Aaron Opelt, the senior quarterback of Toledo, is ranked No. 1 in the nation in total offense. The Freemont (Ohio) Ross product averages 437.0 yards per game.
The town of Berea, Ohio, can boast of being the hometown of both head coaches who will lead teams Saturday at Cleveland Browns Stadium: Ohio State's Jim Tressel and Tim Beckman of Toledo.
Toledo head coach Tim Beckman, a former Ohio State assistant, has coached six players who played or play in the NFL: former Buckeyes Tyler Everett, Brandon Mitchell, Nate Salley, Donte Whitner and Ashton Youboty along with Donovan Woods of Oklahoma State.
There are 12 Buckeyes from Cuyahoga County, home to Cleveland. Bryant Browning, Marcus Hall, Jermale Hines, Jermil Martin, Jonathan Newsome, Robert Rose and Ray Small all attended Cleveland Glenville, while Scott Sika and Josh Kerr are both products of Strongsville and Nate Oliver attended Lakewood St. Edward. Melvin Fellows went to Garfield Heights, and Thaddeus Gibson is from Euclid.
Ohio State has played 15 previous games in Cleveland, but none in the last 17 seasons since they beat Northwestern 34-3 in Municipal Stadium. All the other games occurred from 1892-1944. The Buckeyes have won their last seven games in Cleveland.
Through two games, Ohio State opponents are averaging 22.5 yards per pass completion. The Buckeyes are averaging 13.8 yards per completion on offense.
Ohio State opponents have 37 first downs in two games while the Buckeyes have made 29. Toledo comes in having made 47 first downs while allowing 50.
Ohio State and Toledo have met just once previously in football. The Buckeyes won that matchup 49-0 in 1998 at Ohio Stadium.
The winning team has scored more than 50 points in both of Toledo's first two games. Last week, the Rockets beat Colorado 54-38, and in their season opener they lost to Purdue 52-31.
Through two games, the Buckeyes have run the ball 57 percent. Toledo has thrown it
The one and only time Ohio State has lost to a team that is currently a member of the Mid-American Conference came in 1894, a 12-6 loss to Akron on Sept. 15 at the Ohio State Fairgrounds.
Ohio State has not lost back-to-back games since dropping three in a row in the middle of 2004.