I consider myself a fan of history.
Specifically, I'm both a Civil War and College Football enthusiast.
I only read about American History, but I do occasionally write about Ohio State football here on the blog.
I guess that's why I was curious what Ohio State's record was against every current Big Ten team, so much so, that I did a lot of research, compiled the numbers, and posted an article with my findings way back in 2010.
Two years later — and with a new member in the conference — feels like a good time to bring myself and my readers up-to-date.
Here then are the all-time W/L/T records vs. every member of the Big Ten (including former member Chicago) up to, and including, the 2011 season.
10 wins, 2 losses, and 2 ties vs. the Chicago Maroons (no longer in DI/B10)
64 wins, 30 losses, and 4 ties vs. the Illinois Fighting Illini
68 wins, 12 losses, and 5 ties vs. the Indiana Hoosiers
46 wins, 14 losses, and 3 ties vs. the Iowa Hawkeyes
44 wins, 58 losses, and 6 ties vs. the Michigan Wolverines
27 wins, 13 losses, and 0 ties vs. the Michigan State Spartans
43 wins, 7 losses, and 0 ties vs. the Minnesota Golden Gophers
2 wins, 1 loss, and 0 ties vs. the Nebraska Cornhuskers
59 wins, 14 losses, and 1 tie vs. the Northwestern Wildcats
14 wins, 13 losses, and 0 ties vs. the Penn State Nittany Lions
38 wins, 14 losses, and 2 ties vs. the Purdue Boilermakers
54 wins, 18 losses, and 5 ties vs. the Wisconsin Badgers
As you can see above, the only team in the conference to have an advantage over the Buckeyes is Michigan, but since 1919, the series is even at 44-44-5.
The Michigan lead in the series was "padded" in the first 15 meetings between 1897 and 1919.
The Wolverines dominated a very young Ohio State program, with Michigan winning 13 of those 15 games — the only caveats for OSU coming in 1900 and 1910, when the teams battled to a 0-0 tie and a 3-3 tie, respectively.
Even with the very lean John Cooper years (2-10-1 vs. UM), Ohio State still leads the head-to-head series 32-28-2 from 1950-2011, a span widely considered as the modern era of college football.
Michigan is the all-time wins leader in college football with 895, so to be trailing only them (by 14 wins) all-time, head-to-head in the conference is nothing to be ashamed of — especially since the Buckeyes have narrowed the gap significantly over the last decade.
I know I went on a bit of a rant there. Instead of the previous five paragraphs, I probably could have just said "I hate Michigan" — the end, but ripping on them and pointing out that they only lead because of their pre-WWI wins against a H.S. level program in its infancy is so much more fun.
In closing, you may be interested to know that the picture above is of Ohio State's 1890 football team, its first ever team.
It's safe to say from 1890-2011, Ohio State has certainly come along way in football.
Here's to the next 122 years of Buckeye football history.