard, Jake - Sophomore
  • 46 Larson, J.D - Sophomore
  • 82 Miller, Andy - Freshman
  • 88 Nicol, Rory - Junior
  • 87 Smith, Brandon - Junior
Quarterback
  • 17 Boeckman, Todd- Junior
  • 14 Bauserman, Joe - Freshman
  • 7 Henton, Antonio - Freshman
  • 13 Kacsandi, Ben - Junior
  • 11 Schoenhoft, Rob - Sophomore
 
Running Back
  • 46 Christian, K.C. - Freshman
  • 35 DeLande, Bo - Freshman
  • 33 Gantz, Joe - Sophomore
  • 2 Herron, Daniel - Freshman
  • 16 Robinson, Trever - Senior
  • 3 Saine, Brandon - Freshman
  • 28 Wells, Chris - Sophomore
  • 34 Wells, Maurice - Junior
  • 24 Williams, Marcus - Freshman
Fullback
  • 49 Johnson, Dionte - Senior
  • 43 Olson, Aram - Freshman
  • 48 Smith, Spencer - Freshman
  • 42 Whaley, Tyler - Senior
Defensive Lineman
  • 92 Daly, Brett - Senior
  • 92 Denlinger, Todd - Sophomore
  • 50 Gholston, Vernon - Junior
  • 90 Gray, Bryan - Sophomore
  • 95 Rietschlin, Chris - Junior
Defensive Tackles
  • 93 Abdallah, Nader - Junior
  • 97 Heyward, Cameron - Freshman
  • 72 Larimore, Dexter - Freshman
Defensive End
  • 78 Barrow, Alex - Junior
  • 57 Ingham, Tom - Sophomore
  • 9 Rose, Robert - Freshman
  • 98 Thomas, Solomon - Freshman
  • 87 Wilson, Lawrence - Junior
  • 84 Worthington, Doug - Sophomore
Cornerbacks
Defensive Backs
  • 5 Chekwa, Chimdi - Freshman
  • 32 Clifford, Eugene - Freshman
  • 36 Daniels, Matt - Junior
  • 39 Dougherty, Michael - Junior
  • 30 Evege, Donnie - Freshman
  • 41 Haslam, De'Angelo - Senior
  • 24 Schwartz, Grant - Freshman
  • 11 Scott, James - Freshman
  • 20 Washington, Donald - Sophomore
  • 17 Willis, Zach - Junior
 
Linebackers
  • 1 Freeman, Marcus Jr.
  • 37 Gibson, Thaddeus - Freshman
  • 6 Grant, Larry - Senior
  • 7 Hines, Jermale - Freshman
  • 51 Homan, Ross - Sophomore
  • 44 Johnson, Mark - Freshman
  • 33 Laurinaitis, James - Junior
  • 59 Libby, Kyle - Freshman
  • 49 Lukens, Ryan - Junior
  • 26 Moeller, Tyler - Freshman
  • 36 Rolle, Brian - Freshman
  • 38 Spitler, Austin - Sophomore
  • 55 Terry, Curtis - Senior
Safety
  • 8 Gant, Aaron So.
  • 3 O'Neal, Jamario Jr.
  • 14 Oliver, Nate Fr.
  • 23 Patterson, Nick Jr.
  • 25 Pentello, Rocco Fr.
  • 21 Russell, Anderson So.
  • 10 Torrence, Devon Fr.
Long Snappers
  • 52 Curtis, Don - Freshman
  • 61 Haas, Jackson - Senior
  • 53 Howe, Patrick - Freshman
  • 56 Makridis, Dimitrios - Senior
  • 96 McQuaide, Jake - Freshman
Kickers
  • 12 Barclay, Devin - Freshman
  • 39 Good, Andrew Jr.
  • 41 Mattimoe, Matt - Sophomore
  • 20 Pettrey, Aaron - Sophomore
  • 85 Pretorius, Ryan Jr.

Coaching staff

  • Jim Tressel - Head Coach
  • Jim Bollman - Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
  • Jim Heacock - Defensive Coordinator
  • Darrell Hazell - Asst. Head Coach/Wide Receivers
  • Dick Tressel - Running Backs
  • Joe Daniels - Quarterbacks

2008 NFL draftees

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Vernon Gholston 1 6 Defensive End New York Jets
Larry Grant 7 214 Linebacker San Francisco 49ers
Kirk Barton 7 247 Tackle Chicago Bears

External links

References

Draft data

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