The No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes and Minnesota Golden Gophers meet up in Week 1 at the TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kickoff is set for 8:00 p.m. ET and the game will air on FOX.
Here is everything that fans attending Thursday night’s game need to know about where to enter, what they can bring, and more.
How To Watch
- When: Thursday at 8 p.m. ET
- Where: TCF Bank Stadium — Minneapolis
- TV: FOX
- Live Stream: watch free here
Why Ohio State Will Win
Just start running the ball and don’t stop.
Ohio State appears to be cool with CJ Stroud taking over the starting quarterback job with Justin Fields done – even though high school senior Quinn Ewers too talented to not get a shot once he’s up to speed – and the receiving corps is its typically beyond-loaded self, but on the road in the Big Ten against a decent team …
Start running and don’t stop.
If it’s possible for anything Ohio State to be a bit underrated and unappreciated, that’s what the O line has been. This version will once again be as strong as any in college football, it’ll give Stroud and the quarterbacks plenty of time to work, and it’s going to blast away for the ground game that has a good rotation of backs.
What’s the series history?
Sure thing, As one of Ohio State’s less frequently played opponents historically, the Buckeyes hold a 45-7 record over Minnesota. Ohio State has won 10-straight over the Gophers, their last loss coming in 2000. The last time the pair squared off was in 2018, when Ohio State brought home a 30-14 victory over Minnesota in PJ Fleck’s second season as head coach.
In that matchup, quarterback Dwayne Haskins was in tip-top shape, throwing for 412 yards and three touchdowns on the day, with receiver KJ Hill the recipient of 187 of those yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately, the Ohio State running game struggled against the Gophers defense, while Minnesota’s own running game — led by a face we’ll see again very soon — nearly doubled up Ohio State’s yards on the ground. While the Buckeyes emerged with a two score victory, Minnesota was able to exploit Ohio State’s weaknesses at the time and stay in the game through the fourth quarter.
What’s Going To Happen
Do you believe in the Minnesota defense?
It’s a new year with a full offseason and plenty of time for this veteran group to ramp things up, and Ohio State – as talented as it is – still has to get used to a whole slew of new parts in a Big Ten season opener on the road.
It’ll take a little bit.
Ohio State will hit an early home run, but Minnesota will be efficient and effective enough to hang around. The Buckeye defense, though, will focus everything on Ibrahim, and then things will start to open up after a few stalled Gopher drives.
It won’t be a total wipeout by the Buckeyes, but 1-0 in the Big Ten with a road victory in the bank is fine no matter what.