Aug. 29, 2012
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FIRST AND 10
-Ohio opens its 2012 season on Saturday at Penn State. Kickoff is set for noon. The game will be aired nationally on ESPN.
-The Ohio Football team will join Penn State in a show of support for child abuse victims by wearing a sticker on the back of its helmets.
-Ohio enters the 2012 campaign after posting its first-ever bowl victory in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl and its first 10 win season since 1968.
-Ohio was selected as the 2012 preseason favorite to win the Mid-American Conference Championship.
-The Bobcats enter the season in the hopes of becoming bowl eligible for the fifth time in the last seven years.
-The Bobcats will also be in search of their fourth MAC East title under the direction of head coach Frank Solich.
-Ohio returns 15 starters from last year's squad that won its first-ever bowl game.
-Five of Ohio's returning starters received Mid-American Conference All-League honors, including place kicker Matt Weller as he was named Special Teams Player of the Year.
-Quarterback Tyler Tettleton also returns for his junior season after he accounted for 38 touchdowns and became the first Ohio signal-caller to throw for over 3,000 yards.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
-A win over Penn State would give the Bobcats their first-ever win over the Nittany Lions.
-A win over the Nittany Lions would give the Bobcats their seventh win in their last eight games dating back to last season.
-Senior place kicker Matt Weller is just 12 points shy of becoming the school's all-time leading scorer.
-Junior captain Tyler Tettleton needs just 157 passing yards to crack into the school's all-time career top five.
-A win over Penn State would give the Bobcats their third straight win in a season-opener. The last time Ohio won three straight season openers came back in the 1976, 77 and 78 seasons.
-A win over Penn State would mark the Bobcats first win over a Big Ten opponent since Ohio defeated Illinois 20-17 in 2006. Ohio is just 6-37-1 all-time against Big Ten opponents.
PENN STATE SERIES HISTORY
Ohio and Penn State will meet for the sixth time in school history. Saturday's meeting will mark the first time the two teams have met since Nov. 16, 1974. In that contest, Ohio fell 35-16 at Penn State. Penn State leads the all-time series by a 5-0 count.
SCOUTING PENN STATE
Head coach Bill O'Brien begins his first season in Happy Valley. The Nittany Lions are coming off a 9-4 campaign where they concluded the season by dropping a 30-14 decision to Houston in the TicketCity Bowl. Senior Matt McGloin was named the team's starter earlier this summer after he led the team in passing a year ago, finishing with 1,571 yards and eight touchdowns. Silas Redd, who led the team in rushing a year ago with 1,241 yards has transferred to USC. Defensively, PSU held opponents to just 16.8 points per game. The Nittany Lions return four starters from last year's defensive unit.