2007 Ohio State Buckeyes football team
The 2007 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University during the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Buckeyes were coached by Jim Tressel and played their home games in Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Tressel led the Buckeyes to their fourth Big Ten Conference championship and third BCS National Championship Game in six years. The team finished the season with a win-loss record of 11 and 2, with losses to conference rival Illinois and BCS National Champion LSU.
|2007 Ohio State Buckeyes football|
Big Ten champion
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|2007 record||11–2 (7–1 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Jim Tressel (7th season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Jim Bollman (7th season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Jim Heacock (3rd; 12th overall season)|
|Co-defensive coordinator||Luke Fickell (3rd; 7th overall season)|
|Home stadium||Ohio Stadium|
(Capacity: 102,329, FieldTurf)
|2007 Big Ten football standings|
|No. 5 Ohio State $||7||–||1||11||–||2|
|No. 18 Michigan||6||–||2||9||–||4|
|No. 20 Illinois %||6||–||2||9||–||4|
|No. 24 Wisconsin||5||–||3||9||–||4|
Rankings from AP Poll
|September 1||12:00 p.m.||Youngstown State*||No. 10||BTN||W 38–6||105,038|
|September 8||12:00 p.m.||Akron*||No. 11||BTN||W 20–2||104,317|
|September 15||3:30 p.m.||at Washington*||No. 10||ESPN||W 33–14||74,927|
|September 22||3:30 p.m.||Northwestern||No. 9||ABC/ESPN||W 58–7||105,178|
|September 29||8:00 p.m.||at Minnesota||No. 8||ESPN2||W 30–7||51,611|
|October 6||8:00 p.m.||at No. 20 Purdue||No. 4||ABC||W 23–7||65,497|
|October 13||12:00 p.m.||Kent State*||No. 3||BTN||W 48–3||105,051|
|October 20||3:30 p.m.||Michigan State||No. 1||ABC||W 24–17||105,287|
|October 27||8:00 p.m.||at No. 25 Penn State||No. 1||ABC||W 37–17||110,134|
|November 3||12:00 p.m.||No. 19 Wisconsin||No. 1||BTN||W 38–17||105,449|
|November 10||3:30 p.m.||Illinois||No. 1||ABC/ESPN||L 21–28||105,453|
|November 17||12:00 p.m.||at No. 23 Michigan||No. 7||ABC||W 14–3||111,941|
|January 7, 2008||7:00 p.m.||vs. No. 2 LSU*||No. 1||FOX||L 24–38||79,651|
The 2006 Buckeyes squad finished the season as Big Ten Conference champions and ranked #2 in the final AP and Coaches' polls. They finished the regular season undefeated and advanced to the 2007 BCS National Championship Game where they lost to the Florida Gators, ending the season with a record of 12–1.
On March 6, Coach Jim Tressel announced the hiring of Assistant Coach Taver Johnson. Johnson is a native of Cincinnati and a graduate of Wittenberg University. He had spent most of his coaching career at Miami University and had a very brief stint with the Oakland Raiders. Coach Johnson will replace Tim Beckman, who left Ohio State to become Defensive Coordinator at Oklahoma State University. Coach Johnson will coach the Cornerbacks.
Linebackers James Laurinaitis and Marcus Freeman along with defensive end Vernon Gholston were among the list of 65 players under consideration for the Bednarik Award while Chris "Beanie" Wells was on the 65-player list for the Maxwell Award.
- Jim Tressel – Head Coach (7th year)
- Jim Bollman – Offensive Line/OC (7th year)
- Joe Daniels – Quarterbacks (7th year)
- Luke Fickell – Co-Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers Coach (6th year)
- Jim Heacock – Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Line (12th year)
- Paul Haynes – Defensive Safeties (3rd year)
- Darrell Hazell – Assistant Head Coach / Wide Receivers (4th year)
- Traver Johnson – Defensive Cornerbacks (1st year)
- John Peterson – Tight Ends Coach / Recruiting Coordinator (4th year)
- Dick Tressel – Running Backs (7th year)
- Bob Tucker – Director of Football Operations (13th year)
- Stan Jefferson – Director of Player Development (4th year)
- Eric Lichter – Director of Football Performance (2nd year)
- Butch Reynolds – Speed Coordinator (3rd year)
- Jeff Uhlenhake – Strength Coordinator (1st year)
Ohio State sets record with 20th straight Big Ten win.
National Championship GameEdit
On January 7, 2008 the Buckeyes played at the BCS National Championship game in New Orleans, Louisiana in the Louisiana Superdome. This was the first time in the school's history that the football team had played back to back National Championship games. The Buckeyes ended up losing the game to the Louisiana State University Tigers, 38–24. After a strong initial start (a 10–0 run in the first quarter in favor of the Buckeyes), the LSU Tigers went on one of their own, 31–0, from the first to third quarters. Two key pivotal special teams plays contributed to the LSU run, one being a blocked 38 yard Ryan Pretorius (Ohio State) field goal in the first quarter, and a roughing the kicker penalty committed by Austin Spitler (Ohio State) on a punt that extended an LSU touchdown drive in the third. Both teams scored 14 points in the second half witch lead to a Tigers' victory due to the 2nd quarter LSU scoring deficit.
|Vernon Gholston||1||6||Defensive End||New York Jets|
|Larry Grant||7||214||Linebacker||San Francisco 49ers|
|Kirk Barton||7||247||Tackle||Chicago Bears|
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- "No. 3 Ohio St. Remains Unbeaten with Rout of Kent St". ESPN. October 13, 2007. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
- "Late Turnovers Keep Spartans Close in Nervy Buckeye Win". ESPN. October 20, 2007. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
- "Top-Ranked Buckeyes Use Offense to Silence Penn State". ESPN. October 27, 2007. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
- "Ohio St. Gets Big Ten Record 20th Straight Conference Win". ESPN. November 3, 2007. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
- "Illinois Shocks Top-Ranked Ohio State in Columbus". ESPN. November 10, 2007. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
- "Ohio State Takes Down Michigan for Sixth Time in Seven Years". ESPN. November 17, 2007. Retrieved October 11, 2014.