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Watching some of Ohio State’s most notable ‘five’ sports


Since today is Cinco de Mayo, what better way to celebrate than by watching some of the best five in Ohio State history. This doesn’t necessarily mean that there will only be players who have worn #5 at Ohio State, it could also be a ranking, a number of titles or really any way the number five can be integrated into anything Ohio State.

If there’s any big five in Ohio State that you think we’ve overlooked, reach out to us on the Twitter machine at @Landgrant33 or drop your five fabulous links in the comments.


Braxton Miller

During his first three years at Ohio State, Braxton Miller wore No. 5 for the Buckeyes. Miller threw for over 5,000 yards and 52 touchdowns, while rushing for over 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns while playing quarterback. Miller was a force when Urban Meyer arrived in Columbus in 2012, winning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013. After missing 2014 due to shoulder surgery, Miller would not only move to wide receiver , but he would also exchange his jersey n°5 for the jersey n°1.

Raekwon McMillan

For any Ohio State fan who had a No. 5 jersey before the 2014 season, Raekwon McMillan made sure that number was put to good use with Miller on the shelf. McMillan caused a sensation as a rookie for the Buckeyes, totaling 54 tackles during Ohio State’s championship season. The linebacker would hit even better numbers over the next two years, recording over 100 tackles as a sophomore and junior. McMillan is one of the best defensemen of the last decade at Ohio State and is the last great linebacker the Buckeyes have produced.

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Garrett Wilson

The last No. 5 to play for Ohio State was recently a first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Garrett Wilson is one of the newest members of the New York Jets after being chosen with the 10th overall pick in last week’s draft. At Ohio State, Wilson caught 143 passes for 2,213 yards and 23 touchdowns. In 2020, Wilson became just the second Buckeye to record four consecutive games with at least 100 receiving yards.

Title game appearances this century

Between BCS and CFP, Ohio State has played five title games since 2000. The first came in 2002, when the underdog Buckeyes managed to defeat Miami in overtime in Arizona to shock the college football world. The next two championship appearances aren’t quite as fun to look back on, with Florida and LSU beating the Buckeyes in 2006 and 2007, respectively.

2015 College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T

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Ohio State’s next moment of glory came in the first CFP Championship game in 2014. The Buckeyes not only shocked Alabama in the semifinals to earn a spot in the title game, Cardale Jones and Ezekiel Elliott propelled Ohio State to an easy win over the Ducks. Alabama would get revenge in 2020, blasting the Buckeyes in the championship game in a year marred by COVID-19.

Year-end ranking

Ohio State has finished fifth in the AP rankings six times. The last time Ohio State was ranked there in the final poll was in 2017 after a Cotton Bowl win over USC. Prior to that, Five was a popular location for Ohio State under Jim Tressel, as the Buckeyes finished seasons there in 2007, 2009, and 2010, with the last two seasons ending in BCS bowl game victories. The other two fifth-place finishes in the AP poll came in 1955 and 1970. Ohio State did not play in a bowl game in 1955, and fell to Stanford 27-17 in the Rose Bowl in the late 1970s. season.


John Havlicek

It didn’t take long for Hondo to leave his mark at Ohio State, as he was part of the 1959-60 team that won the national championship. Havlicek averaged 12.2 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game this season. The forward would see his numbers increase over the next two years, averaging 17 points per game and 9.7 rebounds per game by the time he left Columbus.

Havlicek was then drafted by the Boston Celtics with the seventh pick in the 1962 NBA draft, winning eight NBA titles and making the All-Star team 13 times during his storied NBA career. Ohio State then retired No. 5 Havlicek, making him one of five Buckeye basketball players to retire his jersey. Jerry Lucas’ 11, Evan Turner’s 21, Jim Jackson’s 22 and Gary Bradds’ 35 are the other Ohio State men’s basketball numbers hanging in the rafters at Value City Arena.

5 seeds

The five seeds have not been very kind to Ohio State’s men’s and women’s basketball programs over the years in the NCAA Tournament. The men’s basketball team has only been seeded five times in the NCAA Tournament. In 2018, Ohio State beat South Dakota State 81-73 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to Gonzaga 90-84 in their next game.

The Ohio State women’s team has been tagged three times with the top five seed in the NCAA Tournament, and each time has gone one step further in the big dance than their previous appearance as the top five seed. . In 1984 Ohio State fell to Ole Miss 77-55. It would be 31 years before the Buckeyes made their next trip to the tournament as a five seed, beating James Madison in the first round in 2015 before dropping a heartbreaker in North Carolina 86-84. Then, two years later, Ohio State defeated Western Kentucky and Kentucky before being smoked by Notre Dame in the Sweet Sixteen.