There will be one former Buckeye quarterback in the Big Ten Network broadcast booth for the Ohio State clash with Youngstown State. Mike Tomczak will provide color analysis while Roger Twibell will handle the play-by-play.
Ohio State and Youngstown State are the two-time defending champions of their respective conferences. The Penguins prevailed the past two seasons in the Gateway Conference while the Buckeyes, of course, took home Big Ten crowns in 2005 and '06.
A trio of father-son combinations have served as Ohio State football captains: The Herbstreits, James (1960) and Kirk (1992); the Davidsons, Jim (1964) and Jeff (1989); and now the Johnsons, Thomas "Pepper" (1984-85) and Dionte (2007).
Ohio State's depth chart for the Youngstown State game includes 15 true or redshirt freshmen.
Youngstown State has 19 wins (against 20 losses and one tie) against Division I-A teams. The Penguins have lost their last four such contests, including a 37-3 defeat at Penn State last season. YSU's last win over a Division I-A team occurred in 2000 when the Penguins beat Kent State, 26-20, on the road.
Ohio State has won 28 home openers in a row. The last time a Buckeye team lost its first home game of the season was 1978 to Penn State. Overall, Ohio State has won 101 of its 117 season openers while losing 12 and tying four. The Buckeyes are 105-8-4 in home openers.
Greg Bellisari, who will serve as Ohio State's honorary captain for the Youngstown State game, wore No. 30 as a linebacker, two-time Academic All-American and the captain of the 1997 Rose Bowl champions.
The Buckeyes have beaten in-state competition at a 73.1-percent clip with 171 wins, 48 losses and 15 ties. Ohio State's last loss to another Ohio team was 7-6 to Oberlin in 1921.
Ohio State's all-time winning percentage in September home games is 89.1. The Buckeyes are 114-10-4. On the road in September, Ohio State is 23-11-1.
Aside from the 73-station Ohio State radio network in Ohio, the OSU-YSU game is available on Sirius Satellite Radio on channel 126.
The last time Ohio State played three in-state teams in the same season was 1926. That year the Buckeyes, under the direction of head coach John W. Wilce, beat Wittenberg (40-0), Ohio Wesleyan (47-0) and Wilmington (13-7). The Buckeyes face Youngstown State, Akron and Kent State this season.
The last time Ohio State played a home game on something other than natural grass was 1989, when the Buckeyes went 6-0 in their final season playing home games on AstroTurf, which carpeted Ohio Stadium from 1970-89. In that time, Ohio State was 102-22-2 at home, a winning percentage of 81.0 that is better than the overall Ohio Stadium record of 373-104-20 (77.1).