Ten members of the 2005 Ohio State recruiting class have been selected to play in this year's Big 33 game, taking place July 23, 2005 in Hershey Park, Pennsylvania.
Representing Ohio State in this year's version of the game will be wide receiver Andre Amos, offensive lineman Alex Boone, defensive lineman Todd Denlinger, wide receiver Brian Hartline, linebacker Fred Lenix, defensive back Jamario O'Neal, quarterback Rob Schoenhoft, linebacker Austin Spitler, and defensive end Lawrence Wilson. Every player who signed with Ohio State from the state of Ohio is slated to play in the game except offensive lineman Jim Cordle, who will already be enrolled at Ohio State.
Other key names on the Ohio roster include running back and 2004 Mr. Football winner Tyrell Sutton (Northwestern), running back Mister Simpson (Michigan), wide receiver Mario Manningham (Michigan), linebacker Alex Daniels (Minnesota), and wide receiver Trey Stross (Iowa). The head coach for the Ohio team will be Steve Channell of Trenton Edgewood.
Ohio State has more players in the game than any other school. Pittsburgh and Cincinnati have five selections, while Michigan has four and Penn State and Notre Dame have three.
This year's game will be the 48th edition of the Big 33 classic. Since Ohio and Pennsylvania began squaring off in 1993, the teams are even at a 6-6 mark. Pennsylvania has the all time edge at 9-8 after going 3-2 against Ohio from 1972 to 1976. Ohio has won the last two games. The Buckeye State squad was led by an MVP performance from Ted Ginn in 2004 as they took home a 34-30 victory.