Miami Preview

Ohio State has won their last 42 games against in-state opponents, and they can make it 43 on Saturday against the Miami Redhawks.

Miami's offense is led by Brett Gabbert, a former three-star, pro-style quarterback recruit out of St. Louis, Missouri and the first true freshman in school history to begin the season as the team's starting signal caller. He has two touchdowns and an interception, all of which came in their opener against Iowa. He has not scored through the air or given the ball away since.

He's also not the team's only youngster. The Redhawks roster includes 48 freshman, which is more than their number of juniors and seniors (39) combined.

Two of the team's top three receivers are sophomores, and both of their most prolific rushers to this point are underclassmen.

That might be part of the reason that the team is languishing in the 116th spot when it comes to their rushing numbers at 104.33 yards per game, and it would be even worse without their 190-yard day against Tennessee Tech.

Despite all that, the offensive line has experience: a combined 82 starts.

The defensive line is coming off a disruptive performance, although the final result was still a 35-13 loss to Cincinnati. They had just two sacks this season going into that loss. They came out with six on the year.

Kam Butler had four TFLs alone against the Bearcats, and he plays alongside tackle Doug Costin. Costin has 27 straight starts for Miami and was Second-Team All-MAC last year.

The Redhawks have three interceptions right now, which is the same total as the Buckeyes.

And one notable performer on special teams for Miami is Maurice Thomas who's ranked 64th nationally, and is just 34 yards shy of breaking Jamal Rogers record of 1,950 kick return yards.

Ohio State and Miami play at 3:30 p.m. Saturday with pregame on 610 WTVN kicking off at 1:00 p.m.

Other Miami nuggets:

  • Gabbert is the younger brother of former Missouri and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, Blaine; while receiver Luke Mayock's uncle is Raiders GM, Mike.
  • Ohio State is 5-0 all-time against Miami with a combined score of 200-40 against the Redhawks.
  • Miami head coach Chuck Martin has been an offensive coordinator and a defensive coordinator at different points in his career.
  • The last time the Redhawks played the Buckeyes, they were also facing an OSU coach in his first season. In fact, that 2012 matchup was the first of Urban Meyer's tenure in Columbus, and his team won 56-10.