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1987 Ohio State Buckeyes football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1987 record6–4–1 (4–4 Big Ten)
Head coachEarle Bruce
MVPChris Spielman
CaptainEric Krumerow
CaptainChris Spielman
CaptainTom Tupa
CaptainWilliam White
Home stadiumOhio Stadium
(Capacity: 85,399)
Seasons
← 1986
1988 →
1987 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#8/8 Michigan State 7 0 1     9 2 1
#16/16 Iowa 6 2 0     10 3 0
#NR/20 Indiana 6 2 0     8 4 0
#19/18 Michigan 5 3 0     8 4 0
Ohio State 4 4 0     6 4 1
Minnesota 3 5 0     6 5 0
Purdue 3 5 0     3 7 1
Illinois 2 5 1     3 7 1
Northwestern 2 6 0     2 8 1
Wisconsin 1 7 0     3 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1987 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the college football season of 1987–1988. The Buckeyes compiled a 6–4–1 record.

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 12* West Virginia #5 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 24–3   88,272
September 19* Oregon #5 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 24–14   89,882
September 26* at #4 LSU #7 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA T 13–13   79,263
October 3 at Illinois #9 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL W 10–6   73,045
October 10 Indiana #9 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH L 10–31   90,032
October 17 at Purdue #17 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 20–17   66,501
October 24 Minnesota #16 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 42–9   89,801
October 31 #20 Michigan State #15 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH L 7–13   89,915
November 7 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI L 24–26   63,195
November 14 Iowa Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH L 27–29   90,090
November 21 at Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 23–20   106,031
*Non-Conference Game.

Coaching staffEdit

  • Earle Bruce - Head Coach (9th year)
  • Gary Blackney - Defensive Coordinator (4th year)
  • Bill Conley - Offense (4th year)
  • Steve Devine - Offensive Line (5th year)
  • Randy Hart - Defensive Line (6th year)
  • Chuck Heater - Defensive Backs (3rd year)
  • Larry Kirksey - (1st year)
  • Tom Lichtenberg - Quarterbacks/Receivers (2nd year)
  • Urban Meyer - Wide Receivers (2nd year)
  • Bob Palcic - Offensive Line (2nd year)
  • Fred Pagac - Defensive Linebackers (6th year)
  • Lenny Willis - (3rd year)

1988 NFL drafteesEdit

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Eric Kumerow 1 16 Defensive End Miami Dolphins
Chris Spielman 2 29 Linebacker Detroit Lions
Alex Higdon 3 56 Tight End Atlanta Falcons
Tom Tupa 3 68 Quarterback Phoenix Cardinals
William White 4 85 Defensive Back Detroit Lions
George Cooper 6 156 Running Back Miami Dolphins
Ray Jackson 7 185 Defensive Back Seattle Seahawks
Henry Brown 10 277 Tackle Washington Redskins

Game notesEdit

MichiganEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Ohio State 0 7 13 3 23
Michigan 7 6 7 0 20

Earle Bruce's final game as Ohio State head coach. [1]


ReferencesEdit

  1. "Ohio State sends Bruce out a winner." Gainesville Sun. 1987 Nov 22.
Win/Loss statistics
Draft data
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