Game Data: Bowling Green at Ohio State

Here is a look at the Game Data page for Saturday's game between Bowling Green and top-ranked Ohio State at Ohio Stadium (3:30 p.m., ESPN-Plus regional syndication). We have the pertinent information, the television clearances, depth charts and a prediction on this game. Click this free link for more.

Game Data: Bowling Green at Ohio State

* Date, Time: Sat., Oct. 7; 3:40 p.m. (Eastern)

* Location: Ohio Stadium

* TV: ESPN-Plus regional syndication. Announcers: Craig Coshun and Chris Martin.

The game will be shown on a collection of ESPN-Plus outlets, including WBNS-TV (Ch. 10) in Columbus, WHIO-TV (Ch. 7 in Dayton), WUAB-TV (Ch. 43) in Cleveland, WYTV-TV (Ch. 33) in Youngstown and WTVG-TV (Ch. 13) in Toledo. Here are the ESPN-Plus clearances for this game:

ESPN-Plus clearances from Big Ten site

* 2006 Records, Rankings: Ohio State, 5-0 overall, 2-0 Big Ten; ranked first in Associated Press poll and USA Today coaches poll; Bowling Green, 3-2 overall, 2-1 MAC, unranked.

* Coaches: Ohio State, Jim Tressel (sixth year at OSU, 55-13; 21st year overall, 190-70-2; vs. Bowling Green, 2-1); Bowling Green, Gregg Brandon (fourth year at BGSU, 28-13; vs. Ohio State, 0-1).

* Series History: Ohio State leads the all-time series 3-0 with all three games in Columbus. The Buckeyes won 17-6 in 1992, 44-13 in 1997 and 24-17 in 2003.

* Bowling Green Schedule: Sept. 2, Wisconsin (at Cleveland), L 35-14; Sept. 9, Buffalo, W 48-40 (3 OT); Sept. 16, at Florida International, W 33-28; Sept. 23, Kent State, L 38-3; Sept. 30, at Ohio U., W 21-9; Oct. 7, at Ohio State; Oct. 14, Eastern Michigan; Oct. 19, at Central Michigan; Oct. 28, at Temple; Nov. 4, at Akron; Nov. 15, Miami (Ohio); Nov. 21, at Toledo.

* Bowling Green Key Players (2006 Stats): QB Anthony Turner (37 of 64 passing, 466 yards, 4 TDs, 3 INTs; 47 carries, 169 yards, 1 TD), QB-RB Freddie Barnes (87 carries, 392 yards, 7 TDs), RB Chris Bullock (38 carries, 177 yards, 1 TD), WR Zach Charles (14 catches, 50 yards), WR Corey Partridge (11 catches, 124 yards), WR Ruben Ruiz (10 catches, 123 yards, 2 TDs), SLB Erique Dozier (49 tackles, 3 TFLs), MLB Terrel White (49 tackles, 4-1/2 TFLs), CB Kenny Lewis (38 tackles, 2 INTs), DE Diyral Briggs (16 tackles, 6-1/2 TFLs, 3-1/2 sacks).

* Bowling Green Fast Facts: Location: Bowling Green, Ohio; Enrollment, 21,071; Nickname, Falcons; Colors, Orange and Brown; Stadium, Perry Stadium (surface, grass; capacity, 23,724).

Depth Charts

Ohio State Offense

SE 80 Brian Robiskie, 6-3, 195, So.

8 Roy Hall, 6-3, 240, Sr.

LT 75 Alex Boone, 6-8, 325, So.

68 Tim Schafer, 6-5, 290, Sr.

LG 71 Steve Rehring, 6-8, 329, So.

68 Tim Schafer, 6-5, 290, Sr.

C 50 Doug Datish, 6-5, 295, Sr.

54 Tyler Whaley, 6-1, 270, So.

RG 72 T.J. Downing, 6-4, 305, Sr.

63 Ben Person, 6-4, 315, So.

RT 74 Kirk Barton, 6-6, 310, Jr.

79 Jon Skinner, 6-5, 300, So.

TE 88 Rory Nicol, 6-5, 250, So.

87 Brandon Smith, 6-3, 252, So.

FL 7 Ted Ginn Jr., 6-0, 180, Jr.

4 Ray Small, 6-0, 175, Fr.

QB 10 Troy Smith, 6-1, 215, Sr.

12 Justin Zwick, 6-4, 225, Sr.

TB 25 Antonio Pittman, 5-11, 195, Jr.

34 Maurice Wells, 5-10, 190, So.

or 28 Chris Wells, 6-1, 225, Fr.

FB 89 Stan White Jr., 6-2, 242, Sr.

