List of Ohio State Buckeyes football seasons
The Ohio State Buckeyes college football team competes as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, representing the Ohio State University in the East Division of the Big Ten Conference. Ohio State has played their home games at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio since 1922.
The Buckeyes claim eight national championships along with 37 conference championships and ten undefeated seasons (six perfect seasons). Ohio State is second among all Big Ten programs in terms of conference championships (35) and has an overall record of 468-171-24 in conference play. With 837 wins in over 123 seasons of football, Ohio State ranks sixth among all programs in terms of total wins and is sixth all-time in win–loss records in the NCAA.
Football was introduced to the university by George Cole and Alexander S. Lilley in 1890. Lilley led the Buckeyes to a record of three wins and five losses over his two seasons as head coach. Ohio State was a football independent from 1890 to 1901 before joining the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) as a charter member in 1902. The Buckeyes won two conference championships while members of the OAC and in 1913 became members of the Big Ten Conference. The school saw its first real success in football and in the Big Ten under head coach John Wilce, who spent sixteen years at the university and won three conference championships, with a Rose Bowl appearance in 1921. Ohio State won two more Big Ten titles under head coach Francis Schmidt and would win their first national championship in 1942 under legendary head coach Paul Brown.
Following World War II, Ohio State saw sparse success on the football field with three separate coaches and in 1951 would hire Woody Hayes to coach the team. Under his guidance Ohio State won thirteen Big Ten championships and national championships in 1954, 1957, 1961, 1968 and 1970. During his tenure Ohio State appeared Rose Bowl eight times, with the Buckeyes winning four of them. Following Hayes' dismissal in 1978, Earl Bruce became the head coach, leading the Buckeyes to a conference championship and a Rose Bowl appearance in his first season. Bruce coached for the Buckeyes from 1979 to 1987 and was replaced in 1988 by John Cooper. Under Cooper and Bruce the Buckeyes won seven conference championships. Jim Tressel was hired as head coach in 2001 and quickly gave Ohio State its seventh national championship in 2002 with a win in the Fiesta Bowl. Ohio State won seven Big Ten championships under Tressel and appeared in eight Bowl Championship Series games, winning five of them.
Prior to the 2012 season, Ohio State hired their current head coach, Urban Meyer, who led the program to their eighth national championship in the 2014 season and an undefeated 2012 season. Through the 2017 season, Ohio State has compiled an official overall record of 898 wins, 324 losses, 53 ties and has appeared in 48 bowl games, with the most recent coming in 2017 Cotton Bowl.
Ohio State also holds the distinction of being the only program in college football history to never lose more than 7 games in a single season.
|National Champions||Conference Champions *||Division Champions||Bowl game berth ^|
|Won||Lost||Tied||Associated Press Poll
|Ohio State Buckeyes|
|1902||Perry Hale||Ohio Athletic Conference||2nd||—||6||2||2||—||N/A||N/A|
|1903||Ohio Athletic Conference||2nd||—||8||3||0||—||N/A||N/A|
