OHIO STATE AT NO. 1 OHIO STATE
Who: No. 1 Ohio State at Virginia Tech
When: 8 p.m. Monday
Where: Blacksburg, Va.
Series history: The Buckeyes and Hokies played for the first time last season. Virginia Tech won 35-21 in Columbus.
Coaches: Urban Meyer is 38-3 in his fourth season at Ohio State. Frank Beamer is 231-115-2 in his 29th season at Virginia Tech.
Ohio State notes: This is Ohio State’s first season opener on the road since 1998 when it won 34-17 at West Virginia. … Ohio State brings a 13-game winning streak into the season, the longest active streak in the nation. … Ohio State has won 34 of its last 36 season openers. Its only losses in that span came in the Kickoff Classic at Giants Stadium: in 1986 to Alabama and 1999 to Miami. … Meyer is 13-0 in season openers as a head coach. … If Ohio State throws a touchdown pass today, it will match the school record (set from 1994-96) of 24 straight games with at least one touchdown pass.
Virginia Tech notes: Quarterback Michael Brewer, a second-year starter, threw 10 interceptions in his first five starts last season but only five in the last eight games. … Tight end Bucky Hodges led the team with seven touchdown catches last season. The team’s leading receiver, Isaiah Ford, also returns. He caught 56 passes for 709 yards and six touchdowns. … J.C. Coleman will start at tailback. He led the team with 533 rushing yards in 2014. … Linebacker Deon Clarke is the team’s top returning tackler (74). Defensive end Ken Ekanem also returns after leading the team with 9½ sacks.
Next game: Ohio State plays Hawaii at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Virginia Tech hosts Furman at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Quote: Ohio State offensive coordinator Ed Warinner on Virginia Tech’s game plan, “If you’ve got something good you think you’re doing well, you’re going to continue to do it, the same as we are. And what you don’t like about what you did, you’ll probably correct them and fix them. So our plan will be the same as theirs. What we like, we’ll keep doing. What we don’t like, we’ll get better at or change it. That’s the beauty of these first games is no one knows for sure what we’re going to do, and we don’t know for sure what they’re going to do, but it will be exciting to find out.”
Prediction: Ohio State 38, Virginia Tech 20.
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