Dec. 13, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State’s 2017 season-opening football game, a Big Ten Conference game in Bloomington against the Indiana Hoosiers, will be played on Thursday, Aug. 31 instead of Saturday, Sept. 2. The two schools and the Big Ten Conference were in agreement with the date change.
This will be the seventh time Ohio State will open a season on a day other than Saturday and it will be the third Thursday evening game. Kick time and the televising network are to be determined.
Ohio State’s most recent non-Saturday opener was last year, when the Buckeyes played at Virginia Tech in prime time on Labor Day to cap the initial college football weekend of games. The Buckeyes won, 42-24.
Ohio State’s two previous Thursday games were season-openers at Ohio Stadium:
Ohio State has also opened the season three times as part of the “Kickoff Classic” games at the Meadowlands/Giants Stadium complex, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Buckeyes lost to Alabama, 24-6, on a Wednesday (Aug. 27) in 1986; defeated Boston College, 38-6, in 1995; and lost to Miami (Fla.), 23-12, in 1999. Both the Boston College and Miami games were played on a Sunday.
The 2017 game at Indiana will mark the first time in 41 years that Ohio State will open against a Big Ten opponent (1976 vs. Michigan State) and it will be the first time in 42 years that Ohio State will open on the road against a Big Ten opponent (1975 vs. Michigan State).
Ohio State is 12-0 all-time when opening a season against a Big Ten opponent. The Buckeyes and Hoosiers have met five times in a season opener, with the last time occurring in 1954.
Season Openers vs. Big Ten Teams
1976 vs Michigan State — W, 49-21
1975 at Michigan State — W, 21-0
1974 at Minnesota — W, 34-19
1973 vs Minnesota — W, 56-7
1972 vs Iowa — W, 21-0
1971 vs Iowa — W, 52-21
1954 vs Indiana — W, 28-0
1953 vs Indiana — W, 36-12
1952 vs. Indiana — W, 33-13
1938 vs. Indiana — W, 6-0
1934 vs Indiana — W, 33-0
1924 vs Purdue — W, 7-0