|1904||Edwin Sweetland||Ohio Athletic Conference||2nd||—||6||5||0||—||N/A||N/A|
|1905||Ohio Athletic Conference||2nd||—||8||2||2||—||N/A||N/A|
|1906 *||Albert Herrnstein||Ohio Athletic Conference||1st *||—||8||1||0||—||N/A||N/A|
|1907||Ohio Athletic Conference||2nd||—||7||2||1||—||N/A||N/A|
|1908||Ohio Athletic Conference||2nd||—||6||4||0||—||N/A||N/A|
|1909||Ohio Athletic Conference||3rd||—||7||3||0||—||N/A||N/A|
|1910||Howard Jones||Ohio Athletic Conference||3rd||—||6||1||3||—||N/A||N/A|
|1911||Harry Vaughan||Ohio Athletic Conference||4th||—||5||3||2||—||N/A||N/A|
|1912 *||John Richards||Ohio Athletic Conference||1st *||—||6||3||0||—||N/A||N/A|
|1913||John Wilce||Big Ten Conference||T–6th||—||4||2||1||—||N/A||N/A|
|1914||Big Ten Conference||T–4th||—||5||2||0||—||N/A||N/A|
|1915||Big Ten Conference||T–3rd||—||5||1||1||—||N/A||N/A|
|1916 *||Big Ten Conference||1st *||—||7||0||0||—||N/A||N/A|
|1917 *||Big Ten Conference||1st *||—||8||0||1||—||N/A||N/A|
|1918||Big Ten Conference||T–8th||—||3||3||0||—||N/A||N/A|
|1919||Big Ten Conference||2nd||—||6||1||0||—||N/A||N/A|
|1920 *||Big Ten Conference||1st *||—||7||1||0||Lost Rose Bowl to California Golden Bears, 28–0 ^||N/A||N/A|
|1921||Big Ten Conference||T–2nd||—||5||2||0||—||N/A||N/A|
|1922||Big Ten Conference||8th||—||3||4||0||—||N/A||N/A|
|1923||Big Ten Conference||8th||—||3||4||1||—||N/A||N/A|
|1924||Big Ten Conference||7th||—||2||3||3||—||N/A||N/A|
|1925||Big Ten Conference||8th||—||4||3||1||—||N/A||N/A|
|1926||Big Ten Conference||3rd||—||7||1||0||—||N/A||N/A|
|1927||Big Ten Conference||T–6th||—||4||4||0||—||N/A||N/A|
|1928||Big Ten Conference||4th||—||5||2||1||—||N/A||N/A|
|1929||Sam Willaman||Big Ten Conference||T–5th||—||4||3||1||—||N/A||N/A|
|1930||Big Ten Conference||T–4th||—||5||2||1||—||N/A||N/A|
|1931||Big Ten Conference||T–4th||—||6||3||0||—||N/A||N/A|
|1932||Big Ten Conference||4th||—||4||1||3||—||N/A||N/A|
|1933||Big Ten Conference||2nd||—||7||1||0||—||N/A||N/A|
|1934||Francis Schmidt||Big Ten Conference||2nd||—||7||1||0||—||N/A||N/A|
|1935 *||Big Ten Conference||T–1st *||—||7||1||0||—||N/A||N/A|
|1936||Big Ten Conference||T–2nd||—||5||3||0||—||—||N/A|
|1937||Big Ten Conference||2nd||—||6||2||0||—||13||N/A|
|1938||Big Ten Conference||6th||—||4||3||1||—||—||N/A|
|1939 *||Big Ten Conference||1st *||—||6||2||0||—||15||N/A|
|1940||Big Ten Conference||T–4th||—||4||4||0||—||—||N/A|
|1941||Paul Brown||Big Ten Conference||T–2nd||—||6||1||1||—||13||N/A|
|1942 †*||Big Ten Conference||1st||—||9||1||0||—||1||N/A|
|1943||Big Ten Conference||7th||—||3||6||0||—||—||N/A|
|1944 *||Carroll Widdoes||Big Ten Conference||1st *||—||9||0||0||—||2||N/A|
|1945||Big Ten Conference||3rd||—||7||2||0||—||12||N/A|
|1946||Paul Bixler||Big Ten Conference||T–6th||—||4||3||2||—||—||N/A|
|1947||Wes Fesler||Big Ten Conference||9th||—||2||6||1||—||—||N/A|
|1948||Big Ten Conference||4th||—||6||3||0||—||—||N/A|
|1949 *||Big Ten Conference||T–1st *||—||7||1||2||Won Rose Bowl vs. California Golden Bears, 17–14 ^||6||N/A|
|1950||Big Ten Conference||T–2nd||—||6||3||0||—||10||14|
|1951||Woody Hayes||Big Ten Conference||5th||—||4||3||2||—||—||—|
|1952||Big Ten Conference||3rd||—||6||3||0||—||17j||15|
|1953||Big Ten Conference||4th||—||6||3||0||—||—||20|
|1954 †*||Big Ten Conference||1st *||—||10||0||0||Won Rose Bowl vs. USC Trojans, 20–7 ^||1||2|
|1955 *||Big Ten Conference||1st *||—||7||2||0||—||5||5|
|1956||Big Ten Conference||T–4th||—||6||3||0||—||15||—|