49 Dionte Johnson, 6-0, 234, Jr.

SL 11 Anthony Gonzalez, 6-0, 195, Jr.

9 Brian Hartline, 6-3, 180, R-Fr.

K 20 Aaron Pettrey, 6-1, 195, R-Fr.

85 Ryan Pretorius, 5-9, 180, So.

Ohio State Defense

DE 99 Jay Richardson, 6-6, 276, Sr.

87 Lawrence Wilson, 6-6, 270, So.

DT 97 David Patterson, 6-3, 285, Sr.

98 Joel Penton, 6-5, 290, Sr.

DT 90 Quinn Pitcock, 6-3, 295, Sr.

92 Todd Denlinger, 6-3, 280, R-Fr.

DE 50 Vernon Gholston, 6-4, 260, So.

78 Alex Barrow, 6-5, 275, So.

SLB 1 Marcus Freeman, 6-2, 242, So.

or 55 Curtis Terry, 6-2, 234, Jr.

MLB 33 James Laurinaitis, 6-3, 244, So.

6 Larry Grant, 6-3, 225, Jr.

WLB 52 John Kerr, 6-1, 233, Sr.

51 Ross Homan, 6-1, 237, Fr.

CB 2 Malcolm Jenkins, 6-1, 202, So.

13 Andre Amos, 6-1, 180, R-Fr.

FS 3 Jamario O'Neal, 6-1, 200, So.

8 Aaron Gant, 6-0, 205, Fr.

SS 32 Brandon Mitchell, 6-3, 205, Sr.

23 Nick Patterson, 6-2, 210, So.

CB 14 Antonio Smith, 5-9, 195, Sr.

20 Donald Washington, 6-1, 195, R-Fr.

NB 20 Donald Washington, 6-1, 195, R-Fr.

23 Nick Patterson, 6-2, 210, So.

P 15 A.J. Trapasso, 6-1, 220, So.

48 Jon Thoma, 6-1, 190, R-Fr.

LS 58 Drew Norman, 6-0, 230, Sr.

Bowling Green Offense

LT 71 Drew Nystrom, 6-5, 317, Jr.

74 Jeffrey Fink, 6-5, 300, So.

LG 68 John Lanning, 6-4, 285, Sr.

75 Shane Steffy, 6-3, 302, R-Fr.

C 78 Kory Lichtensteiger, 6-3, 310, Jr.

65 Patrick Watson, 6-5, 297, Jr.

RG 70 Derrick Markray, 6-5, 354, Sr.

55 Brandon Curtis, 6-2, 291, So.

RT 73 Kevin Huelsman, 6-5, 301, Jr.

50 Brandon Mack, 6-5, 283, Jr.

TE 88 Sean O'Drobinak, 6-4, 270, Jr.

89 Jimmy Schneider, 6-4, 244, R-Fr.

Z WR 80 Ruben Ruiz, 6-4, 236, Sr.

or 19 Kenneth Brantley, 5-11, 196, Sr.

X WR 86 Zach Charles, 5-10, 168, Fr.

12 Chris Wright, 5-10, 190, R-Fr.

H WR 1 Corey Partridge, 5-11, 187, So.

84 Derek Brighton, 5-10, 180, Fr.

TB 33 Chris Bullock, 5-11, 220, R-Fr.

5 Dan Macon, 6-1, 214, Jr.

QB 17 Anthony Turner, 6-2, 229, So.

7 Freddie Barnes, 6-2, 206, R-Fr.

FB 11 Pete Winovich, 6-3, 259, Jr.

36 Lewis Parks, 6-2, 228, Fr.

K 41 Sean Ellis, 6-6, 189, Fr.

Bowling Green Defense

DE 57 Devon Parks, 6-3, 252, Sr.

99 Diyral Briggs, 6-4, 225, So.

NG 87 D.J. Young, 6-5, 290, Fr.

90 Michael Ream, 6-3, 257, R-Fr.

DT 92 Brad Williams, 6-3, 260, Sr.

98 Brady Minturn, 6-4, 288, R-Fr.

DE 58 Jacob Hardwick, 6-3, 260, R-Fr.

99 Diyral Briggs, 6-4, 225, So.

WLB 44 John Haneline, 6-2, 231, So.

or 9 Loren Hargrove, 5-11, 211, Jr.

MLB 48 Terrel White, 5-10, 227, Sr.

45 Cody Baker, 6-3, 238, R-Fr.

SLB 30 Erique Dozier, 6-0, 200, So.

47 Adrian Baker, 6-3, 220, So.

CB 2 Antonio Smith, 5-10, 175, So.

