Ohio State and Akron will kick off the Buckeyes’ final non-conference game of the season on Saturday night in Ohio Stadium.

The Buckeyes are favored by 49 points, one of the program’s biggest point spreads in recent memory.

It’s also going to be the first career start for a young OSU quarterback who hasn’t yet thrown his first collegiate pass.

Those unusual circumstances lead to some interesting numbers and notes, so let’s dive right in.

As always, these come directly from, or are inspired by, the official game notes from Ohio State and Akron.


Ohio State has spent zero weeks outside the top-10 of the AP poll since Ryan Day took over as head coach. The Buckeyes are currently ranked No. 10.


Now in his third season, Akron coach Tom Arth has a 2-19 record as the head coach of the Zips. His only wins came in a 35-3 victory over Bowling Green in 2020 and last week against FCS Bryant, 35-14. But that does mean that Akron comes into the Horseshoe riding a one-game win streak.


Ohio State holds a 7-1 record in this series. The teams met in five consecutive seasons, from 1891 to 1895, with Akron notching its only win in 1894. Then the series went on hiatus for more than a century until picking back up in Jim Tressel’s first game as Ohio State head coach in 2001. The Buckeyes also beat the Zips in 2007 and 2011.


The Buckeyes are now 11-0 in their last 11 games following a loss. The last time they lost back-to-back games was in 2013, when they finished the season with losses in the Big Ten Championship Game and Orange Bowl.


The Ohio State defense has already broken up 24 passes in the first three games of the season. The 2020 Buckeyes recorded only 31 pass breakups in their abbreviated eight-game season.


Ohio State has gone 49-0-1 against other programs from the state of Ohio since 1921. The tie came against Wooster in 1924. The last time an in-state program beat the Buckeyes was Oberlin, who came into Columbus and won, 7-6 on October 8, 1921, in the final season played at Ohio Field.

An Ohio State win would ensure that streak reaches a full century.

It will stand at 36,512 days at kickoff on Saturday. The next time Ohio State is scheduled to face an in-state opponent is a home game against Toledo in 2022.


You undoubtedly heard that TreVeyon Henderson set an Ohio State freshman rushing record against Tulsa with 277 yards. However, less reported was that his total was the third-highest ever for an Ohio State player, behind only Trey Sermon’s 331 in the 2020 Big Ten Championship Game and Eddie George’s legendary 314 against Illinois in 1995.

That means that two of the three greatest single-game rushing performances in school history have come in the last six games the Buckeyes have played.


The Zips piled up 514 yards of total offense last week against Bryant, the most they’ve had in a single game since 2015. Akron quarterback DJ Irons threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns, while also running for a career-high 136 yards.


Ohio State ranks second all-time with 933 wins in program history. But they’d better keep winning if they want to hold that distinction. Alabama is just one win behind the Buckeyes, with 932.

Michigan is first all-time with 967, but OSU has substantially closed the gap with the Wolverines in recent years. Since 2002, the Buckeyes have picked up 47 games on Michigan (201 to 154).


When the game kicks off Saturday, it will have been 1,106 days since Akron last beat a Big Ten team. That happened on September 15, 2018, when the Zips shocked Northwestern, 39-34.

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