Created on Thursday, 12 September 2013 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
No. 4 Ohio State (2-0) at California (1-1), 7 p.m. (Fox)
Series record: Ohio State leads 6-1.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Ohio State is looking to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 15 games in its toughest nonconference test of the season. California is seeking its first win over a top 5 team in 10 years to give first-year coach Sonny Dykes a signature victory.
Cal RB Brendan Bigelow vs. Ohio State defense. Bigelow shredded the Buckeyes a year ago in Columbus with TD runs of 81 and 59 yards as part of a four carry, 160-yard day. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has put an emphasis in practice on tackling ever since that game and the Buckeyes have allowed only one run of at least 10 yards so far this season.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Ohio State: QB Braxton Miller. Miller is hoping to start after being knocked out in the first quarter last week with a sprained left knee ligament. Miller threw for 249 yards and four TDs last year against the Golden Bears and added a 55-yard touchdown run in a 35-28 victory. Miller needs 13 yards rushing to break Cornelius Green's school record of 2,080 for QBs.
California: QB Jared Goff. Goff has had a busy start to his career as the first true freshman quarterback ever to start a season opener for Cal. He is the second Bears quarterback to throw for at least 400 yards in back-to-back games and leads the nation with 467.5 yards passing per game. Goff has thrown 115 passes the first two games but should get a tougher test against the Buckeyes experienced secondary.
FACTS & FIGURES
Cal won the first meeting between these schools in the 1921 Rose Bowl but lost the last six. ... The Buckeyes have not allowed a point in the first or fourth quarter this season. ... This is Ohio State's eighth nonconference road game in the past 14 seasons. ... The Buckeyes' 14 straight wins are tied for the fifth longest streak in school history. The record is 22 from 1967-69. ... The Bears last beat a top 5 team on Sept. 27, 2003, with a 34-31, triple OT win over No. 3 USC.