Jim Tressel -- By The Numbers
By Tony Gerdeman
Buckeye fans want to know how they are going to overcome the pending sanctions that the NCAA will no doubt hand down to the University. The larger concern should be how in the world Ohio State hopes to overcome the loss of Jim Tressel.
What Tressel has accomplished at Ohio State isn't normal. Sure, he'll be the fourth consecutive Buckeye coach inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame one day, but let's not pretend that the last ten years have been run of the mill.
Interim head coach Luke Fickell has no easy task, and not just because he's an interim head coach. Replacing Jim Tressel and keeping Ohio State from skipping a beat is impossible.
Fickell and/or whoever else can have great success as the Buckeyes' head coach, but it will be a while before anybody approaches what Jim Tressel accomplished in his ten seasons at the helm of the Ohio State football team.
The numbers speak for themselves.
106 – The number of wins that Jim Tressel currently has at Ohio State.
22 – The number of losses that Jim Tressel finished with at Ohio State.
9 – The number of wins over that school up north.
13 – The number of losses his teams combined for in 2002, 2003, 2005-2010. (They combined for nine in 2001 and 2004.)
504 – The number of points scored by the 2010 team—the most in the Tressel era.
163 – The number of points given up by the 2009 team—the fewest in the Tressel era.
121 – The number of points his teams outscored Michigan by in his nine victories over the Wolverines.
4 – The number of times the Buckeyes scored 35 or more points against Michigan. (It had only been done three times before Tressel arrived at Ohio State.)
27 – The number of First Team All-Americans.
59 – The number of First Team All-Big Ten performers.
223 – The number of First Team Academic All-Big Ten performers.
7 – The number of Big Ten Championships.
10 – The number of bowl appearances.
8 – The number of BCS bowl appearances. (With five of those appearances being wins.)
16 – The number of wins in 20 games against Michigan and Penn State.
5 – The number of Academic All-Americans.
8 – The number of ten-win seasons.
6 – The number of consecutive BCS Bowl appearances.
9 – The number of times his teams led the Big Ten in Academic All-Conference performers.
13 – The number of major individual awards won.
64 – The number of times the Buckeyes scored at least 30 points in a game. (That equates to exactly half of the games in Jim Tressel's tenure. The previous ten seasons saw the Buckeyes score 30 points in a game 54 times, while playing five fewer games.)
12 – The number of times a Buckeye opponent has scored 30 or more points in a game.
2 – The number of seasons no Buckeye opponents scored at least 30 points in a game.
40 – Number of wins over ranked teams.
14 – Number of losses to ranked teams.
8 – The number of senior classes to win at least 40 games.
100 – The number of consecutive appearances in the AP Poll, which is the longest streak in the nation. (Alabama is second with 49.)
8 – The number of times Ohio State finished in the top 10 of the final AP Poll.
11 – The largest deficit a Buckeye team has overcome under Jim Tressel.
257 – The number of turnovers forced under Jim Tressel in 128 games.
3 – The number of senior classes who never lost to Michigan.
1 – The number of BCS National Championships.
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