OHIO STATE AT A GLANCE: Seven years ago (1942) Ohio State won the first of its seven national championships and four members off that 1942 team - E Paul Matus, G Carmen Naples, QB Paul "Robin" Priday and E Don Steinberg will be honored at the game....Ohio State and California are playing for the first time in 40 years...Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is 106-23 in his 11th season as a head coach...Meyer's teams are 36-4 in the month of September for his career...Ohio State is 7-3 in its last 10 games against Pac-12 competition, dating back to the 1997 season.
Cal: Cal comes off their first win of the 2012 season, a 50-31 win over Southern Utah... They are 1-1 on the season after losing their opener to Nevada, 21-34...Cal essentially doesn't have a bye week during the 2012 season as their bye week comes in the final week of the regular season after they'll already have played all 12 games...Under Jeff Tedford, Cal has played six road games in other time zones that have started before noon PST and the Golden Bears have a 5-1 record in those contests...Cal had won four straight early morning starts under Jeff Tedford with victories at Michigan State (2002), Illinois (2003), Air Force (2004), and Colorado State (2007) before losing at Maryland in 2008...Their most recent early morning-game was in 2009 when the Bears won at Minnesota, 35-21...Cal enters 2012 coming off a 5-7 and 7-6 season in their previous two... They lost their 2011 bowl game (the Holiday Bowl) to Texas, 10-21.
AT HOME: Ohio State is 59-7 at Ohio Stadium since the start of the 2002 season... Ohio State has won 59 consecutive regular-season non-conference home games against teams not ranked in the AP Top 25. The last loss: 34-17 to Florida State, Oct. 2, 1982.
SERIES: Ohio State leads the series 5-1 all-time...They last met in 1972 when Ohio State defeated Cal at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, 35-18.