|2015 Ohio State Buckeyes football|
Big Ten East Division co-champion
Fiesta Bowl champion
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|2015 record||12–1 (7–1 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Urban Meyer (4th season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Ed Warinner (4th season)|
|Co-offensive coordinator||Tim Beck (1st season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Luke Fickell (10th; 15th overall season)|
|Co-defensive coordinator||Chris Ash (2nd season)|
|Captain||J. T. Barrett|
|Home stadium||Ohio Stadium|
|2015 Big Ten Conference football standings|
|No. 6 Michigan State xy$^||7||–||1||12||–||2|
|No. 4 Ohio State x||7||–||1||12||–||1|
|No. 12 Michigan||6||–||2||10||–||3|
|No. 9 Iowa xy||8||–||0||12||–||2|
|No. 23 Northwestern||6||–||2||10||–||3|
|No. 21 Wisconsin||6||–||2||10||–||3|
|Championship: Michigan State 16, Iowa 13|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 2015 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented Ohio State University in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was the Buckeyes' 126th season overall, the 103rd as a member of the Big Ten Conference, and second as a member of the Eastern Division. The team was led by Urban Meyer, in his fourth year as head coach, and played its home games at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. They finished the season 12–1, 7–1 in Big Ten play, to finish in a tie for the East Division championship with Michigan State. Due to their head-to-head loss to Michigan State, they did not represent the East Division in the Big Ten Championship Game. They were invited to the Fiesta Bowl where they defeated Notre Dame.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer was his fourth year as the Buckeye's head coach during the 2015 season. In his previous three seasons with Ohio State, he led the Buckeyes to an overall record of 38 wins and 3 losses (38–3) and the 2014 national championship. On December 16, 2014, offensive coordinator Tom Herman accepted the head coaching position at Houston. On January 11, 2015, Ohio State announced the hiring of former Nebraska coach Tim Beck to replace Herman as co-offensive coordinator. On February 2, 2015, Stan Drayton accepted the running backs coach position with the Chicago Bears, and was replaced by former Notre Dame coach Tony Alford.
|Urban Meyer||Head coach||4th||Cincinnati (1986)|
|Luke Fickell||Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers||14th||Ohio State (1997)|
|Chris Ash||Co-Defensive Coordinator/Safeties||2nd||Drake (1995)|
|Larry Johnson||Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line||2nd||Elizabeth City State (1973)|
|Kerry Coombs||Special Teams Coordinator/Cornerbacks||4th||Dayton (1983)|
|Tim Beck||Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks||1st||Central Florida (1988)|
|Ed Warinner||Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line||4th||Mount Union (1984)|
|Tony Alford||Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs||1st||Colorado State (1992)|
|Zach Smith||Wide Receivers||4th||Florida (2007)|
|Tim Hinton||Tight Ends, Fullbacks||4th||Wilmington (1982)|
|Quinn Tempel||Offensive Graduate Assistant||1st||Ohio State (2013)|
|Mickey Marotti||Assistant Athletic Director for Football Sports Performance||4th||West Liberty (1987)|
|2015 Ohio State Buckeyes football team roster|
The Big Ten Conference released the schedule for the 2015 season on June 3, 2013. Ohio State will face all six Eastern Division opponents Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Rutgers. Ohio State will also face two Western Division opponents: rival Illinois and Minnesota. Ohio State will play four non-conference games: Virginia Tech of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Hawaii of the Mountain West Conference, and Northern Illinois and Western Michigan of the Mid-American Conference. Ohio State has one bye week during the season between their games against Rutgers and Minnesota.
|September 7||8:00 p.m.||at Virginia Tech*||No. 1||ESPN||W 42–24||65,632|
|September 12||3:30 p.m.||Hawaii*||No. 1||BTN||W 38–0||107,145|
|September 19||3:30 p.m.||Northern Illinois*||No. 1||ABC/ESPN2||W 20–13||104,095|
|September 26||3:30 p.m.||Western Michigan*||No. 1||ABC/ESPN2||W 38–12||106,123|
|October 3||3:30 p.m.||at Indiana||No. 1||ABC/ESPN2||W 34–27||52,929|
|October 10||12:00 p.m.||Maryland||No. 1||BTN||W 49–28||107,869|
|October 17||8:00 p.m.||Penn State||No. 1||ABC||W 38–10||108,423|
|October 24||8:00 p.m.||at Rutgers||No. 1||ABC||W 49–7||53,111|
|November 7||8:00 p.m.||Minnesota||No. 1||ABC||W 28–14||108,075|
|November 14||12:00 p.m.||at Illinois||No. 2||ABC||W 28–3||51,515|
|November 21||3:30 p.m.||No. 9 Michigan State||No. 2||ABC||L 14–17||108,975‡|
|November 28||12:00 p.m.||at No. 12 Michigan||No. 8||ABC||W 42–13||111,829|
|January 1, 2016||1:00 p.m.||vs. No. 8 Notre Dame||No. 7||ESPN||W 44–28||71,123|
- ‡ New Ohio Stadium Attendance Record
|AP||1 (61)||1 (61)||1 (61)||1 (59)||1 (42)||1 (45)||1 (38)||1 (27)||1 (28)||1 (39)||2 (26)||3 (23)||8||6||7||4|
|Coaches||1 (62)||1 (62)||1 (63)||1 (62)||1 (61)||1 (61)||1 (50)||1 (47)||1 (48)||1 (49)||1 (34)||2 (32)||8||6||5||4|
|CFP||Not released||3||3||3||8||6||7||Not released|
"Dark Night at the Shoe" – Ohio State wears all-black uniforms for the first time in school history.
Notre Dame–Fiesta Bowl
2016 NFL Draft
The Buckeyes had 12 players (5 in the first round) in the 2016 NFL Draft.
|Round||Pick Number||NFL Team||Player||Position|
|1||3||San Diego Chargers||Joey Bosa||DE|
|1||4||Dallas Cowboys||Ezekiel Elliott||RB|
|1||10||New York Giants||Eli Apple||CB|
|1||16||Detroit Lions||Taylor Decker||OT|
|1||20||New York Jets||Darron Lee||OLB|
|2||47||New Orleans Saints||Michael Thomas||WR|
|2||61||New Orleans Saints||Vonn Bell||S|
|3||80||Buffalo Bills||Adolphus Washington||DT|
|3||85||Houston Texans||Braxton Miller||WR|
|3||94||Seattle Seahawks||Nick Vannett||TE|
|4||102||San Diego Chargers||Joshua Perry||OLB|
|4||139||Buffalo Bills||Cardale Jones||QB|
In addition, 3 players were signed as undrafted free agents
|OL||Chase Farris||Detroit Lions|
|WR||Jalin Marshall||New York Jets|
|S||Tyvis Powell||Seattle Seahawks|
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