23 Tarell Lewis, 5-10, 183, Fr.

SS 24 Jahmal Brown, 5-10, 192, Fr.

15 Calvin Wiley, 5-11, 195, R-Fr.

FS 4 Jerrett Sanderson, 6-0, 189, Fr.

15 Calvin Wiley, 5-11, 195, R-Fr.

CB 21 Kenny Lewis, 5-11, 180, So.

22 Vincent Corner, 5-9, 200, Fr.

P 14 Alonso Rojas, 6-3, 200, Fr.

Breaking It Down

* When Ohio State Has The Ball: Amazingly, Ohio State had 214 yards rushing at Iowa, but the Buckeyes still rank just eighth in the Big Ten in rushing offense at 154.0 yards per game. I think some of that is a function of the fact OSU has played tougher competition, perhaps, than most of its conference brethren. Of course, that will not necessarily be the case this week as OSU ventures outside the Big Ten this week to face Bowling Green.

The Falcons surrendered 197 yards rushing to Wisconsin and 216 yards on the ground in a 38-3 loss to Kent State. My guess is the Buckeyes will try and establish Antonio Pittman early and often. If there is a scenario where both he and Chris "Beanie" Wells can get around 10-12 carries and 100 yards, that would have to be considered almost a perfect day.

BG trailed Wisconsin 21-7 at halftime in the opener, so you can use that as a bench mark as to where this game should be at the intermission. The only team to eclipse 200 yards passing on BG was Florida International, which threw for 242 yards in a 33-28 home loss to the Falcons. The hope is Troy Smith and the OSU passing attack can make some big plays early so Smith can get out of the line of fire and give Justin Zwick and Rob Schoenhoft (we're not sure if Todd Boeckman will be ready or not) some much-needed reps. Again, this would be considered a perfect scenario.

* When Bowling Green Has The Ball: Anthony Turner has done a reasonably nice job at quarterback for the Falcons. He missed the opener due to a suspension and the Kent State rout due to an injury. When he has played, Bowling Green has won. That, of course, figures to change this Saturday. But it is noteworthy from the standpoint of knowing that with Turner, BGSU should not be considered a pushover.

Turner is an effective run/pass quarterback who could give the OSU defense a few fits. Likewise, Freddie Barnes, who started the two games Turner missed, is quite a threat. He will also line up some at running back and tote the rock. He is BG's leading ground gainer with 392 yards and seven touchdowns in five games. Chris Bullock is a 220-pound redshirt freshman at tailback who is also learning his way.

My guess is the Buckeyes will stack up the BGSU run game and try and put the Falcons behind in down-and-distance so more of the onus falls on the inexperienced Turner. This was really not supposed to be his year, but Omar Jacobs left a year early for the NFL so Turner was pressed into service. At 6-2 and 229 pounds, Turner can be quite a load. The key will be if he can convert some key early third downs by throwing the ball. If he can, the Falcons may prolong the suspense.

It's hard to predict the OSU defense will get another three or four takeaways. But with a quarterback making his sixth career start, I wonder if he might be in over his head a bit in this environment. The Buckeyes are sure to bring the heat.

* How It Will Go: Gregg Brandon has won over two-thirds of his games at Bowling Green and that says a lot. Over the past five years, no team in the Mid-American Conference has a higher winning percentage than BGSU.

Bowling Green is by no means as bad as it showed against Kent on Sept. 23. The Falcons played that day without Turner and they turned it over some six times. BGSU has done well in road environments, winning at Florida International and at Ohio U. Obviously, this is a major step up in class to face top-ranked Ohio State. This is, truly, a transitional year for BGSU with Jacobs' impromptu departure and the need to play so many young kids. That youth will probably work against the Falcons this Saturday.

The Buckeyes showed some letdown when they played Cincinnati following the road night win at Texas. Will they come out with the proper fire and passion for this (yawn) game against an MAC school?

My score is somewhat misleading. I think this game is reasonably close at halftime, say, 20-7 or 24-10. But the Buckeyes, as they almost always seem to do, will wear down the Falcons in the second half and cruise to an easy win. OSU has now outscored its opponents 62-16 in the fourth quarter this year. I've got it: Ohio State 45-10

* For The Record: I am 5-0 straight-up and 4-1 against-the-spread with Ohio State. (As of Tuesday, OSU was listed as a 34-1/2 point favorite.)

* Other Picks: On this week's Bucknuts Radio Hour, all of the panelists picked Ohio State. Mr. Bucknuts picked OSU 42-10. Jerry Rudzinski said OSU 47-17. Dave Biddle said OSU 48-7. Kirk Larrabee said OSU 45-13.

-- Steve Helwagen


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