|1957 †*||Big Ten Conference||1st||—||9||1||0||Won Rose Bowl vs. Oregon Webfoots, 10–7 ^||2||1|
|1958||Big Ten Conference||3rd||—||6||1||2||—||8||7|
|1959||Big Ten Conference||T–8th||—||3||5||1||—||—||—|
|1960||Big Ten Conference||3rd||—||7||2||0||—||8||8|
|1961 †*||Big Ten Conference||1st||—||8||0||1||—||2||2|
|1962||Big Ten Conference||T–3rd||—||6||3||0||—||—||13|
|1963||Big Ten Conference||T–2nd||—||5||3||1||—||—||—|
|1964||Big Ten Conference||2nd||—||7||2||0||—||9||9|
|1965||Big Ten Conference||2nd||—||7||2||0||—||—||11|
|1966||Big Ten Conference||6th||—||4||5||0||—||—||—|
|1967||Big Ten Conference||4th||—||6||3||0||—||—||—|
|1968 †*||Big Ten Conference||1st *||—||10||0||0||Won Rose Bowl vs. USC Trojans, 27–16 ^||1||1|
|1969 *||Big Ten Conference||T–1st *||—||8||1||0||4||5|
|1970 †*||Big Ten Conference||1st *||—||9||1||0||Lost Rose Bowl to Stanford Indians, 27–17 ^||5||2|
|1971||Big Ten Conference||T–3rd||—||6||4||0||—||—|
|1972 *||Big Ten Conference||T–1st *||—||9||2||0||Lost Rose Bowl to USC Trojans, 42–17 ^||9||3|
|1973 *||Big Ten Conference||T–1st *||—||10||0||1||Won Rose Bowl vs. USC Trojans, 42–21 ^||2||3|
|1974 *||Big Ten Conference||T–1st *||—||10||2||0||Lost Rose Bowl to USC Trojans, 18–17 ^||4||3|
|1975 *||Big Ten Conference||1st *||—||11||1||0||Lost Rose Bowl to UCLA Bruins, 23–10 ^||4||4|
|1976 *||Big Ten Conference||T–1st *||—||9||2||1||Won Orange Bowl vs. Colorado Buffaloes, 27–10 ^||6||5|
|1977 *||Big Ten Conference||T–1st *||—||9||3||0||Lost Sugar Bowl to Alabama Crimson Tide, 35–6 ^||11||12|
|1978||Big Ten Conference||4th||—||7||4||1||Lost Gator Bowl to Clemson Tigers, 17–15 ^||—||—|
|1979 *||Earle Bruce||Big Ten Conference||1st *||—||11||1||0||Lost Rose Bowl to USC Trojans, 17–16 ^||4||4|
|1980||Big Ten Conference||T–2nd||—||9||3||0||Lost Fiesta Bowl to Penn State Nittany Lions, 31–19 ^||15||15|
|1981 *||Big Ten Conference||T–1st *||—||9||3||0||Won Liberty Bowl vs. Navy Midshipmen, 31–28 ^||12||15|
|1982||Big Ten Conference||2nd||—||9||3||0||Won Holiday Bowl vs. BYU Cougars, 47–17 ^||12||12|
|1983||Big Ten Conference||4th||—||9||3||0||Won Fiesta Bowl vs. Pittsburgh Panthers, 28–23 ^||9||8|
|1984 *||Big Ten Conference||1st *||—||9||3||0||Lost Rose Bowl to USC Trojans, 20–17 ^||12||13|
|1985||Big Ten Conference||T–4th||—||9||3||0||Won Citrus Bowl vs. BYU Cougars, 10–7 ^||11||14|
|1986 *||Big Ten Conference||T–1st *||—||10||3||0||Won Cotton Bowl Classic vs. Texas A&M Aggies, 28–12 ^||6||7|
|1987||Big Ten Conference||5th||—||6||4||1||—||—||—|
|1988||John Cooper||Big Ten Conference||T–7th||—||4||6||1||—||—||—|
|1989||Big Ten Conference||T–3rd||—||8||4||0||Lost Hall of Fame Bowl to Auburn Tigers, 31–14 ^||21||—|
|1990||Big Ten Conference||5th||—||7||4||1||Lost Liberty Bowl to Air Force Falcons, 23–11 ^||—||—|
|1991||Big Ten Conference||T–3rd||—||8||4||0||Lost Hall of Fame Bowl to Syracuse Orange, 24–17 ^||—||—|
|1992||Big Ten Conference||2nd||—||8||3||1||Lost Citrus Bowl to Georgia Bulldogs, 21–14 ^||18||19|
|1993 *||Big Ten Conference||T–1st *||—||10||1||1||Won Holiday Bowl vs. BYU Cougars, 28–21 ^||11||10|
|1994||Big Ten Conference||2nd||—||9||4||0||Lost Citrus Bowl to Alabama Crimson Tide, 24–17 ^||14||9|
|1995||Big Ten Conference||2nd||—||11||2||0||Lost Citrus Bowl to Tennessee Volunteers, 20–14 ^||6||8|
|1996 *||Big Ten Conference||T–1st *||—||11||1||—[d]||Won Rose Bowl vs. Arizona State Sun Devils, 20–17 ^||2||2|
|1997||Big Ten Conference||T–2nd||—||10||3||—||Lost Sugar Bowl to Florida State Seminoles, 31–14 ^||12||12|
