Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes begin B1G title defense at Minnesota

Marvin Harrison by Birm-Lettermen Row
Ohio State opens the season against Minnesota. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Buckeyes begin B1G title defense at Minnesota

Ohio State leads the all-time series against Minnesota 45-7, including wins in each of the last 11 matchups. The Gophers last beat the Buckeyes in 2000. The last time the Buckeyes played Minnesota was 2018, a sloppy 30-14 Ohio State win in the Horseshoe. In their last meeting in Minneapolis, the Buckeyes won 31-24 in 2014.

Ohio State hasn’t lost on the road at Minnesota since 1981. The Buckeyes are favored to continue that trend.

  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • Date: Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021
  • Location: Huntington Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Weather: 68 degrees and cloudy with possible rain showers
  • TV Channel: FOX
  • The line: Ohio State is a 14-point favorite, per VegasInsider
  • Over/under: 62.5 points
  • Minnesota is 10-4 against the spread in its last 14 games as an underdog.
  • The over is 5-0 in the last five Ohio State season-openers.
  • Ohio State is 6-1 against the spread as an away favorite in Ryan Day’s tenure.
  • Ohio State is 13-6 against the number versus conference opponents since Ryan Day took over in 2019.
  • Minnesota is 17-16-1 against the spread in conference play since PJ Fleck took over the program.

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The Buckeyes open their quest for another Big Ten title, College Football Playoff appearance and national title Thursday night at Minnesota. And the Lettermen Row crew was back at Urban Meyer’s Pint House for the full, comprehensive preview of the season-opening matchup.

This week’s show features former Buckeyes quarterback Cardale Jones, former Ohio State defensive back Tyvis Powell, former linebackers Bobby Carpenter and Zach Boren, former wide receiver Evan Spencer, former tight end Jeff Heuerman and senior writer Austin Ward.

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