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- Oregon State opens the 2018 season when visiting Ohio State in Columbus, on Saturday, September 1. Kickoff is scheduled for 9:07 a.m. PT (12:07 p.m. in Ohio)

- The game is the first for Jonathan Smith as Oregon State's head coach. He last wore the Orange & Black in 2003 as a graduate assistant. 

- The team's last game that year was a 55-14 win over New Mexico in the Las Vegas Bowl.Smith was 3-1 against Big Ten teams while offensive coordinator at Washington. The Huskies defeated Illinois in 2014, and Rutgers in 2016 and 2017. They lost to Penn State at the 2017 Fiesta Bowl.

- The game is the first between the teams since 1984, a 22-14 win by No. 6 Ohio State in Columbus. Oregon State held a 14-3 lead at halftime in that game.

- The first game played between the Beavers and Buckeyes came in 1974, also in Columbus. Ohio State won that game, 51-10.

- Ohio State marks the 16th time Oregon State will open versus a top-25 opponent.- The game marks the farthest east for a Beaver football game since traveling to Penn State in game two of the 2008 season.

- OSU is flying to Canton Thursday and will visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame before bussing to Columbus that night.- It is the first season opener for the Beavers vs. a top-10 team (Ohio State is No. 5 per the Associated Press) since 2010 against No. 7 TCU in Dallas, Texas, a 30-21 loss.- Ohio Stadium (capacity 104,944) could prove to be the fifth 100,000-plus crowd in Oregon State history, following 2015 at Michigan (109,651), 2008 at Penn State (108,159). 1986 at Michigan (104,748) and the 1956 Rose Bowl (100,000).

- Jonathan Smith is making his debut as a collegiate head coach when the Beavers open the season Saturday. He is the first OSU coach to make his collegiate debut for the Beavers since Mike Riley in 1997.

- Smith arrived in Corvallis in December after four seasons as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Washington. He had also served as the QB coach at Boise State from 2012-13, the OC/QB coach at Montana from 2010-11 and the quarterbacks coach at Idaho from 2004-09.- Smith, who lettered for the Beavers from 1998-2001, got started in the collegiate ranks as a grad assistant at Oregon State from 2002-03.

- Under Smith, Washington nearly set a school record and was ranked eighth nationally averaging 41.8 points per game in 2016. The Huskies made an appearance in the College Football Playoff that season and finished fourth nationally.- Washington played in the Fiesta Bowl in 2017 and earned a share of the Pac-12 North title.- Smith has played in or coached in 10 bowl games, and in six dating back to the 2012 season. 

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