— 27th year in coaching for Urban Meyer. He's 116-23 in 11 years as a head coach at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State. He also was a graduate assistant under Earle Bruce at Ohio State in 1986-87. Four of Meyer's last six teams have finished in the top three in the final Associated Press rankings.
— 25, consecutive years that Ohio State has appeared in the AP's preseason Top 25 rankings, the longest streak of any school.
— 14, returning starters for the Buckeyes. That includes nine on offense, four on defense and K Drew Basil.
— 12, in inches, difference in height between the tallest Buckeyes (6-7 OLs Jack Mewhort and Taylor Decker) and the shortest (5-7 freshman WR Devonte Butler).
— 6 starts in his career for H-back Jordan Hall. He sustained a cut foot and injured a knee last year, limiting him to three games started. Due to injuries and depth-chart problems, he is being counted on to be a Percy Harvin-type, run-and-catch player for the Buckeyes. Yet he had just 40 carries and 3 receptions last year — and has only 24 catches for his career.
— 4, number of night games scheduled so far this season: at California on Sept. 14, Wisconsin at Ohio Stadium on Sept. 28, at Northwestern on Oct. 5 and Penn State at home on Oct. 26. Four night games matches the most ever for a Buckeyes team (2007, 2008, 2010). Keep in mind that if the Buckeyes make it to a major bowl game, it will most likely be at night — and also that start times for four other regular-season games have yet to be determined. Ohio State is 36-20 in games starting at 5 p.m. or later at the site; 8-3 at home, 20-9 away and 9-7 at neutral sites.
— 3, front-line players suspended for the opener against Buffalo on Aug. 31: RB Carlos Hyde (legal problem), CB Bradley Roby (legal problem), RB Rod Smith (violation of team rules).
— 2, Ohio State's ranking in the preseason AP Top 25. The Buckeyes ended up third a year ago in it. They were unranked in the coaches' poll, which does not permit votes for teams on NCAA probation.
— 1, uniform number for two of the most exciting Buckeyes players: Roby, one of the nation's top shut-down CBs, and freshman sensation RB Dontre Wilson.
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