Upper Arlington will face its second consecutive 2010 playoff qualifier when it meets Springfield at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, in Ohio Stadium as part of the Kirk Herbstreit National Kickoff Classic.

Upper Arlington will face its second consecutive 2010 playoff qualifier when it meets Springfield at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, in Ohio Stadium as part of the Kirk Herbstreit National Kickoff Classic.

The last time the Golden Bears participated in the event, in 2009, they lost to Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas 52-7. Aquinas had 34 Division I college recruits on its roster that season, according to UA coach Mike Golden.

A year ago, UA lost to Springfield 26-10 on the way to finishing 6-4 overall. The Bears were just 1-4 against teams that made the playoffs, with their only win coming against Dresden Tri-Valley (24-17).

UA opened with a 29-27 loss to Tri-Valley on Aug. 26. Springfield also lost its opener, falling 30-7 to Cincinnati St. Xavier on Aug. 27 in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown.

"A big thing for the kids is to redeem Upper Arlington a little bit," Golden said. "The last time we were (in Ohio Stadium), we were in a tough situation."

Both teams should feature big-play potential on offense.

Senior running back Ryan McSheffery and senior wide receiver Frank Epitropoulos are back for UA against a Springfield defense that should show a multiple-front look. McSheffery battled injuries much of last season but had 85 yards on 16 carries against Tri-Valley. Epitropoulos had three catches for 108 yards and one touchdown.

Springfield lost linebacker and Alabama-recruit Trey DePriest to graduation but returns senior linebacker Darius James (eight sacks last season) on defense. The Wildcats scored their only touchdown against St. Xavier on a 77-yard interception return by Titus Montgomery.

Offensively, Springfield returns quarterback Chris Wallace, who threw for 14 touchdowns and more than 1,400 yards last year. Junior running back Corey Timmons joins the program after rushing for 1,073 yards and seven touchdowns last season for Springfield Catholic Central.

Another key athlete on both sides of the ball for the Wildcats should be senior Onslow Williams (RB/DB).