Ohio State Football 2020 Historical Significance


1. Chance to claim the best all-time winning percentage.

Ohio State is currently second all-time with a winning percentage of 0.729 and a record of 924-326-53. The only team ahead of them is Boise State with a winning percentage of 0.731 and a record of 461-169-2. Boise State will begin their season the same week as the Buckeyes. To overcome them, Ohio State will have to finish three games better than them in the regular season or two if they play more postseason games than Boise State. A Big Ten Championship game and a run in the CFP would help them in doing so.

2. Outright claim the most Heisman winners ever.

Currently, Ohio State has had seven different players win the Heisman trophy. With seven, they are tied for the most in NCAA history with Notre Dame and Oklahoma. The past two years, Ohio State had a player finish in third both times and one finish in fourth. However, they have not had a winner since Troy Smith won in 2006. The OSU winners are Les Horvath, Vic Janowicz, Howard Cassady, Archie Griffin (2), Eddie George and Smith. If a player from this year, like Justin Fields, who has the 2nd best odds on OddsShark at +600, would win, OSU would take sole ownership of the top spot. However, this year will be tough playing 5-6 fewer games than many other teams.

3. Blake Haubeil can finish with the best field goal percentage in Ohio State history.

Haubeil currently holds the best career field goal percentage in Ohio State history – 82.1%. The next closest is 81.8% by Mike Nugent, so Haubeil would need to complete 81.12% of his field goals this year. Last year, Haubeil made 13 field goals on 15 attempts giving him an 86.7% percentage, the fifth-best field goal percentage in a single season in Ohio State history. If he matches his total from last year with 13 field goals, he will finish his career tied with the sixth most field goals in OSU history.

4. Win their 9th National Championship, putting them at a tie for the fifth most.

Going into this season, Ohio State is in sixth place, with eight national championships claimed. That puts them behind Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, USC and Pittsburgh. A win this year places them at a tie with Pittsburgh. On OddsShark, Ohio State currently has the second-best odds to win it all at +250.

5. Win their first game in school history against Clemson or Georgia.

There are very few schools Ohio State has not earned a win against in their history. However, Ohio State has never beaten Clemson nor Georgia, two teams they could play if they make the College Football Playoff. Ohio State has only played Georgia once in 1993, where Georgia won 21-14. On the other hand, Ohio State has played Clemson four times and never won, three of them coming in the past six years, all being bowl games and two of them in the CFP. The toughest loss being last year in the CFP semifinal, where OSU lost a heartbreaker, 29-23.

6. Tie for second-most CFP appearances and the third team to win more than one championship since the start of the CFP.

Ohio State had the honor of winning the first championship in the College Football Playoff era in 2014. Since then, they have not won or been in the championship game but made the CFP three times. If they make the CFP again this year, they will tie Oklahoma with the second-most appearances. Oklahoma has a slim chance of making the CFP this year as they already have two losses, both against unranked teams. Furthermore, if they win the CFP this year, they will join Clemson and Alabama as the only teams to win it more than once.

7. Increase their lead in most weeks in AP Poll.

Ohio State sits at the top with the most weeks featured in the top 25 AP Poll with 924 weeks. They have a 53 week lead over Michigan, followed by Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Alabama. As of Week 7, Ohio State is ranked 5th with Michigan, Notre Dame, and Alabama also in the top 25.


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