“We’re about as tough-minded an outfit as there is,” Martin said of the schedule in July. “We‘ve been left for dead more than once in my time at Miami, and we typically keep playing very good and get better as the year goes on and somehow persevere. Unfortunately we’ve got a lot of practice at it.”
After wrapping up nonconference play with the Buckeyes, Miami takes on three teams expected to finishing the top three of their respective MAC division — Buffalo, Western Michigan and Northern Illinois.
3. The RedHawks have a freshman quarterback.
Brett Gabbert, the younger brother of former Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert, has taken the reins of the RedHawks offense and is enduring a trial by fire.
Five years later, the Buckeyes won more comfortably (34-14) in a warmup to the much-anticipated visit from Texas, and in 2012 Miami served as the first opponent of the Urban Meyer era. The Buckeyes won that one 56-10.
Ohio State last faced a team from the MAC in 2016 when the Buckeyes beat Bowling Green 77-10. The Buckeyes are 184-48-10 all-time against teams from Ohio and last lost to one when Oberlin prevailed 7-6 in 1921.
Their only loss to a current MAC member came in 1894 when John Heisman coached Akron (then Buchtel College) to a 12-6 win over the Buckeyes.
6. Several Ohio State coaches are part of Miami’s “Cradle of Coaches” tradition.
The most famous is, of course, Woody Hayes. The Clifton native was the coach in Oxford before leading the Buckeyes for 28 seasons and winning five national championships.
Others with connections to both Ohio State and Miami include Paul Brown, Sid Gillman, Bill Mallory, Ron Zook, Bo Schembechler, Springfield North grad Randy Ayers, Thad Matta, Jim Tressel and current offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson.
(This is not a comprehensive list.)
Troy native Randy Walker and Dayton native Ron Hunter are also members of the Cradle of Coaches Association, a group established in 1971 to recognize the role Miami coaches have contributed to the sports world.