Ohio State completes its non-conference slate with a home matchup against Tulane. Here’s everything that you need to know about the Green Wave.
(1-2); Last Week: Dropped a heartbreaker to UAB 31-24
Record: 520-643-38 .449, No. 112 All-Time
National Championships: None
Conference Championships: 9, No. 78 All-Time
Bowl Games: 11, No. 85 All-Time
Bowl Record: 4-7, No. 36 All-Time
Consensus All-Americans: 5, No. 64 All-Time
Heisman Winners: None
NFL Draft Picks: 141, No. 66 All-Time
Best All-Time Season
1998 – Tough call here. In 1931, the Green Wave went 11-0 and played in the Rose Bowl. At the time, that contest pitted the best team in the East versus the best in the West. From that standpoint, the 1931 campaign had the biggest impact at the national level.
However, I picked the undefeated 1998 squad. Thanks to Rich Rodriguez’s spread offense, Tulane won 11 of its 12 contests by double digits. Teams simply couldn’t stop Shaun King and the potent Green Wave attack, which averaged 302.3 yards through the air and 206.5 on the ground. However, since Tulane didn’t face a ranked opponent that season, it had to settle for a berth in the Liberty Bowl rather than an NY6-type of game.
Best Player Of All-Time
Shaun King, QB, 1998 – Although I hesitate to use the word “unstoppable”, it’s an accurate description of King’s play in 1998. He torched opponents through the air all year long, throwing for 3,508 yards with an amazing 38/6 TD-to-INT ratio, while setting an NCAA single-season record for passer rating. However, he could also run the ball when needed, racking up 649 yards and 11 TD’s.