Tale of the Tape: Ohio State-USC

Originally Published: September 12, 2008
By Pat Forde |

The Collision in the Coliseum on Saturday night (ABC, 8 p.m. ET) is the kind of highfalutin' intersectional game that doesn't come along every year. When you bring together two programs with this much old-school tradition and right-now talent, it's a true heavyweight matchup. And we all know that heavyweight bouts cannot be fought until we have a tale of the tape. Read on:

Tale of the Tape: Ohio State-USC
  Ohio State USC
All-Time Record 800-303-53 755-302-54
All-Time Wins (Rank) 5th 10th
National Titles
(AP or Coaches)
5 7
Conference Titles 32 37
AP Top 10 Finishes 29 26
Most Consecutive Years With AP Top 10 Finish 5 (1972-76) 6 (Current)
Heisman Winners 7 7
First-Team All-Americans 172 150
First-Round Draft Picks 64 72
Stadium Capacity 102,329 92,000
Rose Bowl Record 6-7 23-9
Head To Head 9-11-1 11-9-1
Best Bragging Right 1969 Rose Bowl
OSU 27, USC 16
1973 Rose Bowl
USC 42, OSU 17
Coach Since 2001 Jim Tressel Pete Carroll
Last Thing He'd Do Swim a race against Will Ferrell Wear a tie and a sweater vest in game
Record since 2001 75-16 77-14
Archrival Michigan or Michigan UCLA or Notre Dame
Favorite Punching Bag Charlie Bauman Washington State (55-8-4)
Average Annual Temperature 52 63
Dark Period 1988-2000, 2-10-1 vs. Michigan 1983-95, 0-12-1 vs. Notre Dame
Program Patriarch Woody Hayes (1951-78) John McKay (1960-75)
Offense back in the day Three yards and a cloud of dust Student body right/left
Worst Coach David Edwards, 1-7-1 (1887) Don Clark, 13-16-1 (1957-59)
Entertainment Groupies Rascal Flatts, Dead Schembechlers Will Ferrell, Snoop Dogg
Famous White Bronco Randy Gradishar Driven by Al Cowlings
Loved Him Then Maurice Clarett Reggie Bush
Not So Much Now Maurice Clarett Reggie Bush
Practice Open rarely Open daily
Fan Salutation "O-H" ... "I-O" "Fight On!"
Best Blocker Orlando Pace Anthony Munoz
Hardest Hitter Jack Tatum Ronnie Lott
Don't Mention Art Schlichter O.J. Simpson
In-Game Music "Hang On Sloopy" "All Right Now"
Mascot Brutus Buckeye Traveler
Favorite Letter Sousaphone-dotted i Hand-formed V
Two Hated Words Southeastern Conference Lloyd Lake
You Really Lost To ... Ron Zook Tavita Pritchard
Still Have Nightmares About ... Vince Young Vince Young
Haters Call Them THE Obnoxious State University The University of Spoiled Children
Iconic Sweater Tressel's vest Song Girls' turtlenecks

Pat Forde is a senior writer for He can be reached at