COLUMBUS — The return to Ohio Stadium is finally here for Ohio State.
The Buckeyes played in an empty Horseshoe last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But on Saturday against Oregon, for the first time in over 600 days, nearly 100,000 fans will fill Ohio Stadium. There are still tickets available, however, and a sell out could be in jeopardy.
They will take all the noise they can get, too. With No. 12 Oregon coming to Columbus, plenty is on the line outside of fans in the stands. After piecing together a strong second half in Minneapolis and escaping Minnesota with a win, Ohio State has the opportunity to make a national statement this week. A big win at the Horseshoe against a Pac-12 team screams College Football Playoff resume builder.
“It’s the first time there’s been a game in the Horseshoe in over 600 days — and we need Buckeye Nation in this game,” Ryan Day said earlier this week. “I mean, this is a very, very big game for our program. And we need them to be loud, especially on third down. We need them to be loud when they have the ball. I think the last game that we played here was when when Penn State played, and that was as loud as I’ve heard it. We need that same type of environment here.
“The louder they are and the more we can feel this crowd, the better we’re going to play.”
Ohio State will have some questions to answer on Saturday, too. How will the secondary look with Sevyn Banks and Cam Brown expected to return? Will the running back rotation shrink? And how does C.J. Stroud look in his home debut?
That and more will be answered on Saturday afternoon. For anyone watching the game on TV or listening to the radio, Lettermen Row has all the viewing information that could possibly be needed to not miss a moment of the season opener.
Ohio State at Minnesota: Game time, details
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Oregon 9-0. The first meeting in the series came in the 1958 Rose Bowl, a 10-7 win that capped Woody Hayes’ second national championship.
The last time Oregon and Ohio State met on the gridiron was back in the 2015 national championship in the first year of the College Football Playoff. Cardale Jones threw for 242 yards and a touchdown, while Ezekiel Elliot rushed for 246 yards and four scores as the Buckeyes picked up a 42-20 victory. The win marked their first national championship since 2002.
This will be Oregon’s sixth visit to Columbus. COVID-19 eliminated last year’s game, which would have been Ohio State’s first visit to Eugene. Ohio State fans will have a chance to travel to Oregon, though. Gene Smith and the Buckeyes announced in May that they will play a home-and-home series with Oregon in 2032 and 2033.
- Time: 12 p.m. EST
- Date: Saturday, Sept. 11
- Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
- Weather: High of 76 degrees, sunny
- The line: Ohio State is a 14.5-point favorite, per VegasInsider
- Over/under: 63.5 points
What TV channel is Ohio State against Minnesota on?
The Buckeyes and Ducks matchup will be televised on FOX with Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Joel Klatt (color analyst) and Jenny Taft (sideline) on the call.
How can game be watched online?
The game can be streamed online at FoxSports.com.
What radio station carries the Buckeyes game?
Paul Keels, Jim Lachey and Matt Andrews will have the call on the Ohio State Sports Radio Network 97.1 FM (WBNS). A full list of radio affiliates can be found here.
Miss any Lettermen Row coverage so far this week?
- Buckeyes ‘getting closer’ to having full-strength secondary
- What We Learned as Ohio State turns attention to Oregon showdown
- Evaluating opening win, where Buckeyes need to improve against Oregon
- BuckIQ: Ohio State can be devastating defense when dialing up aggression
- Palaie Gaotete appeal denied by NCAA, unavailable for Ohio State this season
- Ohio State, Ryan Day relying on atmosphere to help recruiting
- With many firsts behind him, C.J. Stroud can settle in for Buckeyes
- Luke Wypler ‘ready to roll’ when Buckeyes need him at center
- TreVeyon Henderson already proving he deserves more touches for Buckeyes