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The Ohio State University is a public research university that has a proud tradition of fielding a top-notch football team. The university is one of the older schools in the country and was founded in 1870 and a land-grant university after the end of the Civil War. It is a single-campus school and is the largest of its kind in the country. It is considered one of the top of the twenty public universities in the USA.

The Ohio State University Buckeyes have a football team that is an intercollegiate team and is part of the Big Ten Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. They play at the Football Bowl Subdivision level. The team gets their nickname from the state tree of Ohio, the Buckeye. The team plays their home games in the Ohio Stadium and has done so since 1922.

They have a history of five times consensus Division IA National Champions and can claim seven national championships. The Buckeyes beat Ohio University in 2008 for their 800th victory. This has made them the fifth team of the FBS to have ever done so. Of the seven times National Champions that they can claim, their coaches were Paul Brown in 1942 and then Woody Hayes took the team to five of the remaining six titles. He did so in the years 1954, 1957, 1961, 1968, and 1970. The last championship won was in 2002 under the direction of Jim Tressel. You can find some Ohio State Memorabilia of these past champion season at Ohio State Only.com

The Buckeyes have also had some undefeated seasons to brag of. They have been spread out over the years and are nine in total years.

It was in the year 1912 that Ohio State joined the Big Ten. Before that they belonged to the Ohio Athletic Conference and had won two of the OAC titles. The school has won a Big Ten championship thirty-three times. This is second most in the conference and the third most conference title of any school found in any conference. The coaches that can lay claim to leading the team to these great stats are Albert E. Hernstein, John Richards, John Wilce, Francis Schmidt, Pau Brown, Carroll Widdoes, Wes Fesler, Woody Hayes for a total of thirteen times, Earle Bruce for four times, John Cooper for three times, and Jim Tressel for a total of five times. There have been seven Ohio Buckeye players who have won the Heisman trophy. This record it tied with Notre Dame and USC for the most ever players from any school. At out Ohio State Store, you can find the Ohio State Apparel of your liking to show your school spirit.

The Buckeyes played their first game in 1890 against Ohio Wesleyan University and they won. The school football team has been a great community tradition in Columbus, Ohio ever since. Their first home game was on November 1, 1890 and they lost to the University of Wooster 64-0. The part that the Buckeyes took away from this game was that they needed to be in shape with a training regime if they were to have a winning team. This started a rigorous training program that still exists today.

The school started off with winning football games after that and only stumbled early in the 1942 season when 22 of their veteran players were lost to the military service as the USA entered into World War II. They even lost their coach Paul Brown as he accepted a commission in the United States Navy in 1944, However, also of note at this time was the fact that Buckeyes had a star football player on the team from 1942-44 who was the first African American star football player, Bill Willis.

When Paul Brown came home from the war, he did not return to the Buckeyes but went into professional football. This was the beginning of a small slump for the team and they did not really bounce back until the year 1957 when they won most of their games and laid claim to the Big Ten championship. The Buckeyes have had their ups and downs but football is a big tradition on the campus and in the state of Ohio and will be very important to the university and state for years to come.


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    April 2010



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