|1998 *||Big Ten Conference||T–1st *||—||11||1||—||Won Sugar Bowl vs. Texas A&M Aggies, 24–14 ^||2||2|
|1999||Big Ten Conference||T–8th||—||6||6||—||—||—||—|
|2000||Big Ten Conference||4th||—||8||4||—||Lost Outback Bowl to South Carolina Gamecocks, 24–7 ^||—||—|
|2001||Jim Tressel||Big Ten Conference||3rd||—||7||5||—||Lost Outback Bowl to South Carolina Gamecocks, 31–28 ^||—||—|
|2002 †*||Big Ten Conference||T–1st *||—||14||0||—||Won Fiesta Bowl vs. Miami Hurricanes, 31–24 ^||1||1|
|2003||Big Ten Conference||T–2nd||—||11||2||—||Won Fiesta Bowl vs. Kansas State Wildcats, 35–28 ^||4||4|
|2004||Big Ten Conference||T–5th||—||8||4||—||Won Alamo Bowl vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys, 33–7 ^||20||19|
|2005 *||Big Ten Conference||T–1st *||—||10||2||—||Won Fiesta Bowl vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 34–20 ^||4||4|
|2006 *||Big Ten Conference||1st *||—||12||1||—||Lost BCS National Championship to Florida Gators, 41–14 ^||2||2|
|2007 *||Big Ten Conference||1st *||—||11||2||—||Lost BCS National Championship to LSU Tigers, 38–24 ^||5||4|
|2008 *||Big Ten Conference||T–1st *||—||10||3||—||Lost Fiesta Bowl to Texas Longhorns, 24–21 ^||9||11|
|2009 *||Big Ten Conference||1st *||—||11||2||—||Won Rose Bowl vs. Oregon Ducks, 26–17 ^||5||5|
|2010[e]||Big Ten Conference||T–1st[f]||—||0 (12)||1||—||Won Sugar Bowl vs. Arkansas Razorbacks, 31–26 ^||5||5|
|2011||Luke Fickell[g]||Big Ten Conference||—||4th||6||7||—||Lost Gator Bowl to Florida Gators, 24–17 ^||—||—|
|2012||Urban Meyer||Big Ten Conference||—||1st||12||0||—||Ineligible||3||Ineligible|
|2013||Big Ten Conference||2nd||1st||12||2||—||Lost Orange Bowl to Clemson Tigers, 40–35 ^||12||10|
|2014 †*||Big Ten Conference||1st *||1st||14||1||—||Won Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama Crimson Tide, 42–35 (CFP Semifinal)
Won College Football Playoff National Championship vs. Oregon Ducks, 42–20 ^
|2015||Big Ten Conference||—||T–1st||12||1||—||Won Fiesta Bowl vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 44–28 ^||4||4|
|2016||Big Ten Conference||—||T–1st||11||2||—||Lost Fiesta Bowl vs. Clemson Tigers, 31-0 (CFP Semifinal)^||6||6|
|2017 *||Big Ten Conference||1st||1st||12||2||—||Won Cotton Bowl Classic vs. USC Trojans, 24-7 ^||5||5|
Records current through Dec. 4, 2017.
|Ohio State Buckeyes regular season record (1890–2017)||874||299||53||.735|
|Ohio State Buckeyes bowl game record (1890–2017)||24||25||—||.490|
|All-time regular and bowl game record (1890–2017)||896||324||53||.725|
- a The Big Ten Conference introduced divisional play in 2011; the divisional winners advance to the Big Ten Championship Game to determine the conference champion.
- b The Associated Press began conducting a weekly college football poll in 1936.
- c The college football coaches' poll has been sponsored by multiple organizations since its creation in 1950. Its current sponsor is USA Today.
- d Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible.
- e Ohio State vacated all 12 of its victories and its Big Ten Conference championship from the 2010 season.
- f Ohio State finished with a share of the Big Ten championship in 2010, which was unaffected by the vacation of the school's victories from that season.
- g Luke Fickell was named as the interim head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2011, following Jim Tressel's dismissal on May 30, 2011.
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